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Diabetic Foot - Cellulitis

My mother aged 62 has Diabetes and is insulin dependent. She has been having wound on toes and recurring episodes of cellulitis. she had taken Augmentin antibiotic whenever there was an infection. She is on homeopathic treatment for last 4 months. Presently the wound is discharging blood and foul smell is coming out. The doctor says that he would cure the wound once it completely discharges the bad blood. Joe De Livera had recommended Arnica for curing cellulitis. Can anybody please help and share their experience in this regard
  harish74 on 2010-08-07
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To Harish

If only your mother was given Arnica 6c in the Wet dose taken thrice daily a few months ago before she reached the present stage of her Cellulitis, it is very likely that she could have been cured.

From your description of her present condition which you posted in your email to me, her lesions seem to have reached a critical stage but you can commence on treatment immediately and follow the guidelines below:

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made up as follows:

Order the remedy in a 5ml Ethanol pack also known as Liquid Dilution.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake it hard to produce bubbles.
This is homeopathic succussion and must be done every time before a capful of the bottle which is the dose is sipped as directed.

You can also add Ferr Phos 6x dose 4 tablets taken thrice daily to increase the oxygenation of the blood to help the wound to heal.

I shall copy your email to me as it has some important information which is pertinent to her case which has to be evaluated:

' I need your valuable guidance in using Arnica for my mother aged 62 who is suffering from Cellulitis in the leg. She has been having recurring episodes of cellulitis and used to take augmentin, for the last 4 months she has been taking homeopathic treatment and now the wound seems to be aggravated with foul smell and blood flowing out during morning. She is diabetic and insulin dependent takes 34 units of Human Mixtard 50 both morning and evening. I am not sure what homeopathic medicines are being given by the doctor. I am in a serious dilemna whether to continue with the homeopathic medicine or whether I need to take her to allopathic doctor for getting Antibiotics. I have very stiff resistance from both my parents to go to Allopathic treatment, as they are afraid that her leg may be amputated. I have read many of your posts on how Arnica has been beneficial in eczema and cellulitis. I kindly request your advice on how should I proceed on this. I am eagerly awaiting your reply'

I note that she has not been taking any antibiotic for the last 4 months and this is the reason for:

' the wound seems to be aggravated with foul smell and blood flowing out during morning.'

It is essential that you start her on Augmentin 500mg immediately and I would recommend a dosage of 1 X 500mg Augmentin taken every 12 hours but you are advised to check this with your doctors. Also maintain her standard dosage of Insulin and check her Blood sugar level daily to maintain it at around 100-110.

If there is no improvement in her condition in 3 days you must take her to a hospital.

Report her progress daily.
Joe De Livera last decade
Dear Joe,

Thanks a lot for your valuable and timely advice. I had started her immediately on Augmentin (1000 mg twice daily - this was her dosage last time when she had the infection). The flow of blood and the foul smell has stopped. It took me a while to get Arnica 6c. Finally I got hold of it day before. I am giving her Arnica wet dose and Ferrum Phos 6x - 4 tablets - thrice a day. It seems to be improving. I had a doubt on the preparation of Arnica 6c. I got a 30ml liquid of Arnica 6. I am inserting 3 drops of this into 500 ml of water (1 inch removed) shake it and then give one teaspoon of the water. It is very diluted, She says it tastes as plain water. Is this the right way ?
harish74 last decade
To Harish

Your mother's case has been in my thoughts and prayers and I am very glad to read your report:
'The flow of blood and the foul smell has stopped.'

I hope and pray that she is now on the road to recovery as the cessation of both is clear indication that her body reserves or her Vital Force has taken over and that she will be cured..

The 3 drops you inserted into the 500ml water cannot be tasted but the power of Homeopathy is imparted to the water and hopefully she will soon recover. You may if you like insert another 3 or more drops of the remedy into the bottle as this will only increase the taste of the Ethanol which is not relevant.

I have prescribed a capful of the bottle which translates to the contents of a larger spoon like a dessert spoon. I have noticed that a teaspoonful is not as effective as a larger spoonful and you can use your discretion and give her even a mouthful of the medicine which she can keep in her mouth for as long as she can do so, to enable the remedy to be absorbed by the mucous membranes into the blood stream. In Homeopathy a dose theoretically can be from a few drops to the whole bottle of liquid. It is the frequency of this dose that is relevant and the quantity is not as important as long as it is not under a teaspoonful. Remember to succuss the bottle every time before a dose as therein lies the secret of her cure.

I do not mind admitting to you now that I was fearing the worst after reading about the foul smell you reported in your first post:
'Presently the wound is discharging blood and foul smell is coming out.'

As you are probably aware, a foul smell from any wound usually indicates Gangrene which is necrosis of the living tissue which is not easy to reverse.

I note that you have doubled the dosage I indicated of the Augmentin to 1000mg twice daily and this is an overdose which cannot be used by the body. It will be better to give her 1 X 500mg thrice daily to keep her blood level of the antibiotic high. Please use the best quality of Augmentin like the GlaxoSmithKline product as the cheaper brands are usually not effective. You can also give her 1 capsule Vitamin B like Becozyme or Becosules twice daily.

Maintain the therapy I have prescribed for the moment and I would appreciate a regular report of her progress to keep me informed which I am confident will be positive from now on.

If possible I would like to see a close up photograph of the wound which you can post on this thread.
Joe De Livera last decade
Thanks Joe,

I am giving her Arnica as you have explained. Since photos were big in size, I have uploaded the photos to the Picasa Web

Also on the leg I have noticed a red patch which appears soft. I have highlighed that in one of the photos uploaded.

Thanks a lot for your help.
harish74 last decade
The link you gave me did not work.

Before you post it you can test it on a new browser page and see if you can access the photograph.

Joe De Livera last decade
I had copied and pasted the URL directly from your post and I had not noticed the word DOT which interfered with opening the link.

I observe that her lesion is directly under the joint of her right big toe and that she also wears a toe ring which seems to be tight over her second toe. This ring is best removed as it is not impossible that she can produce another lesion on that toe. It is also possible that this silver ring may have caused the allergic reaction resulting in her lesion and we must take all precautions to heal it ASAP.

It is obvious that she has been suffering from her lesion for many months but it seems to be healing nicely today and is not bleeding anymore and you also confirm that it does not exude any foul smell.
Keeping the lesion free of bacteria will be a major problem for her as she will have to use her foot to walk and it is essential that her right toe does not touch the ground.

Her ankles are badly swollen and she can take Apis 6c in the Wet dose twice daily to help reduce the swelling. I presume that her calf and thighs are also swollen. She can assist in reducing the swelling by elevating her leg above her body level to help this process.

You can reduce her dosage of Augmentin to just 1 X 500mg capsule taken twice daily. I presume that you have added the Vitamin B.

She must drink at least 3 ltrs water daily.

For purposes of record it would be of interest if you can find a method of posting the 4 photographs on this thread by reducing the resolution to enable those interested to see for themselves how Joepathy saved her toe from amputation.
Joe De Livera last decade

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