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Case report: A person with diabetic foot exhibited improved wound healing with integrative approach

Researchers from the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Trans-Disciplinary University in India reported the successful management of a diabetic foot using an integrative approach. The case study was published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

  • A non-healing diabetic foot demands more attention from a surgeon due to the distinct problem it possesses.
  • Oftentimes, a diabetic foot is difficult to manage and requires amputation.
  • According to the researchers, there is a constant need for development in terms of managing such cases.
  • In their paper, they reported the case of a 62-year old male patient with diabetes mellitus who has been suffering from a non-healing foot ulcer for a month.
  • Management of his diabetic foot consisted of Ayurveda internal and external interventions for dusta vrana (non-healing ulcer) combined with contemporary methods like vacuum-assisted wound suction and skin grafting.
  • The researchers reported that the combined intervention methods accelerated and improved wound healing of the diabetic foot.

The researchers concluded that an integrative approach that combines both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicine with advanced techniques for maintaining the dry state of wounds is an effective way of managing cases of diabetic foot and preventing major amputation. They hope that this kind of approach can be further studied to determine is applicability in managing different types of chronic, non-healing ulcers.

Read the full article at this link.

Journal Reference:

Neelambika G, Balu V, Rego MR, Kesari C. INTEGRATIVE APPROACH FOR DIABETIC FOOT MANAGEMENT– A CASE REPORT. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2018;9(4):298–301. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaim.2018.06.009

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