Diabetic Foot Ulcer Vs Siddha:
According to the World Health Organization's that there are 40 million people with diabetes in India currently and by 2025 this number will swell to 70 million. Diabetic foot is one of the most significant and devastating complications of diabetes and is defined as a foot affected by ulceration that is associated with neuropathy and/or peripheral arterial disease of the lower limb in a patient with diabetes.
A diabetic ulcer is correlated to Madumegapun or ‘Valicilaippun’ in the Siddha system of medicine. Sixty-one years old male former from sub-urban area Tamil Nadu was admitted in the In-patient Department for the complaints of ulcer in the left plantar aspect of the foot, foul odor, pus discharge from the ulcer, along with mild gangrene with osteomyelitis in the past 12-months. He referred for amputation of the foot by the doctors, but the proper observation and Siddha therapeutic procedures were helped to relieve from the amputation and improve the QoL. The case-patient was treated by internally D5 Chooranam and Thiripala Chooranam (Anti-Diabetic Siddha drugs), externally by Maththan thailam (Wound healing Siddha external oil) and Palagarai parpam (Processed Cypraeamoneta containing Ash) externally.
Samraj K et al. A case report on the siddha management of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU): left plantar foot. Int. J. Res. Ayurveda Pharm. 2019; 10(2):80-85 http://dx.doi.org/10.7897/2277- 4343.100241