Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic ulcers?

I have several on my legs that have broke open & are very infected. I would go the a doctor or hospital but I don’t have any health insurance. I have been unemployed for awhile, so I have no money either.


  • Eriduserpent~

    First of all I would like to say that I treat a lot of this sort of problem here where I live in Spain (due to varicose veins, diabetes and blood clots etc).

    I am a healer and I often make herbal medicines for the people here. Diabetes effects maybe 70% of our village (The old have it badly).
    I do not charge and I work for free, so you know that what I am telling you comes from caring, not from greed. The remedies are very cheap.

    Now to begin with I would say buy Lavendar Essential Oil…this heals MOST wounds 100% in a short time. It is antifungal and anti viral so it’s good to keep in your closet.
    Use it for anything external (go easy if ever using it on delicate private areas).
    Water a few drops down in a saucer of cooled pre-boiled water.
    Use cotton wool to clean the ulcer…fresh cotton wool each time or a pre-boiled cloth.
    If you are brave enough…dab some undiluted oil on to the wound, it will sting for a second but work more efficiently.
    Leave it to the air in the day, cover it at night.

    Use Lavendar as a mouth wash for tooth ache…cold sores…Dandruff, spots…ANYTHING. It is truely amazing.
    Next (though this depends on the type of diabetes which you have)
    Use honey, smear it onto the wound,,,bandage it up.
    Clean twice a day,,,re-apply the honey.
    Again honey is amazing…it cures headaches, heals burns, softens skin…etc.
    In wars they used to use sugar to heal open wounds and ulcers…so if you have no honey use sugar.

    Get in the habit of having short walks, elevate your leg when sitting (not to high).
    Massage your legs, keep the blood going…NEVER sit for too long.
    Last of all:
    IF you think your ulcers are too bad to remedy at home seek medical advice!!! It is so easy to get blood poisoning from leg ulcers…you could have your foot drop off !!
    Hmmm sell your computer if it’s yours…I’d sooner have some one look at my legs (Not being rude, being sensible and friendly).

    OK am done :o)

  • Gandalf

    pure honey on a dressing is supposed to be one of the best disinfectants ….try that … the ancient Egyptians used it to good effect

  • mizz_melanie_wilkes

    if the honey doesn’t work, check around and see if there are any low-income health clinics in your area

  • shadow_wings83

    HOBOKEN, NJ — (MARKET WIRE) — September 05, 2006 — Untreated diabetic leg ulcers may result in amputations. According to the Center of Disease Control, one out of six diabetics will require an amputation (below the knee) during their lifetime.

    A study published in the July journal of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis shows that Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, heals leg ulcers in patients who suffer from diabetic leg ulcerations. The most significant findings were patients treated with oral and local Pycnogenol® resulting in a 74.4 percent decrease in ulcer size within six weeks.

    According to Dr. Gianni Belcaro, a lead researcher of the study, the majority of diabetic leg amputations common to the lower leg and feet begin with the formation of skin ulcers. Impaired blood circulation in diabetics may cause tissue necrotization and discoloration which leads to development of ulcers. The open ulcer is prone to infection and difficult to heal.

    The study sampled thirty diabetic patients at the Chieti-Pescara University in Italy, who suffer from severe microangiopathy, causing leg ulcerations. Patients were randomly assigned to four groups. Treatment was provided daily for six weeks.

    After six weeks of treatment, results showed the most significant ulcer healing for patients who supplemented with combined oral and local treatment. Group 1 patients supplemented with oral and local Pycnogenol® experienced a 74.4 percent decrease in leg ulcer size. Group 2 patients supplemented with local Pycnogenol® experienced a 41.3 percent decrease in leg ulcer size. Group 3 patients supplemented with oral Pycnogenol® experienced a 33 percent decrease in leg ulcer size. Group 4, the control group, experienced a 22 percent decrease from disinfecting the ulcers on a daily basis. Eighty-nine percent of the patients treated with oral and local Pycnogenol® were completely healed.

    Group 1 participants received 150 mg Pycnogenol® as oral treatment and 100 mg from capsules as powder placed on the ulcerated area (local); Group 2 participants received oral treatment Pycnogenol® with 150 mg; Group 3 received 100 mg of local treatment and Group 4 received no medical care, other then the same ulcer care as the other subjects (washed and cleaned with warm water and local disinfectant).

    Ulcers were washed and medicated every day for six weeks. The area of the ulceration was copied on a transparent plastic sheet and the relative integral was recorded in a computerized system. A microcirculatory evaluation was performed at inclusion of the study and repeated after six weeks.

    Direct questioning was used to evaluate tolerability and compliance, particularly gastrointestinal problems, systematic and local skin alterations, signs of allergic reaction and any other manifestation. No side effects were reported.

    Over 35 years of research on Pycnogenol® demonstrate the antioxidant’s ability to improve blood flow, encouraging improved circulation. "The Pycnogenol®-treated groups all showed a significantly increased oxygen presence in the skin and a significantly lowered carbon dioxide level. These findings suggest that Pycnogenol® helps to resolve the underlying microangiopathy with an improved blood micro-circulation carrying more oxygen to the feet," said Dr. Belcaro. "Better circulation decreases the chance of developing ulcers."

    Previous research shows Pycnogenol® may be helpful in controlling an array of problems prevailing in diabetics. Clinical studies which sampled more than 1,200 patients demonstrated Pycnogenol® treatment to be highly effective for prevention of diabetic retinopathy — bleeding capillaries in the eye that causes irreversible vision loss. Other studies show Pycnogenol to be effective in lowering glucose levels and increasing the health of blood vessels in patients with type II diabetes, after supplementation of 50-200 mg Pycnogenol.

    "If left untreated, damage to blood vessels from diabetes then manifests in typical circulatory problems such as hypertension, from which 50 percent of type II diabetics suffer. Solid evidence shows that Pycnogenol® effectively reduces high blood pressure, platelet aggregation, LDL cholesterol and enhances circulation," said Belcaro.

    About Pycnogenol®

    Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France and is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits. The extract has been widely studied for the past 35 years and has more than 220 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and efficacy as an ingredient. Today, Pycnogenol® is available in more than 500 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information or a copy of this study, visit

  • malukey

    Obviously you are a diabetic.I understand your situation, but any county hospital[depending where you live] can"t turn you away for treatment. Or maybe a free clinic besides how are you going to get you medication for your diabetes? They really need a DR. to look at them or even a nurse practitioner. They maybe something else not related to diabetes. At any rate go now today don,t fool around this. I’m sorry I couldn’t give any advice on natural remedies but even those will be expensive probally. Seriously the hospital can put you on a broad spectrum antibiotic,before that infection gets worse,or gets into your bloodstream where you will become septic. I was so compelled to answer your Question, sorry my answer wasn’t relative to your question I really will have you on my mind. I hope you get better GOOD LUCK.


    from the definitions of diabetic and of ulcers this would mean that your blood is not producing enough of the required substances particular to avoiding a certain type of ulcer and there are several types of ulcers so you do need a doctor to chek it out to further identify that type of ulcer and the type of diabeties to learn exactly what suplaments you do need to take and or apply and there are programs to help fund your medical needs as you are human and humanity is entitled to the medical necessities of securing the health of humanity including every individual and that right is protected by and spoken of in the declaration of independance and if the doctors you consult are more concerned with money than the well being of humanity perhaps they are not as professional as they claim to the duties of human health and the saving of humanity even of smaller diseases which if left uncared for become larger problems and leageons of sickness that even they alone could not fight unless they contribute to the duties of weakening them some doctors will even allow you to do a service for them if you are capable service for services are a kindness to be shared just ask the right ones and they will take care of you properly

  • Bed rest with elevation of legs. Hot wet packs applied to legs for six hours a day. Antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin helps.

  • Buzz s

    There are no natural remedies to help someone like you. Talk to the county health department and see if you can’t get treatment. If the ulcers are on both legs, you are at risk for trouble and need to be in intensive case management.

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