ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A CASE REPORT ON THE SIDDHA MANAGEMENT OF DIABETIC FOOT ULCER (DFU): LEFT PLANTAR FOOT
Article Category: Case Reports
DOI: DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.100241
Author: Samraj K *, Kannan M, Sathiyarajeswaran P
Abstract: Background: Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is quoted as Madumegapun (Diabetic Ulcer) in the Siddha literatures. 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. Case Report: Sixty-one years old male from sub-urban area of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a farmer by occupation was admitted in the In-patient Department of Siddha Hospital with complaints of ulcer in the left plantar aspect of foot with foul odor, pus discharge from the ulcer, swelling in the peri-wound area, Pain, altered gait along with a mild gangrene with osteomyelitis for the past 12-months associated with history of Diabetes mellitus for the past 20 years. Severity of the ulcer was measured by the Diabetic Ulcer Severity Score (DUSS), Classification of Ulcer by the ‘Wagner Ulcer Classification System’ (WUCS), prognosis by ‘Leg Ulcer Measurement Tool’ (LUMT). And, it emphasizes on the importance of proper medication for DFU and to focus on the Siddha management with D5 Chooranam (Anti-diabetic Siddha drug) and Maththan Thailam (Wound healing Siddha external Oil) and Palagaraiparpam. Conclusion: Intervention of Siddha medicine can potentially heal the Diabetic foot ulcer with regulating the blood sugar level. They could have a massive impact, in reducing infection rates, amputations, plastic surgeries and improving the overall quality of life and lower the economic burden in treating DFU.
Keyword: Siddha System of Medicine, Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU), Madhumegapun, Maththanthailam, Palagaraiparpam.