Background: Diabetic foot ulcer is one of the most common problems in diabetic patients. Its treatment is very complicated and needs to be carefully monitored, because inappropriate responses to various therapeutic and surgical treatments may occur Case Presentation: In this study, 10 patients with second and third degree diabetic foot ulcers were evaluated based on the therapeutic protocols of Iranian Traditional Medicine in Bojnurd. All the patients were hospitalized in one of the hospitals of Bojnurd during 2015-2016 and were undergoing initial treatment. The wounds of patients did not respond to common treatments, and based on the advice of an orthopedic surgeon, amputation was ordered by the physician. Patients were referred to the traditional medicine clinic for advice. The patients had various wounds on the left or right leg with severe inflammation. In other words, the patients had infectious wounds with severe inflammation. After entering the traditional medicine clinic, patients were treated with health and nutrition measures. Drug therapy in these patients is associated with the condition of the disease, and includes medicinal herbs, combined medications and modern blood glucose control drugs. Manual treatments including full back cupping every night until the end of treatment, massage therapy and leech therapy inside and around the wound, were used once every 3 to 7 days with 10 to 12 small, medium and large leeches during 10 sessions for patients. In all the patients, after 40 to 60 days of treatment, the diabetic foot ulcer was cured completely, the physical and mental status of the patients improved and the patients’ blood glucose was controlled.
Conclusion: Effective medicine can have effective clinical findings in the treatment of certain diseases, such as diabetic foot ulcer disease. In the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, the use of effective medicine leads to lower costs and reduces the use of antibiotics in diabetic patients. Therefore, according to the principles of modern and traditional medicine in Iran, it can be investigated and evaluated as a new non-invasive therapeutic method with the highest therapeutic effect in the shortest time.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Medicinal Treatments, Iranian Traditional Medicine, Leech Therapy
Hassan Hajtalebi ,Hassan Khani Iurigh, Hamid Reza Hajtalebi