How to heal 89% of diabetic leg ulcers and avoid amputation
September 29, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 76
Nancy has struggled with two large ulcers on her feet. They make it hard for her to walk. They were so severe, she visited a wound care specialist for the last several months – to no avail. She dreads the idea of amputation, who wouldn’t?
Diabetic ulcers are a horrible challenge for many folks who have them. The nerve damage reduces awareness of pressure, heat, or injury. Rubbing and pressure on the foot goes unnoticed and causes damage to the skin and subsequent ulceration.
But stunning new information helped Nancy H. heal her diabetic leg ulcers. And it can help you too.
Nancy saw a study on preventing deep vein thrombosis (when blood clots form in the veins in your legs) with Pycnogenol. These blood clots can cause serious damage to your legs and can break off and travel to your heart or lungs, which can be deadly. Pycnogenol is a patented extract of French maritime pine bark. It has the ability to treat many health challenges. So Nancy wondered if it might help her leg ulcers.
What Nancy didn’t know was that studies using Pycnogenol have demonstrated its ability to heal leg ulcers – fast.
One study out of Italy looked at four groups of patients with leg ulcers. In just six weeks, topical and oral Pycnogenol completely healed the ulcers on 89% of the patients using the combination. Those that didn’t experience complete healing did see their ulcer size decrease by 74.4%. Another group took only the oral supplement. They saw their ulcer size come down by 41.3%. And the third group, which used only topical Pycnogenol – saw their ulcers decrease in size by 33% (compared to 22% in the control group).
So Nancy unknowingly was helping her leg ulcers. Did it work?
Nancy was thrilled when she began to experience the benefits of her Pycnogenol supplement. Her ulcers did heal. What’s more her legs are returning to their normal color. (Impaired blood circulation in diabetics may cause discoloration in the legs, which leads to the development of ulcers.) So the change in color indicated the Pycnogenol was completely healing her legs, restoring good circulation and health.
You can find Pycnogenol (both oral and topical) at any health food store or on the Internet. It’s widely available. A standard dose is about 200 mg daily.
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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