Diabetes insipidus is the medical term for the condition marked by extreme thirst and by polyruia, which is the excretion of excessive amounts of urine. Diabetes insipidus is an uncommon disorder that causes an imbalance of water in the body - it occurs when your body can't regulate how it handles fluids.
This type of diabetes — diabetes insipidus — is not connected to the diabetes mellitus, although the names diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus sound similar. Diabetes mellitus — which can occur as type 1 or type 2 — is the more common form of diabetes and is one of the most prevailed diseases of a modern age.
There's no cure for diabetes insipidus, but treatments are available to relieve your thirst and normalize your urine output.
Symptoms and types of diabetes insipidus
Diabetes insipidus has its warning signs, such as:
- intense thirst,
- and the excretion of a large amount of diluted urine. In some situations, when people drink a lot of fluids, they can have urine output as much as 15 liters a day. Comparing to an average healthy adult, he will urinate an average of up to than 3,5 liters a day.
- Some people suffering from this condition may have nocturia or bed-wetting. This is often observed in children.
In addition to bed wetting, newborns and young children who have diabetes insipidus may suffer from the following symptoms:
- Unexplained fussiness or inconsolable crying
- Trouble sleeping
- Delayed growth
- Weight loss
- Dry skin with cool extremities
There are three types of diabetes insipidus:
- central diabetes insipidus ( due to a lack of the hormone vasopressin aka antidiuretic hormone. This can be due to damage to the hypothalamus or pituitary gland or genetics.)
- nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (occurs when the kidneys do not respond properly to vasopressin)
- and gestational diabetes insipidus (occurs during pregnancy).
Homeopathic remedies for diabetes insipidus
The main role of homeopathy is to help a body to cure itself by giving small amounts of highly diluted substances. Potentisation or trituration is the process of preparing the homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy treats the person as a whole - it focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his condition. Only after examining a patient as an isolated case, including his medical history, his physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, pathology, possible causative factors, including his daily habits, a homeopath can prescribe a homeopathic remedy that is suitable for a person who suffers from diabetes insipidus.
Aceticum acidum (3x a day): Prescribed when having problems with polyuria with a lot of thirst and weakness.
Phosphoricum Acidum (2x a day): Prescribed when a patient passes urine several times during the night only. Phosphoricum Acidum cures diabetes of all kinds in early stages.
Alfalfa (3x a day): Prescribed in cases of polyuria, frequent desire to urinate, and when urine contains abnormal amounts of urea and phosphates.
Argentum nitricum (3x a day): Prescribed in cases when frequent and profuse urination that may be passed unconsciously during daytime or at night. In cases of dribbling of urine. Urine may contain sugar or may not contain sugar. Argentum nitricumis useful for polyuria in diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipidus. The patient should have a great desire for sweets.
Eupatorium perfoliatum (3x a day): Prescribed when patient is complaining about burning in bladder and urethra while urinating.
Kali Carbonicum: Prescribed when a patient has to urinate several times during the night and when he feels pressure in the bladder long before the urine comes.
Murex Purpurea (3x a day): Prescribed when a patient has a strong smelling urine that he passes several times at night.
Squilla maritima (3x a day): Urine is passed several times during the day and at night. Prescribed when a patient has a huge urge to urinate and when she has problems with involuntary passing of urine while coughing or sneezing.