Integrative Approaches in the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Comparative Study of Conventional and Alternative Therapies

Integrative Approaches in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Therapy


  • Fatima Rehman Lahore Medical & Dental College(LMDC), Lahore, Pakistan Author
  • Tehreem Hayat Lahore Medical & Dental College (LMDC), Lahore, Pakistan. Author
  • Hateem Fatima Lahore Medical & Dental College (LMDC), Lahore, Pakistan. Author
  • Mahnoor Shafiq Lahore Medical & Dental College (LMDC), Lahore, Pakistan. Author
  • Umima Masood House officer,Ghurki Trust & Teaching Hospital Lahore,Pakistan Author
  • Ramsha Batool Lahore Medical & Dental College (LMDC), Lahore, Pakistan. Author



Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Integrative Treatment, Conventional Therapy, Alternative Therapies, Herbal Remedies, Phototherapy, Acupuncture, Wound Healing, Patient Satisfaction


Background: Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) can be considered as some adverse outcomes of diabetes, associated with high rates of morbidity and recurrent nature even with the usage of the existing standard therapies.

Objective: the goal of understanding more about the efficacy of conventional treatments aimed at treating DFUs to integrative treatment plans that feature conventional and CAM therapies.

Methodology: 200 participants with stage 2 or 3 DFUs were enrolled in this study, of which 90 were assigned to conventional treatment only and the others were given other treatment modalities. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software. Continuous variables were compared using t-tests or ANOVA, while categorical variables were analysed with Chi-square tests. Kaplan-Meier curves were used to analyse time-to-healing, and a log-rank test was performed to compare curves across treatment groups.

Results: Integration treatment, significantly higher rates of healing and significantly lower rates of infection compared with conventional treatment only. The phototherapy group had the overall successful healing rate of 85%, and infection rate of 15% was recorded. The herbal remedies had a healing rate of 80% percent, and an infection rate of twenty percent. After the study had been performed, it was noted that while 75% of the patients in the acupuncture group were healed; 25% developed infection. There was an improvement in the conventional therapy group heeling rate of (60%) and infection rate of (30%).

Conclusion: Integration results in enhanced healing and patient satisfaction Democratic foot ulcers implemented as integrative types of treatment that include both the traditional approaches and complementary therapies. These findings could indicate potential approaches by implementing these approaches into routine care practices.


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How to Cite

Rehman, F. ., Hayat, T. ., Fatima, H. ., Shafiq, M. ., Masood, U. ., & Batool, R. . (2024). Integrative Approaches in the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Comparative Study of Conventional and Alternative Therapies: Integrative Approaches in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Therapy. DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICO-LIFE-SCIENCES, 1(2), 44-52.


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