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Diabetic Leg Ulcers: Home Remedies to Heal Leg Sores

Last Modified on May 15, 2016

Among the more significant side effects of diabetes are diabetic leg ulcers, open leg sores that may afflict the feet or legs, once or recurrently, and break down the skin's protective barrier so that infection may more easily enter the body to cause disease and further tissue damage at the site of the ulcer. These ulcers often occur with advanced diabetes because the diabetic patient does not feel the damage occurring to the skin, where neuropathy has affected pain receptors in the legs and feet.

There are other health concerns that can cause leg ulcers including trauma, impetigo, tuberculosis, and cellulitis. However, diabetic leg ulcers are the most common. These result from blocked arteries and as a secondary effect of the neuropathy (nerve damage) that often comes with an uncontrolled diabetic condition. The atherosclerosis that blocks leg arteries causes arterial insufficiency, a lack of circulation to the area where ulcers subsequently occur.

Natural Treatment for Diabetic Leg Ulcers

Of course, a proper diabetes diet and blood sugar control are essential to preventing leg ulcers. For any existing, open ulcers, cleaning and dressing the wound is essential. You may want to consider coating the wound with honey as a natural antibiotic to supplement your immune system's own efforts to prevent infection. Supplemental zinc and vitamin C will speed up the healing process. As one more option, phototherapy offers a promising alternative medicine treatment for diabetic leg ulcers.(1)


Remedies for Leg Ulcers

The Popularity of Leg Ulcers Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Activated Charcoal10000-00-00
Activated Charcoal and Flax Seed Poultice12013-03-18
Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil12013-10-22
Aloe Vera12014-12-17
Bread and Baking Soda02013-03-27
Colloidal Silver, Serrapeptase12015-05-10
Everclear (Grain Alchohol)12009-01-14
Hydrogen Peroxide and Testosterone02014-08-06
Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne12013-11-12
Manuka Honey22008-11-13
Methylated Spirits12006-05-02
Raw Food Diet for Leg Sores12007-11-07
Sugar Compress12009-05-23
Tamanu Oil22013-10-16

Activated Charcoal  

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One of the best remedies to heal dangerous leg ulcers happens to be activated charcoal. Sprinkling activated charcoal (mixed with water) directly onto an ulcer will start the healing process immediately.

Replied by Ernest
San Antonio, Texas
What is activated charcoal? Is this charcoal that is used or charcoal straight out of the bag???? Help?
Replied by E Hoa
Brisbane, Queensland
I have a pretty agressive ulcer and have given up on conventional medical treatment and looking for an alternative. Would you be able to give me more details on using Activated Charcoal? Does a dressing and bandage need to be used after the Charcoal has been applied? How long does it remain on the Ulcer? Does it have to be cleaned out before another application is applied, if so what do you use?
Replied by Israel Stanley
Harare, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe
Activated Charcoal is highly porous carbon with the ability to absorb toxins when applied on to an open ulcer. When applied on to an open ulcer, its purpose is to absorb as much waste material or toxins as much as possible so that when the ulcer heals there no unwanted toxins or materail are trapped inside as the wound heals. Most people rush to get medication to close the ulcers before thoroughly cleaning the ulcer of any toxins or unwanted material like clotted blood, serum, puss etc. So the activated charcoal helps in that regard.

In the absence of thorough cleaning of the ulcer, the supposedly 'healed' ulcers will reappear again.

Activated charcoal is a black powder and is available from chemists or pharmacies in powder form or tablets. When someone is suspected of having taken poison by mouth, activated charcoal is given as first aid in order to absorb the poison in the system and confine it to the digestive canal. When that happens, the poison is not absorbed into the blood system, and can be passed out from the digestive canal thru the normal system or by inducing the person to vomit.

Replied by Barry
Fenton, Mo
I had an ulcer about the size of a half dollar with a deep crater that I been battling a year. The doctors in the US could do nothing, but my wife and I started eating about 4 horse chestnuts a day, and within a month it cleared up. If you look online it says they are hazardous, but if you cook them they are edible. Now you can buy them in a powder form, and add to juice, or use creams on your legs with horse chestnuts. We found out Europe uses them for ulcers, venous disease, varicose veins, and Hemorrhoid.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
HI U BARRY, , , , , , , , thank you for this information. Met a man in our chelation group that had the same situation and 3 Hydrogen Peroxide IV's avoided the amputation of his leg. Pocket Ozone will work also. The wound just needs oxygen in any way it can get it. Blood flow is paramount and the lowly supplement, L- Arginine will do that. It's the poor man's Viagra. I will say no more as my wife reads my posts.

Our allopathic doctors will change to natural remedies in time, but not in my time.


Replied by Joanne
Comments on leg ulcers - they are heart breaking, and the hospitals don't provide an array of usable medicine.

I use colloidal silver, internal and external as it was one of the first antibiotics used for burn patients in the US. It worked. I cleaned all sores, and those emerging. Fine spray the leg daily.

Activated Charcoal and Flax Seed Poultice  

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Posted by Teresa (Bentonville, Ar) on 03/18/2013
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My companion had a very bad ulcerated leg, we believe the cauce was from a fall that damaged his ankle, resulting in a plate and several screws years ago. It happened so fast at a time when he very busy having a large barn being constructed. His calf swelled to 2-3 times normal size in a day, and the skin became open and raw, about the size of a tennis ball. We couldn't get in to see our naturopath until the next day, so we found info on the internet about charcoal/flax poultice.

I was covering a large area, so I took 16'' x12" piece of clean cotton sheet, mixed 1/3 cup food grade activated charcoal with 1/2 cup ground flax seed and enough water for paste that you can spread on the cotton cloth. I would take that and wrap it around his calf. Then wrap saran wrap around that, and then wrap an ace bandage around that and pin it on for the night, 8 hours. You don't want it exposed to air, or it dries out. It takes the pain away in about 20 min. You can do it 3 times daily, but leave time to air out. And Keep the area Very clean, spray peroxide often.

We did this daily for 5-6 months. At first it drained liquid out, a LOT of liquid out. After about 4 months he showed his Dr. They panicked, did a lot of tests, nuclear bone scan and others, sent him to specialist. That Dr. came in looked at the calf, felt the leg, went back out checked tests, came back in, felt the leg for 10 min. checking for temp. We told him what we we're doing, he said, "did a lot of stuff drain out?" I said, "oh ya", he said the leg has no infection or problem he could find. After a total of 5 months we stopped the wraps, and the skin started peeling off, layer after layer... And every so often it gets to acting up, and he'll do another poultice. For the most part he only had poultice on at night.

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil  

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Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 10/22/2013
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I used the charcoal early on in the process of healing my leg sores. It did clean them up very nicely and then I was able to go on to things like the tamanu oil to stimulate cell growth.

Replied by Louan
Springfield, MO
I want to help several patients with ulcers in our dialysis unit. Where do you purchase tamanu oil are there any side effects and how long did it take for relief and healing. Thanks for your help. Louan

Aloe Vera  

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Posted by Papaya (Warsaw, Poland) on 12/17/2014
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After using very strong corticosteroid on my infected leg ulcers, my skin became thin and easily damaged, not to mention, it is more prone to infection (impetigo). I started applying fresh aloe vera gel from a cut leaf and I see it slowly regenerates.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Papaya, is your aloe plant plain green or spotted?
Replied by Papaya
Warsaw, Poland
My aloe is plain green. I think that eating a spice also plays significant role in rebuilding collagen damaged by corticosteroids. I've also read some posts written by people suffering from corticosteroid induced skin atrophy about applying yoghurt and avocado on these sensitive skin areas but I haven't tried it yet.

Bread and Baking Soda  

Posted by Debra (Mackay Queensland, Australia) on 03/27/2013

I have a new leg uler which developed after a bleed. It is on my interior ankle. Extremely painful. Can feel the swelling where the damage was done. I was told of a method using bread, bicarbonate of soda on the bread and water which makes the paste bubble. Does anyone know of this method. Surelly there is some native bush remedy out there. Indigenous people have cures for all their needs which they have used for years. Modern wound clinics just put on a bandage and say see you nexst week. One year later you are still doing the same thing.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
Hi Debra, I have read that a dr from Zimbabwe places sugar on a wound that does not heal & then it starts healing.
Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
Manuka honey the +16 variety, and cayenne to get the circulation going. Capsules might be better. The ulcers are usually varicose ulcers. Pack the wound with the honey and lightly bind it with a bandage.

Colloidal Silver, Serrapeptase  

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Posted by Deiddrich (Meridian, Mississippi Us) on 05/10/2015
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I have used Colloidal Silver to disinfect leg ulcers with a spray, use one or twice daily. Use Serreptase once or twice a day of 40,000 to 80,000. This will close the emerging ulcers and established ulcers. A white cream made with colloidal silver for dressing the leg ulcers and surrounding the ulcers will heal these wounds.

Everclear (Grain Alchohol)  

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Posted by Liz (Midland, TX) on 01/14/2009
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My 80 year old mother had horrible looking sores on her legs. She asked me to pick up some everclear.(190 Proof). I was skeptical but she had heard of it somewhere and within two days her legs And foot looked better than they had for months and it did not BURN!!?? We just poured it over her legs first then we patted with washrag. I was amazed but it worked.

Replied by Su
Lillington, North Carolina
do you have to cover the leg with cloth like a bandaid, sort of, AFTER you poured the 'everclear' ????

Hydrogen Peroxide and Testosterone  

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn. ) on 08/06/2014

HI U GOD FEARING PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , , , , , ,

Got diabetes myself and know this problem is coming one of these days . I know personally that Hydrogen Peroxide IV has cured this problem for several people in my chelation group.

One of my medical news letters had another remedy. This doctor healed his dad's leg ulcer by rubbing natural testosterone directly into the wound. He also gave him injectable testosterone . His stage 4 ulcer , which went to the bone, was healed in 6 weeks. I have no clue.

Was I a nice person this time or not?

======OLE ROBERT HENRY======

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne  

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Posted by Kate (Tonga) on 11/12/2013
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My husband had really bad ulcers on his lower leg, which had lasted about 9 months. Every evening, he was in so much pain, he couldn't sleep. He tried every remedy - both natural and allopathic - that he could think of, with only minor improvement. People kept commenting that perhaps he was diabetic, but he refused to go and get tested. Thinking along these lines, I devised a treatment for him, which we applied morning and night.

First, I applied a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the actual ulcer. (It fizzes and foams for a minute or so).

Then I mixed a small amount (maybe 2 tablespoons) of extra virgin coconut oil with a pinch of cayenne pepper, and massaged the entire leg with it, especially the foot. (Be sure not to massage it onto the actual ulcer, as it will sting like mad! ). The idea behind this is to bring circulation, warmth and blood flow to the limb, to speed up healing.

Within a couple of days we could see an improvement. The ulcers were noticeably smaller. It took about 2 - 3 weeks for all the ulcers to be completely healed over.

Replied by Yolonda
Texas, US
Does this also help with the swelling of the leg and foot?
Replied by Elisabeth
Santa Barbara, California
When you put the peroxide on the ulcer wound, then you do the mix of the oil and cayenne pepper, massage the leg, do you put something else on the wound and cover for during the day when you are working? Can you please tell me What I need to do and get to heal my wound. Thank you.

Manuka Honey  

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Posted by Sue (London, United Kingdom) on 11/13/2008
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My father had a large leg ulcer which he had for some years. I bought him some manuka honey which he put on the ulcer everyday. It completely cured the ulcer and has left no trace of a scar. This took 6 months.

Replied by John
Dublin, Dublin, lenster, ireland
Hi my name is John, I live in Dublin, Ireland-I have an Ulcer on my ankle. It's been treated at the moment with Iodiflex & I'm finding that it heals for so much & then it seems to just go so far & then go back to the way it was before so if you could tell me the full name of the Manuka Honey example I drink one of the Manuka Range & it is called Manuka 15 , so if you could send me the Full name of the Manuka Honey that you used it would be great, Thank You, John
Replied by Carole
Chicago Il.
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Thanks John, that indeed was helpful. My ulcer is tiny upon my right foot heel. It's dried now, still hurts a wee bit.

Methylated Spirits  

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Posted by Pat (Whangarei New Zealand) on 05/02/2006
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It's a glass (Window) cleaner ... It is POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE in Liquide METHANOL... It stops the rot ...when nothing else will ... How do I know it works :-) I'm a DIABETIC ...and know about Diabetic Grangrene.

Replied by David
Indianapolis, Usa
But where do I find a window cleaner with potassium permanganate in methanol?
Replied by Vee
Johannesburg, South Africa
I has started to get ugly pigmentation at the back of my knee's and patches on my legs. I was told today to try Methylated spirits mixed with Bio Oil and glycerin. I'm not sure what quantities to mix and if it safe to use Methylated spirits.

Can someone advise me.

Replied by Cecil
North Carolina
Do it really work...I suffer with small blisters on my legs, some has turn into sores.

Raw Food Diet for Leg Sores  

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Posted by Rachel (Brooklyn, New York) on 11/07/2007
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My husband developed non-healing sores (but not dangerous) on his leg near the ankle.They kept on getting bigger and were there for about a half year. He also had a bit of sugar in his blood. After going to doctors and trying many things, "Une boot wraps" is what helped heal the sores. Using these wraps was very painful the first few weeks, but they worked.

At the same time, someone mentioned seeing in a book*, a fasting program, that helps heal such sores. The Health food stores didn't have the book and the fasting program seemed hard. Other fasting programs also seemed to be a possibility. Since the sores healed before the books were bought, none of the fasting programs were attempted.

Recently, after getting a knock on the foot, the problem started to come back. There were two sores that were getting bigger. Instead of a fast, we (a few members of the family) began a mostly raw food cleansing program, eating raw fruit and vegetables throughout the day (after the first week, including figs and nuts and seeds) and eating one warm, cooked meal in the evening. The cooked meal being very simply, grilled fish and vegetable soup or chicken soup with cooked chicken and vegetables, including carrots, celery, onions, garlic, parsley root, sweet potato, asparagus and so on. No flour or corn starch was used in the soup to thicken it and no oils. Sometimes a cooked potato was included. Bread and grain flour products were also avoided. Milk and hard cheese was avoided. Unheated, unrefined olive oil was used occasionally on salads or other vegetables. This was meant to be a cleansing program, easier than a fast but cleansing nevertheless. One day a week, a variety of regular foods, including Challah, was eaten in moderation. At this point, several weeks into the program my husbands sores are almost completely gone, the sugar is completely gone, his heart feels stronger and he is able to walk more easily and faster. Thank you for letting me share this Rachel

Replied by Pbird
Wa, Usa
I couldn't tolerate the Une boot wrapping. It enlarged my first ulcer by abut six hundred percent just from the pressure and rubbing. I had to take over the case myself and worked on this thing for most of a year. I used poltices of bentonite clay and activated charcoal to clean it up and then used Manuka honey, Amerigel, bismuth saturated gauze and best of all...tamanu oil to heal the openings in the skin that did not want to close.
Replied by Sarah
This sounds interesting. Will try it on my mum.


Posted by Dinah (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) on 04/26/2012

Stop! I have the answer for leg ulcers. I suffered miserably with non-healing leg ulcers. My doctor gave up, the hospital clinic gave up, a home health nurse who had specialized in leg ulcers started applying to my leg _____ silver pads. They did hurt a little at first... But the ulcers healed. I used to cry up until the wee hours of the night due to the pain, I was even taking strong paid medication but it stopped working. These dressings healed my entire right leg that was entirely ate up with leg ulcers. Please check out this product. You can even email me... I'm a real person and I'm not selling a product. Please, stop suffering. Leg ulcers are the worse pain in the entire world.

Replied by Thomas
Littel Falls, Mn Usa
What silver pads are you referring to?
Replied by 1chpjl
Alpena, Michigan
Please tell me about the silver pads that Dinah said that really helped with ankle and leg ulsers. My partner is in extreme pain due to poor circulation. Was due for surgery but now has to deal with another health issue first. There getting bigger by the day and pain meds are not helping. Thank you.
Replied by Lesley
Melbourne, Australia
Hi, would love to know more on these silver pads to help my dad with a 2 year old ulcer that won't heal and no doctor has been able to help, he's 90 and in pain.

Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Replied by Rswuniontown
Uniontown, Oh
Julia Schoepick devotes an entire chapter of her book, "Honest Medicine, " to Silverlon. Her husband was suffering with a brain surgery scar that would not heal until she brought some Silverlon in to put on it, and the next day it was finally starting to heal. I think her website is I'm not sure where you can get some but she may be able to answer that. Good luck!
Replied by Kathleen
San Antonio, Texas
If you can't find the silver pads you might want to try colloidal silver topically. You might also be interested in a homeopathic mixture that promotes healing called Traumeel. I gave some to my neighbor when she had a dog bite that wasn't healing and the results were amazing. You could literally see a day to day change in the bruising and healing of the wound.
Replied by Cassim
Durban, South Africa
Hello, I had some sugar ulcer sores on my left leg just above the ankle and below the just below the knee, I have tried doctors and other herbal treatment, I was introduced to cupping, and the on the first session the blood that was removed from the ulcer was a sponge type and looked like jelly, the ulcer began to heal, after three sessions of cupping the ulcers have healed but where the ulcer was, this portion of my leg has become black and the ulcer is ever so slightly returning, please may you be so kind and explain what is silver pads and where can I purchase some. Thanking you, Cassim
Replied by John
Knoxville, Tn
hey Dianne I have leg ulcers. I am a diabetic and its been going on for a year. Where can I buy the siver pads at to help heal my leg ulcers. I have tried everything ointments antibiotics, nothing is helping.
Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh

Here is the link to Silverlon. You can read more about it in Julia Schopick's book, "Honest Medicine." Her husband's doctors had been trying to heal his head from repeated brain surgeries for over 8 months without success, and she found out about Silverlon and brought some into the hospital for him. He skin was healed over night. Best wishes.

Replied by Joseph
Did anyone get info on what Dina meant about the "silver pads"'?
Replied by Rsw


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Posted by Juanita (N. O., La. USA) on 11/28/2008
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Try using a paste of sugar and antibiotic ointment on leg sores that will not heal! Bacteria will not grow in sugar and it will heal the sore fast!

Replied by Carmen
Portland, Oregon
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My podiatrist recommended Sugar with triple antibiotic paste mix for the stubborn Diabetic ulcer on my foot, and it healed it within a month. It's an inexpensive way to heal a stubborn wound.

Sugar Compress  

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Posted by Baldelune (Rainier, WA) on 05/23/2009
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Try this treatment for a DIABETIC ULCER that refuses to heal: Take a piece of gauze large enough to encircle the ulcer site and liberally coat it with vaseline, roll the gauze into a cigarette-like roll configuration and encircle the ulcer. This sticky-treated gauze is used to make a "dam" around the wound. Next, fill the inside of the gauze encirclement with ordinary table sugar about 1/4" deep, place a covering of gauze over the sugar and the encircling sticky gauze and then gently bandage over the wound area. The sugar will accelerate the healing of the wound, absorb the drainage, and prevent infection. I believe you will like the results. It sounds simple--and it is, but it works. Honey can be substituted for the table sugar, but some folks find it to be more messy to use than sugar; however, it's your call. The entire dressing will need to be changed every 2-3 days.

Replied by Meg18
Durham, England
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Do NOT use honey - despite the claims that bacteria can not grow in honey, using it for a leg ulcer gave me a horrendous infection that swelled my legs to the size of telegraph poles, after which I lost all of the skin below my knee. Two years later the original leg ulcer still hasn't healed. Honey can apparently carry heat resistant spores for some really nasty diseases!

Replied by E Hoa
Would you give me some more information about using the sugar please. Does the wound have to be washed before replacement of a new application? What indications tell you there is improvement?
Replied by Moe
Toronto, On
Hi, Does this really work? How long does it take to heal the wound? My mom really need a help.. Can you please email or reply here.. Also, do we dip the vaseline gauze in the sugar or we just have to sprinkle the sugar once we encircle the gauge? Please Reply.. Thanks in advance.
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
I would not use sugar for leg ulcers. Raw honey has been very successful in treating leg ulcers. It must be raw organic honey (or manuka honey). Raw honey is antibacterial so very safe to use.
Replied by Moe
Toronto, On
Hi, Can you please give me more direction on how to use this therapy. When you say vaseline? Which kind or brand? Please give more info. Thanks.
Replied by Rocelle
You may have used sugar honey, not the real pure honey.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia

I would not use sugar for leg ulcers. Raw honey has been very successful in treating leg ulcers. It must be raw organic honey (or manuka honey). Raw honey is antibacterial so very safe to use.