Diabetic Leg Ulcers: Home Remedies to Heal Leg Sores

Chronic Leg Ulcer
Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 05/07/2022
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Do not use Medical Doctors (MDs) if you have a leg ulcer. In my experience, MDs do not know how to heal leg ulcers.

At age 70 my father was bitten by a dog, and subsequently developed a leg ulcer that never healed. He had access to free health care, and was able to see an MD, or an RN, once a week, and every week, but the MDs were very little or no help.

He didn't have any other health issues.

They did dress that wound every week, however that ulcer was still an open wound at age 80 when he passed away.

Vitamin E
Posted by ORH (Ten Mile, TN) on 02/22/2019

HI U HARVEY,,,,,,,,,,,,

my experience is that wounds that do not heal are due to lack of oxygen or circulation. You can do a Hydrogen Peroxide IV or to start...... spread ozonated oil on the wound. Go with the best first and that is the IV.


Vitamin E
Posted by Mama to Many (United States) on 02/22/2019

Dear Harvey,

I would try a salve with comfrey in it. It helps cells to regenerate. It even helps with old scars. I use comfrey all the time at my house!

~Mama to Many~

Horse Chestnut
Posted by Barry (Fenton, Mo) on 01/13/2015
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I had a leg ulcer about the size of a half dollar with a deep crader 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.

Bread and Baking Soda
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 03/27/2013

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.

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

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Posted by RSW (OH) on 11/25/2020

Julia Schopick, in her book “Honest Medicine, ” wrote a section on Silverlon, which she used to heal her husband's head after repeated surgeries. I have seen it for sale on Amazon, as well as other places.


Bets wishes.

Posted by James (Irving, Tx, United States) on 01/03/2012
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Ozone Prevents Amputation. Testimonial from Dom Muras, a diabetic

My friend, Dom Muras, used the bagging technique with Ozone (O3) on his painful foot which was turning black starting with the toes.30 minutes twice per day with O3 hose inserted in plastic bag tied loosely around foot.He used very warm water first to open pores. Seemed to get worse at first -- But no pain from O3 therapy.Took 3 weeks to start showing visible results. Took two months to return foot color to normal. He used the portable O3 generator from Del Industries (DEL ZO 103)


Diabetic Avoids Leg Amputation

Around the 1st of January 2002, Mr. Gene Crockett, an electrical engineer, came to see Dr. Cathryn Kolker (a chiropractor inIrving). He came for chiropractic care but when he showed her the large oozing ulcers on his legs she suggested that he try ozone therapy. He said that his medical doctors could offer no solution except amputation..

His legs were both swollen. At first they broke out in blisters, which broke open and grew to about 2 inches in diameter oozing puss, which dripped down his legs.

He used a portable ozone generator from Del Industries designed for water purifying. Following Dr. Kolker's directions he put a large plastic bag around his legs one at a time and inserted the ozone hose. He did this twice a day for about 30 minutes.

In 3 to 4 days his ulcers stopped oozing and within a week they had shrunk to less than an inch in diameter. By the end of January the swelling of his legs had reduced substantially and his ulcers were almost gone.

He used the portable O3 generator from Del Industries (DEL ZO 103)

NOTE: Ozone is used in German and Swiss clinics to cure gangrene.

Sugar Compress
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 11/03/2012

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.

Raw Food Diet
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.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 01/13/2015

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.


Colloidal Silver
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 07/14/2022

The silver alone should work too. Someone here uses Silvaderm (or some name like that) from the pharmacy on such ulcers (diabetic) and it does help a lot.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Maxime (US) on 07/14/2022

Look into these:

No: tea, coffee, soda, vinegar, unbuffered ascorbic acid, smoking

Heavy metal detox: Cilantro, garlic, onion, turmeric, lemons, things that detox metals like arsenic, etc., colon cleanse like senna, magnesium sulfate, oxygenated magnesium (OxyPowder), melatonin, parsley

Varicose vein remedies: Horsechestnut, butchers broom, yarrow, natural vit E virgin coconut oil/milk/cream (not those big cartons in the case by the milk, the small carton by the asian foods), raw whole lemons not vit c tablets, alkaline diet

Improve circulation: Garlic, onion, turmeric, things that increase circulation, niacinamide, magnesium

Kill infection: warm water with fresh crushed garlic - magnesium sulfate - maybe borax - baking soda - footsoak, goldenseal, comfrey

Keep it clean: fresh aloe gel topically, possibly castor oil (apply to bandage and lay over wound), betadine (apply with spray bottle)

Those are some things to consider/educate yourself about. Niacinamide tablets, and garlic and onion powder (maybe with a few spoonfuls of tahini each day - for example in a curry) and aloe gel and/or betadine topically are what I would do first were I in your position with the few facts you provided. I'm not a doctor, this is just from what I've read.

There is a gov study that showed that eating garlic detoxes arsenic from the body. It described the effects of arsenic poisoning which appeared strikingly similar to diabetes/heart disease.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Israel (israel) on 07/16/2022

This is a long journey to healing but try applying several times a day 10% povidine. It's difficult to improve blood circulation in this area and wheatgrass is not effective.

Silver Nitrate
Posted by Irene Terrill (Rural Kansas) on 09/20/2014
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Please remember folks that IF you use Colloidal Silver in any form other than with water, it will deteriorate in 10 days to 2 weeks. That being said, I will never forget how well silver nitrate salve worked on my mother's near gangrene leg; the hole, the sore was brown all around.

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
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.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 01/05/2014

Dear Nara,

People apply Tamanu Oil straight to wounds. I used it on my daughter this week for a skin irritation and the results were pretty impressive. It was my first experience with it.

Tamanu is native to Malaysia, so you should be able to find it where you live, but it may be called something else. This website has some information and includes some alternate names.


Activated charcoal is also really good for diabetic leg ulcers. Here are some encouraging stories.


Both of these remedies could be used together.

Wounds will heal best if you are also getting plenty of water, have a nutritious diet, and your body is eliminating regularly. If you would be able to add fresh vegetable juice, like carrot, to your diet, that would be very helpful.

I hope you are able to get your ulcers healed soon!

~Mama to Many~

Bread and Baking Soda
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 03/27/2013

Hi Debra, I have read that a dr from Zimbabwe places sugar on a wound that does not heal & then it starts healing.

Activated Charcoal and Flax Seed Poultice
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.

Posted by Rswuniontown (Uniontown, Oh) on 06/19/2012

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 www.honestmedicine.com. I'm not sure where you can get some but she may be able to answer that. Good luck!

Posted by Rsw (Oh) on 05/14/2016

Silverlon can be purchased on Amazon in various sizes:


Best wishes.

Sugar Compress
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.

Posted by D (CO) on 06/01/2022

Raw honey (just fine) or manuka (with manuka antibacterial? flowers in it) honey. The manuka is crazy expensive. Know that raw honey alone is antibacterial and I think antiviral too.

Methylated Spirits
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.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Lauren (Phoenix, AZ) on 07/13/2022
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Worked Temporarily

Hi my Dr. at the VA diagnosed me with foot ulcers. Nothing they gave me did much. I have tried wheat grass and colloidal silver cream wrapped in saran wrap which has been the only thing that has made any difference at all. In fact, at one point the sores were almost gone. Then I had a problem finding the wheat grass. Do you have any suggestions on anything else I could possibly try? Thanks so much.

Colloidal Silver, Potassium Permanganate
Posted by Jenn M. (Cobborra, Australia) on 02/23/2019
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Some years ago I was given a radical idea to try. At the time I didn't take any notes etc but it worked! I had 5 cellulitis ulcers on one leg and I was told to drink 1/4 cup of Colloidal Silver every 5 hours and spray my leg frequently with same. To do it over a 24 hour period. I did it and within 10 days I had only had the original ulcer left. Which hasn't been oozy for years.

So in that time frame, I lost 4 ulcers that have never returned. In 2017, one of my 2 specialists told me to use potassium permanganate ( aka Condy's Crystals ) to wash my legs daily and use the amount of crystals that would barely fit on the edge of a matchstick... He told me it kills sepsis and pseudomonas. Other Dr was delighted and told me that before the arrival of penicillin, doctors used Condy's Crystals as a wash for ulcers.

Vitamin E
Posted by Harvey (Winnipeg, Canada) on 02/22/2019
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I had leg ulcers but now healed. Healing left me with three new scars with new skin a white color, like baby skin. No problem, very happy I healed. But skin around some of the area on my ankle is discolored and looks like a heavy tan….I still put lotions to moisturize the area.

When healing, I put on a lot of Vitamin E oil which I have had tremendous success over the years with several scars….that disappeared. I am going to use Vitamin E oil again. I have been using 100% aloe vera oil lately. I am hoping the discoloring will fade in time. Any suggestions? will be much appreciated….Harv

Vitamin E
Posted by Alma (Baton Rouge LA) on 06/21/2021

Harvey in Winnepeg: Please explain exactly what healed your leg ulcers...was it the application of Vitamin E oil only? Also, how often did you apply the oil?

Cumin, Baking Soda, Coconut Oil
Posted by Stacey (Dallas) on 07/14/2022

Is it cumin as in the Middle Eastern spice or black cumin as in Nigella seeds or black seed?

Horse Chestnut
Posted by Jenn (Cobbora) on 10/06/2017

I have heard that in Europe and the UK they use these nuts for ulcers but I have never tried them, having tried heaps of other things.

I've had leg ulcers now for nearly 4 years and at times I despair that I ever will be healed...

Whilst up to about 6 months ago fruit was still ok to eat with the exception of melons, grapes, grapefruit, and berries..

Now apples are the only fruit I can eat.I have been off sugar for about the same time too and expected to see an improvement in my legs but have instead now noticed a bad biofilm and extensive pain as a new infection takes over. It is called Pastuerella Mitocida, supposedly caused by feline animal bites (?) I have 3 very elderly gentle cats who have lived outside for 4 yrs. That is the limit of my contact with cats! When I got my first ulcer in 2013, I developed an allergic reaction to their fur so I certainly wouldn't let them touch me.

Anyway I may have some HC tea somewhere which I will start drinking and will keep you posted.
With the nuts themselves, how do you boil them?

Horse Chestnut
Posted by Moira (Co. Laois) on 06/01/2022

Why not get them injected which closes off the vein and let it cure itself?

Horse Chestnut
Posted by Moira (Co. Laois) on 04/14/2022

Why will no one go to a surgeon and get the vein that is wrong injected as the vein up further in the leg is leaking? Also, did anyone hear of the white horn for circulation as it is very good with the horse chestnut?

Aloe Vera
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.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 12/18/2014

Papaya, is your aloe plant plain green or spotted?

Aloe Vera
Posted by Papaya (Warsaw, Poland) on 12/18/2014

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.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Yolonda (Texas, US) on 04/22/2015

Does this also help with the swelling of the leg and foot?

Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil, Cayenne
Posted by Elisabeth (Santa Barbara, California) on 09/02/2015

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.

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
Posted by Louan (Springfield, MO) on 08/13/2014

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

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
Posted by Lulu (Delaware) on 06/16/2022

Does anyone know if pbird from 2013 ingested the charcoal or applied it externally for the leg ulcer?

Activated Charcoal, Tamanu Oil
Posted by M in Md (Md) on 06/16/2022

I sensed she used charcoal externally on her leg ulcer. However, I have used charcoal internally many times. It is great for relieving gas, indigestion and food poisoning.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Pbird (Wa, Usa) on 10/16/2013
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Regarding tamanu oil... I have used it to heal really stubborn leg wounds that would not heal for most of a year before I started using the oil. It was quite a process but worked better than anything else.

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Dnara14 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on 01/05/2014

Greetings, I am in my 60's, I have this Ulcer wounds above the ankles and below the ankles on both my legs for many years now. Can you please suggest how the use of Tamanu oil help to heal this type of wounds. Where can one get this oil. Thank you for your help. Best regards. Nara

Tamanu Oil
Posted by Karen (North Carolina) on 11/19/2015

How do u put it on? Does it burn? Does it heal the wound?

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