Homeopathic treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ?

In this article, we will explain what Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is, its signs and symptoms, and the best homeopathic treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

What is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)?

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness, mainly affecting boys. It is caused by a mutation in the gene, which leads to the absence or deficiency of the protein dystrophin. This protein is essential for maintaining muscle cell integrity and strength.

What is Dystrophin

Dystrophin is a crucial protein in our bodies, often likened to "muscle glue" due to its role in holding muscle cells together. Encoded by the largest gene in our genetic makeup, the dystrophin gene consists of 79 exons. This protein is important for maintaining the strength and stability of our muscles. However, in conditions like Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a deficiency or absence of dystrophin occurs, resulting in muscle-related problems. Typically, DMD affects specific exons, especially exon numbers 44 to 53. Without an adequate amount of dystrophin, muscles gradually weaken and deteriorate, leading to significant motor functions.

What is the Pathophysiology of DMD

The absence of dystrophin leads to muscle damage during contractions, triggering an inflammatory response. This inflammation results in the replacement of muscle fibers with fibrous tissue, leading to progressive muscle weakness and dysfunction.

Complications if DMD is not Treated

Without proper treatment, DMD can lead to severe mobility issues, respiratory complications, and cardiac problems, significantly impacting the quality of life and lifespan of affected individuals.

Signs and Symptoms of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

  1. Muscle Weakness
    Muscle weakness usually starts in the legs (calf muscle) and pelvis and spreads upwards. This weakness can make tasks like climbing stairs, standing up from a seated position, and walking progressively more difficult.
  2. Delayed Motor Development
    Delayed motor development, such as sitting, crawling, or walking, when compared to their peers
  3. Frequent Falls
    Due to muscle weakness and instability the child experiences frequent falls, particularly during physical activities or when trying to maintain balance
  4. Calf Enlargement (Pseudohypertrophy)
    There is an enlargement of the calf muscles due to the replacement of muscle tissue with fat and connective tissue.
  5. Breathing Difficulties
    As DMD progresses, it can affect the respiratory muscles, leading to difficulties in breathing. This results in shortness of breath, more so during physical activity.
  6. Cardiac Involvement
    DMD can also impact the heart muscle, leading to cardiac issues as the disease advances.
  7. Gait Abnormalities
    The child assumes the hands-and-knees position and then climbs to a stand by "walking" his hands progressively up his shins, knees, and thighs. This manoeuvre, known as Gowers' sign, has been associated almost exclusively with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy.


How to do ASSESSMENT of severity DMD

GMFM score

The Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) is a clinical assessment tool designed to evaluate and measure gross motor function in children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. It assesses a child's ability to perform a range of motor skills and tasks related to mobility and physical function. Typically, the GMFM score is expressed as a percentage, with higher scores indicating better gross motor function.

What are the Investigations for DMD

Following investigations are performed to confirm the intensity and severity of DMD

  1. Creatine Kinase (CK) Levels
    Creatine kinase (CK), an enzyme released into the bloodstream due to muscle damage
  2. Genetic Testing
    Genetic testing can identify mutations in the DMD gene on the X chromosome, which is responsible for producing the dystrophin protein.
  3. CK-NAC (Creatine Kinase-N-Acetyl Cysteine) 
    The main difference between CPK and CK-NAC lies in their stability. Traditional CPK tests can be affected by temperature and time, potentially leading to inaccurate results if the sample is not processed promptly. CK-NAC is designed to be more stable, allowing for more reliable measurements, especially when there may be delays in processing the blood sample.


Conventional Approach

The conventional approach to DMD includes physical therapy, orthopaedic interventions, respiratory support, and cardiac management. However, these treatments mainly focus on symptom management rather than addressing the underlying cause of the disease. whereas  homeopathic treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy aims to target the root cause, offering a holistic approach to managing the condition.

Preventive Steps

As DMD is a genetic disorder, preventive measures primarily involve genetic counselling for families with a history of DMD to assess the risk of passing on the condition to future generations.


Dietary Management

While there isn't a specific diet to treat DMD, maintaining a balanced diet full of essential nutrients can promote overall health and well-being.


Top 5 Homeopathic Medicines for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Here are the top 5 homeopathic medicines for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to address this genetic disorder


Useful for muscle weakness and stiffness, especially in the lower limbs.

2. Rhus Toxicodendron

It helps relieve muscle pain and stiffness, particularly after periods of inactivity.

3. Arnica montana

Useful for reducing inflammation and soreness in muscles.

4. Phosphorus

It helps strengthen weak muscles and improve respiratory function.

5. Lachesis

Indicated for cardiac issues and breathing difficulties in DMD patients.

Please note that these are general medical recommendations. For the best homeopathic treatment for genetic conditions, it's always advisable to consult with a best homeopathic doctor


Top 5 Homeopathic Medicines for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

What is homeopathic Miasmatic understanding of DMD

Muscles get Inflamed – PSORA

Increase in cell mass – SYCOTIC

Muscles get destroyed – SYPHILITIC

So it is a SYCO-SYPHILITIC disease


HomoeoCARE's Approach

In diagnosing Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the first step is identifying the source of the genetic mutation. We achieve this by analyzing both the child's and mother's genes.

·If the mother's test is normal, it suggests a spontaneous mutation in the child. In these cases, we focus on the child's genetics to pinpoint the origin of the condition. Early detection, as seen with patient HJ, can lead to significant improvement.

·If the mother's test reveals a mutation, indicating she's a carrier, we consider both the child's and mother's medical history. This combined data allows us to create a personalized homeopathic treatment plan, often resulting in remarkable recoveries.

Remember, in genetic cases, the gene mutation cannot be reversed but the effect of the mutation on the body can be minimized if the treatment is started at an early age.

By adopting a holistic approach that addresses the underlying genetic factors and supports overall health, homeopathy offers a promising avenue for the management of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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