Edema is a condition characterized by abnormal amounts of excessive fluid (commonly water and sodium) buildup in the body. Usually the build up of fluid occurs in the intercellular spaces, between the cells.
Edema usually occurs in the extremities, but it can also occur (in very slight amounts) in the brain when it is associated with allergies that cause the brain to swell and manifest as headaches, memory problems, learning disorders, or behavioural changes.
Symptoms of edema include bloating and swelling of the face, fingers, hands, legs, and, in its later stages, the abdomen. Symptoms may be very mild, causing rings on your fingers to feel tight or your face to feel puffy, or they may be severe enough to cause stretching and shininess of your skin, as well as overall weight gain.
Small amounts of fluid buildup can also occur elsewhere in the body, such as the spine (causing low back pain), the lungs (mimicking asthma/bronchitis), and the knees (mimicking arthritis), and should be a considered in a wide variety of health problems that do not respond to the normal treatments.
Caution: If fluid accumulation creates such stretching and bagginess of your skin that pressure into it creating a “pit”—a condition known as pitting edema—a doctor should be consulted immediately as this may be a sign of a very serious health problem.
Edema can be caused by allergies, poor kidney excretion or secondary kidney problems related to protein absorption, vitamin B deficiencies, heart failure, or other liver and kidney disorders. All of these factors must be screened for and, if present, addressed, before long-term healing of edema can occur.
Air travel, travel to a new climate, and/or stress can also aggravate edema symptoms.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki is a very powerful healing therapy. It aids in detoxifying the mind, body and spirit. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in reducing stress and healing illness. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing http://blogs.naturalcures.com/traditional-chinese-medicine-ancient-healing-ways/
Qigong exercise for abdomen edema tcmencyclopaedia.com/News/info/20082251_12581.html
Omega 3 and swelling www.livestrong.com/article/485686-omega-3-swelling/
Oil pulling: An ancient panacea acupofkarma.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/oil-pulling-an-ancient-panaceaim-not-pulling-your-leg/
Jump for Joy – Rebounding (October 2012 newsletter)
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) /www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Herbal Cures for Swelling www.ehow.com/video_7462854_herbal-cures-swelling.html
Ayurvedic remedies for edema www.homeveda.com/women-health/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-edema.html
Oil Pulling – The Underground Cure www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIMm_LI_U7A
Magnets shown to reduce swelling www.tomshardware.com/news/magnets-shown-reduce-swelling-medical-study,4634.html
Further Information (links and books)
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Bruce N.D. Fife
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Links: Dandelion Leaf
www.gaiaherbs.com (888) 917-8269
Juniper or Rosemary Essential Oils
www.rivendellaromatics.com (805) 649-2476
Vitamin B complex, Living B Vitamins
www.qnlabs.com (800) 370-3447
Vitamin C, Catie’s Organic Vit C Plus
www.energyessentials.com (888) 456-1597
Pantothenic acid, TwinLab
www.twinlab.com (800) 645-5626
Potassium, Potassium 99-MG Chelated
www.puritan.com (800) 645-1030
Free-form amino acids, Amino Fuel Liquid
www.twinlab.com (800) 645-5626
Whole Food Green Powder, Vitamineral Green
www.livingnutritionals.com (866) 729-3438
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Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.