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Edema

Overview

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.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health Protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Do a full body cleanse to detoxifiy and de-stress the entire body and bring it back into balance.  Try the Now BePure cleanse www.nowbepure.com

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
  • Take regular saunas to relieve fluid retention.
  • Eat an organic, whole foods diet.
  • Avoid foods that tend to worsen edema symptoms, such as caffeine, alcohol, salt, fried foods, milk and dairy products, animal protein, sugar, processed grains, white flour, chocolate, olives, pickles, tobacco, and soy sauce.
  • Whole grains and watery fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, apples, potatoes, grapes, beets, onions, cabbage, and citrus, should be a regular part of your diet because these foods can help reduce fluid build up and retention.For chronic edema conditions, also be sure to include diuretic foods in your diet such as celery, carrot, parsley, cilantro, cranberries, pomegranate, corn, barley, rye, and adzuki beans.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so also try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.

Supplements:

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil –

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian –

The following nutrients are all helpful when seeking to prevent or reduce edema symptoms: vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Free-form amino acids and alfalfa tablets can also be helpful.

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this   illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

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.
  • . Find out more by clicking here.
  • 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

Ayurvedic Medicine

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere

Punarnava is an ayurvedic medicine whichhas good diuretic properties to help reduce edema.  Your practitioner may also suggest remedies using: Coriander seeds, mustard oil, apple cider vinegar, neem and tea tree oil, alfalfa, parsley leaves, flaxseed oil and sliced cucumber and potato.

Oil pulling is another remedy that may be recommended (see article and video sections for more info).

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

  • Herbs that support the lymphatic system and encourage detoxification such as cleavers and burdock root.
  • Acupuncture treatments.
  • Qigong exercises to balance energy flow.

Aromatherapy

Make a massage blend with juniper, rosemary, geranium, or fennel essential oils (they all have diuretic properties) and massage onto the areas of the body that are most affected by fluid build up.  Add 12 drops of oil to 30ml of carrier oil and shake well before use to disperse the oils.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.  Find your closest Homeopath here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

  • Apis mellifica – for swelling below the eyes or in the extremities.
  • Calcarea carbonica – for swelling around the knees with cold clammy hands.
  • Ferrum metallicum – for swelling after fluid loss.
  • Graphites – for swelling in those prone to skin problems.
  • Ledum palustre – for swollen ankles and feet.
  • Lycopodium – for swelling linked to abdominal bloating and digestive issues.
  • Pulsatilla – for swelling that is accompanied with feeling weary or heavy.

Herbs

Diuretic herbs can help alleviate the symptoms of edema. One such herb is dandelion leaf, which is also a rich source of potassium. Dandelion helps replace the potassium that is flushed from the body via diuresis. Take one teaspoon of dandelion tincture three times a day, or an infusion of the fresh leaves three to five times a day. Corn silk and horse-chestnut seed extract can also be helpful.

Other

Juice Therapy: To help reduce swelling and fluid buildup, drink pear, pineapple, watermelon, and cranberry juice. Cucumber, parsley, celery, carrot, and dandelion is another helpful juice combination for edema.

Exercise:

Daily exercise is important in order to get the lymphatic system moving.  A perfect choice would be rebounding (bouncing on a mini trampoline) for 10 to 20 minutes each day.

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of edema: Bodywork (Acupressure, Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu), Chiropractic, Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy and Oxygen Therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy). Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

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

Video

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

Research

Magnets shown to reduce swelling www.tomshardware.com/news/magnets-shown-reduce-swelling-medical-study,4634.html

Further Information (links and books)

The Complete Enema Recipe Handbook: Keep Your Intestines Clean with 22 Different Enema Recipes and Learn the Effects of Different Foods on Your Body by Patrick Hamouy

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

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

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

Trusted products

Essential Oils

KT Daily Supplements

Aromatherapy oils

Rebound Air – mini trampoline

Clean well – Natural Cleaning Products

EMF necklace – blocker and stress reducing pendant

Neutralize electromagnetic chaos

Dr Callaghan Techniques

Supplements

Water filter

Candida plan

Herbal and homeopathic remedies