Swelling refers to enlargement of any area in the body and is usually a sign of excess fluid buildup or inflammation in the body. It can be widespread (generalized) or related to a specific part of the body (localized), such as ankles, hands, the lymph nodes, or face.
Depending on the cause, swelling symptoms such as swollen feet or ankles after long periods of sitting or standing can be temporary and resolve with simple remedies. Swelling that builds progressively over time, can indicate a more serious disorder.
If swelling symptoms are accompanied with dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain or confusion, you should seek prompt medical attention.
Localized swelling can occur from injury, burns, inflammation of skin tissue, infection and insect bites.
Generalized swelling can occur from an allergic reaction (if severe it needs immediate medical attention), autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical drugs, circulatory problems, from medical treatment and fluctuating hormones.
These factors must be addressed, if present, before long-term relief of swelling can occur.
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:
- Elevate the area that is swelling in order to drain fluid from the site.
- Wear loose fitting clothing so that your circulation is unrestricted.
- Keep cool in hot environments.
- Drink plenty of liquids to keep well hydrated.
- Apply icepack to injury related swelling.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- For external swelling, apply a mixture of two parts turmeric with one part salt to the affected area.
- A hot pack of ginger root applied topically to the affected area can help increase circulation to the area, and help soothe accompanying pain and stiffness.
- 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 program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
- Eat an organic, whole foods diet.
- Avoid foods that tend to worsen swelling, 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.
- 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.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- 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 herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Proteolytic enzymes and bromelain, both taken on an empty stomach, are important nutrients for helping the body recover from swelling. Other useful nutrients include vitamin B-complex, vitamin B6, and vitamin C with bioflavonoids.
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 healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
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 practitioners here
Your practitioner may suggest drinking barley water throughout the day. To prepare barley water, boil four parts pure, filtered water with one part barley, then strain.
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 and/or acupressure treatments.
- Qigong exercises to balance energy flow.
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.
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.
Diuretic herbs can help alleviate swelling. 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.
Juice Therapy: Fresh-squeezed organic pineapple juice (be sure to juice the armor as well) is excellent for swelling because of its high bromelain content.
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 Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
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 NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) http://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
Natural Remedy to Reduce Swelling www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4rWSlSy_OY
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
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
judith hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.