Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Angioedema?
Anyone who has experienced a swollen ankle or even a bee sting has some idea of the discomfort associated with inflammation and swelling in the body. However, small episodic inflammation such as these is nothing in comparison to the discomfort of the ongoing condition angioedema. Similar to having hives below the skin’s surface, this condition exhibits a number of painful symptoms.
By definition angioedema is an allergic reaction manifested in the lower layers of the skin. Common symptoms of the disorder include red welts or hives; burning, swollen, sore areas; discoloration on the hands, feet, face, or genitals; and unusual rashes on different parts of the body. In some cases, hoarseness, trouble breathing, and tightness or swelling in the throat are also experienced. It is even possible for an individual to develop a form of the disorder called angioedema-eosinophilia syndrome that also causes fever, muscle pain, weight gain, decreased urine, and high white blood cell count in addition to the hives and swelling. While the cause of this disorder is often unknown common causes include allergies to food, certain dyes in food, pollen, or medication. Concomitant disorders such as leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and disorders of the connective tissue may also trigger the onset of angioedema.
Natural Treatments for Angioedema
Whatever the cause, seeking out effective treatment is paramount. The treatments for this disorder vary from drug therapy to over-the-counter antihistamines; however, some of the most effective methods include more natural options. One of the oldest forms of treatment is Ayurveda, which is an ancient system of natural healing with origins in the Vedic culture. This method involves assessing the different areas of life and determining an effective plan that combines changes in diet and the use of herbs, aromatherapy, massage, music, and meditation. Nutrition itself is often an effective plan for treating the disorder. Avoiding common triggers like seafood and nuts and supplementing the diet with nutritional aids such as vitamin C, vitamin B12, quercetin, or bromelain helps reduce inflammation. Additional supplements that may be taken are common herbs such as goldenseal, licorice root, and chamomile. One system of treatment may not be enough to reverse the development of this disorder, but combining natural supplements with a calming, relaxing lifestyle is often a good start.
[YEA] 01/28/2013: Shyla from Markham, Ontario, Canada: "My name is Shyla and I live in Canada. There is a permanent cure for angioedema in Ayurvedic medicine which is a five thousand year old herbal one of Indian origin. The original and the best is still the one called Kottakkal Aryavaidya sala. They have a hospital in Delhi where even the Indian President often goes for treatment and as a person of indian origin I have seen it cure many relatives. My only doubt is how comfortable a person born in the west will be taking the medicine since they have a very herbal and distinctive taste. You can learn more by searching either their website with the same name or just Ayurveda"
[YEA] 12/07/2013: Tapan from Kolkata, India.: "I first got to know about hereditary angioneurotic edema some 44 years back when I was only 20 years old! Since then, I am living with this condition. Antihistamines or corticosteroids don't help, instead these drugs have very serious side effects.So, I gradually stopped taking these drugs &switched to Ayurveda & also monitored my food intake very carefully. I stopped taking eggs, all types of nuts, chocolates, sea-food, prawns, mushrooms & brinjal.I switched mainly to vegetarian food.I made sure that my protein intake is just right for my body. For instance, I take only a piece of chicken or pulses( dal ) as a daily dose of protein. Other food items are mainly protein free for me. All this has helped me a lot to manage my angioedema. This apart, when I get this condition, I take an ayurvedic medicine called " HARIDRA KHAND- BRIHAT" , 4 teaspoonful a day & it's very effective in controlling edema in my body & I am back to normal in day or two! The composition of Haridra Khand is as follows(each 10 G contains):- Mixture of Haridra, Trivrt, Haritaki-616.57 mg, Mixture of Daruharidra, Musta, Yavani, Ajamoda, Chitraka, , katuka, Jiraka, Pippali, Sunthi, Suksmaila, Tvak, Tejapatra, Vidanga, Vasa, Guduchi, kustha, Amaloki, Bibhitaki, Dhanyaka, Loha Bhasma, Abhraka bhasma-19.26mg Sarkara-7.70mg."
09/17/2012: Qmars from Stockholm, Sweden: "My name is Qmars and I live in Sweden, I have a close friend that has the chronic angioedema. she takes three different pills for that, cetirizin, Ciclokapron and erius. is there any other way for her to cure this? there has to be. please help me, she is getting worse. The medicine she takes for it wont help her anymore. she is 29 years old, she had this sense she was 16 years old, if she does not take the medicine, it itches, rash, and after that her lips and fingers and other places on her body swells like a balloon. please help me, is there a cure or a doctor or some kind of treatment for this? a surgery maybe? I found your website when I goggled for this, I hope you can help me, her. please let me know if there is a cure for this not only pills.
Best regards, Qmars"
12/15/2012: Haegirl from Dc, USA replies: "@Qmars: I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I am 31 yrs old and have had this since I was 8 and it has been getting worse for me as well. A few things that have started helping me: I changed my diet to avoid any animal products, I consume 1-4 lemons a day by peeling the skin off and juicing them or squeezing them onto my food (lemons are anti-inflammatory), and just yesterday I found that taking the inner leaves of cabbage and placing them on the area that is swollen for at least an hour provides some relief. I hope your friend will recover soon."
08/03/2010: Mary from Muk, Wa: "Angioedema: I would like to know if anyone else has this problem of skin swelling around the mouth whenever you take a bite of food. It started out with some foods and now it is all foods. I tried vinegar and baking soda both alone and together and they also made it swell. What to do? Thanks for any information."Replies
08/03/2010: Mary from Muk, Wa, Us replies: "Please excuse this email as it is too soon to be commenting. The reason for this email is I did not describe the condition carefully enough to get opinions on what I am inquiring. I have been to the emergency room and have a paper on what it is and how it will be treated by a physician. That will be in several weeks. I would like to read of other people having this problem and what folk remedies, if any, have been used. It is the 3/8 inch surrounding my lips that swell up and not my lips so far. Thank you"
11/02/2011: Rootsnsprouts from Tampa, Florida replies: "Hi Mary. Did you ever find any answers about your condition?"
12/28/2011: Sam from Ny replies: "Hello Mary, I have been suffering from this condition since August 2011 - but had it 13 years ago as well. I now have it under control as I have identified the issue and hope to cure it. Did you manage to get help or information that you found fitting for you? You mentioned that you received a paper on how it would be treated by a physician - what was that treatment? I guess you did not like what they planned to do so that is the reason to seek folk remedies.
I was told that there is no cure - but I had been better for 13 years - back then I also suffered from urticaria as well. Via an elimination diet I have identified all the foods that trigger the angioedema - for me it is all proteins, some fruits and veggies. In addition, I take L-glutamine (1 tsp first thing in the morning and last thing at night). This is due to leaky gut syndrome - there is a lot of information on the internet about this.
As I have said before, my doctor told me there was no cure but I have been fine for 13 years. By not consuming the foods that irritate my intestines it can then regenerate itself. Therefore. I eat generous amounts of predigested (hydrolyzed) protein, fruits, non-starchy vegetables, and olive or coconut oil. I found this link - hope it is ok to post it. http://www.betterbodycare.com/Solutions/Causes/LeakyGut.htm I have been following this regimen and every so often - I test myself my eating protein (normal meals) to find out whether I am better or simply because I want to eat again like a normal person. I then have to take anti-histamines to reduce the angioedema which is not a good thing as my kidneys are then affected. I have learnt not to be hasty.
As I am currently living with this condition and I am not yet well - it would be great to learn how others are coping and whether the information I have provided is useful.
All the best,
11/14/2012: Mmiocev from Toronto, On replies: "I hope what I have to share helps!!! I had, yes HAD, severe angiodema. Everything from feet to mouth would swell. It became unbearable but I NO LONGER have the reactions even though I have the antibodies still in my body. What cured me? Well its this simple. I stopped using Antiperspirant and switched to deodorant. After a few weeks, the reactions slowed down and after a few months they stopped. Once in a blue moon, every year or so I will get a minimal reaction but I can live with that. I no longer have to pray that when I wake up my lip hasn't grown 400% and can go go to work. I really hope this works for anyone who has this condition. Antiperspirants are killers. Read up on it and try moving to deodorants instead. Please let me know if this works for you mmiocev(at)yahoo.ca."