Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Oil Pulling
- Asparagus or Vtamin B6
- Avoid Sugar
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Butcher's Broom
- Cream of Tarter
- Distilled Water
- Elana's Vegetable Soup
- Fulvic Acid Complex
- Grape Vine
- Limiting Carbohydrates
- Multiple Remedies
- Neck Edema Remedies
- Pulmonary Edema Remedies
- Raw Food Diet
- Red Vine Leaf
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt in Water
- Swedish Bitters
- Swollen Feet Remedies
- Vitamin B Complex
Elana's Vegetable Soup
[YEA] 02/27/2012: Elana from Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada: "This is good for edema... In a large stockpot place:
2 potatoes with skins, 3 carrots, 1/2 head cabbage, handful of fresh parsley, 1/2 bunch broccoli. Add lots of water and bring to boil till tender and drink the juice. I make enough for 2 days and drink at least a quart a day or whatever you like. It tastes so good and the feet swelling goes down. I make soup from the vegetables and that is yummy too!"
Fulvic Acid Complex
[YEA] 06/06/2011: Bill from San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines: "Hi Everyone... A little while ago, an old Filipino family member whom we know well was reported to be suffering quite badly from leg edema as well as particularly bad skin problems all over her body. She is an 84 y o grandmother matriarch who lives alone(by choice) in the Balamban mountains on Cebu Island in the Philippines. It's very primitive there, no electricity or hospitals. You can only get to where she lives by motorbike-taxi because the roads are so very poor and its far from Cebu city.
Anyway, her family in Cebu city were worried about her and so they contacted us. The grandmother is also a vegetarian and still very healthy -- she used to hike the mountains regularly but, because of the edema, now has problems just walking. The family wanted her to go into the hospital in Cebu, but she flatly refused because she hates cities.
The gist of this was that I sent her a fulvic acid product, which also contained zeolite, concentrated ascorbate and all the major electrolyte minerals for the body. To be honest this was a shot in the dark by me -- the description of her problem given by her family was very sketchy and non-specific -- so there could have been many other things causing her problems and so I just sent her the Fulvic acid complex in the hopes that it would work for her and have particular beneficial effects on her kidneys, liver and blood. The product -- which is taken in drops and is only sold in the Philippines -- is called Quantumin Plus. The dose I recommended was 10 drops two or three times a day with water or Tea. I have seen similar fulvic acid complexes sold in the US online.
Today, we have just received word -- after a month -- that her skin problems are now healing rapidly and the edema in her legs has reduced significantly. She has been taking no other medicines(she hates hospitals too). She is now able to walk normally and apparently continues happily tending her pigs and chickens as well as tending the small coconut forest in her garden. I simply remain astonished at the power and usefulness of this fulvic acid drops mixture."
[YEA] 01/06/2008: Stan from Auckland, New Zealand: "My wife developed post-surgery DVT. acutely clogged circulation from the foot to the thigh. After 3 months of medical attention (and advice that she would have to live with it!), I suggested that she follow my ginger advice to at least improve circulation. At the same time I tried it for my chronic cold feet. Within 10 days things improved and she can now travel by plane without swollen feet! I was on 12 m of therapy for hypertension-Norvasc when its known side -effect of oedema became acute. In less than a week off N. but drinking green tea with ginger I was back to norma l(Green tea is also proven to ameliorate hypertension)."Replies
06/17/2013: Diane from Fairbanks, Alska, Usa replies: "How much powdered ginger should I use in my gunpowder green tea to ameliorate the massive all over body swelling which my doctors say is lymphatic obstruction. However, no salt, mostly veggies and fruit (raw) with brown rice or sweet potatoes and sometimes bits of chicken AND their lymph breaking massages have not helped. I should mention this started after several surgeries repairing head, brain, neck and shoulder injuries from an accident. I am now allergic to chemically based allopathic meds. I think their meds has caused this problem. They have me now on insulin, metformin, glyburide, and 25 mg of HCTZ daily with 300 mg of potassium. (I also developed diabetes during all this). Can someone please help me? I still have a young son to care for and teach... I am practically bedridden with the severe swelling and pain. Yes. Walking makes it worse. The doctors measured my body water content and found that I am "... At least 41 pounds of water over what you should be carrying. " I drink 2-4 quarts of water per day. Any less and I start holding even more! All heart, lung, kidney, and liver functions show healthy normal. HELP!"
06/17/2013: Mena888 from New York, New York replies: "Ginger is good ant-inflammatory agent and will also soothe an upset stomach. If you are able to get access to fresh ginger, I think that you should use it instead. To make ginger tea, just peel and grate a small piece and boil with water. Add some honey to it.
Green tea and ginger are good separately. I think that you should experiment with how much ginger you can tolerate if you are adding to green tea. To me, powdered ginger tastes different and not as palatable as fresh.
Let me know how this works you."
[YEA] 01/12/2007: Fran from Rocky Face, GA: "Someone ask if we knew anything for Edema. I worked as a herbalist for years and I remember the day a lady came into the office to tell me the story that another herbalist had healed her of Edema, he told her to go to the woods and cut a grape vine, which I believe to be those long vines hanging off the trees in the woods, but I am not sure myself. anyway, he told her to start a fire with a piece of tin on top and put the vines on it until they turned to ashes and take 1 tsp in water and she would never have this problem again.... Please know I knew this lady was truthful but even she couldn't remember the amount so I am unsure of the safety..."
[YEA] 06/16/2011: Rita from Cleveland, Ohio: "Hello to everyone with the problem of swelling in the leg, ankel, and feet. I drink hot lemon aid (no sugar) twice a week. Squeeze the juice from a real lemon half cup of water heat and drink 2/3 time a week (real lemon juice is a natural diaretic) I learned this a a weight clinic and it really works!!!"
[YEA] 05/13/2013: Albularyo from Chatham, Ontario Canada: "Ankle swelling can be sign of glucose intolerance. Replacing carbohydrates with proteines and fat can reduce the edema dramatically. To find out whether you are Glucose intolerant, avoid eating anything requiring Insulin to digest for a couple of days. I.E., instead have a nice meat dish accompanied by a Greek style salad of various raw greens, mixed with tomatoes, topped with crumbled Feta cheese and sliced hard boiled egg, and plenty of Balsamic Vinegar and an equal amount of olive oil for energy. If the edema does not go down dramatically within those 2 days, discount Glucose intolerance as a cause."
[YEA] 12/02/2012: Edemasufferer from Port Townsend, Wa: "For the past 5 years, I have lived with edema in my left leg. I tried everything from lympathic massage and acupunture to Western medicine ( diuretics and a salt free diet). Nothing worked. Then, I found diet that has almost completely cured the edema, which I hope will help others that are suffering. I limit my carbohydrates to a max of 30 grams a day: every meal consists of low carb vegtables, protein and fat. No starch, no sugar, (no fun! ), but the edema has radially reduced in the past 30 days. I also supplement with the herb cleavers twice a day. I was not a "believer" when I first heard about this working for my condition. Obviously, I now think differently. Hope this helps."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 02/26/2010: Soymoon from Milwaukee, Wi: "I have been having Edema in my legs, ankles, feet, arms and hands for a month now. My shoes no longer fit and my wedding ring needed to be cut off. Have tried parsley and celery juice. Seemed to work at first but not any longer. Had a blood test and kidneys and blood sugar looked good. Regularly take Butchers Broom and ACV to no avail. Any help?"Replies
02/27/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio, Usa replies: "Have you had your liver checked? Inflammation can cause the water retention so you could check out remedies for that. I use tumeric, aloe gel, and garlic for inflammation as well as fermented foods!"
03/02/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan, Canada replies: "Hi: Regarding edema, have you checked your thyroid for hypothyroidism. Also be careful because blood tests only reveal a glandular problem not a peripheral problem. So if you make the hormones but your body is not accessing them at a cellular level you can still be hypothyroid. Home test for hypothyroidism is a body temperature test. Get a digital thermometer and measure yourself in the mouth 3 times a day and average it out. First measurement is 3 hours after waking then in 3 more hours and lastly 3 hours from that. Should Be 37 or 98.6."
Neck Edema Remedies
10/07/2013: Frank from Purcellville, Va: "I recently started having problems with edema in my neck after the removal of the lymph nodes on both sides due to cancer. I'm sleeping with my head slightly elevated but when I wake my neck is still very swollen limiting my range of motion. The swelling goes down as the day progresses but only about half way of the waking state. What do you suggest?"
Pulmonary Edema Remedies
07/28/2009: David from Brisbane, Australia: "pulmonary edema: My 73year old neighbour has a constant build up of "fluids in the lungs", she doesn't know what her condition is actually, not sure if her doctor cared enough to explain to her clearly! She has extreme difficult breathing now and is generally on a home respiratory machine. She lives alone and has no care taker. From what I've read she might have Pulmonary Edema, fluid blocking the air-sacs within her lungs. Every month she has to go to the hospital to have the fluid drained, from what I've read pulmonary edema is often linked too heart problems but she has never had any heart trouble and eats a fairly healthy diet so I'm a bit confused to what caused this. What is her likely condition? What needs to be done for her to recover?"Replies
07/29/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY replies: "Hi - if your neighbor's edema is possibly related to her heart - capsicum/cayenne is always an effective means to strengthen the heart. I found this very interesting article about pulmonary edema from the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM). They recommend both conventional and alternative therapies. Granted - she should speak w/ her doctor but I would pay special attention to the natural remedies. I will keep her in my prayers....she is lucky to have a concerned neighbor like you.
Raw Food Diet
[YEA] 06/13/2010: Rawjulie from Pine Mountain Club, Ca, Usa: "Raw Foods cured my pregnancy-induced edema
I ate mostly oranges, fresh-squeezed orange juice, watermelon, and green juice (kale, carrots, dandelion greens, beets).
My ankles and feet were extremely swollen, propping my legs up helped temporarily, but it didn't last. After being 100% raw for 3-4 days the swelling had gone away completely. I eat a healthy diet normally, but eating all fresh foods and mainly fruit was what made the difference."
Red Vine Leaf
[YEA] 01/05/2013: Solis from London, England: "Would not have believed it, but mine has been cured by taking red vine leaf extract which I happend on when buying my vits on line. Marvellous.
All edema went within 20 days, even on long haul flights (16 hours). Only side effect (possible but not proven as may be age) is my hands now more prone to bruise blood hematomas, but these disappear quickly."
10/28/2013: Bonnie from Campton Ky: "I am a huge fan of Earth Clinic. I have had many health issues. I was taking several meds. Including high BP , thyroid, depression, athletes foot, PCOS, endometriosis. I am off from all those meds. And my CBC came back good. My problem is I seem to retain fluid. I can't seem to lose weight very easy at all. I don't drink coke. I have not drank coke in 2 months. I just think that I do have yeast or fugus going on within because of extreme fatigue, before I took matters into my own hands and starting experimenting with natural remedies. I have took borax, at 1/8 tsp per litter 3 or 4 times all together, also have used diamotaceous earth for about 3 months. I can't seem to get the weight issue under control, Also, I still can't get the edema under control. Please help! Also what kind of sea salt do you recommend? Can I buy it at a health food store?"Replies
10/28/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, South Africa replies: "Hi Bonnie, It is easy to lose weight, just cut out all starches in all its forms & sugar, these things cause you to gain weight & not fats."
10/28/2013: Mike 62 from Denver, Colorado replies: "Bonnie: The best foods eaten the right way are the cure. I have not been to the doc in 7 years, not even for a checkup. God checks me up with his goodies. I don't eat cooked improperly processed food, take meds, or isolated supplements. I eat raw organic, grass fed, and wild harvested concentrates because they are convenient and affordable. I also take ferments. Reply back and I'll be glad to give you some recommendations. You can google raw food for candida videos."
10/28/2013: Wendy from Columbus, Oh replies: "For your edema, stop ALL forms of sugar, bread, and caffeine. Absolutely NO processed foods at all. Only eat fresh raw, or lightly-steamed, organic veggies. Organic fruits are OK in moderation. Make sure you eat good-quality protein (free-rang chicken, wild-caught salmon).
Stick to this plan for at least 2-3 months. Yes, MONTHS! You need to make the decision to be healthy and edema-free, and the first step, is to eat healthfully.
Oh, and don't forget to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of good-quality water (purified/filtered)."
10/29/2013: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "This is according to Edgar Cayce's book on Healing..
for Edema: Watermelon seed extract has been used as a home remedy for edema and problems in the urinary tract. Add six to 12 drops of watermelon seed extract to a cup of juice or water; this can be taken up to three times daily."
10/29/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Bonnie: The Edema is likely your kidneys, so here's a few nutrients to help.
Taurine will help balance the minerals in the body and improve sodium excretion. Cranberry juice or Cranberry Softgels (no sugar in sg) helps clear infection in urinary track. Dr Christopher's Kidney/Bladder Herbal Complex will clean & strengthen the kidneys.
As for Sea Salt, do get the Iodized as the Iodine will help your thyroid (which helps metabolism thus weight loss)."
10/30/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Bonnie,
Likely the edema, if it is not organ specific, such as a kidney or liver disorder, is rather related to heart issues. Your fatigue could be an indication of heart problems. Leg/foot edema has long been associated with the heart.
Fluid build up is from lack of good circulation from the arteries which means the veins aren't able to push the blood back throught via the muscles, because the muscles are lacking the power to send the blood back and the outcome is fluid build up.
So if the problem is heart, the root of your edema problem, then if this were me I'd get on the following:
1. Vitamin E, natural not synthetic bought at a health food store and not a drug store. Drug stores don't carry natural E. Start with 200 iu and increase after a month to 400 and after another few weeks to 600.
2. Magesium, 500 mg
3. Cayenne, 500 mg taken with meals
4. Arginine, 500 mg
5. The herb Hawthorn, 500 mg
You will know if this formula is working when your energy begins to return...within two weeks you will tell the difference and in a month your edema will get better.
Another piece of advice; do some exercise using the legs to help strengthen the leg muscles. Your muscles are likely weak due to the loss of blood flow from the arteries, and thus the leg muscles are not able to, in turn, contract with force sufficient to force the blood in the veins (within those muscles) back up to the heart. Do an exercise that makes you sprint for thirty seconds, then rest, then another thirty seconds of sprint; rest and one last sprint. The sprint is at your own pace, the idea being you are pushing the heart/lungs and LEGS to work. You do this as you are able. If you are out of breath in ten seconds of sprinting, then stop, get your breath and try another sprint...three times.
Do that sprint exercise three times a week. Dr Mercola has a lot on that on his excellent web site.
You have to take supplements because the nutrients in our foods have been depleted of the nutrients our forefathers had. Lack of crop rotation and dependence on pesticides have really hurt nutrition in America and most of the western world.
08/12/2011: Nina from Manama, Bahrain: "I am bit confused now with my blood results which came last month. Can someone plz help me with the following blood test issues:
Serum sodium 142. Range 135 - 145
Aldosterone 28. Range 17.5 - 97
Potassium 3. 82. Range 3.5 - 5.3
Calcium 10.5 range 8.5 - 10.5
Renin 12. 3. Range 1.7 - 23.7
Cortisol fasting: 25 range5 to 22
Cortisol without fast pm. 393 range 64 - 327
Estrogen 87 range 46 - 607
Testosterone 1.23 range 0.45- 3.17
Dhea-s 4.36 range 0.95 - 11.67
TSH 2.5 range it's in middle
Progesterone 0.63 range 0.1 - 0.54
I am on 800 kcal diet with water in is 2 cups per day. My body temp is always low in morning 95.5 F and during day it's max 96 to 96.5. I read about Wilson syndrome but my doctor refused to give me any T3 because all my thyroid test is in normal range. I check my urine PH as well in morning which is in 5 acidic range normal litmus strip range 5to 9. I personally think that hyper adrenal is my problem even though my kcal intake is 800 diet a day from long time. My potassium intake is 800 to 900 while following the above 800 kcal diet
I cannot tolerate more potassium before it used to be 500 a day since I get sweaty hands but now that problem is solved since my adrenals are bit stronger. My 800 kcal diet include 4ounce chicken and 1/2cup alb ran and once cup skim milk. I am not taking any calcium support for long time since I have calcium deposit in my bones. My bone density T score is 2.5 which is very high.
My PTH hormone score is 1.45 range 1.6 - 6.9 & Cal 10.5 range 8.5- 10.5. I did hair analysis as well which showed calcium magnesium sodium and vanadium selenium plus strontium is high range. I cannot understand with all these years following 800 kcal diet why my body tissues deposit minerals?
These days I have turbinate swelling problem and my ESR is 40. I am looking forward for any suggestions and any clue with these health issue since my Dr said everything is fine with me. Once again thank you for your time and may god bless you. Thnks"
08/27/2011: Pamm from Alabaster, Al replies: "Hello I also have had these issues however looking at your labs your cortisol is way too high, you need to find a way to lower that. Make sure your seeing a Endocronologist for this that specializes in Adrenal Glands. Out of Balance Cortisol can cause the swollen (inferior) turbinates in your nose, this is what I have also. Are you on any medication from the doctor? Your Calcium is also too high & need to take Vitamin D3 to balance this out & stay away from calcium for now. Higher calcium levels can cause calcium deposits. Why are you on such a low calorie diet? That is very low, and if you don't get enough calories it can put stress on your adrenal glands. Sounds like your have Adrenal Fatigue. As far as your Ph levels being acidic follow Ted's protocol on here in morning on empty stomach squeeze fresh lemon or lime in a cup add a little baking soda & little water and drink it this will bring up your urine ph within a hour. Just look up Acidic Ph on here. I hope you figure out what is going on, and I hope anything I said helps. I have Low Cortisol but the symptoms are alot alike. Keep me updated please.. God Bless"
05/31/2011: G. J from Dumfries, Va: "Does Ted have a remedy/cure for edema? I have suffered for 5 yrs. Both hands, wrists, ankles and feet are filled w/ fluid (non-pitting). Elevation helps for the time being, but I have a desk job, which makes matters worse. I consume the least amt of salt/sodium possible. Dr. 's cannot find the cause of it. Sometimes Vit-B helps, sometimes lasix(I don't like taking) helps, sometimes herbal tea (parsley) helps, but everything I've tried is so temporary. I know it's a lifelong fight, but would like to know if there's anything other than the above.
I cannot wear my shoes, and at times the fluid can get so bad that it travels up my thighs.
Please Help if you can. This is an awesome site, and I've found some remedies that have helped me tremendously for other ailments, just not the edema."