Edema Treatment: Natural Cures for Edema

Last Modified on Jul 27, 2014


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Elana's Vegetable Soup

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[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

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[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."

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12/22/2013: Mary from Yutan, Ne replies: "Hi Bill from San Fernando I read your post about taking Quantumin Plus for edema. I just ordered me a bottle of this product that you talked about. I have edema in my right ankle & foot. Can tell me how much a person should take a day to help with the edema. Also do you know how long a bottle will last. Sincerely Mar"
12/23/2013: Bill from San Fernando replies: "Hi Mary...Since you only have edema in the right foot, then it is probably a local problem(not a body-wide problem) caused by a blockage in your lymph in the ankle region. So if you take bromelain (a protein digesting enzyme) 500 mgs outside mealtimes 3 time a day, this should help to remove the protein blockages in your right ankle and reduce the edema.

I would also take the Quantumin at 6 drops a day since this contains minerals and is also beneficially alkalizing for the body.

The 35 ml Quantumin bottle will last about 3 months."

Ginger

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[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)."

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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."

Grape Vine

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[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..."

Lemon

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[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!!!"

Limiting Carbohydrates

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[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."

Multiple Remedies

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[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?"

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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?"

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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.

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/pulmonary-edema-000137.htm"

Raw Food Diet

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[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

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[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."

Reducing Salt, Black Cohosh

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[YEA]  01/08/2014: Kathy from Idaho Falls, Idaho: "I figured out my swelling ankles and legs was caused by a combination of high blood pressure and hormone imbalance. Since I started going through menopause the problem got much worse. I found the combination of reducing salt intake, taking a supplement for the hormone imbalance which contains black cohosh and even taking straight black cohosh helps tremendously) and getting plenty of exercise has helped so much. The only time I really have the problem now is when I have the monthly monster . Good luck to you all!"

Remedies Needed

07/13/2014: Kim from Lafayette, In: "I have been suffering from complete body edema for the past 12 months. Included are my face, arms, abdomen, back, buttox, thighs, calves, ankles, and feet. My legs and feet have severe pitted edema (2+ & 3+). My Dr. has prescribed high doses of Lasix (Furosemide) 80mg twice daily, as well as twice daily doses of Spirinolactone (Aldactone). To date, nothing has helped.

The pain caused by the swelling is severe, and my Dr. tells me to just "wait it out." I have had many, many blood and urine tests, checking kidney function, thyroid, insulin levels, BUN, Creatinine, BMP, etc., and Dr. has called it prerenal azotemia yet does not suggest any remedies. Another Dr. feels I could have liver disease from long-term use of Depakote, which has been stopped in the past month. However, once again, no suggestions of remedies.

I am nearly 5'5" tall and have gone from a healthy size 6, weighing 123 lbs. for over 13 years, to wearing over a size 14, weighing 187 lbs. in past 12 months. Needless to say, the nearly 65 pound weight gain is uncomfortable, and quite honestly, embarassing.

I am currently taking the prescribed diuretics with Potassium supplementation, as well as adding B-6 and B-12 in high doses, multi-vitamins and Calcium+Vit. D. and herbal laxatives. I am on a 1200 calorie/day diet and have been for 6 months, I limit soda intake to 2 cans daily, drink plenty of fluids, eat unprocessed foods, consume little to no sugar, and watch my sodium intake.

I know that all this extra fluid is wreaking havoc on my body, yet I have been unable to find prescribed medications or vitamins that help.

PLEASE HELP!! I am truly miserable with the pain and discomfort, and my self-esteem is shot, weighing 65 pounds more than my normal weight.

Any suggestions to combat this all-over edema would be greatly appreciated!"

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07/13/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kim, try eliminating those 2 cans of soda, and try ADDING real sea salt. That helps the cells hold onto water so that the body doesn't have to panic and hold on to the water instead. Also, your caloric intake sounds too little. Don't be afraid of food, just eat when you are hungry and don't when you are not.....Yes, easy to say, hard to do."
07/13/2014: Kt from Usa replies: "Hi Kim, I am going to share what has taken me over two decades to learn, piecemeal. I had to stop eating fresh fruit and vegetables. All have been genetically modified in one way or another. Frozen or canned, without salt, have been picked at their peak and are nutritionally better for me. I have to cook my vegetables until tender.

When I was learning how to weed various hidden sources of MSG out of my food, I found the flowing agent in the salt of canned spinach is what caused me sciatica. The GMO grasses and grains are being fed to critters we eat and get milk or eggs from. Bread is affected too. "Organic" is not better for us. My husband and I went on a free-range, grass-fed diet (meat, milk and eggs) for a few months and we ended up worse off than when we started (i.e., indigestion, kidneys shutting down, UTI's, painful "bladder" and cysts in various places). That was a blessing because it was too expensive to continue.

I had to stop binging on a soda once in awhile (I'm short and can't get away from swelling up with fluid). I had to reduce my portions and go AT LEAST four hours between meals, chugging water to hold me. I was a red meat eater until I learned what the cattle are being fed to get fat. Chickens too but they are not as bad as the beef. That meat can no longer be considered having no carbohydrates. I hope this gives you an idea of what you have to do. I'm sorry, I have to cut this short."

07/13/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee replies: "Dear Kim,

I am sorry about the edema...that would be very discouraging to the self-esteem, not to mention the pain.

In addition to the other great suggestions, here are a few thoughts...

Dandelion is a great herb for edema. You can make a tea of the leaves or flowers (bought dried) and make a tea. Drink 3-4 cups per day. You can take capsules, but you would need to take quite a few.

Here is a link about using charcoal poultices for edema:

http://www.charcoalremedies.com/charcoal_stories/2011-1

However, I am not sure how you would do this for all over edema. You could try poultices over your liver and kidneys at night. You could try charcoal baths, 3 per week, though it is messy. You could also try charcoal internally, 1 teaspoon daily, 2 hours away from medicine or herbs. You can mix it into 8 ounces of water and drink it. You can do this up to 3 times a day, but it isn't always easy if you are taking a lot of herbs or medicines because you can't take medicines or supplements within 2 hours of the charcoal.

Is any type of exercise possible for you right now? Daily sunshine would also be helpful.

I hope this will be relieved soon. Please keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~"

04/08/2014: Judy From Meldrim from Concord, Nc : "What would cause (& what would cure it?) only one of my husband's feet (the left one) to swell up the last few months?
No discomfort, no external trauma cause known. It has reduced on its own occasionally.
Has been on BP med (amlodipine) for a few months but better diet now enabling reduction from 10mg to 5mg in last week; anticipating getting off it totally as BP continues to improve. On no other meds.
No history of blood clots - but would that cause this? Thanks much for any insight on this. Judy"


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