Last Modified on Feb 19, 2014
The spleen is the organ located above the stomach and under the ribs, which is responsible for fighting infection and balancing the fluids in the body. A number of conditions can affect the spleen and, in turn, diminish overall health. Several natural supplements support spleen health and alleviate general health conditions associated with the spleen.
What are Spleen Issues?
A component of the lymphatic system, the spleen contains white blood cells that fight germs and infection. This organ also regulates the amount of blood in the body and destroys old or damaged cells. Several diseases can affect the spleen causing swelling, pain, fever and other symptoms. Common diseases that affect spleen health include mono, toxoplasmosis, Gaucher’s disease, Felty syndrome and several others.
Natural Remedies for Issues of the Lymphatic System
Treatments for spleen conditions involve elimination of infection and reduction of inflammation in the body. Several factors contribute to lymphatic health and maintaining general health but nutritional supplements are often the most effective. Blackstrap molasses, ginger and vitamin C are among the most common treatment options.
Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of the sugar refining process that contains a wide range of healthful substances. This molasses is a nutrient dense syrup that contains vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and a range of antioxidants. Taken daily, this substance helps restore and maintain the health of the spleen and the entire lymphatic system.
Ginger is considered a virtual “medicine chest” by many as it has so many healthful benefits. In treating issues of the spleen, ginger improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body, restoring health. The compound also relieves inflammation and can reduce the size of an enlarged spleen.
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant and immune-booster. Taken daily vitamin C eliminates free radicals and other toxins in the system that may be contributing to spleen conditions. The vitamin also improves immune health, which helps restore the lymphatic system and replenish general health.
The spleen is an important organ for supporting the body’s ability to fight infection. Restoring health to the spleen by way of natural supplements is vital when a spleen issue arises.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/13/2008: Robert from Kampala, Uganda: "I used raw vinegar for my enlarged spleen but it just reduced in size for a short period and now its like it used to be. what should i do?"
[YEA] 11/07/2008: Alice from Tiro, Ohio: "My brother -n- law had to have his speen taken out and the doctor told him to take 1 TBLS. of black molassa's a day. He is doing that and seems to be ok and recovery went fast."
[YEA] 02/12/2007: Fran from Face, GA: "Ginger root is good for the spleen... Also figs are good to rid the body of gallstones... Also, ginger work s to rid the body of blood clots... God Bless you"
[YEA] 07/10/2013: Emilia from Los Angeles, Ca: "I've had a nasty virus or flu. I was totally lacking energy like feeling I would just drop dead! I took some iron thinking it would help with my energy issues but then my spleen became enlarged. Very scary as I don't have health insurance. I read the article on Oil Pulling and remember trying it before and decided to give it a try! Used some VCO, was able to maintain the swishing for about 12 minutes and to my surprise the swelling was completely gone. Not only that but the rest of my abdominal area went flat. It's only been just once but I think this is a winner! By the way a chiropractor I went to yesterday gave me an adjustment with applied kinesiology and recommended high doses of Vit D, which really helped and got me over the energy issue. Here's to getting better!"
03/05/2010: Jason from Sarasota, Fl: "I need help with complications with my spleen after mono."
Vitamin C, Alkalize the pH
12/02/2006: Sonia from Barbados: "I would like to know if there is a cure / remedy for a spleen that is not working correctly or which appears to be enlarged. Also what would have caused this and if it would affect the size of your stomach."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Often the cause of enlarge spleen is due to accident or physical injury. But in many cases it is bad diets from too much sugar, too much fat, eat foods too high in iron, alcohol, and cigarettes. All these activities lowers the body's immune condition causing enlargement of the spleen.
The spleen is an organ that kills off excess dying blood cells and fights of infections. Sometimes the amount of red blood cells get overwhelmed and infections are beyond and the spleen gets enlarged.
Since the spleen is unusually sensitive to free radical heavy metals, often reducing this can help. Often if I think this is at risk, I add 1/4 teaspoon of disodium EDTA in one liter of water and use this as a drinking water and drink for a whole week.
If the EDTA is not handy, often just taking vitamin C sodium ascorbate will manage the problem iron issue, but the body needs some zinc supplements (usually 25 mg/day taken for about 5 days a week for about a month) and also I find it necessary to take one whole lime (or lemon your choice) and add baking soda until the fizz stops (exactness is not necessary) and then add water to 1/2 glass. This will lower the body's infections and reduce free radicals metals at the same time. This will reduce the spleen load and help its conditions.
It is still necessary to avoid sweet foods, fried foods or foods rich in iron. In many cases, oil pulling with a drop of peppermint oil will help reduce the iron burden in the spleen. I have noticed people telling me that the feces went from black to brown after doing the oil pulling for about 2-3 weeks. Black color might mean less blood are infected and dying less and that the body heavy metal burden is reduced. However if you can do the oil pulling without the peppermint oil this is o.k. too, but some people cannot stand doing it too long. Often this problem is a sign of excess body acid, and apple cider vinegar baking soda will also help too in buffering it."
02/24/2010: Alla from New York, Ny replies: "Ted, but vit C intake HELPS absorption of iron..."
09/15/2010: Nhart from Perth, Western Australia replies: "Big thanks Ted from Barbados for your advice."
08/24/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Thanks for the info, Ted. I love your remedies. Keep them coming and God Bless."