Last Modified on Jan 16, 2015
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] 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
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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 100% Posted by Tapan (Kolkata, India.) on 12/07/2013
[YEA] 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.