Edema

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Description

Edema (fluid retention) is a condition characterised by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or soft tissues of the body. Edema may develop in any part of the body as a result of infections, allergies, and prolonged bed rest.

NOTE: Edema may indicate an underlying condition such as Liver cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, diabetes, AIDS, Kidney disease, thyroid conditions, and Vena cava syndrome. If the skin retains dimples (pits), after being pressed for several seconds it would be wise to consult a medical practitioner.

Symptoms

1. Swelling or puffiness in the legs, ankles, arms, face, neck, and around the eyes.
2. The skin appears stretched or shiny.
3. The skin retains dimples (pits), after being pressed for several seconds.
4. There may be an increase in abdominal size.

Treatments

Mild edema usually will go away on its own with home treatments. More-severe edema may require medical intervention.

For mild edema:
1. For leg and foot swelling elevate the legs as often as possible. Wearing a support hose may also assist
2. Daily exercise is indicated (Walking will help improve circulation), in addition to hot baths and saunas twice weekly.
3. Diet
4. Avoiding stress

Nutrients and supplements:
1. Water retention remedy – a herbal diuretic for all cases of water retention.
2. Kidney tea – for all kidney conditions.
3. Vitamin B complex – helps to reduce water retention.
4. Vitamin B6 – helps to reduce water retention.
5. Buffered Vitamin C – for the correct function and production of adrenal hormones which are essential for fluid balance and the control of edema.
6. Vitamin E – aids circulation.
7. Renal Remedy – supports painful and overworked kidneys, cleansing the kidneys and helping to remove toxins.
8. Potassium – is important when taking diuretics as it aids in keeping fluids inside the cells.

Causes

Edema can occur as a result of:

1. Sitting or standing in one place for too long. Water naturally gets pulled down into your legs and feet via gravity.
2. Weakening of the valves in the leg veins (venous insufficiency).
3. Conditions such as congestive heart failure and lung, liver, kidney, and thyroid diseases may be an underlying cause or make edema worse.
4. Medications for blood pressure or for pain, may cause or worsen edema.
5. Poor nutrition, inflammation, allergic reactions, severe burns, and trauma, may be a factor.
6. High dietary salt intake can make edema worse.
7. Pregnancy may cause edema in the legs because the uterus exerts pressure on the blood vessels in the lower parts of the body.

Underlying Emotions

Fear of letting go. What are you afraid of losing?

Diet

1. A high fiber diet is recommended.
2. Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, salt, soy products, olives, pickles, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, fried food, and gravies.
3. Be mindful of food allergies.

Remedies

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