Edema from a Holistic Perspective
Edema or Oedema is a kind of swelling due to fluid retention in your body. It can be due to physiological or pathological causes and generally occurs on your hands, arms, ankles, legs and feet.
Edema can also be a result of an underlying medical condition involving your heart, liver or kidney. A botched up surgery can sometimes block a lymph node obstructing lymphatic drainage and leading to swelling in an arm or leg.
Moreover, your risk of developing edema increases if you are taking the following medications:
- High blood pressure medications.
- Hormone therapy like estrogens.
- Thiazolidinediones (diabetic medicines).
Why Should You Not Ignore Edema for a Single Day?
Edema is indicative of underlying imbalances that must be addressed, since; it further complicates the very imbalances causing it. For example if a person has pre-existing heart or liver problems they may get edema and then the edema itself may lead to further complications with the heart and liver. Swollen ankles may seem harmless but they are often a warning sign of deeper health problems that demand quick attention.
Moreover, you should address edema immediately as it can severally hamper your daily activities and lead to several complications that put your life on a rapidly descending downward spiral! The complications include disability, venous disruptions and hampered blood flow. Our Specialists are here to provide you the support you need, and remember the earlier you address the root cause, the sooner you’ll be on the road to health and recovery.
Are Conventional Edema Treatments Effective?
Conventional edema treatments include diuretics such as Frusemide and Thiazide. None of these treatments were originally designed for Edema and none of them address its root cause. Diuretics basically work by expelling increased levels of water and salts from your body. Although, this does help reduce edema it also leads to loss of other vital nutrients that are eliminated in the bargain. Moreover, diuretics don’t address the root cause of edema and also cause other side effects such as:
- Allergic reactions
- Kidney failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Too little potassium in the blood
- Too much potassium in the blood (for potassium-sparing diuretics only)
- Low sodium levels
- Increased blood sugar
- Muscle cramps
- Increased cholesterol
- Skin rash
Is There Another Way to Reduce Fluid Retention?
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Our natural approach is traditionally believed to liberate you from this situation by: **
- Eliminating extra fluid from your body safely.
- Providing your body with bioenergetic imprints of healthy kidney and bladder tissue, thus teaching your kidneys and bladder optimal functioning.
- Helping your body to drain lymphatic fluid properly to prevent fluid accumulation.
- Maintaining fluid balance in your body.
- Balancing energy flow in your meridians.
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Edema or Oedema means swelling due to fluid retention within your body. It can be physiological in a few cases, but in most cases it is due to some underlying pathology or drug-induced. Edema may be present in any part of your body, but is visible in dependent parts of your body, like the hands, ankles and legs. Edema can be caused due to a disturbance in interstitial pressure, lymphatic obstruction, sodium retention or underlying inflammation. Treating the underlying cause helps control edema.
Causes of Edema
Arteries and veins form the main blood vessels of your body. They further divide into fine vessels called capillaries. When there is a disturbance in pressure within or outside these capillaries, there is a leakage of fluid into the surrounding tissues. To make up for this loss in fluid, the excretory system tries to retain more fluid, which in turn leads to more leakage from the capillaries. The result is an excess of fluid collection in the body, leading to edema. The various causes leading to this condition are as follows:
- Physiological, as seen before menses or
- During pregnancy
- Sitting for long hours
- Excess intake of sodium
- Drug induced e.g. drugs like calcium channel blockers,
- Hormonal preparations and NSAIDs
- Congestive heart failure
- Diseases of the kidney like nephrotic syndrome
- Poor lymphatic drainage
- Liver affections like cirrhosis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Extremes of temperature
Signs and Symptoms of Edema
- Swelling of subcutaneous tissue is the primary sign of edema.
- Depending upon the underlying pathology, swelling is seen in different parts of the body.
- The most common location where edema is observed is the ankles and legs. This happens in congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombosis and pregnancy.
- Ascites or edema of the abdominal cavity is seen in cases of affections of the liver.
- In case of kidney disease, edema is seen in the legs and around the eyes.
- In case of poor lymphatic drainage, edema is seen around the part of the body where the deficient lymph nodes and vessels are present.
- In addition to swelling, there is also pain in the affected part, due to stretching. The skin over the affected area appears distended and shiny. In case of abdominal edema, the abdomen is distended and looks bloated.
- Pitting (development of a dimple) is seen when pressure is applied to the affected part with a thumb, especially on the ankle.
- In addition to these external manifestations, edema may also be present within the internal organs like lungs and heart.
Diagnosis of Edema
- Diagnosis is made on the basis of a detailed medical history and specific investigations, depending upon the cause.
- The onset, duration and pattern of appearance of edema are vital in diagnosis. Drug-induced edema is ruled out by taking a history of prescription drugs consumed.
- Kidney function tests including serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen and serum electrolytes are done to assess the amount of kidney damage, if any.
- Liver function tests are done if any liver pathology is suspected.
- An ultrasound or CT scan of the abdomen may be done to rule out any structural abnormalities of the liver or kidney.
- A 2D echocardiogram may be done to assess the heart function.
- If DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is suspected as a cause, a doppler study is done of the lower limbs.
- A chest x-ray is done if pulmonary edema is suspected.
Your edema could be a result of anything ranging from eating too much salt to other health problems such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease. So, the only way to treat edema is to treat the condition that is causing it. Your doctor might suggest a diuretic, which is also called a water pill. These pills help flush salt and extra fluid out of your body through your urine.
The most common diuretics prescribed in this condition are Frusamide and Thiazide derivatives. However, these allopathic treatments do not cure Edema. They are merely a way of suppressing symptoms.
Conventional measures for treating Edema
- Diuretics like Frusamide and Thiazide derivatives are used in majority of cases.
General Precautionary Measures
- Low sodium diet is usually recommended.
- Elevation of the affected part above the level of the heart for a few minutes is advised.
- It is recommended that the foot-end of the bed be slightly elevated.
- Using support stockings. This helps in avoiding the fluid from collecting in the lower limbs.
Complementary Natural Care
Edema occurs due to fluid retention in the body. Diuretics only offer you temporary relief. Biogetica's methods aim at not only relieving fluid retention, but also teaching the kidneys, bladder and the lymphatic system to function optimally. The Homeopathic, advanced nutraceutical, and Ayurvedic herbal preparations are traditionally believed to work by: **
- Safely eliminating extra fluid from your body
- Relieving symptoms of swelling, pitting and bloating with the help of homeopathic ingredients
- Providing the body with bio-energetic imprints of healthy kidney and bladder functions, thereby bringing it back in resonance with its optimal functions
- Conveying to the lymphatic system ways to drain the fluid adequately, thereby preventing fluid accumulation.
Biogetica represents the coming together of Doctors, Healers and Scientists from numerous traditions including Ayurveda, Bio-Energetics, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Siddha Medicine, Sintergetica, Nutrition and Chinese medicine.
Our mission is to provide you with integrated natural solutions that target root issues across the physical, energetic and informational spectrum of your life. Our Doctors research all possible ingredients and combine them synergistically into kits to help bring your body into balance.
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Edema occurs because of fluid retention within your body. Diuretics only offer you temporary relief. Biogetica aims to not only relieve fluid retention, but also teach your kidneys, bladder and lymph system optimal functions. The Homeopathic, advanced Bioenergetic and Ayurvedic herbal preparations are believed to work specifically by: **
- Safely eliminating extra fluid from your body
- Quickly relieving your symptoms of swelling, pitting, bloating, etc with the help of homeopathic ingredients
- Providing your body with bioenergetic imprints of healthy kidney and bladder tissue, thus teaching your kidneys and bladder optimal functioning
- Teaching your lymphatic system how to drain fluid adequately, to prevent fluid accumulation
- Helping in maintaining the pressure within your interstitial tissues, and balancing fluid levels within them
The proof of our methods is evident from the Groundbreaking results we have seen in independent clinical trials, and more importantly, in the lives we've helped uplift!
Edema is a condition caused due to accumulation of fluids in the spaces between the body cells or the circulatory system. As a result, there are symptoms like puffiness and swelling in many areas of the body, including legs, arms, feet, hands, lungs, heart, or stomach.
It may be caused due to several medical conditions like heart, kidney or liver failure; however another risk factor is malnutrition or poor nutrition. Excess of sodium in the body tissues will hold on the water to balance the fluid-sodium ratio, the more sodium you consume, greater the fluid retention. Thus reduction of sodium intake is a must. You can even try increasing potassium levels to balance sodium levels. Even Vitamin B5, B6 and Omega-3 fatty acids can help alleviate your symptoms. Nutritional experts recommend maintaining sodium intake under 2300 mg per day.
- Increased intake of potassium helps the kidneys remove excess sodium and fluid, therefore we recommend edema sufferers to eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits rich in potassium, especially spinach, lettuce, broccoli, bananas, oranges, apricots and tomatoes.
- Vitamin B6 is recommended in edema. It has a diuretic (excretion of fluid) effect and is particularly useful for pre-menstrual fluid retention. Vitamin B6 (pyrioxine) is known to help in clearing water retention. Brown rice and red meat are good sources of vitamin B6
- Eat plenty of cereal products, yeast, fish, chicken and nuts.
- Drink adequate amounts of barley water.
- Increase physical activity and eat a balanced diet.
- Increasing dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish and fish oils - eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — generally decrease several markers of inflammation.
- Turmeric and Ginger may inhibit the pro-inflammatory lipo-oxygenase or cyclo-oxygenase pathways
- VitaminB5, calcium, magnesium and vitamin D help the body remove water by increasing kidney function.
Foods for Moderate Consumption
- Moderate or limit consumption of animal proteins, fried foods and chocolate.
- High fat foods can limit or adversely affect the kidney functioning.
- Dairy products, canned/preserved vegetables, legumes, and processed meats may contain significant amounts of sodium.
Foods to Avoid
- Sodium is bad For edema- avoid adding salt at the table and use a little or none in cooking;
- Avoid highly salted foods, such as chips, nuts, pretzels, corned meat, processed meats, sausages and takeaway food;
- Avoid salty condiments such as packet sauces, soy sauce and
- Restrict the intake of processed and canned foods, as they provide a good supply of sodium.
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
- Studies suggest that diets rich in saturated fats, trans fats and high glycemic index foods stimulate inflammation.
Massaging the affected area with warm mustard oil will act as a lubricant, which forces the fluid back to the heart.
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