Edema

Edema Oils & Blends:  Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Rosemary

Also consider: Patchouli

Suggested protocols:

Massage 2-4 drops of Cypress or Lemongrass with 4-6 drops of Lemon or Grapefruit directly to the area of swelling.  Consider a tablespoon of grape seed oil as a carrier to facilitate the massage and for its ability to strengthen the capillary walls.  Massage with motions towards the heart.  Repeat 2-3 times daily.

Also take the Life Long Vitality supplements and add 1-3 drops of Lemon essential oil to a glass of water and drink 4 times daily.

Edema (Oedema if you are British) results from an excess of fluid in the tissues of the body.  Most common is peripheral edema or swelling noticed in the legs, ankles, and feet or the arms and hands.  If fluid accumulates in the lungs it is known as pulmonary edema.  Common causes include pregnancy problems, heart failure, kidney and liver disease, and simple things like too much salt or a severe sunburn.  It can also be a side effect of some medications.

The symptoms of swelling in the legs may be confused with other conditions such as lymphedema and lipedema.  These are related but different conditions.  The differences are discussed at the end of this page.

With edema understanding the root cause and addressing it is fundamental.  Here are some causes that are mentioned.  The liver and kidneys are important in maintaining the balance of liquids in the body.  Problems with these organs can result in edema.  The heart and vein system control the flow of blood and if they are not functioning properly blood may pool in various parts of the body and fluids will leak into the surrounding tissue areas.  Edema in the hands, feet, ankles and legs may be because the veins are not returning blood efficiently to the heart.  This will typically result in both sides of the body being equally affected.  If the right side of the heart is weak peripheral edema (hands, feet, ankles, legs) will be result, if the left side of the heart is weak it will result in pulmonary edema.

Edema associated with pregnancy is discussed under pregnancy.  Edema may also be a side effect of certain medications. If no known reason for the swelling is identified it is referred to as idiopathic edema.

Edema, Lymphedema, and Lipedema

Edema is caused by excessive fluids from the circulatory system accumulating in the tissues of the body.  This may be the body’s normal response to an injury that causes temporary swelling or a problem with the heart or circulatory system that results in longer term swelling.  If the swollen area is pressed with the finger and removed the mark will soon disappear.  This is known as nonpitting edema.  A diuretic may help nonpitting edema.

Lymphedema is caused by excessive lymphatic fluids in an area of the body.  This is usually because the lymphatic system is impaired and unable to handle the amount of fluid present thus causing swelling.  These areas may be subject to infection or slow healing.  In the early stages if the swollen area is pressed with the finger and removed a mark will remain for an extended period of time.  This is known as pitting edema.  Lymphedema will not respond to a diuretic.

Lipedema affects primarily women and may be associated with genetics and hormones.  The symptoms are enlarged legs and buttocks as fat is abnormally deposited in the layer below the skin.  These fat accumulations do to not respond directly to normal dieting and exercise.

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