Edema (dropsy, water retention) is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the body tissues. Because the blood is moving slowly, it accumulates and exerts an outward pressure on the walls of the vein. When this pressure becomes greater than the inward osmotic pressure, fluids from the blood escape into the intercellular spaces and causes the characteristic swelling of legs, hands, etc. Pulmonary edema (cardiac dropsy) is caused by failure of the heart to pump blood from the lungs at an adequate rate. This causes pressure in the pulmonary veins, forcing fluid into the lungs. In kidney-related edema, severe loss of blood plasma protein in the urine causes the reverse osmotic pressure and subsequent water retention.

Recommended Action

The solution to all these forms of edema lies in the kidneys and lymphatic system. Most of the excess fluid can be eliminated through the kidneys with the assistance of diuretic herbs and a glandular cleanser. Vapour baths and diaphoretics will also help eliminate a significant portion through the skin. Apply diuretics and diaphoretics as fomentations over affected areas and take them orally also to achieve relief. Avoid salt, meats, pastries, etc in the diet.

Single Herbs: Parsley, Juniper berries, Gravel root (diuretics), Dandelion Leaf tea, Horsetail grass, Horse Chestnut (10 – 30 drops, twice daily, if edema is in the legs).

Nutritional Supplements: B complex (25 mg), Vitamin B6 (50 – 200 mg); Vitamin C (2,000 – 5,000 mg), Potassium Gluconate, Bromelain (pineapple enzyme).

Suggested Program

A juice fast for 3-10 days is very beneficial for this, if not contraindicated by other health issues. The best juices include cucumber, pineapple and watermelon (or the Lemon Aid Cleanse). Lymphatic drainage massages, done by a professional, are very beneficial as are rebounders (small trampolines) when used for fifteen minutes daily. Take two KB-Herb three times daily along with parsley and red raspberry leaf tea and mullein and lobelia tea daily. We often add Nat. Mur, Nat. Sulph. which are tissue salts. If a fast is not feasible, do 24 days of the D-Tox Diet.