Natural and Alternative Edema Treatment Options

Edema Treatment {introduction}

Edema is swelling that occurs when fluids from the body's tissue build up in a particular area. Causes of edema include sunburn, pregnancy, certain medications, excessive consumption of salt, kidney disease, lymph node issues and heart failure.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for edema.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Edema

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".


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Herbal Formulas

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Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Edema related articles

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Forum posts related to Edema

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  • karrim's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:15pm
    Contributor ~ karrim

    I have a 62 year old female patient with Sp, Lu and Ki Qi Deficiency accompanied by Phlegm/Damp Accumulation.  She has been suffering from severe edema of the pannus for over 1 year.  At times, it has become infected, causing cellulitis...

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  • genevieve's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 06/28/2012 - 12:53am
    Contributor ~ genevieve

    I have a patient with severe oedema that moves from around his face at night to his lower body during the day. He has fluctuating High blood pressure and has Kidney function at 50%, severe tai yang headaches, red facial flushing but feels cold...

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  • pjmadak's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 01/07/2012 - 5:01pm
    Contributor ~ pjmadak

    My wife is 62 years old, has had surgery to remove large tumor from ovary two years ago - surgeon also removed lymph glands near pelvis, alas; very healthy otherwise with seemingly excellent recovery during last two years; then, in last...

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  • acu4me's picture
    Submitted On Tue, 09/13/2011 - 5:22pm
    Contributor ~ acu4me

     I can deffinitely agree that having proper diagnosis would make treating edema much more effective. So, I would like to determine if edema is caused by heart, kideney or lymph/spleen malfunction using TCM principles...

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  • espintl's picture
    Submitted On Mon, 01/24/2011 - 3:42am
    Contributor ~ espintl
    • The swelling is all around the arm and on the hand, most of the dorsum of the hand. Obviously this is a problem with the lymphatic system.The pressure leaves marks on the skin of the dorsum of the hand, i.e. a pitting Yin edema, while...
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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Edema

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Edema

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Edema

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    Western Herbs and Edema Medical Information

    Western herbs for Edema

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    Edema - Western Medicine Information

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