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First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


Fluid accumulates in excessive quantities in body cavities and spaces around cells. This fluid causes swelling of body tissues. This is not a disease but is an important complaint and can be local as in the puffy appearance of a bruise or a slight swelling of the ankles. It can also be a complaint that swells almost the whole body like a balloon. The cause could be of a serious nature. Very often there is an association with pitting oedema, the kind that leaves a little pit or depression in the skin when pressed and heart or kidney complaints. Heart failure is one cause of oedema that is the malfunction of fluid exchanges in the body. Other causes of oedema are salt and water retention by the kidneys, tumours, protein deficiency, allergy, lymphoedema (obstruction of the lymphatic drainage system), liver and kidney disease, inflammation and injury. Diuretics (drugs that increase the output of urine and dispose of excess fluid) are working well in combating and managing oedema whilst the underlying cause or disease is being treated. The above description of oedema concerns all types of the complaint except that caused by heart disease.


One obvious aid to combating oedema is strenuous exercise as it induces perspiration. Saunas and hot baths are also beneficial for the same reason. Silicon is a natural diuretic, and should be taken in an organic form such as:

  • Dried fresh plants i.e. horsetail
  • Silica tablets
Important Dietary Facts

Follow the health diet with emphasis on raw vegetables and fruits especially pineapples and watermelons. Other beneficial foods are:

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Berries (all sorts)
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Greens
  • Onions
  • Only add nuts and seeds to the diet in moderation
  • Parsnips.
  • Suitable cereals for breakfast
    • Millet
    • Rice
    • Oats
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Salt (except sea salt in moderation)
Daily Supplements (Recommended)
Vitamin B6  

200 mg


Bromelaine (enzyme of pineapple)  

8 tablets (2 four times a day)


Vitamin C  

5,000 mg daily


Potassium Gluconate  

As directed by manufacturer


Silicon (Silica)  

3 tablets (1 taken 3 times a day)



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