Great to hear the water therapy has worked for you as well. From what I've read, an appropriate dose of salt is 1/4 tsp per 1 liter of water. One liter is about 34 fluid oz, so somewhere between 1/16 and 1/8 tsp of salt would be appropriate for a 12 oz glass. You can use iodized table salt or sea salt. I personally prefer sea salt since it contains trace amounts of a bunch of other minerals your body needs. Hope this helps!View Thread
I too have found success with the water therapy. Amazing, dumbfoundingly simple solution. I would have never thought that that was the cause of my hives. Here is my story, see how it compares to yours..
I have had hives for 5 years. The middle period was on and off or at managable levels, but the first and last years were the worst, I woke up with them everyday. My case does not seem to be as bad as some described here, I was never hospitaIized, etc., but they still had a heavy impact on my mental and emotional health. They tended to appear overnight, and get better through the day. Tended. I was on all different antihistamines, doxepine, pretty standard, never anything heavier though. I too very rarely drank water, preferring instead juice, milk, soda, etc. I'm also in college so I drank a decent amount of alcohol, which now appears to have been the driving factor (dehydration). For whatever reason, the morning after drinking I always wake up with no hives. But then later that day, and/or the next 2-3 days, is when they would come back hard. Getting sunburned also created hives in the area (so obvious now--sunburn=dehydration, duh). Exposure to cold helped supress them as well.
Started drinking 4-5 liters of water a day (I might have overdone it), with a pinch of salt, that's important. Started seeing results in two weeks. It's now been 2.5 months and I'm just about hive-free (prob would have been already if it wasn't for all the drinking my last semester in college). Cannot possibly ever give enough thanks to taiwanguy for taking the time to share that info, you caused the biggest change in my life yet with that post. And to the originator of the idea, Dr. Batmanghelidj. Here is his website: http://www.watercure.com/ I am going to buy his book. I am a future medical school student and hope to incorporate his teachings into my education. It's a goddamn shame his work is not accepted in the medical community. He did this work about 30 years ago. The fact that water therapy is not an option for CIU today is unacceptable. It just highlights exactly what is wrong with our healthcare system today. Treat the symptoms, not the underlying cause. Because how much $$ does water therapy make doctors and pharmaceutical companies? $0. I knew this has been happening but now i've experienced it firsthand. OK sorry for ranting.
Bottom line, obviously water therapy wont work for all CIU sufferers. If there is an underlying cause that's not chronic dehydration, that will need to be identified and treated. But its absolutely worth a try for everyone with the disease. It costs $0, and its so easy. It's not a quick fix, it takes a while to rehydrate chronically dehydrated cells, so stick with if it doesn't seem to be working at first! But like I said you could see results in 2 weeks. OK i think ive said just about everything I've needed to. I really hope this helps a bunch of people. I know how much this sucks, and I haven't even had it as bad as many others. Good luck and god bless you all, don't ever give up.View Thread