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Child with Expanding Circles

Posted by B (Hyderabad, India) on 06/06/2007
Just found EARTH CLINIC. very interesting. When my daughter was 2-3yrs old I noticed she was developing dark circles under her eyes. I consulted a paediatrician who just laughed it away saying it was hereditary (I also have dark circles). But as she is growing up, now she is 8, her circles are becoming darker and spreading down almost to half her cheeks. I consulted other dr. who did blood, urine and stool tests and gave iron tonics but no use. Otherwise she a a very healthy and normal child any explanation for this condition and remedies will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
Dark circles under eyes, in my own experience is the issue of dehydration, not drinking enough water, excess congestion from irregular bowel movements (2 bowel movements a day for me is a good sign of health), and certain deficiencies of vitamin C, vitamin E, iodine, omega 3 and evening primrose oil, being the ones I encountered the most. In some cases it was due to lactose intolerance and milk sensitivites which leads to dark circles under the eyes.

The most common problem is actually dehydration, since you live in an area where weather is tropical. A good way to tell if the body is dehydrated leading up to dark circles under the eyes is that the urine conductivity (there is a pocket urine conductivity measured and usually the conductivity normal urine could be anywhere from 4200-4900 microsiemens. Now people who regularly have dark circles under their eyes have a urine conductivity over the roof, exceeding 9000 microsiemens. In which case drinking twice more would have resolve the problems.

The second most common problem is irregular bowel movements from excess acidity which prevents the body from ridding of excess toxins which result in congestion around the eyes. As a result taking 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 glass of water taken twice a day would help. (they will like take half of the adult dose) I do have reports of dark circles under the eyes disappearing from alkalization not just using baking soda but also from apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

The third most common problem is buildup of toxins that the body simply cannot get rid off. Now I once had a fairly dark circles under the eyes and I was actually helped by adding several drops of hydrogen peroxide to remove the toxins that the body have difficulty. What it does is basically neutralize them and get rid of them. One possible remedy and people do have different tolerance, but for me I prefer 6-12 drops of 3% H2O2 in 1/2 glass of water taken 3 or 4 times a day. For a child dose I think 3-6 drops for child dose would be relatively better. The remedy if mentioned here tends to be on the conservative side and it is usually best to start at least for me in the beginning at 3 drops (before upgrading to 6 drops) of 3% H2O2 food grade in 1/2 glass of water. If hydrogen peroxide is unavailable, ozonating the room, applying a 1% hydrogen peroxide for by using cotton buds on the face area, but avoiding the eyes may also help clear the skin.

I do also seen a woman's face of muddy complexion had a glow after applying and taking internally of evening primrose oil of just one capsule taken twice a day, which is high in gamma linoleic acid. Omega 3 may also help which is found in fish, such as fish oil. Certain parts of India, as I recall rarely eat fish and sea food, and it is why omega 3, kelp (iodine), and evening primrose is on the top of the list. Finally, lack of energy the apple cider vinegar and baking soda would have resolved the problems, but on the other hand, vitamin E, vitamin C, or getting the level of antioxidant up, and improving circulation can also help.

Last but not least blood may have certain microbes that causes congestion, and a simple remedy for that is take green tea NO SUGAR, NO FRUCTOSE, NO MILK, three times a day should help improve salivary flow, as well as glandular flows in about a couple of days, and remove some excess iron also. Now excess iron, free radical can also lead to congestion too, which tannins from green tea can resolve since it is an efficient chelator of FREE metal iron, too much leads to congestion.

There might be more, but those are the ones I encountered personally. While this may not answered everything the issue of congestion (bowel movement & dehydration) and acidosis is the most common issue. In some cases drinking some electrolytes with magnesium just a few times can correct that, but not necessarily be taken everyday. Once a week should be more than sufficient, especially if weaknesses is seen

Replied by Erin
Clearwater, Fl
Often dark circles under the eyes means you have allergies. The top two most common allergies is sugar and/or wheat. I took all refined sugar out of my diet and avoided enriched white flours for about two months and I not only felt better physically and mentally but the dark circles under my eyes went away. I hope this helps!
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