Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

Water Retention (Edema)
Learn about  HERBAL Remedies including Agathosma betulina (Buchu) & Olea europea (olive leaf), dietary regime & important dos & don'ts to provide rapid relief for swelling and improve the blood flow through the veins in edema (water retention).

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

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General description & overview of Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

Water retention (also known as edema, dropsy or fluid retention) is a condition in which some part of the body swells up due to excess storage of water. Mostly, the parts affected are the limbs, abdomen, fingers, face and ankles. Some swellings may be temporary like on fingers and ankles, while others pose much more danger.

Basically, in edema, large amount of fluid abnormally accumulates in the spaces between the body's cells or in the circulatory system. Edema slows down the healing process, increases the chances of developing skin infection, affects blood circulation and is generally painful. Edema is a symptom, not a disease or disorder, it only indicates that something is wrong in the body. Edema is due to an underlying problem in the body. Widespread, long-term edema can indicate a serious underlying health problem also.

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Conventionally, in the western world, water pills (diuretics) are prescribed to reduce swelling; but slowly many people are shifting towards herbal ingredients that not only provide rapid relief for swelling and improve the blood flow through the veins, but also do this without any side-effects.

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Symptoms of Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

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Swelling in the affected areas like lower legs near the feet, fingers, face, arms and the abdomen.

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Swelling due to edema is different from allergic, bites or obesity in the sense that pressing the area leaves an indent for some time.

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Breathlessness, often while lying down straight on the bed is also a symptom for water retention.

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Sudden change in mental state or coma.

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Formation of cankles - an obese or otherwise swollen ankle that blends into the calf muscle with no clear definition

In short, if you notice that the ring on your finger feels tighter than in the past, or you have difficulty in putting on shoes, especially toward the end of the day or the pressure on the skin, such as from the elastic band on socks is leaving an indentation that takes time to disappear, take a visit to your doctor as soon as possible. Edema of the abdomen, called ascites, is generally a sign of serious underlying disease and requires a doctor’s visit ASAP.

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Causes of Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

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Certain disorders related to kidney, liver, thyroid gland and nutrition can cause water retention. Generally, it is the imbalance of the protein level in the blood which is held responsible for this condition.

Natural alternative remedies, treatment, cures & medicines for Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention). Brain tumor or head injury can also cause water retention.

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Poor circulation of blood caused by some injury or heart disease results in reduced blood flow and hence less displacement of fluids from the tissues.

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) also stirs the same problem of edema by creating hormonal imbalances. Similarly, hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause it.

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Allergies to food or insect bites as also eating highly salt rich foods

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High or low blood pressure

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Sedentary lifestyle including staying in the same position for long periods is also a general cause.

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Infection or injury to a blood vessel, blood clots, or varicose veins

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Blocked lymph channels (lymphedema)

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Exposure to high altitudes or heat, especially when combined with heavy physical exertion

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

Treatment involves rectifying the underlying causes of body water retention. A low dose of diuretic (water pill) may be prescribed to reduce swelling. In more severe cases of water retention, where the blood vessels are blocked or damaged, surgery may be required.

If a blocked or damaged blood vessel is suspected as one of the causes of edema surgery may be needed to improve the flow of blood. Treating edema should include protecting any swollen, edematous areas of the body from pressure, injury and extreme temperatures. The skin over swollen areas becomes more fragile over time. Cuts, scrapes and burns in areas that have edema take much longer to heal and are open to infection.

Treating edema with natural and holistic remedies can also provide rapid relief for swelling and improve the blood flow through the veins. Using homeopathic and herbal remedies is a safer, gentler alternative that can improve overall health. Herbs such as Agathosma betulina (buchu) offer effective diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties and have been used by the indigenous people of South Africa for centuries. Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) and Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) help to balance blood pressure, assist liver and gall bladder functioning and improve circulation.

Together, these 3 herbs are very much capable to:

- Support routine water balance in cells and organs of the body
- Support healthy energy levels and feelings of well-being
- Maintain blood pressure within normal ranges
- Tone the heart and cardiovascular system
- Support healthy circulation
- Support the heart & maintain regular heart beat
- Soothe the nervous system and common nervous tension
- Support balanced circulation as well as the pressure of the blood on veins and arteries

   
 

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Helpful dietary recommendations in Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

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Sodium encourages water retention. Hence excess sodium intake is bad for edema and you should use less salt in cooking and at the table. Smoked foods such as bacon, tinned or dried soups and other foods involving additives should be avoided.

Herbal supplements for Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention). Eat food that has low carbohydrate in it, as carbohydrate has more water content. Instead go for protein and fat rich diet.

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Potassium on the other hand helps to counteract effects of excess sodium and therefore its intake should be increased. Its levels are carefully regulated by hormones and any excess intake results in it being acting as a diuretic, stimulating the kidneys to produce more urine and expel waste at a faster pace. Potassium rich sources basically include plant foods like avocados, pulses, nuts, dried fruits, tomatoes and fruits like bananas and oranges.

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Other foods (natural diuretics) that help in dispelling water from the body are horseradish, beetroot, nettle, celery, asparagus, parsley, grapes, green beans, leafy greens, pineapple, pumpkin, onion, leeks, and garlic.

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Supplements of coumarin, hydroxyethylrutosides, diosmin and other flavonoids, such as quercetin, rutin, or anthocyanosides (from bilberry), are also recommended by doctors in treating or bringing relief to edema patients. Their effects take a bit more time to show as compared to the other natural alternatives available like herbal formulas.

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Dos & don'ts (precautionary measures) in Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention)

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Your feet should be a little higher than your hips while resting or sleeping on the bed. The bed can be raised a few inches at the foot side and if this is too irritating or not possible then at least a couple of pillows can be put below the feet.

Homeopathic medicines for Water retention (edema, dropsy, fluid retention). Frequent fliers and travelers face this problem due to swollen ankles as their foot movement is restricted.

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Walking strengthens the leg muscles making them strong enough to pump back the excess fluid to the heart.

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If you also have congested lungs, then rest your upper part a little high on the pillows helping out the kidneys expel urine more frequently.

Practicing good dietary regime & taking some precautions as discussed above, along with the mentioned herbal remedies can definitely provide you with the long awaited & deserved relief from water retention.

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Aqua-Rite

Promotes water balance to maintain blood pressure, cardiovascular, liver and gall bladder health.

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