Aromatherapy Treatment for Fluid Retention
For problems such as fluid retention linked to cellulite, or temporary ankle swelling due to heat or long flights massage the legs and thighs in an upward sweeping movement with a 1-2 percent dilution of essential oil in base oil. Beneficial oils are Geranium, Grapefruit, lemon and Rosemary, Juniper has an even stronger diuretic effect, stimulating the kidneys to excrete excess fluid but do not use if there is any.
Other Causes of Fluid Retention
Fluid retention is often aggravated during the pre-period phase (especially in the breasts and abdomen. In hot weather most people find that they have some fluid retention and ankles tend to swell during long plane flights- drink plenty of fluid ( but not alcohol),and move about the plane as much as possible. Severe leg and an freedman is often a sign of kidney and / or heart malfunction, and should be treated professionally, without delay, as should any unexplained or prolonged fluid retention. Kidney problem orin pregnancy. Another essential oil of value is Fennel but this has a mild estrogenic action too, so becaefulnotto use for long if oedema is hormone-related. Pregnancy is a time when ankles might swell, but use essential oils sparingly (less than 1 per cent), if at all and get professional advice if you are unsure. Do not use Fennell or Juniper, and only use Rosemary later on. From the fifth month of the pregnancy, if ankle oedema is a problem.
Herbalism Treatment for Fluid Retention
In order to encourage the removal of fluid the simplest approach is to use herb teas which have a diuretic effect .do not use for more than a week at a time long term stimulation of the urinary system can be tiring and if the swelling has not subsided with in a short period qualified advice and treatment may be necessary. One of the best herbal diuretics is Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum officinale) indeed its common name in many language translates as as; Wet- the bed When you pass urine potassium diuretics this can lead to a potassium deficiency which is it self a serious condition. Dandelionsaareso rich in potassium that this loss is. Counteracted. Make a tea and drink three cupfuls a day initially. Other common and useful herbs are Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)( but see Aromatherapy sectionearlier,) meadowsweet ( Filipendula ulmaria) and Yarrow ( Acbillea milleefolium) all of which are diuretic among their other properties. For just increasing the amount of urine passd without strain on the kidneysthebestherb is the creping rhizomeofCoughGrass (Agropyron reopens) In the short term this can be taken as a decoction.
Homeopathy Treatment for Fluid Retention
Because of the complexity of the causes of fluid retention, and the fact that homeopathic remedies are aimed at the person; constitutional make up as far as possible it is much better to seek professional homeopathic treatment for any water retention. For purely first aid problems such s bruising casing some local swells.
Naturopathy Treatment for Fluid Retention
Since fluid retention in the ankles and legs is often associated with circulatory problems like varicose veins all the general advice given under that section will be useful. Exercise in vital to improve the blood flow, and hence speed up the removal of fluid. Look at the diet and in particular at salt intake, in most cases it will be very beneficial to reduce salt intake since excessive amounts of sodium encourage fluid retention and also place an due burden on the kidneys. Massage is most helpful, especially gentle lymph drain age techniques- for self-massage lightly and repeatedly stroke the affected arras in movement directed towards the heart. If the swelling is in the legs for instance stroke the upper legs first in an upward direction before repeating the act onto the lower legs , so that the fluid has somewhere to drain into from the ankles. Try to have the legs raised supported on something soft such as a cushion, to allow gravity to assist in draining fluid backwards the heart in a s similar wary swelling of the waist can be eased by resting the arm supporting it in a sling. Continued swelling medical attention.