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Amazing Home & Herbal Remedies for Swollen Feet

We generally across swelling in different local areas such as – face, feet etc. or throughout the body. Even though it usually appears as a symptom but in also in so many diseases related to vital organs like – liver, kidney, uterus, brain etc.
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Swelling may appear as individual disease itself due to imbalanced dosha. Due to the causative factors, the Vata dosha, blood, Kapha and Pitta are vitiated and they are lodged in veins which start circulating in the body and extremities. Due to defect in circulation, the muscle and skin are badly affected and ultimately become hard and elevated swelling is resulted. According to Ayurveda, inflammation or swelling is of three types. Master Charak has explained it in the 18th chapter of Sutrasthana.

Three types of swelling according to Charak Samhita

  1. Vataja – arising due to Vata dosha imbalance
  2. Pittaja – arising due to Pitta dosha imbalance
  3. Kaphaja – arising due to Kapha dosha imbalance.

It is again of 2 types

  1. Nija – Due to internal causes within the body (due to endogenous factors)
  2. Agantuja – Due to external causes like – injury (due to exogenous factors).
    Aetiology of exogenous swellings-Agantu Shotha Nidaana-
  • Excision wounds
  • Incision wounds
  • Fracture
  • Grinding
  • Exposure to excessive pressure
  • Tight tying
  • Twisting by snake/ tight wrapping
  • Compression/squeezing
  • Piercing
  • Bristles of poisonous insects/creepers/harmful leaves

Endogenous and Exogenous Swellings

The exogenous swelling is diagnosed by the characteristic etiology, signs and symptoms whereas the endogenous swelling starts with the vitiation of doshas and bring about pain. The exogenous swelling on the other hand, starts with the pain and brings about the vitiation of doshas.

Aetiology of Endogenous Swelling

Endogenous swelling is caused due to

  • A chronic disease
  • Due to fasting
  • Walking long distance
  • Suddenly consuming exceedingly heavy/sour/salty food
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Consumption of meat of marshy or aquatic animals
  • Excessive intake of salt
  • Adoption of improper regimen after delivery and excitation of doshas in females
  • Pressure on gravid uterus in females

Clinical features of Vataja swelling – By the intake of cold, non-slimy, exertion, unctuous light food, fasting for a long time Vata in the body gets aggravated and afflicts the skin, flesh, blood etc. and causes swelling. The swelling thus may appear and disappear disruptly. Swelling is either of blue or reddish in colour. It is mobile and it throbs. The skin and hair over the swelling part are rough, hard and broken. Due to this, the pain due to swelling resemble cutting, splitting, pressing, pinching by needles, crawling by ants etc.

Clinical features of Pittaja swelling – By the intake of pungent, bitter, alkaline, hot, saline, sour, salty and heavy food and exposure to heat, fire, sun, the Pitta gets aggravated and affects the skin, flesh and blood and thus the swelling is caused. It may be black, blue, yellow and coppery in colour and hot and soft in touch. It appears and disappears abruptly. The hair on the swelling area becomes coppery and light gray and due to this there is a feeling of hot sensation, pain, emission of smoke, steaming and sloughing and it is not able to stand hot touch.

Clinical features of Kaphaja Swelling – Due to the intake of heavy, sweet, cold and unctuous diet, lack of exercise, excessive sleep, Kapha dosha gets aggravated and it affects skin, muscles, blood and causes Shlaishmika type of swelling. Such type of swelling takes a long time to manifest and cure. Swelling is apparently pale white colour, heavy, smooth, unctuous, immobile and have white hair in the border. It withstands pressure and heat.

According to the etiology there are 3 more types of swellings due to the combined morbidity of the Doshas- (Vata-Pittaja, Vata-Kaphaja and Pitta-Kaphaja).

There is only one Sannipatika type of swelling arising due to combined morbidity of all the three doshas and it manifests signs and symptoms of all 3 doshas.

General symptoms of swelling

  • Thinning of the affected skin surface
  • Numbness
  • Red or black discoloration
  • Roughness
  • Occasional pain
  • Soft oedematous lesions
  • Vertigo
  • Fever
  • Thirst
  • Sepsis
  • Black or yellow coloured lesions
  • Severe burning
  • Instant ulceration
  • Tastelessness
  • Nausea
  • Excess sleep
  • Stable and thick oedema
  • Oedema worsening during night time

Simple home remedies for swelling

  1. Regular consumption of 1 pinch of turmeric along with half teaspoon of ginger and honey relieves swelling.
  2. Erandmoola, Jeeraka and Gokshura are taken in equal quantity and decoction is prepared. This is capable of providing relief from swelling.
  3. 1 teaspoon of Punarnava, turmeric and ginger are taken in a vessel. 2 cups of water are added, boiled and reduced to half. 20 ml dose of this preparation must be taken 2 times a day before food with a small piece of jaggery.

Herbal Remedies for Swollen Feet

Punarnava capsules of Planet Ayurveda for swelling

punarnava-capsulesPunarnava capsules of Planet Ayurveda are very helpful in the treatment of swelling or oedema due to any reasons as it reduces inflammation in a natural way without any side effects. Punarnava capsule of Planet Ayurveda is a pure herbal product. The herb Punarnava helps to promote health of the urinary tract and also helps to maintain efficient kidney function. It helps in water retention caused by any reasons which can be liver, kidney, heart problems or even venous insufficiency.

Single drug recommended in swelling – Castor root, ginger, Punarnava, Tribulus, cumin seeds, Shilajit, turmeric, shallaki etc.

Unwholesome diet – salty, dry vegetables, heavy food, pulses, spicy food, long walk, curd, sour substances must be avoided.

It must be noted that swelling is a simple health complaint if it is localised one or is of recent origin whereas the generalised swelling with chronic history denotes serious underlying pathology. So one should take immediate attention towards such problems.

Water Retention (Fluid Retention) – Ayurvedic treatment

Shvathu’ is Ayurvedic name for Edema. Ayurveda explains that three energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha are very essential for a healthy body. ‘Shvathu’ (Edema) which according to Ayurveda happens due to disturbed balance of all the three energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha

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Water retention

Fluid Retention or water Retention is swelling that occurs in the body due to the excess fluid accumulation. It is also known by other name called Oedema. The swelling may occur in any part of the body or it may be general, all depends upon the cause. Fluid retention commonly manifested by swelling in feet and lower legs, but swelling may possibly be in arms, hands, face, or other areas of the body also.

Causes of Fluid Retention

  • Fluid retention may be result of illness like that of Heart problems such as heart failure etc. or Kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver or an underactive thyroid.
  • Intake of high amount of salt.
  • Certain drugs may be the reason which include medication for high blood pressure, corticosteroids and NSAIDS etc.
  • Burns where skin holdsthe fluid and swelling happens in response to burn injuries.
  • standing for long periods of time
  • Body’s reaction to hot weather tends the body to be less effectivein eliminating fluid from tissues in the summer months
  • Sometimes dietary deficiencies such as insufficient protein or vitamin B1.
  • Inactivity in routine results in accumulation of fluid in the feet and legs.
  • In Pregnancy hormones encourage the body to hold onto excess fluid.
  • Hormones associated with menstrual cycle.
  • Weakened valves in the veins of the legs cause chronic venous insufficiency.

Symptoms of Fluid Retention

Anyone affected by the condition of edema may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling in the affected parts of the body.
  • Puffiness occurs and gives the feeling of a heaviness.
  • Skin gives shiny, tight, or stiff appearance.
  • Indentation develops on pressing the skin.
  • Feeling that clothes, shoes, rings, or watches are too tight.
  • This results in unexpected or fast gain in the weight within few days.
  • Stiffness in the joints may also occurs.
  • Decreased flexibility of the joints in the arms and legs, such as the ankles, wrists, and fingers
  • Reduction in the amount of urine.
  • Commonly affected parts are Feet, ankles and hands.
  • Pain may also be felt in the affected parts.

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Natural remedies for water retention

1. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules are pure herbal product of Planet Ayurveda that are very efficient natural remedy for water retentionor say edema. It can naturally reduce the swelling and inflammation due to any reason.

Punarnava holds diuretic properties andhas ability to strengthen the body making it able to remove fluids outside. It is formulated by the use of pure extract of Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa).

Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) Punarnava is a potent herb that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Its roots act as diuretic agent, reduce swelling and accumulated fluid in the body. This is atremendous herbal remedy for fluid retention.

DOSE:– 2 Tablets twice, daily with plain water after meals.

2. Punarnava Mandoor

Punarnava mandur is a traditional ayurvedic tablets having beneficial properties to remove toxins from the blood and arenatural diuretic. This herbal product is helpful in relieving the symptoms of ascites, renal failure, liver failure, fluid accumulation, swelling, puffy eyes, and many other problems related with accumulation of fluid in the body tissues.

INGREDIENTS:-

  1. Boerhaavia diffusa (Punarnava): The roots of this amazing herb are diuretic, can reduce swelling and accumulated fluid. It is good natural remedy to act against fluid retention.
  2. Zingiber officinale (Shunti): Shunti is a useful herbin reducing swelling around joints and even good natural agent to reduce the fluid accumulation.
  3. Piper longum (Pippali): Useful in alleviating inflammations. Itlessensthe complete swelling and fluid accumulation.
  4. Piper nigrum (Maricha): This herb is carminative in nature. Effective in easingthe pain. Efficient herb natural diureticthat benefits indecreasing swelling and inflammation.
  5. Emblica officinalis (Amalaki): Herb which is natural to cause diuresis.
  6. Terminalia chebula (Haritaki): Herb with property to act as natural diuretic.
  7. Piper chaba (Chavya):It also act as natural diuretic that can reduce swelling and inflammation in the body.
  8. Curcuma longa (Haridra): Haridra is potent herb to help in reduction of swelling, pedal edema and even useful to get rid of excessive fluid accumulation.
  9. Embelia ribes (Vidanga): Good Natural diuretic
  10. Plumbago zeylanica (Chitrak Mool): Herb that has features to reduceswelling, inflammation, and lower the fluid accumulation.
  11. Ferric oxide calx (Mandoor Bhasma): This ingredientcan remove toxins from the blood as well can reduce edema, swelling around joint, fluid accumulation in the feet, heart and other parts of the body.

3. Water ex Tablets

Water Ex Tablets are proficient herbal formulation of Planet Ayurvedathat are potent to sustain the water balance of the body. These are purely natural tablets that work as natural remedy for fluid Retention by providing reliefto a person from the problem of water retention.

This Herbal product isformed making use of standardized extracts of three most remarkable herbs that altogether has made it a perfect ayurvedic treatment of water retention.

Herbs are:

  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): Punarnava herb is cool in nature and is a natural diuretic checking fluid retention in the body. It can reduce swelling in several parts of the body in edema and can evenmanage the symptoms of swollen joints due to fluid retention.
  • Varuna (Crataeva nurvala): Useful herb that help to remove excess of fluids in the body and thus providing relief from the swelling in water retention.
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terristeris): Gokshura is also a natural diuretic that can remove additional fluid from the body. Effectively reduce swelling occuring due to fluid accumulation.

Amalgamation of these herbs have formed this product an excellent natural remedy for water retention in a healthy and natural way.

DOSE: 2 Tablets twice daily with water after meals

4. Trinapanchmool Ghan Vati

Trinapanchmool Ghan Vati is a natural product that can manage the water retention in the body. This herbal preparation deals with edema like swelling in legs, hands, arms, ankle and feet. It is blended with following useful herbs

Ingredients:

  • Kush (Desmostachya bipinnata)
  • Darbh (Imperata cylindrica)
  • Kaas (Saccharum spontaneum)
  • Saar (Saccharum munja)
  • Ikshu (Saccharum officinarum)

Dosage – 2 tablets twice or thrice daily after half an hour of meal with plain water.