The decision of having a baby is pivotal. At the stage when a child is born, the child’s mother is also born. A female exists before, but not as a mother. This feeling is something new and different. With this new experience, new problems are also felt and one of the problem is swelling of ankles, feet and sometimes of other parts. This problem of swelling can be reduced through natural and ayurvedic ways. These ways include the combination of home remedies and herbal remedies. But before this you should know about the conditions and reasons of this problem during pregnancy.
What exactly the pregnancy swelling is?
During pregnancy, you get a mild swelling all over your body but especially around your feet and ankles. The range of swelling can fluctuate according to the different conditions.
Why this swelling occurs?
This swelling is due to accumulation of body fluids in both, baby and mother. The body fluids increase to accumulate in the tissues which results in increase blood flow and pressure on the uterus, pelvic veins and vena cava, the large vein. This flow and pressure cause swelling of body parts, particularly of feet and ankles due to gravity. The hands also get swollen.
At what time you feel this condition of swelling?
This problem of swelling arises between the weeks of 22 to 27 of pregnancy. This condition remains as it is until a women gives birth to a child.
Risks that can be associated with this swelling
The mild swelling of feet and ankles is normal. But with this swelling, your hands and face also experience swelling and your face just looks like a puffy bean with other symptoms such as high weight, high blood pressure and high protein in urine, are a thing of concern.
The problem of swelling can be treated through natural ways and some lifestyle changes. Now, what do you mean by natural ways. The natural ways includes the things of nature. These are herbs, trees, natural minerals and nutrients. Plants play major role on earth, not only in providing oxygen but also to cure for various diseases. A medicinal system that uses these herbs as a remedy to treat ailments is known as Ayurveda.
AYURVEDA is an ancient medicinal form of India that treats the disorders by using the combination of herbs, body type and the disease type. This form is the treatment that provides relief in all aspects, body and mind. The basis on which this works is the five elements e.g.air, space, earth, fire and water. These elements combine to form three doshas that control body functioning.
Air and space – vata doshas, this controls nerve impulses, respiration and elimination.
Fire – pitta doshas, controls growth and protection.
Earth and water – kapha doshas, controls the metabolism.
Ayurvedic view of Swelling during pregnancy
In Ayurveda human conception is compared with germination and sprouting of a seed and its transformation into a plant. Same as a seed form and sprout, human’s male and female seeds unite and garbha (embryo) is created. In Ayurveda, there are around total nine diseases that originate in pregnancy. One of them is swelling of feet and ankles it develops in the eighth and ninth month of pregnancy. This should be treated with mild herbal formulations that don’t harm fetus and mother.
Planet ayurveda has herbal formulations for swelling during pregnancy.
Planet Ayurveda provides following formulations that consists of fruitful herbs which has significant effect in pregnancy swelling.
- Amla saar
- Shatavari capsules
- Spirulina capsules
- Coral calcium complex capsules
1. AMLA SAAR
Amla saar is made up from a magnificent herb, amla that consists of properties like anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant etc. These properties help amla to cure the problem of swelling.
Regular consumption of amla saar reduces the swelling of hands and feet.
Dose – 3 teaspoon two times a day with equal quantity of water.
Shatavari is known to treat the problems related to reproductive system. This helps to boost up the immunity, tones uterus and helps to increase the flow of vaginal fluids. These overall functions helps to remove extra fluid from the tissues and lowers the swelling during pregnancy.
Dose – 2 capsules two times a day.
Spirulina is enriched with various properties like anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, vitamins and minerals that helps to lower down the swelling, fights with free radicals and stress (mental and physical).
So these are given in the case of pregnancy swelling.
Dose – 2 capsules two times a day.
It is a natural formulation hat is rich with calcium component that helps to maintain body health, immunity and muscle health during pregnancy. This provides way to fight against infections and inflammation or swelling problems. So this is very beneficial in case of pregnancy swelling.
Dose – one capsule two times a day after meal with plain water.
Expect these, there are some home remedies that can be acquired to treat the problem of pregnancy swelling.
1. Use contrast hydrotherapy
- Fill two to three foot tubs, one with cold and other with hot.
- Soak the feet in warm for 3-4 minutes.
- Then immediately after in cold for one minute.
- Continue the process for 15 minutes, two times a day.
2. Do massage regularly with ginger oil, mustard or olive oil.
3. Consume some ginger tea every day.
4. Take coriander seeds. Soak them in one glass of water and then boil. Drain and cool it down. Consume this once in a day.
5. Relax yourself and put your legs and feet slightly elevated in an anti-gravity mode. This helps to provide relief from swelling in the pregnancy.
What is your first reaction towards any ailment? The answer is – treat these ailment in a natural way. Natural things are best in their way. This nature is enriched with a component that is like a best instrument in the music class. This instrument is greenery, trees, plants, herbs, flowers and its fruits. These are the life line for the human beings, as it provides most lively thing to humans, oxygen. But this is not the only characteristic, plants have. These contain various paramount therapeutic properties deep in its core. These properties help to treat certain ailments of the body in natural and healthy way. The medicinal methodology which uses these natural ingredients and helps to treat problems with these ingredients,the name of this methodology is Ayurveda. One of the disease that can be managed and cured by Ayurveda is water retention.
What is this disease and how Ayurveda can cure this? To know these things, first of all we have to know about the ayurvedic treatment concept and disease reason to occur.
It is a word that explores the science involved and related to life. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda itself tell its nature. The word ayur means life and veda means science. Ayurveda is an oldest health care system of India. This heals the diseases by making a balance in science, philosophy and spirituality. The Ayurveda consists all the five elements of nature and combine these elements under three categories, known as natural constituents or doshas.
Air + space involves in vatadosha (controls nerve impulses, circulation and elimination) Fire + water involves in pitta dosha (controls metabolism)
Water + earth involves in kapha dosha (controls growth and protection)
In disorders, these three doshas imbalances to cause problems, individually or collectively.
Water retention is also happens due to imbalance in these doshas.
To know about relationship between doshas and water retention, we should have a clear picture of water retention disease.
WATER RETENTION is a condition when there is an abrupt collection of fluid in the body tissues.
In general, fluid leaks normally in the body tissues from blood. A network of lymphatic tubes are there which take the fluid from the tissues and vacant it back into bloodstream. If there is any problem in this system, then this causes swelling of that particular area.
The problem of water retention can be of two types
First is if the swelling is all over in the body.
Or the swelling is in a specific area.
Why causes this water retention disorder?
General reasons can be
- Hot weather
- Burns like sunburn
- Menstrual cycle
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Malnutrition – deficiency of vitamin B1, B6, B5 and albumins etc.
- Medicines such as of blood pressure and NSAIDs etc.
- Imbalances in hormones that maintain the fluid imbalance in the body.
Improper functioning of kidney
- Heart problems as heart failure
- Malignant lymphedema
Water retention with the problem of swelling can also cause the problem of stiff joints, weight gain and ache in affected parts.
This disorder can be diagnosed through physical examination, blood test, liver, kidney function tests and urine tests.
How to get rid of water retention naturally
The problem of water retention can be cured naturally. Ayurveda has herbs that have great beneficial effect in its treatment.
Ayurveda’s view point regarding water retention:
Water retention is known with the name of shotha or shopha in Ayurveda. InAyurveda it is due to evacuation of doshas. The vata, raktai.e. Blood, pitta and kapha get vitiated, lodged in veins and circulate throughout the body and cause the swelling problem.
Herbs present in nature that can heal the condition of water retention are:
Amalaki – this is known as amla fruit also. This fruit is enriched with vitamin C contents and helps to treat problems like weak immunity, hyperacidity and fluid accumulation and hence treats the problem of water retention.
Punarnava – this plant roots have properties like diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling. This herb helps to treat the problems of heart, kidneys, anemia, obesity, stress and fluid retention.
Pippali – it is known as long pepper, have propertiesof rejuvenation. It treats the respiratory and digestive problems. This herbs is very effective in cases of cough, asthma, inflammation, swelling of joints and allergies. This shows fruitful effect against water retention.
Kush or Pushkarmool – a herb that have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, cardio protective, rejuvenating properties that helps to treat problems like cough, asthma, heart problems, swelling, blood pressure and inflammations etc. these functions of the herb help to treat water retention problem.
Varuna – This herb known to clear the obstruction in urinary tract and helps to remove excess fluid and toxins present. It helps to reduce swelling also.
Other herbs that are known to treat and can manage the water retention are
- kas and many more.
Planet Ayurveda provides the range of herbal formulations that consists of these herbs as their basic ingredients.
These herbal formulations are given below:
1. PUNARNAVA CAPSULES
These capsules are made up of punarnava herb. These are used provide relief in conditions that can lead to water retention like kidney dysfunction, heart failure and liver problems etc.
Dose – one to two capsules two times in a day, before meal with water.
2. TRINPANCHMOOL GHAN VATI
This natural formulation is present in form of tablets. This consists of herbs like kush, kas, darbh, sar and ikshu. It controls the problems of heart, liver, swelling and water retention.
Dose – 1-2 tablets three time a day, after meal.
3. PUNARNAVA MANDUR TABLETS
This is a great natural formulation that has great effect on the problem of water retention. This formulation is known to have herbs like punarnava, haridra, pippali, amalaki, chitrakmool, shunti, mandoorbhasma, vidanga, maricha and chavya.
Dose – 2 tablets two times with plain water.
4. WATER EX TABLETS
This is a formulation prepared by planet Ayurveda especially for the problem of water retention. This formulation consists of herbs like punarnava, gokshura and varuna.
Dose – 1 to 2 tablets with water two times in a day, after meals.