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.