Herbal Treatment for Swelling

Published: 04th July 2010
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Swelling is a common problem that anybody can face. Sometimes it may accompany with pain and can affect your normal routines. So to get relief from foot pain, this article has focused on the causes and home remedies for swelling feet.

Causes of Swelling

Kidney disorders: Certain form of kidney disorders such as kidney failure and glomerular disease will lead to swelling throughout the body as well as localized swelling in the abdominal, ankle, feet and leg swelling. This occurs because the kidneys have lost its normal functions including to efficiently removing salt and water out of the body.

Chronic lung disease: Chronic lung disease is a general term of persistent lung disorders that damage the function of the lungs. Severe chronic lung disease will cause water retention in the body include fluid retention in lungs (pulmonary edema), ascites, neck, face, ankle and feet swelling. Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), smoke inhalation injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), lung cancer, mesothelioma, etc. may lead to pulmonary edema, abdominal edema / ascites, fluid retention in the neck and face, swelling in the ankles and feet.

Salts of calcium crystal form on the knee due to high levels of uric acid in the blood. These deposits can also be the cause of inflammation and knee swelling pain. Natural therapies like eating a diet rich in celery and other green leafy vegetables, drinking herbal tea, etc. are effective in reducing uric acid levels in the blood.

There are several home treatments that are very helpful to get you relief from swelling. Few of them are discussed as below -

1. Hot and cold water massage gives tremendous relief from swelling. It is one of the best home remedies for swelling.

2. Soaking your swelled area in lukewarm water followed by a gentle massage using cream or lotion is very helpful relief for foot pain or swelling.

3. Apply mixture of lemon juice, cinnamon, olive oil, water and milk.

4. Apply mixture of peppermint essential oil, water, eucalyptus essential oil and lemon essential oil. It is an effective home remedies for swelling feet and can be done anytime as all the ingredients are available at home all the time.

Diet: If you are overweight, make an effort to reduce those extra pounds. The more you weigh, the more pressure is put on your joints, so it makes perfect sense to relieve that pressure by reducing your weight. Also have a good look at the foods you eat in relation to your arthritis swelling and pain. Often zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and even coffee produce more symptoms and pain. Just be more aware of what you eat and drink and how it affects your body and then reduce or eliminate the intake of that particular food or drink item.

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