What Is Edema?
If you have fluid retention in your body then you may be suffering from edema. Edema is noticeable swelling caused by this fluid building up in your body, and especially around the feet, legs, and ankles. It may even affect the face, hands, and other body parts as well. Anyone can suffer from edema, but most notably pregnant women and older adults suffer from it the most. This swelling is brought on by an excess of fluid beneath the skin. It builds up within the body tissues called interstitial spaces that are little compartments that hold the water outside of the blood vessels.
There are actually two types of edema that you can be inflicted with. You have a pitting edema and non-pitting edema. Pitting edema usually can be seen when you apply pressure to the swollen area with a finger and you can visibly see the imprint left behind. This can happen with sock indentations as you may commonly notice. When you have non-pitting edema, there is not indentation left behind. This type of edema usually occurs in the arms and legs whereas pitting edema usually occurs in the ankles, feet, and legs. Neither has to have an underlying disease, although frequently they do. Women experience it mostly without an underlying disease such as the swelling that is found during menstruation and menopause.
Edema as previously mentioned can and does occur as a result of another condition. Since edema is most often a symptom of something else, you should have it checked out immediately if you notice that you are having edema for extended periods of time. It could be a symptom of heart disease, thyroid problems, liver problems, kidney problems, or a number of other chronic or long term problems. Otherwise, it could be caused from sitting down for long periods of time, pregnancy, eating foods with a large amount of salt, or obesity.
There are different ways to treat edema depending on whether it is temporary or permanent. If it is permanent then usually the treatment is geared towards the underlying condition rather than the edema itself. If it is temporary then there are plenty of herbal remedies that you can try in order to get rid of the swelling. You could try a natural diuretic which will help to reduce the swelling. This will also help the blood flow through your veins so that you have better circulation. Other herbs such as Buchu offer effective diuretic characteristic and have been used for many years by holistic practitioners to rid people of edema. Dandelion and Oleo Europea also work to assist your liver function to improve circulation which can give you quick relief of edema.
Along with the proper diet and a good amount of exercise, temporary edema can be easily treated with natural remedies that can expel the fluid and help you to lose that swollen feeling.