Edema – Ayurvedic Remedies


A short period of stress or long hours of idleness might get you a swelled-up foot. Has this also made you put pause to your work? You might be suffering from this inconvenience of not being able to do your routine activities at the old pace. Don’t you think it’s high time that you try to put an end to this edema tale of yours!? Let’s stop getting irritated and start looking for a permanent stop to it. Well, remedy is always preceded by diagnosis and if you haven’t identified the reasons behind all these or not yet approached a doctor then probably this article might help you reach all your needs and solutions to enquiries. Stop by and dig in to receive what you’re looking for.

Edema On Foot

Edema on your foot?

Edema on feet is a condition defined by swelling or feeling of puffiness under the direct skin layer of the foot, especially when legs stretched. It’s more easily noticed when only a single foot gets suddenly affected. Foot or ankle swelling is often associated with leg swelling as well. This could be slight bulging or large fluid filled projections that leaves an impression when pressed on that particular area. According to Ayurveda, it is called kshavathu (edema) and is said to occur due to vata, pitta and kapha doshas, the tridoshas. Ayurveda insists on relating every disease to the Tridosha theory and it actually helps us to understand how to do self-assessment and get to know your prakriti. However, out of the three, vata vitiated kshavathu is more painful as it often happens due to or sometimes accompanied by venous conditions like varicose veins.

Know about edema

Ayurveda says that any shotha (swelling) on the body is due to one or many organ dysfunctions. Edema occurs when excess body fluids get accumulated to any part of your body. The fluid gets directly under the skin to the tissues beneath the layer. The excessive fluid is said to leak out of the blood vessels. This is commonly seen in age old people like 60 years above and occurs due to resting your body for a long time like sitting or standing, eating excessively salty food or consumption of salty food always and can occur as a premenstrual symptom in menstruating women. However, edema can occur as a side effect of medications and as a part of your pregnancy. Edema could occur as the secondary development of any other diseases which should not be put unnoticed as could turn to be dangerous later.

What does edema on your legs indicate?

Likeliness for edema to occur on your legs is more often due to the gravity factor, since feet are the final point of gravity in one’s body. Hence it usually occurs on feet, legs, ankles, hands and arms. However, swellings due to fluid collection can also occur in body parts, bowels, eyes or brain. Foot edema is seen most common but still should be taken seriously as this could also occur due to association with many other diseases. Kidney diseases might show a symptom as edema on the feet. When the kidney fails to perform proper filtration, retention of sodium, water or both can happen and can lead to fluid leak in blood vessels due to pressure variation downward to feet. Also, any problems to the bones or tendons of your lower limbs like fractures or arthritis can result in edema but could be easily diagnosed as these always are accompanied by pain. Though it’s important to identify underlying diseases, still it’s good to know that other reasons like alcohol consumption or a long hot weather exposure and all can also lead to puffiness on legs.

How is age related to foot edema?

It’s almost simple to identify this connection because as mentioned above, the principal reason is leakage of fluid from the veins and age-old people can’t always get their veins functioning properly. Since the veins are dependent on the system of valves instead of muscles and these valves get inefficient over time the proper flow of blood doesn’t take place often. When this causes excessive inefficiency, that leads to fluid leakage and results in swelling. This condition is called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and as the name says, the strength of the valves in veins are insufficient for proper flow to happen. CVI has been found as one among the common diseases faced by the old generations. However, since it can lead to or could be due to the above mentioned diseases, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible in your middle age or old age before getting late.

What to avoid?

  • Prolonged sitting or standing.
  • Smoking.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Long exposure to too hot or cold weather.
  • Idle lifestyle.
  • Obesity.
  • Excessive pressure to lower abdominal areas.
  • Not treating conditions like arthritis or varicose veins.
  • Avoid salty foods.
  • Avoid oat cereals and hot cereals.

Do you Wish to treat it with Ayurveda?

You will never know if your foot edema could turn out to be dangerous so it’s better to treat it. Diagnosis related to it might include imaging and lab tests. For treatment to start with, Ayurveda offers you primary self-care methods like doing yoga for retention of water content within the body and many simple foods to cure internally and include: onion (Allium cepa), dandelion tea, apple cider vinegar, corn silk (Zea mays). Similarly, it’s important to choose foods classified on the basis of vitamins and other chemical constituents present within like spinach (Spinacia oleracea), kale (Brassica oleracea) and red meat for vitamin B, foods rich in potassium and anti-oxidants. Beyond these, consulting a physician will help you understand the herbal formulations or treatments that Ayurveda can get you.

Ayurveda has traditional remedies that have been used as household solutions since ages which helps you cure diseases from its root causes in the natural and simplest ways possible. Edema being an unpredictable disease, it’s always better to diagnose or starting with small remedies as mentioned above, and always keep in mind to cut down your salty cravings. Let’s heal your edema, trust in Ayurveda!

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is a Globally Renowned Ayurveda Physician with Expertise of more than 25 Years. He is the CEO & Founder of Planet Ayurveda Private Limited, a leading Ayurveda Brand, Manufacturing, and Export Company with a Chain of Clinics and Branches in the US, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and other parts of the World. He is also an Ayurveda Author who has written Books on Ayurveda, translated into Many European Languages. One of his Books is "Ayurveda – God’s Manual for Healing". He is on a Mission to Spread Ayurveda All Over the Planet through all the Possible Mediums. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of the Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com