At the beginning I have to underline that holding water may have few different reasons. It may be connected with large intake of salt, cardiovascular problems, lack of movement, vitamins insufficiency, venous insufficiency, stress, pregnancy, menstruation, hot weather, staying high above the sea level, allergy, hypertension, heart disease, kidneys insufficiency, chronic pneumonia, thyroid or liver disorder, or using some medicines (among others, oral preconception). The main symptom of this ailment is swelling, but there may also be joint stiffness, increased body mass, sensation of heaviness, high blood pressure and faster heart beat.
It's important to find the reason of the problem, especially if it happens more than once, and it becomes regular.
The herbs mentioned below, as well as natural substances, may turn out to be helpful, especially extemporaneously. But remember that they are not able to cure the reason of the problem.
Diuretic herbs decrease water holding by removing excessive amount of fluid from body cells. Thanks to them, body produces more urine which is excreted.
According to scientific studies, dandelion clock is diuretic. Therefore, it is a great natural product for excessive amount of water in the body. Moreover, this plant is rich in potassium which decreases the amount of sodium in the body, whereas magnesium found in it, is a wonderful solution for the swelling before menstruation, as well as the sensation of heaviness.
Parsley, just like dandelion clock, has excellent duiretic properties.
Liquorice has many properties, which have been appreciated for ages. In the 16th and 17th century it was used as an antitussive agent in the upper respiratory tract diseases, but also in the affliction of stomach, kidneys and bladder. People who suffer from chronic diseases and take medicines regularly should consult a doctor before using this plant. Liquorice should not be used for too long, because you may achieve the opposite result than what you expected. After long time of using it, you may suffer from the symptoms, which are characteristic for overusing the corticoids in a form of holding sodium and water, as well as the loss of potassium with hypertension, swallen arms and legs, increased body mass and hypokalaemia.
Lemon juice is helpful in removing toxins and water from the body.
The seeds of fennel
According to scientific studies, fennel is a diuretic and supports kidneys in removing excessive amount of sodium and water from the body. It also prevents from gathering toxins in the body, it improves digestion and releases bloats.
Another natural diuretic plant. It causes urine excretion, it is irreplacable in treating kidney stones and other ailments of the urinary system. It supports the excretion of harmful substances from the body, e.g. accertion of uric acid. Nettle is also very helpful in treating gout (arthritis). At the same time it prevents from holding water in the body.
Because of increased urine excretion this plant allows to remove excessive amount of water and toxins. It also removes the cramps of smooth muscles of the digestive and uric system.
This is another home-made way of removing water from the body. Cranberry juice is diuretic, it is rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium, which contribute to the right balance of fluids in the body.
We should also remember about the influence of the well-balanced diet, consuming sufficient amount of liquids and physical activity when it comes to solving the problem of holding water. Sitting too long, overusing salt and drinking small amount of water all foster holding water in the body.
If there is no change after using the mentioned ways, and the swelling is enduring for a long time, it may be a symptom of something bad in the body. At that time, you should definitely go to the doctor's.