My legs swell.
Edema: What do we know about swelling?
My legs swell. Poor health or illness is often accompanied by swelling. Yes, and in themselves edemas speak about certain malfunctions in the body.
Essentially, swelling is the swelling of the tissues as a result of a pathological increase in the interstitial fluid volume.
And here’s how, for what reasons they arise and, most importantly, how to deal with them.
How to treat swelling?
With regard to treatment, in the case of edema it is necessary to firmly understand that edema in itself is only a symptom of other diseases. Therefore, it is necessary to search for their cause and first of all to treat it.
However, despite the fact that the root causes of the appearance of edema can be very different. It is possible to give a number of general recommendations, first of all, concerning nutrition.
In the treatment of diseases that cause swelling, it is necessary first of all to limit the intake of liquid and table salt. When swelling occurs, it is useful to consume as much as possible vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries that have a diuretic effect. Such as celery, parsley, asparagus, onions, garlic, watermelon, pumpkin, strawberry, black currant, grapes.
Dairy products are also useful, especially kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese. Instead of regular tea and beverages, it is advisable to drink infusions and decoctions of plants. Their action contributes not only to reducing edema, but also to treatment of the underlying disease that causes edema.
With strong swelling, a sand bath helps. This procedure is quite laborious, but very effective.
It is necessary to take a sufficient amount of pure sand. Put it in a hot oven. When he gets well, he has to undress the sick man, put him on a warm bed and cover his neck with warm sand.
Cover the top with a blanket and let lie down in the sand for 1-2 hours. The patient will first sweat, then water will come out of it. At the end of the procedure, discard the wet sand. Patient to wash with warm water in half with wine.
Wipe, put on him a warm shirt, dressing gown, sit in an armchair for an hour. After that, he may be a little like or lie down.
Do this 3 days in a row, and excess water will completely disappear from the body.
When swelling is very useful massage.
You can do it yourself. Smooth the affected area with light repetitive movements directed toward the heart.
If, for example, you have swelling on your legs. Smooth the hips first from the bottom up. Only then go to the caviar, so that the liquid was where to flow from the ankles.
Try, when possible, to raise your legs up. Put under them something soft, such as a pillow. So that the gravity helps the fluid to move back to the heart.
To improve circulation at the feet, oil your feet with oil. Put your hands on your hip. And iron it several times in the direction of the buttocks — light, but smooth and rapid movements. Hold your hands one above the other. Then move your hands down to the calf. Pat your leg several times from the ankle to the back of the knee. Then repeat both actions.
Diet with swelling.
The withdrawal of water from the body is well helped by the fruit and vegetable diet.
It will be especially effective if you include such diuretics in it. These are cucumbers, raw cabbage, aubergines, lemons with peel and honey, boiled potatoes, onions, garlic, parsnips, parsley, broth of watermelon crusts.
With cardiac edema, apple-curd fasting days are recommended.
Your diet for such a day consists of 600-800 g of apples and 300-400 g of cottage cheese. With severe swelling, such a diet can be observed up to 5 days.