Several home remedies for ascites include garlic, gram, bitter gourd, fenugreek, radish, water melon, onion, and quality, adequate sleep.
Technically, ascites is known as peritoneal fluid excess, peritoneal cavity fluid and hydro peritoneum. Ascites is actually the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal or peritoneal cavity.
Causes of Ascites
3 major causes of ascites include alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatic vein obstruction. Kidney and heart failure can also cause an excessive accumulation of fluid. In addition to these triggers, ascites can also result from cancer involving tuberculosis and the abdominal cavity.
Fluid accumulates in the abdominal cavity. The stomach gets swollen, resulting in a heavy, uneasy feeling. The legs can swell up, and even breathing becomes abnormal, leading to rapid heart palpitations.
Symptoms Of Ascites
The main symptoms of ascites include:
- Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
- Distension in the abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen ankles
- Rapid weight gain
- Reduced appetite
- Umbilicus eversion
- Shifting or dullness of percussion
- Portal hypertension
- Nephrotic syndrome
Depending on its cause, the natural treatment for ascites will differ. Salt-restricted diets and bed rest are 2 recommended treatments. In addition to those two treatments, diuretics or drugs are also used to excrete more water from the kidneys. Therapeutic paracentesis is used to remove the accumulated fluid.
For draining larger amounts of fluid from the patient’s body, large volume paracentesis is used. A short hospital stay is required.
Taraxacum officinalis, the common dandelion, is the herbal diuretic used for ascites; it drains excess fluid as well as possessing nature-endowed potassium necessary for balancing bodily electrolytes.
According to the National Cancer Institute, a thin needle or tube can be used to remove excess fluid from the abdomen~ such a treatment can also provide temporary relief from ascites.
Home Remedies For Ascites
Below are 17 remedies and tips for healing or preventing ascites:
Garlic has a prime role in treating ascites. Mix half a teaspoon of garlic juice om 125ml of water. Drink this garlic concoction regularly several days.
Gram: Boil 25g gram in 1/4 litre of water. Let the water reduce to half. Strain. Drink daily for a minimum of 3 weeks for positive results.
Bitter Gourd: A potent natural relief for ascites. Juice 25 ml of bitter gourd. Mix with water. Drink 3 times a day. This juice can be taken on an empty stomach.
Carrot juice and buttermilk
Good cures for ascites.
Importantly, these 2 also replenish energy, while draining out excess fluids from the body.
Radish Leaves: Juice the leaves of the radish. Dilute with water. Drink.
Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight. In the morning, strain and drink the water in which the seeds have soaked.
Avoid Drinking Excess Water Avoid consuming more water when suffering from ascites. It only adds to swelling, discomfort and weight gain.
Therapies: Helpful alternative therapies to cure ascites include patoladhya ghrit, punarnave chum, and punarnava kwath and shilajatwadi vati.
Punarnava or Boeharia Diffusa Powder: This powder helps drain excess fluid. Beneficial for curing ascites.
Onion: Onions are powerful diuretics. Eat them regularly to drain excess accumulated fluid through urination.
Melon: Consuming large portions daily helps against ascites. This also helps digestion and restores fluid balance.
Alcohol: A no-no. Keep well away from alcohol! alcohol is responsible 83% of all patients afflicted with ascites.
Lead An Active Life: Exercise helps to keep your abdominal muscles in shape, and in so doing, helps to prevent the accumulation of fluid.
Sweet Sleep: It is best not to sleep during the day. The best strategy is to have a fixed time when you go to bed every night. Then, wake up early in the morning. Early to bed, early to rise.
Design A Healthy Diet: A healthy diet for the prevention of ascites can include these foods: buttermilk, horse gram soup, garlic, asafoetida and honey.
Avoid Harmful Foods: Cut down or avoid altogether starchy foods: bread, rice and wheat. Avoid commercial table salt which is very harmful for those suffering from ascites.
Herbs: Dissolve asafoetida in hot water and use to foment the abdomen.In Ayurvedic medicine, Kakamachi or black nightshade is also used to treat Ascites.s.
Visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Each and every person is different, so do your due diligence.
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© Helen Chow, ND