3 Most Vital Alternative Medicine Therapies for Edema/Swelling

Edema is swelling or puffiness of tissues due to fluid retention. It is an obvious physical symptom of a number of disorders including kidney disease, heart failure, and cirrhosis of the liver. Edema may also occur as a result of injury (where the injured blood vessels are made more water-permeable) and changes in hormonal levels (before menstruation, during pregnancy, or through the use of oral contraceptives). 


Edema may be accompanied by weight gain and breathing difficulties.

Aromatherapy to Treat Edema/Swelling

  • Essential oils of Rosemary, Lavender, and Geranium will help to reduce bloating and discourage depression.
  • Rub a little Cedarwood, Fennel, Rosemary, or Sandalwood oils, blended in a light carrier oil, into the areas most affected, or in a whole body massage to have an overall diuretic effect.

Homeopathy for Treating Edema/Swelling

  • Arsenicum, when the feet and ankles are swollen, and you feel restless and chilly.
  • Apis, for swelling accompanying inflammation, with stinging pains that become worse in heat.
  • Nat, mur., for swelling in hot weather or in hot rooms.

Chinese Herbalism for Edema/Swelling

  • The problem is thought to be due to excess water and Kidney Deficiency; useful Ginseng, Water plantain, Poria, Cinnamon twigs, and Ephedra. 
  • Wu Ling San pills tonify the Spleen Yang to move water and resolve edema, particularly edema of the lower abdomen.
  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan tonifies the Kidney Yang to resolve edema, particularly of the lower legs.

BONUS: Traditional Home and Folk Remedies for Healing Edema/Swelling

  • Evening Primrose oil, taken in capsule form daily, can help to prevent water retention.
  • Swelling can be relieved by eating plenty of fresh apples.
  • Celery is also a good diuretic, and acts on the kidneys to encourage their action. 
  • Eat fresh grapes to prevent bloating.


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