While there are no definitive cures for peripheral oedema, there are a variety of home remedies and herbs that have proven successful in reducing leg, ankle and foot swelling.
The easiest and most successful treatment is elevation and exercise. If you are tied to a desk all day, get up every hour and walk around to stimulate the circulation in your legs. When relaxing at home, put your feet up, preferably above hip level for best results. Wear support stockings. Most important, try to cut down on salt, too much of it in the diet exacerbates the swelling.
Many sufferers have reported successful relief from using dandelion root. Rich in potassium, it helps balance salt intake and reduce swelling. Other popular herbs among peripheral oedema sufferers are Ginkgo biloba, which decreases the pain associated with oedema; horse chestnut, which improves the veins ability to pump the blood back to the heart; and buchu, which decreases water retention.
Most often the cause of peripheral oedema is simply too little exercise, too much sitting, and ageing, but sometimes the condition can be a sign of more serious things: hypertension, congestive heart failure or even kidney disease.