Cure for a Peripheral Edema

Written by jordan jones | 13/05/2017
Cure for a Peripheral Edema
Peripheral oedema effects the legs, ankles and feet. (legs image by Stefan Jovanovic from

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.


Cure for a Peripheral Edema
Elevate the legs above hip level. (legs up image by from

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.


Cure for a Peripheral Edema
Herbs have been successful in relieving peripheral oedema symptoms. (six kinds of aromatic herbs for cooking image by from

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.


Cure for a Peripheral Edema
Sitting for long periods of time can cause peripheral oedema. (legs image by leafy from

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.

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