Treat Ascites Naturally

Ascites, also known as hydroperitoneum or abdominal dropsy, occurs when the abdomen fills with fluid. It is commonly caused by liver damage, heart failure, kidney failure and cancer and cannot be cured, only treated. There are two types, exudative or transudative depending on what causes the ascites to occur.


How do I know if have ascites?

  • Abdominal distention
  • Sudden increase in the size of the abdomen
  • Sudden bulging abdomen
  • Fluid wave when the abdomen is tapped or pushed
  • Feeling of heaviness in the abdomen
  • Pressure in the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pleural effusion
  • Chronic cough
  • Bruising
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Lower back pain


How can I prevent ascites?

  • Avoiding excessive drinking of alcohol as liver disease and cirrhosis are major contributors to ascites.
  • Avoid over use of NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen as they can hamper liver function and aggravate liver damage.
  • Exercise regularly to help decrease the build up of fluid in the abdomen.
  • Let your body digest properly; don’t sleep immediately after a meal.
  • Practice safe sex. Certain STD’s such as Hepatitis can aggravate and cause ascites.


How can I treat ascites?

There is no natural cure for ascites, but the following remedies can be used to help treat the symptoms:

  • Drink a mixture of a half-teaspoon garlic juice in a cup of water for several days on an empty stomach to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Try 25mgs of bitter gourd juice in water three times a day for symptom relief.
  • Juice a half-cup radish leaves, mix with water and drink for symptom relief.
  • Soak fenugreek seeds over night, then strain and drink immediately the next morning.
  • Enjoy mango!
  • Carrot and melon juice are both said to help control pain and swelling from ascites.
  • Onions help to reduce fluid in the entire body. Eat onions regularly.
  • Consider a castor oil massage to help reduce bloating and gas.
  • Dandelion root, gravel root, buckthorn, rhubarb root, senna and aloe all help with kidney function and removing fluid from the body.
  • Limit your sodium intake to prevent retaining water.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Enjoy a high-fiber, low fat diet.
  • Avoid starchy foods.
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