Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Edema
Edema is swelling that is caused by fluid trapped in body's tissues, causing swelling to occur in the affected area. Edema often occurs in the feet, ankles and legs, but it can also affect other parts of the body, such as face, hands and abdomen. From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, edema is related to the spleen and lung. When the spleen and lung fail in their functions of transforming, transporting and distributing fluids, excess water overflows into the interstitial tissues in the muscles and the skin.
Chinese medicine can be effective to treat different types of edema conditions such as ankle, arm, facial, leg, lymph and macular edema. TCM practitioners attempt to identify and treat the underlying deficiencies and imbalances that cause edema by using herbs and acupuncture. Studies suggest that acupuncture can be effective for edema associated with organic diseases, such as post-stroke or heart failure.
Chinese Herbs for Edema
1) Jia Ye Shu (Butcher's Broom) has been traditionally used to reduce leg swelling and edema in Chinese medicine.
Where to buy: Butcher's Broom
How to use: Butcher's Broom is available in many different forms including liquid extract, powder and capsules.
2) Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion) can be helpful in reducing edema by eliminating water weight and increasing urination.
Where to buy: Dandelion
How to use: Dandelion is available in many different forms including tea, liquid extract, powder and capsules.
3) Qi Ye Shu (Horse Chestnut) is a Chinese herb used for leg vein health. It can be used to strengthen the veins and suppress the veins to release water into the surrounding tissues.
Where to buy: Horse Chestnut
How to use: Horse Chestnut is available in many different forms including cream, liquid extract, powder and capsules.