Natural Remedies for Fluid Retention (Edema)...

by Dayanne


Do you have any helpful natural remedies for fluid retention and edema? I tend to get very swollen, especially my legs and ankles, when I walk or stand for long periods of time. Also when it's too hot I tend to retain a lot of fluid. Thank you for your great website too! You helped me cure my shingles with your tips! Dayanne


Hi Dayanne. Firstly, thanks for your positive comment. We really appreciate it. Glad we were able to help you with your shingles.

Now, in regards to your edema. There are some excellent natural remedies that can easily treat this problem. Here are the top 7 you may like to consider...

#1. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): This is definitely choice number one. Alpha lipoic acid works a treat for fluid retention, and it works virtually 100% of the time and for 100% of people! It only takes around 3-4 days to get rid of edema completely. Take one to two 600 mg capsules daily until your swelling is gone. After that, just continue with one capsule daily. You can read more about it here, along with some handy testimonials... Alpha Lipoic Acid.

#2. Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV also works extremely well for edema. It's high levels of potassium and anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce fluid retention without any harmful effects whatsoever. Just make sure you purchase organic ACV and it still contains the "mother" apple (very important). One to two tablespoons in a glass of warm filtered water 3 times daily (just before food) is best. If you can't handle the taste of the liquid,
go with the capsules instead.

#3. Magnesium: Feet and leg edema is usually connected to a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is vital for the controlling of fluid within the body. Because magnesium is poorly assimilated orally, make sure you use a Transdermal Magnesium Oil Spray for direct penetration. Magnesium oil is 100% absorbable.

#4. Cayenne pepper, tumeric, ginger and lemon: All of these herbs and spices help to reduce fluid retention. They're also extremely safe so be sure to use them in your cooking as much as possible for your edema.

#5. Exercise: It's a known fact that people who do regular physical exercise suffer less fluid retention compared to couch potatoes. So go out and get "huffy and puffy" for around 40 minutes a day - it's worth it - not just for your fluid retention, but for your overall health as well!

#6. Avoid regular table salt: Sodium can make your body retain fluid, so it's best to avoid commercial salt if you can. Himalayan pink rock salt is the exception however. This "salt" contains over 60 essential minerals and because of it's composition, it rarely causes fluid retention.

#7. Eat healthy: Eating refined and processed foods and junk food will definitely make your body retain fluid. Besides the ridiculous amounts of sodium and sugar these foods contain (both of which are edema magnets!), they also contain truck loads of artificial additives such as nitrates, which are also strong fluid retainers.

So there you have it. Hope these tips help you out Dayanne.

Good luck and all the best to you!


Troy (Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Herbalist, Health & Wellness Coach)

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Jul 17, 2015
Fluid Retention Remedies - Free fluid in the stomach cavity...
by: Elaine

Hi, I am a cancer sufferer and one of the effects it has on my body is production of too much fluid. I have recently come out of hospital after having nearly three litres of fluid drained from around the right area of my lung but scans revealed that I have free fluid in my stomach cavity due to the same cause. Would any of the treatments mentioned in your article be any good for my condition. I am at the moment also suffering from a hiatus hernia which my GP thinks is a result of the fluid pushing my stomach up. I am finding it very difficult to eat and drink due to the fullness and discomfort caused by this. If they aren't suitable can you recommend something that will help. x

Jul 20, 2015
Fluid Retention Remedies
by: Troy

Hi Elaine,

These remedies can certainly help and they're also safe to use, which is good news. Starting off small (low doses) and slowly building up is the key. I would also recommend you have a read of this article on a terrific natural treatment for cancer, which can be incorporated even if you are currently receiving orthodox treatments... Stunning Natural Cancer Cure.

Hope this helps you Elaine.

Please Note: These are only my opinions and thoughts. For legal reasons, please view our Disclaimer first before proceeding (we are required to put this in).

Thanks, and good luck.

May 14, 2016
Dandelion Root Works Fast
by: Anonymous

Great article. Dandelion root (tea or tablets) is another awesome alternative and not too expensive. (Nature's Way at Whole Foods is $9.99 for 100 count tablets). It's even cheaper on Amazon.

May 24, 2016
by: Troy

Nice! Thanks for sharing.

Jul 11, 2016
Edema Remedy
by: Anonymous

I use tumeric - it's a natural anti-inflammatory used in curry dishes. The Chinese have been using it for 100's of years and you can get it in any drugstore (called Cucumin Bioperine). Bioperine is black pepper and this aids in the absorption.

Jul 12, 2016
by: Troy

Yes, tumeric works very well. :)

Aug 14, 2016
by: Anonymous

I have had Lymphedema for years. I had knee surgery as a teen and over the years it's gotten worse. Dr put me on Lasix and potassium but this doesn't seem to help. I'm at the point where I want to cut a hole and drain it.

Aug 14, 2016
by: Troy

Cutting a hole may not be the best option. Check out some of these terrific natural remedies for lymphedema instead... Lymphedema Remedies. Oil pulling is also very powerful for cleansing and stimulating the lymphatic system so be sure to do this every day as well... The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling.

Aug 28, 2016
Swelling + Edema In Feet - 36 Weeks Pregnant
by: Tel

I am 36 weeks pregnant and have HORRIBLE swelling and edema in my feet. I was looking at the foot detox, where you soak your feet in water and it pulls out the toxins from your body, but saw that it is not recommended when you are pregnant. Do you have any other advice or tips similar to the detox one?

I also suffer from swelling in my hands, to the point where it feels like there is so much pressure in my finger tips as well as PUPPS.

Thank you in advance.

Aug 30, 2016
by: Troy

Hi Tel.

An Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) foot soak is a great way to remedy swollen feet. And it's completely safe to use when you're pregnant. Magnesium is crucial for the control of fluid in the body, including the hands and feet. Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt in a foot tub filled with some warm water, then soak your swollen feet in this for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat up to 3 times a week.

You could also try regular foot and hand massages. This is actually one of the best remedies for swollen feet and hands as it helps to improve circulation and encourages excess fluid drainage.

Rub some warm mustard oil, olive oil or ginger oil (the best) on the affected area. Gently massage for approximately 5 minutes in an upward direction. Be sure not to apply too much pressure though. Do this several times a day after taking a bath.

It may even be worth visiting a therapist who specializes in proper prenatal massage.

Hope this helps you Tel.

Good luck and all the best to you!

May 18, 2017
Stop eating gluten
by: Anonymous

I had edema for as long as I could remember, then I found out I was gluten intolerant. I quit eating gluten and it's all gone and it's been almost 8 years. I feel great!

Jun 06, 2017
Love this website!
by: Judy Dougherty

Great website and so helpful. Thank you for NOT making me watch and listen to a 30 minute video! You get right to the point with many easy and useful solutions!
Judy Dougherty

Jun 10, 2017
by: Troy

You're very welcome Judy. Thanks for the positive feedback. All the best to you! :)

Aug 15, 2017
After chemo effect
by: Elizabeth

My husband has been cancer free for 2 yrs. The last couple of chemo doses were doubled and he thinks they were given to him to fast and the outcome is that he has swelling, tingling and numbness on his feet. Sometimes he just wears sandals coz his feet are so swollen they can't fit into a shoe. He has tried all kind of meds and I do remedies for him but nothing seems to be working. I'm not expecting a miracle, I just want him to be at ease. Its been almost a year that he has been suffering. Hope these help.

Aug 17, 2017
Cure for Water Retention/Pain & Inflammation
by: Mr Lennox E Francis

I have read the above article on swelling/water retention/edema. I have a herbal body rub that I make for my aches & pains, of which I use daily. This composition of herbs, oils, salts, gels, water, pepper and rum treats edema, along with pain, arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, anxiety and headache, and is also ideal as an everyday massage. Making my own remedy has been the best cure for me so far. Happy healings.

Feb 16, 2018
Taking ALA to counter side effects of Furosemide
by: Anonymous

Hi, have you heard from anyone else getting off Lasix (Furosemide) and taking ALA to get rid of fluid retention? The Lasix causes it to build up instead of driving it out? I've been trying to get my mom off Lasix for a good while, and it's finally become evident to her that it's doing her way more harm than good. Now we're trying to get her excessive fluid down and I'm wondering if she might do better with three 600mg doses/day at this point (I've read that it's been given from 300-1800 mg daily doses in studies on

Feb 19, 2018
by: Troy

No we haven't to be honest. If you were going to start your mom on the ALA, I would recommend 600 mg's a day for a month, then 1200 mg's per day for another month before finally upping it to 1800 mg's a day. Better to slowly increase the amount over a period of several months rather than starting on the highest dose to begin with.

Hope this helps.

All the best!

Mar 25, 2018
by: Anonymous

I have been exercising for the past 2 weeks. My legs and ankles have started swelling everyday! Why? I thought exercise was suppose to help reduce
the swelling.

Mar 26, 2018
by: Troy

Regular moderate exercise is only one of the remedies you should be doing/following. To successfully treat and cure edema, a holistic approach is needed. Try incorporating some regular moderate exercise with the other remedies listed above and see the results you get. I think you'll find that your swelling will be much less.

Hope this helps.

All the best to you!

Mar 20, 2023
No More Swelling!
by: Marilyn

Wow, what difference my swelling is. I started just using the ALA stuff along with the cider vinegar and magnesium. My swelling immediately started to go down. Now I walk for two hours every day (never miss) and I'm almost back weight wise to where I was 10 years ago! For anyone who suffers from horrible fluid retention, I really recommend you give this a go. It works wonders!!

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