Natural ascites treatment – onion, bitter gourd and garlic

Natural cures for ascites

Hydro peritoneum, peritoneal cavity fluid and peritoneal fluid excess are technical names for ascites. It is basically dealing with the accumulation of the fluid in peritoneal cavity or abdominal cavity. This is a condition of the body in which fluid is accumulated in the cavity of the abdomen. Your stomach gets swollen which is resulting in uneasy and heavy feeling. Your legs swell up and the breathing is not normal which is causing rapid heart palpitations. There are many symptoms of ascites and the main are rapid weight gain, swollen ankles, lethargy, reduced appetite, shortness of breath, nephritic syndrome, portal hypertension, shifting or dullness of percussion, umbilicus eversion, distention of the abdomen and accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. The natural treatment of this condition is based on the cause for it. Some of the main features of this type of treatment are bed rest and salt – restricted diets. In the addition of this type of treatment, drugs or diuretics are also utilized because they are playing a pivotal role in excreting more water from the kidneys [1,2]. Therapeutic paracentesis is a process which is used to remove the fluid. There are many home remedies which you can use for ascites such as proper sleep, onion, melon, radish, bitter ground, gram and garlic. You should talk with your doctor if you suffer from ascites before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies.

Ascites home remedies

Onion: Onion is a very effective home remedy for ascites. People who suffer from ascites should rid of the toxic fluid that is accumulated in the abdomen. One of the best ways in which they can do it is the urination. It is known that the more you urinate, the more fluid you slowly take out. There are many medications which can increase the frequency of urination but also there are many vegetables which are having diuretic properties and they can help to increase the frequency of urination. Onion has diuretic properties. Also it has antiseptic and antibiotic properties. It is rich in fiber which can help to cure ear problems, eye problems, sleeping disorders and fever. You should add onions to your daily diet if you suffer from ascites. You can find onions in every market and you can consume them in raw form. If you do not want to use them alone, then you can add onions to salad. You should take out the outermost layers of onions and slice them. Now you can make the onion salad. Also you can make onions in a form of juice.

Garlic: Garlic is one of the most effective home remedies which you can use if you suffer from ascites. It has many health benefits but recently it has been proven that it can be used for treating ascites. It can reduce the cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce the damage of free radicals with its antioxidants, strengthen the bones and lower the risk of heart disease. Also it has anti – toxin properties which can help your organs to be safe from suffering any serious damage from toxic substances. You can find garlic in every market. You can add it in your daily diet as garlic juice or you can eat some chopped garlic cloves. [3]

Chickpeas: This home remedy is rich in Vitamin A, unsaturated fats (linoleic and oleic acid), protein and carbohydrates. Also it has digestive property which can help you to digest your food well which will lead to a less stretched abdomen. Chickpeas are very helpful for ascites but also they are effective for the treatment of type – 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. [4]

Sleep: You should try not to sleep during the day. You should maintain a fixed time to go to the bed at night and you should wake up early in the morning. This can help you to maintain the overall homeostasis of your body.

Picrorhiza Kurroa: This is a type of herb which is used as a major medicinal herb since ancient times. In the recent studies was shown that it can be used as a natural treatment for liver diseases [5]. People who suffer from ascites are often advised to use diuretics which can help to get rid of the toxic fluids. This home remedy is an excellent diuretic and it can improve the functionality of the liver.

Active life: It is very important to exercise because it can help your abdominal muscles to develop properly while at the same it can protect against fluid accumulation.

Rhubarb: There are some studies in which are shown that 10% of all ascites are originated with a certain type of liver cancer [6]. This is a widely cultivated plant. It is not a popular food but it is healthy because it has antineoplastic and anti – cancer properties. Rhubarb has a component known as rhein which can attack tumor cells. When you are using rhubarb for ascites, also it can help to alleviate the abdomen swelling. You should know that stalks of this plant are edible but you should avoid eating leaves of rhubarb because they are poisonous.

Carrot juice: You should drink nutritious vegetable juices because they can keep you hydrated without increasing the amount of accumulated fluids in ascites. Carrot juice is a very effective home remedy for ascites because it is a primary source of B – carotene and it has antioxidant properties. You should drink one to two glasses of carrot juice because it can improve your immunity, reduce cholesterol and keep your heart in shape.

Natural cures for ascites

Natural ascites treatment

Harmful diet: You should avoid eating too much starch wheat and rice. Also people who suffer from asictes should avoid salt because it is harmful for them.

Alcohol: You should stay away from the alcohol. There are some studies in which are shown that alcohol is cause for 83% cases of people who suffer from ascites [7].

Abdomen massage: It is known fact that people who suffer from ascites, also suffer from abdominal bloating, anxiety and depression. There are some studies in which are shown that massage can bring a relief from these conditions [8]. This abdominal massage should include straight rubbing, gentle point rubbing and kneading for duration of fifteen to twenty minutes. You should repeat it on daily basis because it can help you to have better results.

Bitter gourd: People who suffer from ascites have a loss of appetite. Their abdomen has a lot of volume in it and it gets occupied by the fluid, a feeling of satiety takes place and the affected person is not feeling hungry. Bitter gourd can be very effective home remedy for people who experience a loss of appetite. Bitter gourd is also known as bitter melon. It has been used as a natural treatment for many different diseases. The recent studies have shown that it has also a positive impact on improving the appetite [9]. This natural cure has many benefits associated with curing obesity, diabetes and dyslipidemia. It has a bitter taste. People who are using bitter gourd in their diets prefer to marinate it with salt or soak it in water. But for people who suffer from asictes is recommended to follow a low sodium diet. They should minimize the amount of salt because it will be beneficial for their health. You should slice 2 unripe bitter gourds lengthwise, take out the seeds and then you should soak them in a low sodium salt – water. After thirty minutes you should wash the gourd slices using clean and fresh water because this can help to remove the excess amount of sodium. Also you can make a juice of bitter gourd with the help of a regular juicer. You should not add salt or sugar in it. You can consume it directly or you can mix it with green apple juice because this will reduce its bitter taste.

Camel milk: This type of milk is not popular as coconut milk or cow milk but it has many health benefits. There are some studies in which are shown that the camel milk has anti – inflammatory and anticancer properties [10]. Also it is rich in diuretic lactose that can help your body to rid of the accumulated toxic fluids. You should replace the daily water intake with camel milk because it can help to reduce the buildup of toxic fluids and at the same time it will keep your body healthy and hydrated.

Mangoes: This natural cure has many health benefits. There are some cases when ascites happen when cancer spreads to the abdominal lining. They are loaded with polyphenols which are very effective for reducing the cancer cells as well as the inflammation that is caused by cancer. You can take it directly or in a form of juice. Also this natural cure is very effective for digestion, improving eye health and lowering cholesterol.


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