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Water Retention
What is it?
Swelling of parts of the body can occur when water leaks from the blood and accumulates in the tissues. Mild water retention, with swollen ankles and a bloated feeling, occurs when the circulation is slow, after a long period of sitting or standing in the same position or even thight elastic top of socks. Women who suffer from premenstrual tension may notice weight gain, puffy ankles and swollen breasts during the week or so before a period. Water retention is common during pregnancy; it is sometimes severe and may be associated with high blood pressure. Severe water retention may be caused by some kidney complaints, heart disorders or liver disorders. In such cases the sufferer needs medical attention. Symptoms may include severe breathlessness and swelling of the ankles and legs.
Swelling, bloated feeling, weight gain, breathlessness.
Conventional Practice:
Diuretic extracts or herbs will get rid of water by making you pass more urine, but they give only temporary relief and can lead to diabetes, gout and potassium deficiency. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can reduce premenstrual water retention. Your doctor may examine for signs of heart or liver disease and your blood pressure will be measured.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info

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