According to the Mayo Clinic, leg swelling caused by the retention of fluid in leg tissues is known as peripheral edema. It can be caused by a problem with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system or the kidneys. You may also experience swelling due to fluid buildup after sitting or standing for a long time.
Factors related to fluid buildup include:
- Acute kidney failure
- Cardiomyopathy (disease of heart tissue)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Heart failure
- Hormone therapy
- Lymphedema (blockage in the lymph system)
- Nephrotic syndrome (damage to small filtering blood vessels in the kidneys)
- Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart)
- Prescription medications, including some used for diabetes and high blood pressure
- Sitting for a long time, such as during airline flights
- Standing for a long time
- Thrombophlebitis (a blood clot that usually occurs in the leg)
- Venous insufficiency, chronic (leg veins with a problem returning blood to the heart)
On the other hand, parsley tea is one of the most effective natural remedies in the case of swollen legs, as it removes the excessive amounts of fluids from the body.
Parsley is a Natural DiureticParsley is extremely beneficial for your health and wellbeing and now this was confirmed by numerous studies. One particular study, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2002, claims that “parsley has the role of a natural diuretic.”
How to Make Parsley Tea
- Chop some fresh parsley leaves and roots finely.
- Mix them well.
- Fill a pot with 500ml of water, and bring it to boil.
- Add 5 teaspoons of the mixture in the water and boil them for 5 minutes.
- Leave the tea aside to cool down, for around 20 minutes.
- Strain it, and consume it 3 times daily. Soon, you will notice the effects, and the swellings will disappear.