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Homeopathic Treatment for Water Retention

Water is a critical component of the human body. Around 70% of the human body is made up of water. All body tissues, organs, and fluids, like blood and lymph, are made up of water. The regulation of water in the body is a complex mechanism and is carried out by different organs of the body. Management of water helps in maintaining the water within reasonable limits despite the amount of water taken by the person or the climatic conditions outside. Any disturbance in the regulatory mechanisms can lead to water retention in the body. When the retention of water in the body tissues or tissue cavities exceeds the desired amount, it is known as edema. Water retention can be generalized, which means that it is present in the whole body; or it can be limited to one body part, like pedal edema where water retention is seen only in the ankles. Homeopathic treatment for water retention is very beneficial. A thorough investigation in each case of water retention is a must to rule out the involvement of any major organ before the beginning of the treatment.    homeopathic treatment for water retention

In mild cases, medicines for water retention can be prescribed along with changes in diet and lifestyle. But in cases where retention is associated with disorders of major organs, treatment helps in managing the case. In such instances, treatment can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine to offer support to the patient. Medicines for water retention not only help in providing symptomatic relief but also assist in the treatment of underlying causes. Treatment for water retention is very safe since the medicines are prepared with natural substances. They have no side effects and can be used safely for all age groups.

Homeopathic Treatment for Water Retention

Some prominent medicines for water retention are Acetic acid, Apocynum, Apis Meliffica, Cardus Marianus, Digitalis, Fluoric Acid, and Terebinth. These medicines should be prescribed by individual symptoms in every given case. Homeopathy treatment for water retention should be taken under the supervision of a homeopath only, and self-medication should be avoided.

Causes and Types of Water Retention

Temporary water retention is the result of issues like the patient’s diet. Excessive intake of salt or sodium in the diet and deficiency of proteins and vitamin B complex are some causes of water retention. Another factor is the person’s lifestyle, which includes having a job that requires long periods of sitting down or standing. Water retention also occurs in bed ridden or immobile persons. Long flights may also lead to water retention. Medications like hormone replacement therapies, oral contraceptive pills, drugs for diabetes, anti inflammatory drugs, and drugs for heart disorders also cause water retention. In females, water retention commonly develops before the menstrual cycle. It is temporary and most likely due to hormonal imbalance. Water retention is also common during the last phase of pregnancy. It is due to the pressure put by the uterus on circulation and subsides after childbirth. Other medical conditions which lead to the retention of water are thyroid disorders, allergies to food, insect bites, disorders of the lymphatic system, deep vein thrombosis affecting lower limbs, congestive cardiac failure, kidney failure, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Types of Water Retention

There are two types of water retention. Cases, where depressions or pits are formed on the swollen part on exertion of pressure by the finger tips, is known as pitting type of water retention. Pitting type of water retention is seen in systemic disorders like a cardiac failure, liver failure, or kidney failure. Non-pitting edema is where no depressions form. It is a characteristic feature of water retention due to lymphatic and thyroid disorders.

Signs and Symptoms of Water Retention

Symptoms vary from mild to severe depending on the underlying cause and the organs involved. Water retention usually occurs on the feet, ankles, legs or hands. Here are some situations that lead to the retention of water.

1. Persons having a high sodium diet, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, or long flights may experience water retention in the ankles or lower limbs. This retention is temporary and subsides with a little movement or leg elevation.
2. In cases where the person has to stand for a long time, the blood from the lower limbs cannot get pumped to the heart since the valves of the veins get incompetent. It leads to dilatation of the veins of the legs or varicose veins. In such cases, there is pain and heaviness in the legs. There may be skin changes like the development of skin eruptions or ulcers.
3. In congestive cardiac failure, the retention is usually on the legs, feet, and ankles. Along with this, other symptoms like tiredness, weakness, and an increased heart rate appear.
4. Retention may be present in the lungs, or pulmonary edema, leading to a chronic cough and breathlessness.
5. In cirrhosis of the liver, the retention appears on the abdomen and legs.
6. In kidney failure, there is puffiness around the eyes and swelling on the legs.
7. In disorders of the lymphatic system, the retention, or lymphoedema, is usually localized. Swelling may be present on the affected limb.
8. Persons having hypothyroidism may experience swelling and puffiness around the eyes and face. Water retention may be present on the feet and legs.

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  1. anugonda kailasnath says:

    Hello Doctor,I am patient of CKD undergoing Dialysis 3 times a week. Surprisingly my creatinine is always at 5.6 and blood urea at 55. Hemoglobin is 10 my HbA1c is 7.6
    My problem is the urine outflow I hardly 300 ml per day. If the urine out flow is increased the weight gain between Dialysis sessions will come down and the number Dialysis sessions can be brought down. Can you recommend a single drug or 2 drug therapy. Kindly help. A.Kailasnath 9346239486

  2. I have lymphoedema, primary, late onset that is affecting my legs and abdomen. I take 2 80 mg ferosimide daily but it doesn’t help much. There are dimples in affected areas. I’m 66 and in otherwise good health. My mother and grandmother suffered from it as well.

  3. father is 82+.he has been suffering from lymph edima in legs ,hands and scrotum.he has cellulitis also. Kindly help

  4. Stephanie Knieriemen says:

    Afternoon Dr. I’m Stephanie I’m writing for my dog. He has elevated Alt. Doing good w supplements but it seems possibly when I feed him his raw diet she starts sound congested. Is there any remedy I can try see if it helps?

  5. i need a homeopathic diuretic to replace my cardiololgist furosimide. do you have and how do i order and use it instead of my furosomide?


      I take one 20mg furosemide tablet daily for water retention in my lower legs knee area calves and ankles is there a homeopathic alternative that I can take. I broke my left foot in two places a few years back and have had difficulty walking since and pain in ankle area. due to this and being less active I started to get water retention, I am a few stone overweight and have tried to cut my salt intake, I am 71 years old any advice would be useful, thank you for your time and I await your response.

      kind regards

      Alastair Beveridge

  6. Siva Ram kumar says:

    My mother Aged 80, suffering with Liver cirrhosis. Unable to walk. Very very slowly walking for washroom. Water retention in abdomen. Heavy gas trouble, Bie pass done 5 years back. Please suggest a Homoeo mesicine.

    K. Siva Ram Kumar

  7. My father had Heart Attack three months back, Angeoplasty done with one stent. After one month he had a problem of breathlessness. Doctors diagnosed as Pulmonary edema. Echo report with LVEF 36%. Same is repeated again 2nd time. His creatine level is 2.1. He is not diabetic, but after Heart attack sugar ranges are fasting-140, PP-180. Can this be cured by Homeopathy medicines. Ejection fraction of heart function can be enhanced & lungs function, pulmonary odema can be treated so that it will not re-occur.



    My wife VIJAYALAXMI is kidney failure patient and she is under dialysis. She is having swelling at hand and foot. Now I gave aalserum 7x and urea 6 since from 4days . swelling not come down.
    Sir Please recommend your valuable medicines
    THANK u

  9. Manoj singh says:

    I had a heart attack on Jan’2019 and the stent was placed on the left artery…I have been on Beta-blockers, Cholesterol medicine, and water pills
    I am noticing water retention and swollen feet…doctor prescribed another medication (Torsemide)…it helps but swollen and gaining weight comes backs in couple days
    I am looking if there something in Homeopathy can help

  10. Chetna Singh says:

    Hi Iam 37 year old female, I have hypothyroidism since past 9 years, my body retains a lot of water, after having food my body swells, after having any thing salty, or alcohol, and now I have started having pain, swelling and numbness in my arms, and tingling sensation in my legs, and I have rashes on my body after eating wheat, I feel fatigued all the time, please guide me. Thanks


    Sir Namaskar , My face , legs abdomen hands are swelling . I feel fatigue always . My urine smells very strong like cows urine smell . I feel no thirst and do not desire to drink water , I am taking blood pressure medicine since last 20 years . My Age is 60 now . Please help me in homeopathy treatment and suggest / prescribe for homeopathy medicines to take . Thank you Sir .

  12. virendra kumar sinha says:

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    I am a kidney patient. Creatinine is 6,5. I am taking Allen A92, Apocynum can q, Nat sulph 6x along with allopathic medicine.
    virendra kumar sinha 04:44
    Recently I found increased swelling of feet and also feeling distented stomach. I have also constipation for two days. Urine is passing. My age is 67yrs. Kidney patient for three years. Please suggest .
    I can not take long breath. Difficult to lay on bed. I feel better on sitting.
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  13. Christiane Bozunovic says:

    Hi Dr Sharma .
    I’ve just read the cause of water retention and the symptoms I got are the same as the number 8 Puffiness around the eyes ,swelling legs and under active thyroid. I’m seventy four and have that problem for twenty years
    Would you be able to suggest some treatment with homeopathy as I don’t really like pharmaceutical product who don’t really help and have side effect.
    Thank you for your time.
    Your sincerely.
    Christiane Bozunovic

  14. Am Shirin, 53 years old. Having puffiness all over mainly arms under eyes legs and face. Ankles pain in the morning and after sitting idle for sometime. Pain in finger joints and stiffness excessively in the morning which vanishes or reduces after movement. Pain in arms and ribs cage on lifting weight of 3-4 kgs. Got tested for kft lft and thyroid. Everything was ok but mild hypothyrod. No treatment taken for thyroid as doctor said treatment not required at this stage. Kindly prescribe some medicine for me.

  15. No 5 cirrhosis of liver ,water retention in abdomen and leg and foot

  16. Parvathy Harikrishnan says:

    My dad is 96.he has prostrate problem. There is swelling on his feet and buckling knee. Can u suggest home remedy

  17. Hi i m 19yrs old girl I m facing water retention problem in my legs how can I get rid of it

  18. I m female 48 yrs old..5 yrs ago I have TAH surgery,I am obese ,my legs feet ankles hands always swallowed, I m diabetic high bp high cholesterol my eyes is puffy always I drink much water but small amount of urine passes i have painfull muscles in whole body..when I lie on bed I have very bad sensations drilling pain in my feet with burning on top of feet..

  19. Richard Bajbek says:

    After a bi-lateral inguinal hernia no mesh surgery (Desarda technique) I have a hard swelling the size of a small golf ball on my left side, I’ve read that greater water intake and heat may help. Contrarily Dr. Tomas advised me to use cold compresses on my last visit. I’m trying to use less salt in diet, and still put Arnica Gel and Cream on the area. It has been about four months since the operation. I’m going to start heat on the area. I work as a cashier four days per week and stand a lot. There are times when I feel that the size diminishes yet it is still present. I’m sure that there may be an homeopathic remedy to help, meanwhile I do eat a glutin free diet, all organic . Thank you for any advice. I am 72 years old.

  20. Manish Punwatkar says:

    My Mother age 71 years old is on Dylasis. She has breathing problem due to water retention . Specially in the midnight.
    Her BP goes higher then 200 . She use to take 40mg of Nifidipine hydrochloride to control it.
    can you suggest any Homeopathy medicines for this

  21. Murthy Ketha says:

    Please suggest medicine for cardiogenic shock with acute awmi severe lv dysfunction (heart pumping and functioning) and pulmonary edema

  22. Hello,
    I have pitting edema in my lower legs for long time, I had had thyroid test, echo for heart, CMP and all other related tests were done and all were normal….I am health professional, I was taking Lasix on daily bases but I don’t take to take medication for daily basis.If I don’t take Lasix, then I will be 5-6 lb over loaded loaded……Recently, I went out of country and I met with Homeopathic doctor, who prscibed my Apis mel 2oo and Apocunum which I am taking regularly and I am seeing some good result but still I feel that I have mild pitting edema. I am eating very healthy and try to avoid salty food…..My concern is, is this medicine will resolve my problem permanently or I have to take these medicine though out life. or if there any other alternative medicine.

    • K.Mahalaxmamma says:

      Aged71 I am having bp ostio arthritis .Since swelling at face legs pls suggest a good homio medicine
      Thanking you sir

  23. In my body always loss water even I difficult to writing. Please suggest the medicines.

  24. Jana L Shellman says:

    Sorry I hung up on you. I get so many phony calls. I was in the midst of cooking and preparing meal for family.

  25. Gora Chand Mondal says:

    I have aeortic regurgitation, causing the retention is in the legs, feet, and ankles. Pain is also there. Along with this, other symptoms like tiredness, weakness, and an increased heart rate appear.

    What should I take to reduce the edema in my feet?

  26. Renuka Singh says:

    Dear Dr,
    I’m 45 years old lady suffering from water retention problem. I have swelling in my whole body as hence my weight is 90 kg. A Homeopath dr. told me about the water retention problem and he gave me some medicine. Surprisingly I loosed 4 kg weight in a month. again hr sent me the medicine and I loosed more 3 kg in twenty days. But the major problem is we are in different cities and its not being possible to get medicine from him eaxh time after journey of two days. He doesn’t ant to mention the name of medicine. I HAVE GOT WT. 90 KG FROM 77 KG. within a month. L’m in problem. Could you kindly help me? I have hypothyroidism my TSH is 6.8 only before one month test.

  27. HUMERA BEGUM says:

    Hello doctor I have past 6 years water retention all over in body not loseing weight past 6 years what is the for that pls help me

  28. Abdominal water retention due to cirrhosis of liver

  29. Vincy Sebastian says:

    Hi dr,
    I have obesity and my body is too heavy my legs getting swollen after my night shift I am now 95 kg I want to reduce my weight to 64kg. I have no other medical problem s. Could you please help me. Which medicine I can take please help me.

  30. Shalini Pandey says:

    Hello sir,
    I have a problem of water retention, and I have gained weight pls recommend me some homeopathic medicine for this

  31. Mrs Shyamala Rao says:

    For root canal treatment i was given antibiotic Novamox 500 which afyer taking for 4 days caused the swelling in the feet which doesn’t seem to go even with anti allergic medicines. It subsides for a short while while sleeping but increases again.

  32. Dr. Sharma I’m taking supplement for Meniere’s it’s not helping to much cause
    I still get vertigo and nauseous my ear block ,my friend as the same problem
    and he control it with water pills over the counter so I’m thinking how about
    homeopathic cause my ear feel like it get to much fluid i watch my salt intake
    and sweet.
    Could you help?
    Thank you

    • Murthy Ketha says:

      Please suggest medicine for cardiogenic shock with acute awmi severe lv dysfunction (heart pumping and functioning) and pulmonary edema

  33. Jean Crossman says:

    I would like to find a qualified homeopathic practitioner near where I live. I would like a consultation on water retention in the legs and ankles. How can I find a qualified practitioner in South wiltshire/North Dorset. My postal code is BA12 6FJ. Thanks.

    • Fahruddin Ab Jalil says:

      Dr Sharma. I’m a kydney dialasis patient from Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. I have been doing dialasis for 4 months 3 times weekly. My concern is water retention. Can u suggest homeopathy medicines . I cannot stand the heaviness in my limbs due to water retention. Thank you


  34. Dr. during few days my legs are swelling mostly the right foot .plz advise medecine

    • Ashok Sachdeva says:

      Dr I have swelling in feet soles under the fingers more in left foot which is paining also. Kindly suggest some treatment. ThanxMy age is77Years

  35. Amit kundu says:

    My whole body is so water every six months I can water retention in hospital so any kind of homeopathy medicine for water retention can you told me

  36. sujoy kumarghosh says:

    Please advise remedy for water retention in the lungs.

  37. Hi

    I’m desperately need help , my nephew has been diagnose with fluid in lungs pheumonia , please help.

    Thank you

  38. Gtace Barone says:


    Hopefully you can help. I have water retention for a very long time. I had treatment from a homeopath and I think she used nat mur. I did lose the water but it returned. My water retention is all over the body, hands and feet. I get up in the morning and within a few minutes the water in back. I drink 4 pints of water a day I don’t think that I am releasing the lot. It is very noticable in my thighs. I t is like a balloon filled with wtaer. Now I have it all in my body. Sometimes when I am walking, I can fell it wobbling. I am not an overweight person. Can you please tell me how I can get rid forever.

    Thank you
    Grace Barone


    from last 5 years fluild accuulated around my wifes hearts she is feeling uneasy but Cardiologist says thate amount ofr fluid is not incrising remains same what to do

  40. RR KUMAR says:

    My legs below the knees are swollen due to water retention. It started as ankle edema a few days back due to long flight. My age is 62 and I take Vitamin B regularly.

  41. Sandra Bernard says:

    I’m 59years have suffered all my life from water retention
    I have seen many doctors but no help
    Will be glad if u can helpe

  42. My wife age is 55, hight ” 5.3″ Wight 61 kg
    She is suffer from hypo thyroid since 15 days she facing puffy face, Joint pain and from loss of test of food, source Throte. she consult homeopathic Dr. But after 10 days medicine puffy face not Normal pl reply




  44. Fernandez says:

    Dr Sharma,

    I had a bypass surgery 5 years ago and the leg which my veins were harvested gets swollen. I am quite concerned the doctors gave me water retention tablets but I dont want to take it as I am taking too many tablets. This one is sort of my conditions but these days this ledg swells even on slight standing. Only one leg. Please advise.

  45. Suchitra Jha says:

    My patients have water retention in body due to liver cancer & lack of protein .please advise me homeopathy treatment.

    • Fahruddin Ab Jalil says:

      Dr Sharma. I’m a kydney dialasis patient from Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia. I have been doing dialasis for 4 months 3 times weekly. My concern is water retention. Can u suggest homeopathy medicines . I cannot stand the heaviness in my limbs due to water retention. Thank you


  46. Francis mannlein says:

    gained 30 pounds in 2 weeks—legs feet ankles thighs- abdomen severely swollen– I have been to my local doctor and he does not have a solution to this is there any way you can help me????? He did ultra sound on everything and came up empty

  47. Virendra says:

    Swelling is observed in foot and ankle, got my renal function checked where uric acid was little higher
    I take medicine for BP and pain
    Can you suggest some medicine to reduce swelling in foot and ankle?





  49. I have fatty thighs so someone suggested me it is a possible cause of WATER RETENTION. so kindly guide me which medicine i can take.

  50. Monica Garg says:

    Hello sir. I’m suffering from the problem of bloating and water retention. Kindly prescribe me the homeopathy tratment

    • Deepali Laxman Wagh says:

      My husband is suffering due to asitice. It is not possible to take treatment of tapping. Is there any homeopathy medicine to cure him from this disease.
      Please help me

  51. Dnyandeepak says:

    Sir i have problem of full body swelling from one year i took lot of medicines but now i totally fedup from this problem i am not able to stand also after sitting down i want to remove this fluid accumulation from body please suggest something because i loose my all carrier and financial condition please help me i am 34 years old

    • sree Ramachandramurthy says:

      my father is 82 year old .complied of retention of water in legs hands belly pennis allopaths says there is a heart weakness used the medicines we are using but no use medicens cardivas3.65 telma40 razo40 cobadex admenta5 cremilax potasiumsyrup doxofilline frusilax atlogold sir please give a good homeo medicen our sir ventatreddy given apis 1M and Liatris first and then Tonicard sir please help and my father from medical hazard fathers name is ranganayakulu

  52. Manoj gupta says:

    Hello dr i got swelling in my hand ankle and feet
    Urine also passes slow nd frequent intervals
    Plz suggest some medicine
    Manoj gupta

  53. Altaf Shaikh says:

    Hello doctor, my mother is 60 years old and since two years she is having fluid retention in her legs , thighs and ankles..when inserted a finger a pit gets form for few seconds..she is also a patient of high blood pressure and in recent times was admitted twice because of low sodium issues also. When doctor give her water pills it subside and once medication stops it comes back again. Can u please suggest any medication or treatment for her.

  54. Dr Gurdev Singh says:

    I am under going dialysis for the last three years. I am doing three dialysis per week. Some times water retains in the body. The water retention causes breathing problems and have to admit to the hospital for water removal.
    It happens after every 4 to 5 months.
    Kindly recommend suitable medicine for me.

    • I am suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy sin Aug 15. I face swelling problem in my abdomen portion especially stomach.. ultrasound report also reveals about it.face and eye also get swollen.presently taking dytor and lasix for it .

    • I am 58 years and having CKD due to this severe water retentiom even though I am undergoing dyalisis.could you suggest ant remedy

    • I am 58 years and having CKD due to this severe water retentiom even though I am undergoing dyalisis.could you suggest ant remedy

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