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garlic, gram, bitter gourd,
onion, sleep, etc. Ascities is termed as peritoneal
fluid excess, peritoneal cavity fluid and hydro peritoneum.
It basically deals with the accumulation of the fluid in the
abdominal or peritoneal cavity. Some of the major reasons,
which play a vital role behind causing ascities, are
alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatic vein obstruction.
Kidney and heart failure also cause excess accumulation of
fluid. In addition to it, ascities can also be caused by
cancer involving tuberculosis and abdominal cavity.
Ascities is that condition of body in which, fluid is
accumulated in the cavity of
abdomen. The stomach gets swollen. There is a heavy and
uneasy feeling. The legs are swelled up. Even breathing is
not normal, which causes rapid palpitation. The main
symptoms of ascities are:
- Accumulation of the fluid in the abdomen
- Distension in the abdomen
- Umbilicus eversion
- Shifting of dullness of percussion
- Portal hypertension
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Breath shortness
- Reduced appetite
- Swollen ankle
- Rapid gain in weight
Natural treatment of ascities differs on the basis on its
cause. Salt restricted diet and bed rest are some of the
main features of the treatment. In addition to them,
diuretics or drugs are also utilised as they play a pivotal
role in excreting more
water from the kidney. The process of therapeutic
paracentesis is used to remove the fluid. On the other hand,
large volume paracentesis is used for draining larger amount
of fluid from the patientís body. Short duration of hospital
stay is required for such treatments. Taraxacum officinale,
the herbal diuretic is used for curing ascetics, as it not
only drains excess fluid, but also provides
potassium to the body. According to the
National Cancer Institute, the use of a thin needle or
tube to remove excess fluid from the abdomen can provide
temporary relief from ascities. Some remedies and diet tips
are given below:
- Garlic: It plays a pivotal role in
curing ascities. Take 125 ml of water. Mix in half
teaspoon garlic juice. Drink the garlic mixture
regularly for days.
- Gram: Take 25 gm gram. Boil it in
one fourth litre water. Let the water reduce to half.
Strain the liquid. You will have to drink this for at
least 3 weeks.
- Bitter Gourd: It provides the
needed relief from ascities. Extract 25 ml juice of
bitter gourd. Drink it thrice after mixing with water.
Juice of bitter gourd can be taken empty stomach also.
- Radish: It is very beneficial in
the treatment of ascities. Mix the juice of the leaves
of radish plant with water.
- Fenugreek Seeds: Soak the fenugreek
seeds overnight. Strain and drink that water in the
- Avoid drinking excess water: Milk
can be given to the patient replacing water, when
thirsty. In take of more water during the case of
ascities adds to swelling and weight gain.
- Therapies: Some therapies are
helpful to cure this disease which are patoladhya ghrit,
punarnave chum, and punarnava kwath and shilajatwadi
- Punarnava or Boeharia Diffusa Powder:
This powder is also beneficial in Ascites. It helps in
draining the added fluid.
- Onion: It has diuretic goodness.
So, include it in your diet. It helps in draining excess
accumulated fluid through the means of urine.
- Fluids: Carrot juice and buttermilk
are benefiting in this disease. They have a vital role
in restoring energy in the body, along with not adding
to the accumulated fluid levels.
- Melon: Eat melon daily in a lavish
portion to stay healthy and fight ascities. It also
helps in digestion and restoring the fluid balance and
- Alcohol: Stay away from
alcohol. It is the one and only cause behind the
83% of the total patients suffering from this disease.
- Active Life: Exercise helps your
abdominal muscles in building process. This also
protects the fluid accumulation.
- Sleep: Do not sleep during the day.
Maintain a fixed time to go to the bed at night and wake
up early in the morning. This plays an important role in
maintaining the homeostasis of the body.
- Helpful Diet: This includes
milk, soup of horse gram, old
rice, salads with dry radish, garlic, asafoetida and
- Harmful Diet: Avoid taking too much
starch like rice and wheat. Salt is very harmful for the
patient of ascites.
- Herbs: Arjuna or white murdah has
diuretic properties. Heenga or asafoetida dissolved in
hot water is used to foment the abdomen. Himsra or caper
brush should be taken as directed. Kakamachi or black
nightshade is used in the ayurvedic treatment of Ascites.
Kateli or kantakari is used to treat dropsy along with
A doctor should be visited, if there is single doubt that
you are suffering from ascities. Nevertheless, these can be practised on a regular manner to
prevent the disease. Proper diagnosis in the case of
ascities is a must. At times, itís needed to consult your
doctor, even before trying any of these home remedies and
foods. You should keep in mind that there are so many minute
details of each patient, which should be taken care of
before prescribing the remedies.
This article was contributed by Seema Adnani