Fluid Retention
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name Not Given
Posted on: July 22, 1998

If someone is on a medication for chemical imbalance and they gain excessive amounts of weight due to fluid retention what is the best herb to get rid of some of the fluid?

You should check back with the doctor to report your symptoms. The doctor may be able to adjust the drug or the dosage. Your diet should be salt free, and you should drink at least 2 litres of water a day to flush out toxins.

Diuretics, used for fluid retention, must be used for a short period only to avoid kidney damage. If they are required after a peiod of three months, you should take a break from them for 2 weeks. Herbs you can use are: Dandelion root as both a diuretic and to support the liver, which will be working harder to process the drugs. This can be taken as a tincture or as dandelion coffee, available at a health food store.

Dandelion leaf as a diuretic. Dandelion leaf and root are particularly good diuretics because they contain potassium, which is often lost from the system in prescribed diuretics

Borage to support the adrenal glands, which regulate water retention.

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