The swelling in the legs, also known as edema, or retention of fluids in the body, causes great pain, and may be a result of:
- Poor circulation
- Excess consumption of processed foods and foods high in salt
- A sedentary lifestyle—long sitting or staying in the same position
- Side- effects of certain medications
At times, either during pregnancy or when standing or sitting for a long time, it is normally for the legs to swell. Yet, if you experience chronic ankle or leg swelling, that is, peripheral edema, it may indicate a more serious issue like liver disease, heart failure, and kidney disease. Therefore, if your swelling is not reduced after a while, you should consult your physician.
In the case of occasional swelling, you can benefit a lot from the use of herbal and natural remedies that will get rid of excess fluids and will successfully reduce the swelling. One of these extremely effective natural remedies is parsley, which has been used By Hippocrates himself.
The name of parsley is a compound of two Greek words: “petrose,” which means rock, since it can often grow on rocky areas and stone walls; and “selenium,” which is the ancient name for celery. Therefore, its name literally means “rock celery.”