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I know that barley is good for water retention but it doesn't help me. I'm still
bloated and my face is terribly puffy! I've also been drinking water like crazy to
get rid of this retained water. Are there any really good Asian/Chinese home remedies
or natural diuretics to reduce fluid retention fast? No herbal teas for me because
I can't tolerate the unpleasant bitter taste of Chinese herbs. – Alexa, Ontario.
Water retention, also known as oedema or edema, is characterized by accumulation
of fluid in the body tissues and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Generally
speaking, fluctuating hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, eating
too much salt, seasonal allergies and prescriptive medication such as oral contraceptive
pills can encourage water retention.
If you've followed the "drink more water, eat less salt" advice, and that doesn't
help, consider these natural home remedies for water retention that are safe and
have powerful effects. These pleasant-tasting teas and sweet soups will help greatly
reduce edema and they are very easy to make. As an added bonus, you'll lose excess
body fats and slim down along the way too!
Besides barley, adzuki beans (small red beans), mung beans (green beans), and corn
silk (zea mays) are also well known for their excellent diuretic properties.
Natural Asian Home Cures to Get Rid of Water Retention
1. Adzuki Beans
Adzuki beans (azuki or aduki) are highly prized by Asians, particularly the Japanese
and Koreans as an overall tonic for the kidneys. Drinking azuki tea reduces water
retention, improves blood circulation, detoxifies the body and aids weight loss.
These small, deep reddish brown beans are also helpful for puffy eyelids, dark eye
circles and bags under the eyes. A rich source of folic acid, adzuki beans are often
taken during pregnancy to promote normal fetal development.
Suggestion: Sweet Adzuki Bean and Barley Soup.
How to make sweet azuki bean soup: Rinse pearl barley grains (40 grams) and adzuki
beans (60 grams) separately. Soak for about several hours and then strain.
Fill up a pot with 3 cups water, add barley and boil until soft. Add adzuki beans
and continue boiling. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until beans are soft and
Add rock sugar to taste, stirring constantly until completely dissolved. Serve hot
or chilled. If you prefer to use honey instead of rock sugar, make sure to sweeten
azuki tea after you remove from heat.
2. Mung Beans
Also referred as green beans or green grams, mung beans are full of nutrition and
provide many beneficial effects to water retention. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine),
mung bean is considered a “yin” food, which means it has strong “cooling”properties
that help reduce internal body heat, good for getting rid of toxins and promote frequent
Suggestion: Green Bean and Barley Soup.
How to make green bean soup: Boil 100 grams whole green beans in a pot along with
4 cups of water. Add 50 grams pearl barley and boil again. Add rock sugar to taste,
and allow to simmer for about 1 hour or so (green beans should break open and soup
turns cloudy). Enjoy hot or chilled as dessert.
3. Corn Silk
Corn silk (also known as also known as mealy silk and Zea mays) is the thin, threadlike
material of a corn husk. It's a very powerful diuretic that works wonders for increasing
urine flow. Corn silk has also been used for centuries as a natural home remedy to
treat various conditions including enuresis (bedwetting in children), urinary tract
infections, rheumatism, gout and high blood pressure.
How to make cornsilk tea: Add 1-2 teaspoons cornsilk to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover
and steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink.
Note : You can use dried cornsilk although fresh corn silk is best. Pregnant or nursing
mothers should avoid consuming corn silk tea.
If the above home cures don't help reduce retained water, seek advice from your doctor
to get an accurate diagnosis. There could be some serious underlying medical conditions
such as thyroid problems (hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism), chronic lung disease,
kidney disease or heart disease that is causing water retention.