Yesterday I was on my feet for almost two hours and one of my legs got swollen. Upon researching it, I discovered that I had a symptom of edema (water retention).

I practice yoga daily, so researched if there are any yoga poses that can cure edema. Fortunately I found some yoga poses that can, and I am going to share them with you.

What is Edema?

Edema is a medical name for swelling. It occurs when small blood vessels leak fluids and affect nearby tissues.Edema is caused due to excess water retention in certain body parts such as legs, due to sluggish circulation of fluids. This causes swelling in those parts.

The yoga poses that can provide good stretches, lead to proper circulation of fluids and can help to cure Edema.

Edema can happen to almost any part of the body and in some cases can occur to the  entire body.


Symptoms of Edema

The symptoms of Edema include swelling of legs and shoulders and stretched skin. If you press the skin and an indent is formed you could be suffering from edema. Bloating around the abdomen is also a sign of edema.

What causes Edema

Edema can occur due to a variety of reasons. Heart disease is a potential cause as well as standing for too long.

Other causes of Edema are as follows:

Magnesium Deficiency: Magnesium is necessary to carry out about 300 enzyme reactions in your body. It is also good for bone health, calcium absorption and heart health. Not getting enough of this essential mineral can cause imbalance or edema.

Magnesium is also found in water so water is also a good source of magnesium.

Many water purifiers remove essential minerals like magnesium from the water during purification. Investing in a good water purifier is highly recommended.

Pregnancy: Edema is common during pregnancy. During pregnancy the body releases certain hormones which causes retention of water.

Allergies: Swelling on the face or skin can occur in people who are allergic to certain food and insects bites.

Dietary Factors: Some dietary factors like too much consumption of salt, malnutrition and low consumption of vitamins like B 1, B 6 and B 5 can result in edema.

Low Albumin: Low albumin can cause edema. Protein rich foods like meat, pork, eggs, chicken, fish are good sources of Albumin.

Yoga Poses for Edema

  • Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana). There are three variations of warrior pose.

This pose provides a very good stretch to shoulders, back, hips, legs and the feet. It also helps you to build focus, stability and balance. Contra-indications are heart disease.

  • Side-angle Pose (Parsvakonasana).

This yoga pose strengthens, stretches the entire body, stimulates the abdominal organs and also makes you feel energised. Contra-indications are headache.

  • Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).

A standing posture that strengthens and stretches the entire body. This pose doesn’t require a lot of warm-up, just a gentle warm-up of sun salutations. This pose is a good stretch for the entire body. Contra-indications are severe backache, stomach problems or diarreah

  • Plough Pose (Halasana).

Strengthens the back muscles and spinal cord. During this pose the thighs and calves are stretched. It also improves circulation and immune system.

  • Wheel pose (Chakrasana).

The ideal time to practice this pose is morning on empty stomach. If you don’t have time in the morning then you can also practice it in the evening, just keep in mind that you should practice this pose on an empty stomach. This yoga pose stretches and strengthens your arm, abdomen, buttocks, hips.

It also gives a good stretch to your lungs and chest.

The benefits of this yoga pose includes decreased depression, it also helps to cure infertility and asthma.