Response to enquiry about “edema and Chinese medicine.”
I am posting the response here because of its generality.
In Chinese medicine, edema is 虚火 “virtual fire” and is related to the 陰 “yin” and 濕 “shi”, i.e., wetness. Therefore, one should follow remedies to achieve “dryness.” These remedies usually include the consumption of dehydrating foods and purgative herbs. Dehydrating foods include many common foods such as ginger, hot pepper, onion and garlic, Dong Quai, ginseng, black pepper, mustard, etc. A very effective purgative herb is the Senna leaf. Then there are the diuretics and diuretic herbs.
The kidney cleansing herb, Eucomma, the liver cleansing herb Polygonum multiflorum, and the herb Dong Quai that regulates menstruation and provides warmth and energy as one of the main ingredients in “Dong Quai chicken soup” and the main course on winter solstice are cleansing teas that purge “wetness” and “internal dampness”.