I dropsy. I would like to know more about the disease, how to treat him. Century GOROVENKO. Lviv region

The letter says correspondent member of NAS and AMS of Ukraine, head of Department of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology of the National medical University. A.A. Bogomolets Ivan CHEKMAN.

Dropsy (ascites) - increase the amount of fluid in the abdominal cavity. Dropsy is a symptom of diseases of internal organs. Most often in the case of cardiovascular diseases, diseases of liver, kidneys. The severity of dropsy depends on the underlying disease, which caused the increase of the liquid. Before applying the medication, you have to restrict fluid intake, salt, to enter into a diet of fruits, vegetables, which act as a diuretic, in particular, parsley, asparagus, black currants, strawberries, milk products (kefir, fermented baked milk, acidophilus milk). Instead of tea and coffee to be made of the infusions and decoctions that have diuretic, cardiotonic effect. Well helps at a dropsy root infusion of an elder grassy, infusion of herbs cornflower meadow, broth of a bark of smooth elm (Ukr. - d lang Gladenkaya), broth kidney spruce (Ukr. - Smereka).Also you can use an infusion of the herb Vesela motley: 1 tsp. dried raw materials and pour 500 ml boiling water, bring to boil, to insist 1 hour, to use 1 teaspoon 3 times a day after meals (a plant poisonous, dosage must not be exceeded). Diuretic effect is caused by the presence in the plant cardiac glycosides of colonized and kornilina that reinforce the work of the heart and kidneys. Useful infusion of bulbs of white lilies: chopped raw materials pour a solution of 70% ethyl alcohol, in a ratio of 1:5, to insist 8 days, strain, take 20 drops 4 times a day before meals. Good tincture of roots of prestupna white: 1 tbsp. dried minced raw materials pour 200 ml of boiling water, bring to boil, to insist 1 hour, to filter, to drink in the morning on an empty stomach 2 tbsp. Overdose is dangerous, we must adhere to the recommended dose. If dropsy is called chronic heart failure, simultaneously with preparations of plants used diuretics: furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide.