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Natural Cure for Ascites

Last Modified on Apr 26, 2016

A condition caused by a variety of different factors, ascites can be particularly alarming and at times difficult to treat. Understanding the underlying cause of the condition, however, and finding effective treatment options is crucial to prevent additional issues. Some of the most effective treatment options include natural remedies such as garlic, DMSO, and carrot juice.

What Is Ascites?

Also known as hydroperitoneum and peritoneal cavity fluid, ascites is defined as the build-up of fluid in space located between the lining of the abdomen and the organs in the abdominal cavity. The condition can be linked to a variety of different conditions and also prevents a number of symptoms.

The root cause of the condition is considered high pressure in the blood vessels of the liver combined with low levels of the protein albumin. Factors that lead to or cause ascites include severe liver damage, hepatitis C or B infection, certain cancers, portal vein thrombosis, congestive heart failure, pancreatitis, and scarring of the covering on the heart. Kidney dialysis may also contribute to the condition.

How Do I Know if I Have Hydroperitoneum?

The condition can be difficult to identify depending on the development or progression of the condition as well as the severity of symptoms. In any case, several symptoms are common and can help you determine whether you may have the condition or not. Abdominal distention, enlarged abdomen, bulging flanks in the abdomen, feeling of heaviness or pressure in the abdomen, loss of appetite, feeling of fullness after any size meal, heartburn, nausea, constipation, shortness of breath, and chronic cough are all common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms consult a doctor for diagnosis.

Do Natural Remedies Work for Treating Peritoneal Cavity Fluid?

The main goal of treatment is to reduce the prevalence of fluid in the body and to treat or prevent infection. With that, natural remedies are particularly effective for treating the condition. Remedies such as garlic, DMSO, and carrot juice help treat the symptoms of the condition as well as the underlying cause.

1. Garlic

Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory as well as an infection-fighter. As such, it helps eliminate the underlying cause of the condition as well as to soothe pain.


DMSO is applied directly to the skin. It helps naturally disperse water and prevent additional effects of the condition.

3. Carrot Juice

Carrot juice functions to treat the symptoms as well as condition itself. Carrot juice helps boost energy levels in the body and does not add extra fluid.

A condition as complicated as ascites is can be difficult to treat. However, these options are safe and effective and will help you feel like yourself again. Continue reading below for more suggestions from our readers and do please let us know if you have a ascites remedy to offer our community!

Remedies for Ascites

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12 User Reviews | 2 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Dan (Manchester, Uk) on 06/28/2014

[NAY]  After reading some of the reports on how effective DMSO lube is for ascites (fluid in the abdomen cause by portal hypertension), I was quite excited when I ordered mine.

I have been using the 70% Gel 120ml from PH Health, for two days now, when I apply the cream I get a slight burning sensation which lasts for about half an hour or so (the sensation is tolerable).

My ascites has only come on in the last week, and the DMSO lube has been absolutely no help, it has not been effective at all. The only effective is the uncomfortable irritation when I apply it. Is this stuff doing more harm than good?

I am desperate to get rid of this fluid-I follow a strict diet, take all the right supplements and herbs. Maybe my liver is coming to the end of the road. Any thoughts out there?

Replied by Lyn
Boulder, CO
[YEA]   Hello, I too have had problems with ascites and I looked huge in the abdomen and felt heavy and miserable. For other reasons I began taking DE and it entirely has solved the abdominal problem. I dont know how it works but it has! I sincerely hope that it does the same for you. I started with a small dose and worked up to three rounded tablespoons a day mixed with oatmeal or in water. I plan to increase this a little more based on my research. Best wishes.
Replied by D Gibson
DMSO is capable of killing yeast infections. A lot of bloating in the belly is caused by yeast, notice I did not say all.
Replied by Am
D. Gibson, What is DE?

EC: Hi Am,

DE is the acronym for Diatomaceous Earth.

Replied by Rahul
Kota Rajasthan
My father is suffering with ascites & liver failure. Please tell me how to dose DE & DMSO.

Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) on 03/24/2013

[YEA]  Hi, I was reading in the ascites section and I would like to add a suggestion from something I read. A man's sister had cancer and had been taking on terrible amounts of water. The doctors could not help her. Her brother applied DMSO to her belly and over 2 days he lost 20 pounds of water! I use DMSO not for this but have had other wonderful results. I recommend it to everyone. Mary

Replied by Bev
Lexington, Kentucky
Replied by Ramona
Anyone know how often to apply DMSO? We've applied twice per day with no ascites relief. Thank you!
Replied by Tony
Tenn., US
I've tried DMSO topically for a number of health issues. It didn't do me any good. I was applying it to aid Colloidal Silver to penetrate the skin into the places needed. Didn't give me any results & I tried it for quite a while. The only thing it did for me was cause burning sensations on the skin.

I even tried rubbing raw honey on the skin pre & post-application & that didn't work to stop the burning. I thought DMSO would be a Godsend for all of my health issues but just like many other supplements it didn't have any good effects for me. Thanks!

Replied by Connie
I just read your article as I have been desperately seeking a remedy for my husband's abdominal ascites due too early cirrhosis. I've also read where dMSO is very dangerous, what do you think about this? What happened when DMSO was applied to his sister's abdomen? Was she taking any other medication or has she had any other treatment can you give me any details? I'm dying to do this for my husband.
Replied by Julie
New South Wales, Australia
Hello, What is DMSO and how is it used for Ascites in End Stage Liver Disease?
Replied by Scott
I have a Whippet with and enlarged heart and tons of fluid build up on his abdomen. We had him tapped last week but they only got 5 pounds of fluid of and much of that has came back over the past few days. We have him on the highest dose of lasix. Looking for alternatives to deal with the fluid.

19 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 WARNING! | 1 DEATH REPORTED

Posted by Shana (London, Uk) on 02/01/2011

Hello, I am desperately seeking natural remedies for ascites. My mother has terminal cancer due to endometrial cancer and the ascites comes back every 2 weeks where we are draining 6-9 litres.

Please can any one let me know of any good cures.

Replied by Shana
London, Uk
Although it is known as ascites - it is basically water that accumulates in the stomach. The doctors say that the cancer cells produce this fluid as lactic acid. Alot of people with Liver failure have this problem. My mom has terminal cancer so I do not know if it is liver failure or the cancer cells producing this waste fluid that collects in stomach.

There are over 150 causes of ascites, so it is hard to know what is causing this ascites. The fluid in the stomach needs to be drained. I do not know if diuretics would work with this but I hope some one ou there knowledgeable in ascites would be able to help. I have emailed Ted as he seems very educated about cancer.
Dean Propps
Sw Missouri, Usa
[DEATH REPORTED]   I just had closest friend of 38 years pass after having ascities and a paracentesis done in 2012 and up until now was doing well. I guess there was not cancer in the fluid in 2012, haven't got that far yet but just in Feb 1, 2016 had ascities again and pulled a lot of fluid again. Going through his things I noticed Serrapeptase bottle he had almost finished. It's the only bottle I found and evidently had been taking it since 2012 without letting me have any knowledge of it. It's brand name is SerraGold NON GMO Enzymedica. and also Venastat for help in circulation to keep the edema down.

The last time in February they wrapped his legs with stretch bandages and the fluid on his legs was down, I'm thinking just pushed up into the stomach. I tried to get him to go in sooner but the fluid got between the lining of the abdomen and the outside skin so they said they couldn't get to the fluid to draw it off.

Does anyone know anything about this lining as to where they couldn't get to to draw it off?? They sent him home after they couldn't draw any more fluid off with hospice care. He ate one meal of Avacado, Yogurt, and Kiwi juice. Avacado causes the liver to give off a chemical that helps because his kidneys got rid of a lot of fluid shortly after the meal. Kale, beets, betacaratene in carrots, brocolli all are helpful to eat.

The last time in February they found cancer in the fluid and said once it's in the abdominal fluid there isn't much can be done because they cannot tell where the cancer is coming from so there was no chance for chemo. He had Hep C for many years and developed cirrosis due to one holiday had a few drinks of alcohol caused the cirrosis. I've also read you can live with only 5% of liver function, I'm thinking if you keep the right diet.

Also note that the spice Turmeric can be taken to slow cancer growth, stop it from forming by cutting off blood flow to cancer tumors. We didn't know he had cancer until this last paracentesis in 2016. He was spitting up a tea colored fluid with cancer cells in it which was the dark fiber looking cells in the fluid spit up. There remains a lot of unanswered questions as to what else he was taking to slow this down. He was an avid Marijuana user and not saying for sure but possibly could have beat the cancer with strains of the green plant. He also said that a half lemon juiced in the mornings with warm water the amount of a 8 oz cup of coffee helped to detox his liver and helped the pain lessen. I hope this helps someone and will keep you posted as to what else I find as to what he was taking to ward off the 2nd paracentesis draw in the 4 years between the two draws.

Replied by Lotusland
Vancouver , Bc Canada
[YEA]   Serrapeptase for Ascites:

Acquired Ascites this fall as a result of an on-going medical issue - NOT cirrhosis related. I had paracentesis (where they drain you of fluid) and they drained 3. 5 litres - about 8lbs. Ascites will return... You begin by getting tapped every 2 months, then every month, week, daily etc. Mine had started to return, and, truth be told, I was not feeling that great after getting tapped. Because the fluid in my peritoneum was getting watered down with fluid, the viscosity in the peritoneal fluid was lost I. E. My organs were not sliding smoothly over each other, but sticking. Every morning I had 2 ferrets in my abdomen having a knife-fight from 4 to 6 AM (until I had a BM). Pain? I would rather pull a watermelon out of my nose.

Research turned up Serrapeptase, an enzyme from the Japanese silk worm. Long story short, I felt that SerraP could help me - although ascites was not specified (edema was). I started taking 60,000 ui twice a day. Once in the morning, once at night - always empty stomach. It saved my life, I have never been tapped since. Immediate pain relief, fluid went down right away and continued to do so for the next week. Medical condition is still very bad hoodoo, but no more ascites. I needn't live my life floundering with 8 lbs of liquid in my gut, always having to be near a hospital to get drained.
Replied by Kitchensbrew
Jacksonville, Fl
are you comfortable recommending the brand or serraP you used? My grandmother has cardiac acsities and all the coca do is pump her with diuretics... And they are not helping at all.
Replied by Shana
London, Uk
Hi, a quick update. I have started my mom on the serrapeptase twice a day. I have researched and found that it also helps with many other problems such as clogged arteries. I got the serrapeptase from and my mother seems to be doing ok but will update to see the time lag between drainings and any improvements
Replied by Anglii
Edmonton, Alberta
Not sure which brand works best but "When consumed in unprotected tablets or capsules, the enzyme is destroyed by acid in the stomach. However, enterically-coated tablets enable the enzyme to pass through the stomach unchanged, and be absorbed in the intestine."

So I would make sure any supplement you take has an enteric coating to be of any benefit.

Would like to hear more from Lotusland in Vancouver and Shana in the UK as to how the ascites is responding to Serrapeptase. My dad has ascites due to liver cirrhosis and gets up to 11 litres drained every 2 weeks or so. I also wonder, since the Serrapeptide disolves dead tissue if it would do the same to scar tissue on the liver which causes the ascites in cases with cirrhosis.


Replied by Desiree
Branson, Missouri
My mother has had liver cirrhosis for many years now and had many different health problems due to this. For probably 15 years at least, she has suffered from ascites. I can tell you that in her experience, the draining of fluid and medications barely changed anything with the ascites condition. Ascites is not a problem in itself, but a side effect. For it to be cured, one must first cure the problem.

She also suffers from dependent edema at times, and she has been able to get the fluid out of legs and feet using only herbs. I gave her milk thistle seed, dandelion leaf and root in tincture form and as tea. The milk thistle seed is great for the liver. It has a liver rebuilding substance called silymarin that literally rebuilds liver cells. The dandelion is a very effective diuretic that contains potassium. Most diuretics drain potassium, but dandelion leaf contains quite a bit of it so it's far superior to other diuretics that my mom has taken. She takes the tinctures in the morning and the tea at night and hasn't noticed any edema in months. The ascites is still there because her nutrition isn't perfect and she still drinks a few alcoholic drinks a week. Since her liver and kidneys are still quite damaged, her ascites hasn't been able to go away. I have read that garlic can cure it, along with doing many other amazing things for the body so my mom has been taking kyolic supplements. She refuses to eat raw garlic. This has helped her circulation, but hasn't treated the ascites. Next we are going to try bitter melon and see if that helps. I will keep you posted.

Replied by Vicky
Delhi, India
I would Like to hear from shana and Desiree... Any progress with use of serraP... It's important for me as my father is suffering from ascites due to liver metastasis where the cancer is also at the peritoneal lining. Your feedbacks can help.
Replied by Sofia
Bogota, Colombia
un saludo deseo saber mas sobre el serrapeptase para tratar la ascitis tengo mi hno muy enfermo y me interesa ese tema les agradezco mucho su valiosa ayuda. Dios les pague.

a greeting desire to know more about serrapeptase to treat ascites Bro I have my very sick and that topic interests me thank you very much for your valuable help. God reward you.

Replied by Fibe
Terrigal, Nsw
Hello, My husband was diagnosed 11 months ago with terminal liver cancer, cirrhosis and hepatitis C.

He still seems to be defying the dr's diagnosis of only havine 1 year max to live.

The main problem we have control on is the ascites which has been going up and for months but this week he has put on 1 kilo of fluid per day. His dr has increased his diuretics, and we have been using he following natural method which usually helps get rid of the ascites however it does not seem to be working this time: Watermelon, celery seed and parsley juiced together 2 glasses per day to be taken.

Can anyone please suggest any other natural diuretic which could help without the liver needing to metabolise it?

Many Thanks, Fibe

Replied by Alicia
Syracuse, Utah
Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa
Fibe from Terrigal, Nsw: There must be a stop to the progression of hep/cancer to stop the ascites, not simply slow it down. Are you not fallowing any of the Natural Therapies or protocols for liver cancer here on E.C. or other sources???

BHT reverses Hep. High dose Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is being used w/ good results. R-FractionALA is the best & most potent form.

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
For Ascites, try Sarasaparilla - diuretic
Dandelion - diuretic
Mint - Mildy diuretic

For sarasaparilla, take one root soak in 1 litre of water over night, and drink this water throughout day.

Drinking Dandelion tea - is diuretic - it is a liver medicine as well

Just eating Raw Mint leaves is diuretic.

Sarasaparilla is a body coolant too.

Replied by Roec
Los Angeles, Ca
Take a look into L-Onithine. Definitely continue with the watermelon. I'd even juice a half a water melon with a whole lemon.

Also one avocado daily in a green leafy salad. Easing up on sugar, carbs and meats will lesson the burden as it is easiest for the liver to process veggies.

Carrot and apple freshly juiced. (Gerson Therapy)

Also do some research in taking alpha lipoic acid, daily selenium supplement.

Replied by Mel
Chylous ascites is made up of trigylcerides and proteins and lymph. It is not water and does not respond to water pills. It is completely different to lymphedema.
Replied by Jerry
Try stinging nettle tea.
Replied by Susan
I have been suffering with ascites since October. So far no one has been able to make a real diagnosis. They have ruled out virtually all the usual suspects. When I got to the point of gaining a pound a day and an inch in my waist per day, I went to th hospital for paracentesis. It doesn't cure anything, but it does remove the excess fluid and that is a big relief. The doctors at the hospital said they have patients that come in every week for the procedure. It's not the herbal cure we all want, but it does give relief.
Replied by Mary
Arcadia, Ca
[WARNING!]   Hello I am sorry your friend died. My friend died all of a sudden. He didn't believe in natural herbs to cure illnesses. He too had Hepatitis C and was given an anesthetic and he died shortly after the anesthetic. Could it be they gave your friend some kind of anesthetic for some procedure? Anyway that is why my friend died suddenly. God bless you and take care.

Mary from Arcadia