lymphedema

Treat Lymphedema Naturally

Lymphedema occurs when the leg or arm begins to fill with fluid because the lymph nodes are unable to do their job of filter wastes out of the body. Though it tends to only affect on limb, it can affect more than one and is considered to be incurable. Primary lymphedema occurs at birth, while secondary lymphedema is caused by infections, surgeries, cancer and cancer treatments and deep vein thrombosis. Changing your lifestyle habits can lead to significant success with reducing the amount of fluid in the limb and though it cannot be cured, it can certainly be controlled.

 

How do I know if I have Lymphedema?

  • Swelling in the extremities
  • Redness or pain in extremities
  • Heavy feeling in extremities
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Difficulty fitting into clothing
  • Tightness in the skin
  • Recurring limb infections
  • Hardened or thickened skin on affected limbs

 

How can I prevent Lymphedema?

While you cannot prevent primary lymphedema, or lymphedema caused by cancer or cancer treatments, there are steps you can take to help prevent lymphedema caused by other factors.

  • Wear protective gloves while doing house work.
  • Be carefully cutting nails.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Protect your skin from injury as much as possible.
  • Report any infections to your doctor as quickly as possible.
  • Avoid tight clothing.
  • Do not walk barefoot.

 

How can I treat Lymphedema?

  • Cut out all processed foods and all highly acidic foods to help reduce the load on the lymph nodes.
  • Add in green plant foods which help to rebalance the body and are anti-inflammatory.
  • Gently dry skin brush the affected limb to help stimulate sluggish lymph nodes.
  • Drink lots of water. Water helps to flush toxins out of the body.
  • Get regular exercise. Exercise helps everything wake up and get moving including the lymph system.
  • Get compression stockings, learn how to compression wrap and use them to help encourage the fluid up out of the limb and back into the torso.
  • Consider doing coffee enemas to help detox the liver and clean out toxins.
  • Meditation and visualization are important in helping to calm the body and see yourself well.
  • Lose any extra weight.
  • Take bromeliad to help reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • Improve circulation and strengthen blood vessels with buther’s broom.
  • Emu oil helps to boost immune cell function, improve circulation and reduce inflammation.
  • Flax seed and fish oil will help to reduce inflammation.
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