Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger Tea
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Sea Salt
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Castor Oil
- Castleman's Disease
- Castor Oil
- Clay Baths, Castor Oil
- Dietary Changes, Castor Oil Packs
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Remedies Needed
- Swollen Gland Remedies
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Vitamin C
- Yoga, Movement or Exercise
05/28/2009: Desperate Mom from ST. Catherines, Ontario, Canada: "I have a 5yr old that presently has enlarged lypmh nodes in her neck. She had surgery to remove the tonsil and adenoids a year ago because it was obstructing her breathing. The nodes were noted around the time of surgery. Blood test was done last week with the results being normal. I have not got a clue how to start treatment to help the nodes to shrink. My 2yr old is now following the same path as her sister but has started even younger. The ENT surgeon wants her to do surgery now. Please help me."Replies
08/17/2011: Marg from Hamilton, Ontario replies: "Try the castor oil treatment, or Sea Salt, or Lugol's Iodine (just drops will work) or google "iodine patch test" and follow instructions. Have you seen a naturopath? I know here in Ontario we have so called free medicine but that only means that sometimes the "free" good remedies are not available because neither the Doctor nor the Pharmacy make any money. Try everything before you have surgery on the 2 year old. Good luck. Check out Dr. Hui's site in Toronto. He costs $250 per hour but will get you the results you want.
05/23/2009: Barron from Sarnia, Canada: "Hi..I have had a sore throat, going on 3 months. goes away and comes back. left side of my throat only.and my left lymph node is swollen.Drs have put me on various drugs. but it does'nt help. I have tried baking soda and sea salt.and apple cider vineger for 2 days and minimal relief.. does it take longer to work? Can you give me some advice. thanks."Replies
05/24/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY replies: "Try gargling a pinch of cayenne pepper OR myrrh in warm water. I don't know what your diet is like but you should focus on strengthening your immune system. Vitamin C (1-2 mgs) and Echinacea/Goldenseal are excellent BUT try blending what raw foodists call "Green Smoothies"......one great immune supporter recipe that has helped me (juiced or blended) is:
Green Lemonade (someone on here recommended it and since I've been drinking it I've noticed a dramatic difference in my overall health! Plus, I also have a stubborn lymph node that wasn't going down but NOW - since drinking the green smoothies - it's decreasing!
1 Romaine Lettuce Head OR 2 stalks of celery
4-5 stalks of Kale (or other dark leafy green)
1-2 Fuji apples (organic recommended)
1 organic lemon (remove seeds but do not have to peel if juicing)
1-2 in of ginger (optional)
Blend or juice and enjoy! God Bless."
04/20/2009: Ket from Manchester, England: "i am 37 yrs old I've got a submandibular lymph node and it was small in size but now enlarging. no pain but it just worrying as my referal will be after a month. could you advise me which one to use to reduce the size?"
EC: More about this condition here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submandibular_lymph_nodes
04/22/2009: Ket from Manchester, England replies: "I've been drinking a tsp of ACV (Apple Cider Venegar) every four hour for the last three days as well as applying Castrol Oil onto the submandibular lymph node but couldn't see any improvment. can anyone share his/her experience on how to get rid off it. Thanks"
04/27/2009: JayMan from Houston, Texas replies: "Hi Ket, Im sorry to hear of about your swolling nodes. I was curious to know if anything has helped you yet? I am in the same situation so I am in desperate search of a cure or treatment for my swollen nodes. Mine appear right under my ears.
I hope you find something that helps. If so please let us know what worked for you.
04/27/2009: Rosy from Orlando, Fl replies: "I find that dry brushing and then soaking in a really hot bath with epsom salts and baking soda mixed in, helps when my lymphnodes are swollen. It really takes any pain out of them too if you hold an ice pack on them. I am unsure as to what was causing mine to swell, but this has helped keep my comfort levels hight when they are acting up."
05/06/2009: Ket from Manchester, England replies: "I wrote last time about submandibular lymph node. for the last couple of weeks i have been using ACV and sea salt with beaking soda, it didn't help.the lymph node it doesn't reduce, but enlarging instead. still no pain but worrying me a lot. anyone got any tip on how to get rid of it. please help. appreciate"
05/07/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY replies: "I have a submandibular lymph node that has been persistent for almost 8 months. It just under my right jaw. I suffer from inner ear dysfunction and its my right ear that's affected. I would recommend going to see a doctor to determine its not anything serious. Have you done a sonogram/ultrasound of it? Do you know how big it is. I was a science major in college and happened to take a class on immunology. When a lymph node appears to either be "shotty" or "stubborn" this is a sign of inflammation - either localized or in some cases chronic. Mine is chronic - which makes sense because this has to do with the ear problems I have. I did a sonogram some months back and its also a little less than a centimeter. My doc said there is some localized inflammation. Focus on building up/strengthening your immune system. I started taking Transfactor-X colostrum (have run out though) and this helped decrease it in size. Exercise too. This helps immensely to get the lymph and blood circulating. I've read - additionally - that rebounding exercises are excellent for breaking up debris and removing toxins from the lymph. If you're not familiar with rebounding - its simply bouncing exercises done on a mini trampoline.
Try any one of these remedies and see how they help. But don't give up! :0)"
07/09/2012: Amy from Houston, Tx replies: "To : Ket from Manchester, England - have you had any luck?
My husband is in a similar situation and has a sub mandibular lymph node swollen for a while. Will greatly appreciate if you can update with your results.. Thanks.. Amy"
09/23/2012: Skye from Pacific Palisades, Ca replies: "I too have swollen lymph node it started almost one year ago. It is located under my left jaw on my neck the submandibular lymph node is pretty swollen my ear lobe is red puffy went to the ER the doctor said it was dermatisis to use hydrocortisone and take an anti-inflammatory like benedryl. Realizing the doctor was sadly mistaken because I have been really sick for almost one year undiagnosed I have an low grade infection of some sort so the doctors have been knocking themselves out trying to figure it out I went to ND chinese medicine person as soon as he saw me he goes I know what you have.. Parasites (I was checked 4 x all negative but you can still a have them) For the inflammation the ND suggested the strong anti inflammatory is turmeric pills, so one turmeric pill every hour not to exceed 8 hours ( I'm super sensitive). So for my swollen lymph node I started with organic castor oil mixed with few drops of lavender oil, camphor and one drop of eucalyptus oil all four are mixed together, I rubbed this on my neck Then using the hydrotherapy method it is basically alternating from hot to cold you use a really cold wash cloth ( I put water and ice in a small bowl) place it on the area wait 45 SECONDS the you change to really warm to hot to warm washcloth of course gage the temperature that your comfortable with leave it on for 4 minutes then back to cold. You simply alternate from hot to cold I do this for 30 minutes twice a day if I have more I time I will do it 3-4 times aday This gets the circulation going and assist the glands in clearing the infection. Some peole might want to see a dentist to see if you have an infected root. Also Ted suggests drinking I think it is 1/2 tsp baking soda with 1/2 sea salt with a little a two drops of peppermint oil to kill the bacteria that is being released so I do this too. Sure hope this helps someone."
09/25/2012: Roec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Simply rubbing castor oil on the area before bed makes a difference the next morning.
Castor oil pack on the liver works too. Castor oil pack is a large cloth soaked in Castor oil placed over the liver area, with a heating pad placed on top for a few hours or over night if you can manage it. Its messy I hear but some use a plastic wrap over it all.
Another remedy is one whole organic lemon (seeds, peel and all) in a blender with a few table spoons of olive oil. You can put in honey and some ice for taste.
Drink this mixture at least twice a day for 3 days. That worked for me back in 1998 like magic although, I read the mix wrong and used about a cup of olive oil. I also used lemon aid concentrate that was all natural with lemon oil, lemon juice and cane sugar as a sweetener to get the oily mixture down."
06/11/2013: Janeinlondon from London , Uk: "This is my third bout of swollen glands in 2 months. Tonsils are out. I do not have any other symptoms of flu-throat, nose fine, no aches, not even a headache. Is ACV good here too? Thank you."Replies
03/06/2014: Jessica from India replies: "I have painless swollen lymph nodes. Behind my ears, neck and under the chin and my tonsils are enlarged. Which remedy can I use? Help me please."
03/06/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "There are many videos on YouTube regard Lymphatic Massage Drainage. Find one specific to your problem area. It only takes a couple minutes to do them and costs nothing."
04/06/2013: Gtcharlie from La, Ca: "For swollen lymph nodes: Before anyone suggest a supplement or treatments from your doctor, you can perform a DIY to see if it helps. It involves no cost, no drug, and no pain!
Method: cup your hand, keep all finger tips together forming a semi circle, peck/tap on the nodes on your neck, gently first and progressively with a little more effort. That area will become warm in just a few minutes, showing the increase of blood flow. Do as often you you like. Be patient, it takes a long time to form the swelling and it will also take time to remove it! If you notice improvements in a week or so, find a good diagram of the Lymphatic System on the web, work according to the flow of the ducts (towards the collar bones). Do both sides at this time. The purpose is to move the lymph fluids!
Lymphatic fluids are moved by muscle contractions. If one sits all day long, the fluids become staid that can cause a buildup."Replies
[YEA] 11/30/2013: Ellenf from Leander, Tx replies: "GtCharlie-your tapping remedy should have a thread if it's own! I've had a swollen gland on the right, below my ear, under my jaw for two days now. I read somewhere that one if the keys to longevity is to rub/massage anything that hurts. I have been rubbing like crazy for about 24 hours now trying to get this thing to drain. It hasn't been working.
I read your reply amongst the ACV comments and decided to try it. I made my fingers into a semicircle and started tapping. Within a couple if minutes there was a marked decrease in pain. I tapped some more and could feel the swelling going down and some muck draining down my throat. I have chronic allergies and get sinus infections, so I'm sure that's how this whole mess started.
[YEA] 02/17/2014: Samd from Longmont Co replies: "I woke up this morning with horribly swollen lymph nodes under my jaw, and am working on a cup of hot water with honey and apple cider vinegar, per recommendations elsewhere in this thread. Kept reading, and I'm glad I did! I tried tapping as described here and got instant relief- my entire jaw and throat loosened up within 30 seconds or so, and swallowing is much easier and less painful.
I think that between tapping and ACV I'll be able to keep this under control without heading to the medicine cabinet or drugstore. Thank you, Gtcharlie and other earthclinic posters!"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Dear Tracee: Yes certain pus, infectious buildup, is often due to the need for the body to rid itself of toxins rather quickly and it is my experience that the common remedy (perhaps only for me!)will usually stop fairly quickly:
1. It is necessary to alkalize in cases of infections, you need to do alkalizing and getting loose stools all in one step. The formula is 1 teaspoon sea salt + 1 teaspoon of baking soda, to one glass of water. This will cause the body to rid of toxins pretty quickly. To reduce toxins release by bacteria, and other things, you can add a drop of peppermint oil if you want. This procedure, at least for me is done when the swelling and things is getting beyond control, such as in your case.
2. Once the body rids itself of the mess, the swelling should be noticeably reduced, faster than you expected.
3. If you can find camphorated oil, or a possibly lavender oil, you can apply it, you need to dilute it a if you are going to use sensitive area to apply to the lymph node area in question using either vaseline, or sunflower oil. These will not only reduce the irritation, but also kill the organism dwelling in these areas.
You need to take at least 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid to 1/2 glass of water at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in evening on empty stomach. However, a more useful way is to monitor your urinary pH and make sure they are within the range of 6.5 to 7.35 area. If you are still acid, keep taking more baking soda if need be, or you can take a whole freshly squeezed lemon (looks like a lot) and keep adding baking soda until there is no more fizz and you can take this once or twice a day. The lemon formula will not only control your pH, it also controls the body's antioxidant level, commonly called ORP (oxidation reduction potential) which is measured in millivolts. An ideal healthy body will have a negative millivolt potential, but a sick person will not. This is easily measured with urinary pH.
If you happened to be on a salt free diet, start taking some salt. They are often the cause. If this is correct, then just take only a single teaspoon of it, in one single dose. I have found infections to be in some cases from salt restriction diet. Of course you need to monitor your blood pressure and make sure it is not high, but in practice if sea salt is taken alone on empty stomach, they don't seem to raise it. Most of the problems occur on a high sugar high salt. In fact I can use the salt to raise or reduce blood pressure. Salt + baking soda = causes loose stool, and reduce blood pressure. Salt + sugar = causes a stoppage of diarrhea and increase blood pressure. Two simple formula using salt with totally opposite results.
You should be greatly helped by taking zinc (zinc acetate), selenium (selenium yeasts), chromium and molybdenum supplements (lowers copper and thus normalizes zinc copper ratio). In some cases doing some iodine painting of foot will also raise the body's immune system to fight off your lymph problems.
Most important, that I must repeat: monitor your urinary pH every day and make sure it is alkaline. It is important that you avoid sugar, fructose, corn syrup, glucose, aspartame, etc. They cause the body's infection to be so much worse. Avoid all sweet fruits, especially pineapple, bananas, orange, etc. They fuel swollen lymph glands. It is important to take plenty of zinc supplements 25/mg per day for at least a month."Replies
Wildcard from Mineral Point, Wi replies: "Seems to be some confusion here. Baking soda is quite "basic" [pH well over 7]; apple cider vinegar/acetic acid is definitely acidic [pH well under 7.0]. Which is it, or both, or more likely - without more than anecdotal evidence - neither?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/21/2010: Jake L from Fort Smith, Arkansas replies: "I did Teds remedy for swollen Lymph Nodes, and had relief by the next day, I did 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt AND Baking soda. Mine was a lower lymph node and was so swollen and hurting so bad I thought I had a hernia, thank god I didn't. And thanks Ted. I can see myself being 100% in a few days."
11/22/2010: Aaron from Minneapolis, Mn Usa replies: "Ted,
I tried 1 tsp of kosher salt and baking soda in one 8 ounce glass of water and it was followed by the worst diarrhea I've ever had in my life. Is this what is meant by "loose stool?" Is this a good thing?"
11/23/2010: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kosher salt is NOT sea salt! (as far as I know)and your amounts are way too much. Start much much less."
11/28/2010: Aaron from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "The amounts are exactly as Ted posted, for Ted's Remedy. And I'm aware Kosher salt isn't Sea Salt, I didn't need you to tell me that Mmsg. I'm assuming now that the symptoms I had after taking the remedy are a good thing. I'm just curious why this would help with Lymph swelling."
01/26/2011: Mary from Austin, Tx replies: "ACV Rocks! Been having a sore throat for last 3 days and as of yesterday, I was unable to swallow without feeling tender around my lymph nodes. That being said, did a search on home remedies for swollen nodes/glands and came across this article. I took a shot.
1. First chewed on raw ginger which I could immediately feel the heat/spice doing its job to reduce inflammation
2. Took 2 TBSP of ACV in 4-6 oz of water and drank that... Within 15 minutes, my glands weren't as swollen
This morning, I repeated the process and less than 24 hours later, no more swollen glands... Will problly repeat as needed but ACV Rocks!"
04/16/2011: George from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I have a swollen lymph node next to my clavicle... I had a ultrasound and it's come back as reactive and they think it's related to an infection... I am taking antibiotics but what can I do to reduce the size of my lymph node....."
04/16/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "George you can go to a health shop and get some vitamin C powder (calcium abscorbate) and take at least 1 teaspoon in say fresh lemon juice or pineapple every hour. You can take as much Vitamin C as it takes until you get a loose bowel movement. If you have an infection you get take a lot before this happens. Google Doctoryourself. com and type in Vitamin C."
06/29/2011: Whitney from Lincoln, Nebraska, Usa replies: "I have tried many remedies to cure my sore throat/swollen lymph nodes. Drinking hot tea. Gargling salt water. Drinking apple cidar vinegar. And I've even done the baking soda salt. But nothing seems to be working. It's been over a week, and I am still in much pain. Is there anything else you can suggest. I'd like to get rid of this as fast as possible. My job requires me to talk to people all day, and it's hard to do my job when it's such a strain to talk, and very painful might I add. Any suggestions will be much appreciated! Thanks!!"
09/21/2011: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl replies: "l suffered from sore throat many years due to chronic sinus and sinus drip. I researched and found that if you take lysine 500 mg at the beginning of it, when your throat is slightly itchy, and take a 500 mg tablet every hour til bedtime, it is gone the next day. (about 8-10 tablets) lf you have had a sore throat for a couple of days, you can relieve it using this hourly dose, and you will probably use a whole bottle gettting rid of it at this late date, but lysine is water soluble. L once woke up with strep throat. Once you have had it you well know the knives in the throat feeling. L immediately started with 1000 mg lysine plus 1000 mg vit c tablet every hour with as much water as you can. l was 80% improved the next day, and continued with this "natural antibiotic" and lots of rest until it was gone in 3 days."
09/23/2011: Kazza from Cambridge, England replies: "Hi there, I have great concern for my little 7 month old boy, as he has had a swollen lymph node for 4 weeks, maybe more. I'm not sure if it's one which measures approx 1cm x 1. 5cms, or if it's two very close together, I think it's a Cervical node towards the back of his neck area.
I need to try and check the alkalinity of his urine, but it's difficult when mostly soaked up by a nappy, but in order to make his body more alkaline, I'm not sure what is safe for a 7 month old, as there just isn't a great deal of information available. He does suffer slightly from Eczema on his face and arms in the main, but it's controlled by organic creams and steroid creams whenever it gets worse. The docs believe this is why his gland is swollen, but surely it shouldn't have remained swollen for this amount of time! Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated, at the moment, I'm so concerned for him....Thanks"
11/28/2011: Andoy from Boise, Id replies: "If you have no response, suggest you go to www.sicknesshope.com and search the site, and then ask Moreless for suggestion."
12/07/2011: J T from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hello there.. I have just started taking AC V for my swollen neck lymph nodes I feel so much more energy today where as for the past 5 weeks I've been going around like a zombie!! I had a CT scan so I am clear of anything serious thanks to God.... I really think the ACV is working- the nodes are still inflamed but I believe it will reduce and the discomfort has gone by 80 percent overnight I pray they go away sometime soon- thank you everyone on this page for helping with all the excellent info about A C Vinegar.. I'm also a great believer in Calcium ascorbate Vit C... it works well to reduce severities of flus and colds etc.
cheers from Jane, Melbourne"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/12/2012: Ryan from Ontario, Canada replies: "I tried your baking soda, sea salt and water recipe and it put me in the hospital. I was puking blood and if I had stayed asleep I would have died due to the baking soda changing the Ph levels in my blood. DO NOT TRY THIS REMEDY UNLESS YOU LIKE THE EMERGENCY ROOM."
[YEA] 04/02/2009: Nick from Baltimore, MD: "I am so thankful for these home remedies. This time last night, I was in terrible pain from a swollen lymph node in my groin area. This is the first time I ever had one in this area. I have had them under my arms, but this was a first. After taking pain medicine and getting very little relief, I tried the 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. By morning, the pain had diminished tremendously. So much so, I did not take anymore pain medicine, and the swelling had gone down some. I decided to take a tablespoon of castor oil, and then 3 hours later, around 9:00am, I took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in just a little water. What had been pain was now just discomfort. By noon I took another 2 tablespoons of ACV and put a warm compress on the area because I noticed that it was actually turning into a boil that was preparing to drain. What is so incredible about this is that the night before, there was no sign that this mass was going to drain at all! Within 10 minutes of using the warm compress, the boil began to drain and there was instant relief. Tonight I have taken another 2 tablespoons of ACV and I've drank a little more of the 1 teaspoon sea salt and baking soda. I am sure I will have a good nights rest, unlike the last 3 nights."
[YEA] 03/03/2009: Jaqueline from Lawrenceville, Georgia: "I'm having so many symptom due to my under-active thyroids and Multiple Sclerosis. Dry skin, hair loss, extreme fatigue, insomnia, swollen lymph node, candida infections constipation and etc... The last three symptoms before the etc are the most bothersome because of the pain and discomfort. So I came across this wonderful web site and tried Ted's remedy of 1/2 tsp of sea salt and 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water. Well, I must say, I'm am impress with this remedy. This really works as a laxative, and my candida, lymph swelling and tenderness went away. I am going to try other remedies in this web site which hopefully can help me with other symptoms and illnesses I have.
I'm definitely going to recommend this to all my family and friends."
EC: Cross-posted to the Multiple Ailments page as well, thank you!
[YEA] 09/18/2007: Damaris from Kissimmee, Florida: "My daughter woke in the morning with her neck swollen on one side. I took her to the dr/ to see what it was. I was told she had a lymph node infection. He prescribed antibiotics for it. I don't agree with antibiotics so I went to this website and search for the cure. I did the 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 tspoon of baking soda. I made her drink as much as she could of that. She's 5 yr old and its difficult to make her drink anything she don't like. I also gave her a few yogurts to eat. And bathed her in a bath of water with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of epsom salts and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. I made sure to continuously pour the water over her throat area. well, I was amazed to see that it was no longer swollen that night and the next morning she was just fine like nothing ever happened. I love this website!"Replies
[YEA] 02/22/2009: Patrick from Chicago, IL replies: "I am 42 to years old and never believed in Natural Remedies always antibiotics. Now I'm a believer. I just tried the 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda remedy (Dam that's nasty) for swollen glands. I am amazed how quickly it reduced the size of my swollen gland in my neck. As I type this I occasional check it and it's gone from the size of a hard kidney bean to a long piece of gum. Thank you for posting this natural remedy. I'll have to try ACV. From what I've read it cures quite a few things. My mom has it in her frig ever time I visit her and laugh and think "you old fool". Now who's the fool? Me! Just checked my gland and it's still sore but taking on a new shape. Long, flat and now vertical, but still sore to the touch. I'll post later if time allows regarding my prognosis."
02/24/2009: Robert Henry from Ten Mile, TN replies: "Your lymph system is the sewer for your cells. It has no pump like your blood system. The only natural way to keep the system flowing is to exercise. Another good way to keep it flowing is to dry brush your skin prior to your bath. Since the system flows to your bowels, brush only in that direction. The constriction of your skin to the brush causes the fluid to flow. Swollen nodes is a sign of pluggage. Google dry skin brushing for more specifics. I continue to be amazed at the simple things we can do to obtain better health. Just sorry I waited until I was in my 70's to begin to learn."
[YEA] 03/15/2011: Dave from Stoneham, Ma: "I had very bothersome lymph nodes for many years(about 8 years). Mainly my neck. Had every test under the sun. Everything was negative. The thing I finally found that worked was vitamin C. About 4 grams a day. It took a about a month till they were hardly noticeable. Even now(12 years later)... If I feel them even a little, I'll take more and usually a day and I'm fine again. The past year I haven't taken any. Just figured I'd share this. They were very bothersome all the time... I know what it's like."
[YEA] 01/28/2009: Robin from Rocky Ridge, Oh: "Lymph nodes are not that active by themselves so they are something that we sort of have to work on and pay attention to. A lymphatic massage is a good way to get the lymph fluid circulating, albeit a rather expensive remedy unless you have a college or school nearby that offers sessions at a reduced rate to give students hands on experience.
One way to stimulate the movement of lymph fluid at home is to do yoga. The process of bending, stretching, twisting, contracting and relaxing the muscles acts to squeeze the nodes so they can express the fluid. Another thing I have read that is beneficial to circulating the lymph fluid is using a mini trampoline or rebounder. The action of the gentle jumping causes the lymph fluid to move, in fact it stimulates us at a cellular level in a positive manner. Rebounding is suppose to be an excellent method of body detoxification while using other methods such as internal toxin cleansers, far infared saunas, candida and heavy metals therapies, etc.
One last way to help get lymph fluid moving is to do dry skin brushing before a shower/bath in a circular motion from the ends of your extremities towards your heart, or use a wet loofa sponge, sisal fiber mitt or ayate wash cloth the same way in a shower or bath. They all serve to stimulate circulation and movement of lymph fluid, remove dead skin cells and help detox the body. A stimulating cold shower may also help.
In essence, all forms of movement and exercise will stimulate the lymph glands to do their job so they do not get congested, infected or swollen. Our days of sit down jobs, machines and appliances to do most of our work for us is causing our bodies more problems than what other generations had to deal with. Our bodies were meant to move, not sit dormant. Blessings, Robin"Replies
[YEA] 10/18/2009: Barb from Smalltown, In replies: "Just want to say how effective movement was for my horribly swollen lymph glands in my neck. I looked like I had goiters, they were so incredibly huge. I actually looked up goiters on the net to make sure that wasn't what it was, and saw how goiters are much lower. Mine were just under the jawline, but I had never seen or imagined they could puff up so much. And they just kept getting more swollen. I think it was from chemical exposure, though not sure. I wound up with a terrible kidney infection with a kidney stone 2 weeks later, so perhaps that was it??? At any rate, my daughter, who is a yoga and pilates instructor, told me to bounce on my excercise ball gently but regularly to get the lymph system moving. I had just read how it can take weeks or months to clear, so I was ready to try anything! Anyway, I began bouncing for a few minutes several times a day. My neck was so swollen I could feel it bouncing, so I took it pretty gentle at first, but by the second day the swelling had lessened. 4 days later it was gone. I'll never know for sure what caused it, but I will never be so careless as to use chemical cleaners without good ventilation again. And I now try to make regular bouncing on my ball part of each day's exercise plan."
05/30/2011: Zainab from Islamabad, Pakistan replies: "I've swollen lymph nodes in several areas on my neck. Some as small as a marbel and others the size of a flat lemon. I don't know what to do. Its been more than a month since I had them. And they keep on growing. I don't sleep in the right direction and right the next day I get a swollen lymph node somewhere on the neck. Its frustrating. My doc told me to be patient and that it will vanish in 2 weeks max but that was a month ago!!! They've not even decreased a bit.
Then I read this remedy and discussed it with my doctor and he forbade me from doing it saying its not effective:s WHAT SHOULD I DO?!!! My brother's getting married next month and I don't want my neck to look like a football! HELP :( :("
05/30/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi - Has the doctor checked your thyroid and done blood work? If you have thyroid problems it can make your neck look all swollen. Also - look into rebounding. Google it... it is very good for lymph gland draining. Good luck"
03/29/2013: Sugarmags from Silicon Valley, Ca replies: "I find it interesting/concerning that any doctor would forbid movement. I think I would be looking for another doctor...."