Last Modified on Jun 29, 2015
Treatment of swollen lymph nodes centers on identifying and treating the underlying cause of inflammation; however, effective options include both homeopathic remedies and herbal treatments. Treating infection homeopathically stimulates the system and boosts immune response. Likewise, herbs reinforce natural wellness and treat problematic conditions.
What are Swollen Lymph Nodes?
The lymph nodes or lymph glands are responsible for fighting off viruses, bacteria and other illness. Located throughout the body, lymph nodes affected by swelling are often found in the neck, under the chin, in the armpits and at the groin. Swelling in the lymph nodes is most often caused by a viral infection; however, other infections including bacterial and parasitic can also cause swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms associated with inflammation in the lymph glands include a tender, painful lump, a bump the size of a pea or kidney bean, runny nose, fever, sore throat, and night sweats. Additional symptoms may indicate a more progressive infection, immune disorder or cancer.
Natural Treatments for Swollen Glands
Homeopathic remedies are often particularly effective for treating swelling in the glands. Ferrum phosphoricum and Mercurius solubilis are used for treating swollen glands as well as underlying issues of swollen glands. The treatments trigger the immune response and reset the lymphatic system.
Herbal Remedies for Swelling in the Lymphatic System
The healing properties of herbs serve as an effective treatment options for swelling or inflammation in the lymphatic system. Echinacea, garlic and cleavers are effective options for treating and healing the lymphatic system. With antibacterial and cleansing properties, herbs treat infection and flush the system.
Echinacea is a frequently used herb with strong healing properties. Used as a treatment, Echinacea is capable of healing and strengthening the lymph system. Likewise, this herb eliminates infection by purifying the blood and lymph nodes.
Similar to Echinacea, garlic is an antibacterial herb that cleanses the system. Garlic is also anti-inflammatory, so it naturally helps reduce swelling. Eating two garlic cloves or taking six garlic supplement capsules daily will help alleviate swollen glands and any associated illness.
Cleavers is an herb that is typically thought to be one of the best lymphatic draining tonics. Also known as clivers, goosegrass and stickyweed, the herb stimulates the function of the lymphatic system and other organs to reinforce proper functioning. The herb also helps to cleanse and purify the blood.
Not a disease itself, swollen lymph nodes are typically the result of an underlying condition. Nonetheless, natural treatment options eliminate the underlying conditions and reduce swelling of the lymph glands safely.
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[YEA] So glad I searched for remedies. Swollen lymph nodes went down and only started Apple Cider Vinegar today; thanks to all on this site so much. Had flu 2 weeks ago then nodes swelled this week. Thanks again no pain, swelling down I can swallow yay
[YEA] I had a tonsillectomy this past October, and since then my lymph nodes on my throat and jaw have been more sensitive. I did find relief while drinking elderflower tea, but it can get a bit pricey and it only helps for so long. The pain was getting worse because of a sinus infection I was trying to kick. I got antibiotics but still, nodes were on and off again painful. Saw this blog, left work for 20 mins and bought some ACV. It has been about 30 mins since I took it, and I gotta say there is some improvement in my right side node. My left is still a bit sensitive, but not as sensitive as it was earlier. Will take another shot before class! Thanks to everyone who posted about it, I was hesitant until I read all the great responses. Mahalo
[YEA] I'm not usually one to post on forums, but I was having some of the worst pains ever from my lymph nodes and throat. I'd been taking medicine that really just wasn't helping and decided to look up a natural remedy. I came across this page and went to the grocery, got some ACV, and came home and mixed a shot with a small glass of water. WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW
Not only can I swallow again, but my lymph nodes are 1/2 the size they were before. The effects were almost instantaneous and gradually my symptoms have been decreasing. Thank you so much to whoever made this page.
[YEA] I have two stories. First, when I was 16 I had swollen glands at neck and groin for years. The Dr. had me return bi-weekly and be subjected to pelvic exams - then after 6 months of my objections - my parents could not longer get me to go after many missed visits - (Dr. recommended by Dad's sister, a nurse, so only Dr. considered). At the final visit - Dr. declared me a hypochondriac. Three years later, in college went to student health center with a female interning Dr. She immediately told me I had an inguinal hernia, and would have to get a referral for a surgeon from a Dr. Was brought back to same Dr. to get the referral - he didn't believe females could get inguinal hernias - pressed so deeply into my swollen gland that my eyes saw a curtain of black as my legs gave out with extreme pain - he let go at last second to check his medical books - came back after leaving me standing in an area with no chairs - about 15 or so minutes - and gave a referral. In this case swollen glands indicated an inguinal hernia.
Second story - 8 years after a hit and run rear-end crash - herniated discs - whiplash - pinched occipital nerve (discovered 2 years later after being unsuccessfully treated for "migraines" for 2 years) - still having symptoms of lethargy - weight gain - inability to walk without pain in knees, ankles and feet - growing pain in jaw and neck - hormonal induced swelling and pain in neck jaw and head area. Finally found an osteopath who does gentle adjustment - in one visit - imbalance in legs went away, including knee, ankle and most of hip, allowing me to work on painful callus that had formed on feet. So, I decided to go on a ketogenic diet to speed metabolism, knowing many toxins will be released, deciding not to take NSAIDS. Hormones came and horrible pain in side of head and neck. (no longer down to feet, just mid-back now). By the third day could no longer take it - Osteopath had mentioned lymph may be affected when jaw became affected - as this happened at 6 years with no further trauma - and said jaw pain is bodies last physical line of defense.
Now, recognizing and able to focus on upper pains, realized the lymph on left back of head was cause of the swelling, could not lean back on a chair, hours to get to sleep, neck and jaw pain too much to sleep on my preferred left side. I read this forum and took a spoon of ACV - with an ounce of water, and 3 days of pain - fighting myself not to take NSAIDS - and RELIEF! I read hot water throughout day also helps, and cut up fresh ginger in it to keep lymph circulating. Read sleeping on left side, or lying on left side for 10 minutes after meals - puts organs in natural position to move lymph and bile to help digestion and lymph flow.
I also took what essential oils I had: wintergreen, thyme and rosemary into some avacado oil, and rubbed into swollen glands and around neck. The ACV and oil worked immediately, and as the day went by the hot ginger tea seemed to give gentle relief. Last night I was able to sleep on my left side - first time in many years. Today, all but some sore swollen areas in the back of my neck and under throat, are gone, and discomfort is not considerable. Someone mentioned the ACV also will help jaw pain - my jaw clicked less than usual - though hormonally I usually have a few good days during this time period - and I will continue the ACV for the lymph and jaw. Was hesitant about taking my iodine lugols, but now am taking it without hesitation.
Thank-you, this forum saved me from spiralling back into a circle of pain, swelling, drug relief and weight gain. Now I can continue my ketosis diet, and rid my body of the fat stored toxins use the ACV and these methods to naturally allow my body to heal itself without unbearable discomfort to my mind and body.
Thanks so much people of this earthclinic forum!
My brother has had a swollen Lymph Node on his neck for a while, it is on his right side it looks like it might be getting smaller from the bottom up. But what would you guys suggest he uses, apple cider vinegar? I am in a powerwheel chair and it is so tough for us to get into the doctor for a visit, he doesn't drive. My friend who is an EMT suggests rest and possibly antibiotics, but yet again we cannot get into a doctor, and tried to get them to prescribe something over the phone but would not at all. He has no pain at all, just fighting a cold right now with body aches and pains and sore throat etc etc.
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