Swollen Lymph Node Remedies

Last Modified on Dec 02, 2014

Multiple Remedies   0  2   

Posted by Jared (Sherman, Tx, Usa) on 12/01/2010

[NAY]  I recently came across this site looking for some answers. I had a huge knot rising up under my jawbone. I recently quit smoking, so everything I was reading seemed to fall right into place. I started with the ACV, sea salt, baking soda mixtures immediately with the feeling of elation, as if I had just found a miracle cure. In my situation, the knot had started as a tiny little bump, that had developed into the size of a golf ball within three days. The pain I felt was from the swelling and pressure it was placing on the muscles in my neck and not so much from the knot itself, although the swollen area was tender to the touch. After two days of following every little tip I could find on this site, the golf ball had turned into a lemon, and I now had a massive headache, dizzyness and total body fatigue setting in.

I broke down and went to the doctor. Doctor 1 looked at my neck and drew blood to do a white cell count. He concluded, that it was not a swollen lymph node, but instead, an abscess that needed to be drained. Being that it was located where it was, I needed to immediately go see an ear nose and throat specialist to do this procedure. At this point, I was not really happy about the fact that someone was going to stick a needle into my neck, but the relief I was going to get was well worth any misery that it may cause. Little did I know, this procedure would never take place.

I went to the specialist, who came in and read over the referring doctor's paperwork and then looked at my neck, and told me that I needed to just calm down, and don't worry about anything. He told me that it was not an abcess. It was indeed a swollen lymph node, in the beginning. The lymph node had swollen up, and blocked the salivary gland behind it. The huge knot under my neck was the salivary gland swelling up because it was blocked. I was prescribed a four day steriod pack and sour hard candy to stimulate the salivary gland. I am now on day three and the knot is down to the size of a dime. I feel pretty certain that it will be gone by the end of the day. Sometimes, we do just need to breakdown and go to the doctor.

Oil Pulling   0  0   

Posted by Steveplc (London, UK) on 04/27/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  i've been oil pulling for three months now. The lumps under my jaw have swollen and i assume they are lymphs. They started swelling about a month into oil pulling, any clues? Thank you

Replied by Kjirsti
Central Alberta, Canada
A lot of people will get swollen lymph nodes a few weeks into oil pulling, it's usually from lack of water. Are you drinking 2-3 glasses after you pull?

Massaging the area, rebounding and yoga have been beneficial to get rid of the swelling for most people. Some also use detox tea, and/or increase their salt intake by a little bit.

Always remember to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins :)

Rebounding   0  0   

Posted by Susan (New York) on 08/31/2012

Hi Ted, What is your experience with Rebounding on Trampoline ? Is that suppose to be good for lymph system? Flushing the lymph while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments.

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Susan, I'm not Ted but I have had a rebounder for years. They are very instrumental in keeping the lymph system healthy. Even if you aren't super fit, you can do what they call the health bounce and that will be just as beneficial. I know for the rebounder that I ordered, you can even get an attachment which is a handle for those who are older or unsteady so you can gently bounce for the benefits. Hope this information helps. Lisa
Replied by Anonymosaurus Rex
Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead
As an addition to Lisa's comment - jogging or skipping (or just jumping up and down on the spot) can also give you the similar benefits without the need for extra equipment.

If you are not in physical condition to do either of those, gently bouncing whilst sitting on a properly inflated exercise ball will help, and it will provide a good exercise to help get your muscles into better condition too.

Swollen Gland Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Janeinlondon (London , Uk) on 06/11/2013

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.

Replied by Jessica
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.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
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.

Tapping   2  0   

Posted by Gtcharlie (La, Ca) on 04/06/2013

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.

Replied by Ellenf
Leander, Tx
[YEA]   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.

Thanks Charlie!

Replied by Samd
Longmont Co
[YEA]   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's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) | 685 Posts

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.

Replied by Wildcard
Mineral Point, Wi
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?
Replied by Jake L
Fort Smith, Arkansas
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.
Replied by Aaron
Minneapolis, Mn Usa
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?
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Kosher salt is NOT sea salt! (as far as I know)and your amounts are way too much. Start much much less.
Replied by Aaron
Minneapolis, Mn
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.
Replied by Mary
Austin, Tx
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!

Replied by George
Melbourne, Australia
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.....
Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
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.
Replied by Whitney
Lincoln, Nebraska, Usa
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!!
Replied by Sharon
Wesley Chapel, Fl
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.
Replied by Kazza
Cambridge, England
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

Replied by Andoy
Boise, Id
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Replied by J T
Melbourne, Australia
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

Replied by Ryan
Ontario, Canada
[SIDE EFFECTS]   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.

Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback   4  0   

Posted by Nick (Baltimore, MD) on 04/02/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Jaqueline (Lawrenceville, Georgia) on 03/03/2009

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Damaris (Kissimmee, Florida) on 09/18/2007

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Patrick
Chicago, IL
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, TN
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.

Vitamin C   1  0   

Posted by Dave (Stoneham, Ma) on 03/15/2011

[YEA]  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.

Yoga, Movement or Exercise   2  0   

Posted by Robin (Rocky Ridge, Oh) on 01/28/2009

[YEA]  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

Replied by Barb
Smalltown, In
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Zainab
Islamabad, Pakistan
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 :( :(

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
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
Replied by Sugarmags
Silicon Valley, Ca
I find it interesting/concerning that any doctor would forbid movement. I think I would be looking for another doctor....


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