Lymphedema Remedies

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Natural lymphedema treatment requires a holistic approach including diet and lifestyle changes and herbal remedies. Detoxing the body and maintaining a healthy, pure diet allows the body to function at a more optimal level, reducing swelling. Likewise, certain herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that target lymphatic inflammation.

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a term that typically refers to swelling in one of the arms or legs. Generally caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, lymphedema has crucial connections to both the immune and circulatory systems. An obstruction prevents the regular flow and thus the draining of the system, so swelling continues to build up. Additional symptoms may include a feeling of heaviness or tightness in the arm, limited range of motion in the affected limb, aching or discomfort, repeated infection and hardening or thickening of the skin on the limbs.

Maintaining Function of the Lymphatic System with Lifestyle Modifications

Making certain lifestyle changes and incorporating certain practices into a healthy regimen can help treat, reduce and prevent lymphedema. Regular detoxification of the body by way of Epsom salt baths removes destructive toxins from the body that may be contributing to swelling. Exercise and massage also stimulate the lymphatic system, making flow more regular. An anti-inflammatory diet is another lifestyle option for treating issues within the lymph system.

Using Herbs to Treat Swelling of the Lymph Nodes

Several herbs are known for their medicinal applications, in particular the ability to increase lymphatic flow, minimize swelling and reduce inflammation. Butcher’s broom, ginger and sweet clover are used to treat the associated issues of lymphedema and relieve swelling. These natural treatments stimulate the system and offer treatment of the underlying issues as well.

Butcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom is used to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. The herb offers a number of benefits including increasing blood flow, strengthening the blood vessels and preventing pooling of the blood. These properties offer relief of swollen lymph glands and reduce swelling.


Typically taken in a tea, ginger improves blood flow and decreases swelling. Composed of gingerols, ginger delivers powerful anti-inflammatory agents, relieving inflammation and discomfort associated with lymphedema. The herb also promotes and boosts the immune system by stimulating sweating and lymphatic flow.

Sweet Clover

Sweet clover ointment is applied topically and works to trigger lymphatic functioning. The clover contains a compound called coumarin that stimulates lymph flow and purports healing. Additionally, the coumarin substances strengthen the walls of blood and lymph vessels.

Lymphedema develops and progresses as lymph collects in the body’s soft tissues. Lifestyle changes as well as herbal remedies improve lymphatic flow, relieve inflammation and reduce lymphedema.

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Posted by Ladybugjustice (San Diego) on 03/03/2014
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I accidently came upon this site, trying to find a natural herb therapy to try and heal the problem. I am amazed at what I found on several sites. I am trying the "cabbage" wraps for the past three nights. First night used Savoy cabbage, wilted in water, rolled and applied with plastic wrap and leg wraps. Very successful. Second, used Napa cabbage, cold, uncrushed, wrapped with puppy pads, then leg wraps (for lymphedema). Not very successful. Tonight, Savoy on lower leg and foot; regular round head cabbage on upper leg, wilted in water, wrapped with plastic, leg wraps.

I am not sure what kind of cabbage is best or method. Also, my Mother is on Coumadin and most herbs seem to be prohibitive. I am still checking out the sites.

Thank you for this information. I hope mine helps someone.


Replied by Valrose
(Southern California)

Wow interesting Ladybugjustice - if you're still responding to this thread, I'd love to hear how the cabbage continued to do for you--What a crazy idea!! Also wondering how your Mom was able to get Coumarin...

Coumarin works so well it's a shame Mayo clinic (purposely, I believe) "killed it" in clinical trials.

But hey! If the cabbage works as well as some say here--an alternate solution!

I've had lymphedema in my R leg--goes all the way up to abdomen--from radical hysterectomy 25 years ago. Best things I ever found for it were coumarin, and circaid legging (now called juxta-fit, I think--gotta get a new one one of these days but my old ratty one still works! It's for while you exercise) and I wear futuro firm compression pantyhose daily.

Never noticed green tea helping but I never tried it so intensively either. Blessings everyone!!

Posted by Elizabeth (St. Croix, Us Virgin Islands) on 11/11/2013
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I developed Lymphedema in my left breast that went undiagnosed for 4-5 months. I started MLD with a physical therapist and read this site. So I did several treatments at once that I believe where all somewhat helpful. Then I had an acupuncture treatment and used a cabbage poultice the same night. The results in the morning were like a miracle. My breast seemed back to normal! But little by little the swelling returned until I got another acupuncture treatment.

So now I have tried only acupuncture and only cabbage poultice and they both work well. But the 2 on the same day produces the most dramatic results. ( I have continued to drink ginger tea throughout.) I prepare the cabbage (a traditional round head variety, preferably organic) by heating a cast iron (optional) skillet and adding the cabbage leaf, which has been dipped in water, then I use another smaller skillet to flatten the leaf for a total of 2-3 seconds or less on each side. This wilts it and makes it pliable. Then I hold it in place with a piece of cling wrap, and a sports bra. This poultice could be modified for a leg or arm and held in place with cling wrap and an ace bandage. I sleep with it for 5-6 hours, which seem to be enough. We used cabbage poultice years ago for a nursing mother with mastitis and it worked well then also.

Posted by Bvigorda (St. Augustine, Fl) on 11/05/2013
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Thanks for the info on the cabbage wrap. I tried it last night. I took it off only after a few hours because I couldn't sleep. I still saw some improvement. I can tell a difference between the majority of my arm that was wrapped and the shoulder that wasn't.

I've also learned red root is helping some people with lymphedema. I just ordered Eclectic Institute red root tincture on iHerb to try. Not very expensive at all.

I learned on a facebook page that applying Eucerin cream blended with lemongrass oil on the area helps. They also say it could irritate at first use as it is removing impurities. Eucerin contains castor oil. Since it has ingredients that aren't natural, I'm going to try blending castor oil with lemongrass oil in virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has anti-viral/anti-septic qualities that should help and it softens the skin, which should help.

Thanks again on the cabbage leaf wrap. I'll keep using it.

Posted by Amazed (Seattle Wa) on 10/21/2013
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I've had Lymphedema in one leg for many years. I was told by a vascular specialist it was because I broke my ankle a couple of times and damaged the lymph capillaries. He recommended a compression sock, but said there's no cure. (When a physician, even a good one, says there's no cure he means, there's no drug or surgical treatment, mainly.)

Then I found my way to some physical therapists who taught me a routine of lymph node massage that works temporarily, by making the lymph flow around my system better. But it only gives temporary relief and I have to do it twice a day. I'm busy and don't have much time for this.

Then late night surfing I ran across the idea of cabbage wrap. Nothing had worked for about 10 years and the condition seemed to slowly be getting worse. I've seen no explanation for why it works, but decided to give a cabbage wrap a try, if for no other reason, I believe cabbage is very healthy and a cabbage wrap sounds ridiculous. I stuffed some cabbage in my compression sock. Lo and behold! Dramatic improvement in 2 days! Reduction of about 50% of the swelling. I'm keeping this up! Will it be permanent? We'll see. Does anyone have a reasonably rational theory for why this would actually work?

Replied by Frances
(Missouri City, Texas)

My husband has lymphedema in both legs. He also has congestive heart failure. His cardiologist recommended a triple dose of fluid/heart medication to cure the lymphedema, however this negatively affects his kidneys as his kidney function is already at 35%. Triple medication is not good, but it is all that we could figure to do. The medication does help, but his legs are still swollen, not as badly.

Will the cabbage poultice work with raw cabbage? It would seem that boiling the cabbage would dilute its power, but I am just guessing.

I would like to try the cabbage poultice on his legs overnight. Is there a standard recipe for the poultice? I would appreciate any positive response from someone who has actually used this. Thank you very much.

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Frances from Missouri City, Texas

European Natural Medicine uses cabbage leaves raw. There are many testimonials as to complete cure when allopathic methods were unsuccessful.

The cabbage leaf has to be flattened well with a cookie roller so that the veins in the leaf made more pliable. Then, it has to be fastened around the area without air pockets. What to use I cannot find out but I imagine it as pure cotton gauze type of fabric and DEFINITELY not plastic. No one in Europe who uses natural medicine uses plastic. The reason being that during application emanations from the sick tissue must be able to dissipate, not forced back into the body. The final cover, pure wool.

I hope this helps. I must mention the incredible cures achieved with this method and within a short time. Om

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Frances,

You ask for the correct formula for the Cabbage Poultice...

I think the best authority is Jakobi Jakstein...Google the pdf: "Wonder Drug Cabbage"...Jakstein wilts her cabbage leaves one second in hot water.

Replied by Maureen
(Etobicoke, Ontario)

To Om, Hope, BC Canada, the way I use the plastic is first apply the softened cabbage, then wrap with cotton, then ace bandage, then cover everything with plastic to keep the wet from the cabbage from seeping through. Also it keeps the cabbage from drying out too fast and it likely reduces some of the cabbage smell. After all that I put on socks to keep it all from unravelling. I do know from experience that the plastic does not interfere with the cabbage doing its job! I agree with you to not put plastic directly over the cabbage.

Replied by Laura

Thank you for the cabbage wrap information. I told my husband and I was shocked he heard about it! The doc told him about it, but to use plastic to wrap it. So he thought it was wrong and he didn't bother to tell me. MEN can be very stubborn. BUT, we know now, or I should say I know now. So we will use that first and see what happens. Again thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart. He was giving up, now I will NOT let him. all my love, Laura

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Any update?

Replied by Savy Shopper
(North Oaks, MN)

I wanted to see if others had a ‘recipe' for the cabbage wrap that I tried unsuccessfully with fresh, raw cabbage. Perhaps the softening of it in warm water might be better? And perhaps I've had this for a decade and may be too late for a natural fix.

Posted by Darnell (Chicago) on 09/11/2013
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Hello everyone,

I am so greatful for coming across this site.

I have Lymphedema in my left leg calf area. Has had it for about 15 years now. The swelling started after treatment for a blood clot. Long story short, every year it seems to get bigger and on top of that, it don't help that I'm 460lbs. Anyway I come across this site full of good info because I was told as others were that there is really no cure.

I am doing the raw cabbage wrap every 2 days and drinking green tea 3 times a day. Every time I re-wrap, I tape measure my leg, in just 1 week and a half my leg have come down six and a half inches.

To God be the glory. I give all thanks to God. The Bible says my people parish for the LACK of knowledge. This web site has blessed me with knowledge that no medication could fix. Funny thing is, I'm not sure if it's the cabbage rap or green tea. Nonetheless after 15 years, it's working.

Replied by Grannyguru
(Oro Valley, Az)

I sure hope the cabbage wrap works. I found it next to impossible to use it on my feet, but I tried anyway.

I put the crushed leaves and my foot inside a plastic shopping bag, tried to cover the foot as best I could, tightening the plastic bag to help hold it all in place, then shoved everything into a long sock, repeating for the other foot. If someone has a better idea on how to accomplish this for feet, I'd be grateful to know it.

I feel as if it's really a test to see how gullible I am, but I am really desperate, and I have seen sillier things work just fine, while the stuff the doctors push on us doesn't work and has awful side effects. I will let everyone know how this works or not . I am also drinking green tea.

Replied by Andrea C

When I had Edema in my feet and legs, besides drinking plenty of water which is vital, I used to lay on my back on my bed, and put my legs upright against the wall as straight as was comfortable. And do this four times a day and keep them there as long as I could, half an hour or longer, and read a book or listen to music on headphones or speakers to break the boredom and make the time pass. This worked beautifully quite quickly as it helps the Lymph glands drain the fluid away as well. And walk around my home as much as possible until I could walk outdoors. Hope this helps as much as it helped me. Love Andrea C xxxxxx

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Andrea C: I would do the same with wonderful results. But ever since I did a small version of Inclined Bed Therapy, meaning I only raised the head side of my bed 2-3 inches, I never had a problem again. And if my feet did get a bit swelled, it was always gone by morning. And yes, drinking water is key.

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(Somewhere, Europe)

*swelled = swollen :)

Posted by Roy (Ofallon, Missouri) on 09/15/2012
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Cabbage for Lymphedema:

Totally outrageous sounding remedy, but 15 years of a leg that gets swollen to a point that's tight as a drum head is now reduced to half the size and flexible again after only 24 hours of a cabbage wrap. What a great find. Thanks everyone for the comments. O.K., so it sounds silly, but you can't argue with success. What a relief! Roy

Replied by Pamela

How do I do a cabbage wrap for lympademia in arm? Is it safe if you have cancer and Parkinson's?

Replied by Evelyn

Thanks everyone for the heads up. I have upper & lower lymphedema and I will try the cabbage wraps for them both.

Posted by Susan (Los Angeles, Ca) on 08/29/2009
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Following mastectomy, have had persistent lymphedema on my side. Tried elastic bandages, no help. Read about cabbage leaves for breast engorgement, why not try it? Both conditions caused by excess fluid with nowhere to go. Put crushed cabbage leaves over the bulge, held in place with elastic bandage. Significant improvement overnight; after three nights the swelling has practically disappeared.

Replied by Rrcruse
(Vero Beach, Fl)

I am suffering with Swelling and Burning and Redness in my Left foot and lower leg, My Heel and the bottom of my foot burn. I was treated by the doctor for 20 days for Cellulitis on strong antibiotic and it is back. What type of Cabbage leaves can I use and how do I do i? I really want to try it. Please.

Replied by Amy Jo
(Phoenix, Arizona)

Please provide more info re: type of cabbage, was it cold/warm/cooked/raw??? Also the green tea... Can it Be iced green tea? Any details would be appreciated. Going on 2 years of unilateral swelling in my left leg w/no answers. Bandaging reduced some but compression hose did not keep it down & it's swollen worse now than ever. Just got a pump which seems to help reduce at night but day time use, on my feet a lot, & heat of Phoenix brings the swelling back by end of day. Need a cure desperately so I can enjoy & keep up w/ my kids!

Replied by Anon

Hi, I've read here posts from ladies with lymphoma as a result of having lymph nodes removed after breast surgery, they reported just drinking green tea all day, as long as you make it correctly with boiling water in the first place I wouldn't think it matters if you drink it hot or cold.

Replied by Antoinette
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Hi everyone! I have lymphedema in my left leg and also a large fibrosis on my left thigh. I would do just about anything to get rid of both of these conditions. I have the cutest jeans hanging in my closet that I desperately want to get back into. I will definintely be trying the green tea and can anyone PLEASE tell me how I would do the cabbage wrap. What type of cabbbage... Should it be raw... What do I wrap me leg with... As much detailed information as possible. And if anyone has any suggestions on how to soften the fibrosis as well I would so greatly appreciate it... THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Replied by Maureen
(Ontario, Canada)

To Antoinette and Amy Joe. Here is a link to a free PDF download which I got from Earth Clinic a while back but I can not find the post now. You will learn a lot about cabbage uses from it.

I have used the cabbage leaves successfully but still need to do it again. This is my version of what the book said about how to use.

The best type of cabbage to use is Savoy cabbage. The dark green outer leaves that usually get thrown out is the best part to use as it is the most potent. Wash the leaves and remove the thick stems. Boil a large pot of water and drop the leaves in for one SECOND (although I put the leaves in then turned them over and removed immediately). The book says to roll the leaves with a rolling pin, instead I lay them on a clean tea towel and rolled them up then twisted the towel to crush the leaves. Then place the softened leaves on the area needing treatment and cover with cloth then wrap with ace bandages. Cover ace bandages with plastic wrap or plastic bags to help keep moisture in. Leave on 12 hours or more. Repeat as often as needed.

So you know, you will reek of cabbage and so will every room you spend time in. You will leave a trail behind you, but it will be worth it. It is best to apply the leaves in the evening then sleep with them on overnight. I hope you both have success with the cabbage. Please let us know how you do.

Replied by Antoinette
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Thank you Maureen from Canada! I will give it a try. I pray it works as well for me as it has for others. Does anyone have any suggestions at all about how to get rid of the fibrosis that sometimes occurs with lymphedema. I have a large mass of fibrotic tissue on the back of my thigh and it is so unsightly and it keeps me from sitting and lying down comfortably. I would appreciate any suggestions at all.

Replied by Tamara

Tried first the white cabbage, then savoy..... Will try again, but so far did not see the difference.... Although I did not dip the leaves into the boiled water; instead, I poured water over the leaves.... I did not bandage the leaves - they were just held by my undergarments (I put them on my belly) - maybe there is a problem there... Like I said, I'll try again.... I hope this will work for me - I hate my swollen belly and the hip!

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I followed your instructions for cabbage wrap but took a really bad reaction when I took the bandages off :-( My skin was really red in places, not sure if reaction was to the cabbage or to the ace bandage :-( Has anyone else taken a reaction?

Replied by Maureen
(Etobicoke, Ontario)

To PMS Scotland, after I did quite a few cabbage poultices on my ankles, I got a rash type reaction across the front of my foot where the meets the leg joins the foot. It lasted about two weeks or so. The I had flexibility in that area the I never had before! It felt great! So I would say you are getting some old stuff out and getting a great result from the cabbage. I always hope for the same reaction again so I can get more relief but have not been so lucky.


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I find that taking Two tablespoons of flaxseed oil mixed with enough cottage cheese to blend with it plus add some honey or salt to taste taken every day helps the fibrosius to soften. You can use this as a dressing for salads or take it with fruit or on bread/ You can feel the difference the next day when you touch it. Hope it works for you. God Bless.

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Posted by Moppsy (Palmdale, Ca) on 11/04/2014
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Thought I'd add my experience. I have lymphedema in both legs, but my left leg was the worst by far. About a month ago it swelled to a tight drum again, was fiery red, incredibly painful and the skin felt scalding. I could barely walk. I was desperate. I tried the cabbage poultice, but it caused fierce itching. I mean FIERCE! I managed to keep it on for about 6 hours 2 days in a row, but I thought I would go out of my mind if I had to endure that daily.

I saw mention here of someone who was going to try castor oil. I thought I'd give it a try too. I soaked paper napkins in the stuff, wrapped them around the leg. Then I wrapped plastic wrap around to cover and duct taped it in place. I covered that with dry napkins and taped in place. Then I got a disposable hand warmer and strapped it to the most swollen, painful part of the leg. After about 7 hours I took it off and noticed an improvement and a lot less pain. Now I do this every other day and every time I'm happy with the results. At the same time I started taking Doctors Best Vein Formula because it contains diosmin. Now, my leg is almost back to normal size. I can move around and it only starts getting painful if I'm on it all day. Even then, it's not too bad.

Cellulitis, Lymphedema and Strep Bacteria Connection

Posted by Denise S (Milwaukee Wi ) on 12/29/2013

I am looking for advice for a friend with Lymphedema. He started with Cellulitis, which progressed to Lymphedema. I have read that Cellulitis is caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria. Isn't it possible that this may have also entered the lymph system and causes the Lymphedema? And, if so, what would be remedies for the bacteria?

Replied by Cyndi

This completely makes sense. I have had Cellulitis a few years back and I have had Lymphedema since I was 25. In 2012 or so I learned that I have strep infection in my body when I was tested. I wasn't sick or anything but had special testing from a naturalist because I had no energy and weight gain. I'm hypothyroid and am wondering if there is some connection with the lymphedema and the strep infection. I'm always trying to find out what the "real" source is of the problem. Thank you for your thought.

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Posted by Kenny (Chicago, Il.) on 09/22/2017
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Hi everyone. I've got lymphedema in my right leg and foot. In 2011 I have lower femora Aorta bypass surgery as I was 100% blocked just below my kidneys. I was in surgery for 8-1/2 hours for a normally 3 hour surgery. Afterwards I was in ICU for a week and didn't wake up from the surgery for 2 full days. When I did wake up I had a feeding tube down my throat and a breathing tube up my nose (very scary to say the least) I also woke up to having my testicles literally the size of a 16" softball. I waddled like a duck out of the hospital 2 weeks later. My right leg and foot was also swollen to the size of my normal 32 inch waist. My normal weight was 165 but waddled out of the hospital at 203 pounds. The swelling eventually went down to a bearable size but it took many many months and was a very gradual process. I still have swelling that comes and goes in my right leg usually after a lot of walking and/or movement but nowhere near as bad as it was before. The pain is still there almost always and also the burning when it swells and that is almost unbearable.

I am now also a diabetic and my quack doctor says I have neuropathy but I believe it's the lymphedema acting up again. I wear shoes with Velcro instead of shoe laces and pull the Velcro as tight as I can get them giving me the relief that shoe laced shoes cannot do. I also use a cream on my feet and calves nightly called "neoteric Diabetic skin care" available from CVS pharmacy in the diabetic section of the store. This stuff works MIRACLES on my feet relieving the pain and the burn. I start rubbing the cream on my right foot and calf and by the time I start with rubbing the cream on the left foot the right foot is already subsiding from the burn and it's almost gone. I swear by this stuff if only a temporary fix.

I will start drinking the green tea and see if that helps in between the cream sessions as my insurance doesn't currently cover the cream and it's $10 a tube which lasts about a week at best and the lymphedema is progressively getting worse and the burn is the worse. Unlike so many others on here, I will let you know if it works.

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Posted by John L. (USA) on 04/08/2019
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When I lay in bed I invert a plastic clothes carrier and put a pillow on top. Then I rest my feet on top of that. I even sleep this way. The elevated feet allows drainage and in a day or two the swelling has gone down considerably. You can do this while watching TV or reading a book with a pillow behind your head.

Works wonders for me and I have tried about everything.

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Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn ) on 04/21/2014

HI U DAVE, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Been wanting to respond to you about my Lymphedema. I am doing what you suggested and my feet and legs are almost back to normal. I read the e-book about Cabbage compresses and have started doing that. That is one heck of a story. I spoof my therapist about the cabbage thing and he has no clue. He is a good guy, but like all medical folks , they don't want to hear about a short cut using natural means. We got to draw all these things out. My spine guy says I will need rehab when I get out of this back brace. Why? They just need to send me a video of what I need to do and I do it or I pay the price. No sir ree. We got to have a mentor that is paid by our Gov or an insurance company.

My therapist spends half his time on the computer satisfying BIG BROTHER instead of tending my ails.

Welcome to BRAVE NEW WORLD AND 1984 all at the same time. Amazing how this has turned out. In 1954 it was one or the other, now it's both at the same time.

======OLE ROBERT HENRY===============

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Posted by Lara (Lufkin, Texas) on 02/18/2009

I was reading responses to lymphedema on your site. Info seemed good. However I am new to this problem and did not quite understand if there was fairly immediate answers to the swelling. I had lymph nodes removed in my pelvic area following a full hysterectomy about 5 months ago. I am experiencing swelling in my left leg and it seems to be worsening. I am an MDA patient and will consult my doctors there next week. However I was just looking for some ideas for what to do until then. Thanks! Lara

Replied by Sandy
(Madison, Wi Usa)
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I have suffered with Lymphedema for 26 years. It mainly affected my right leg however, a few years ago my left leg started swelling also.

A month ago I read online about an anti inflammatory diet. I ordered the book, The Anti- Inflammatory Diet & Recipe Book by Jessica Black. I have been following the book and WOW! What a difference it has made in my health. Within two days of starting it I felt incredible. My legs looked almost normal within a week. I cried. I have had some swelling yet. The diet eliminates alot of foods I was eating so I eliminate it a few at a time, gradually. Please try it. I pray that you get great results also.

Replied by Faith
(Dallas, Texas)

POSSIBLE HELP FOR LYMPHEDEMA... For 15 years my Mother suffered with lymphedema in her arm after breast cancer. Her arm was so huge she had to wear clothes 1-2 sizes larger so the sleeve would fit.

I watch all the doctor shows I can, and one day a doctor said green tea would help drain your lymphatic system. Those were magic words to me, and I got excited! Then I saw Dr. Oz talking about green tea as a superfood. It is a anti-inflammatory, a cancer fighter, and a diuretic. So, I tried drinking 1-3 cups a day and my legs and feet stopped swelling every day. I told my Mother she had to try it and within 1 week we started seeing a difference in the swelling in her arm. It starting with her wrist getting smaller. Then within a few weeks we were truly amazed as we watched her arm shrink. We were so thankful, I hate to say it, but I got angry. 15 years of terrible pain and suffering and drinking green tea was her answer... That was about 3 years ago and her arm has not swollen again, or my legs and feet. It also cleared up a tooth infection I had for a long time.

I have told every doctor we have seen about the amazing things green tea has done. And several were oncologist, but they looked at us like we are crazy. GREEN TEA? Today I saw a article about lymphedema and there is no cure. Please help me spread the word that green tea may be able to help others, just as it helped us! We just used plain cheap green tea bags and sometimes added some frozen blueberries, or a little fruit juice like Pomegranate or cranberry juice for flavor. I pray this may help someone else...

Replied by Heather

Hi, that's amazing, thanks for sharing I'll tell my Aunt who has suffered with this for over 10 years since her breast cancer. X

Replied by Heather
(Pasadena, Texas)

I had to do a gluten free diet for my lymphedema. Not only did it stop the swelling but I lost weight too. I also make a tea from ginger root and honey for sweetener. that makes me excrete a lot of water the natural way.

Replied by Patti
(Greensboro, Nc Usa)

How do you make the tea from Ginger Root and Honey. It sounds good. I am willing to try anything. Mine is getting worse and I have nodules that come up on my leg , redness and the leg is worse at night. Any one else experience these things?

Replied by Mary
(Fife, Scotland)

I'm so glad I stumbled upon this webpage. I'm going to try green tea - I've had lymphodema since having breast cancer. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable tip. Mary

Replied by Layla
(Palos Hills, Il)

Does it matter what type of green tea you use or is the lipton green tea fine?


Both loose tea and tea bags are fine, but I di suggest you only drink organic tea. Last thing anyone needs is contaminants/chemicals when trying to detox.

Replied by Lou
(Elk Grove, California, Usa)

No, do not use those packed green tea bags, like Lipton, but get the loose green tea, that you can buy fron any Asian market. Any green tea will do, just get the loose green tea, it is about $12 to $15 a pound and a pound will last several months. This is what I give to my sister, a tablespoon of green tea along with a capsule of green tea extract in the morning along with breakfast and then just another cup of green tea around 2 pm. Do not take green tea latter in the evening or will have trouble sleeping. Hope this helps.

Replied by Anon

To be honest green tea is all the same- tea bags are fine- just drink all day and see for yourself.

Replied by Jane
(Alameda, Ca)

I have to disagree! Not all green tea is alike. I would recommend organic green tea over Green tea by Lipton any day. Rishi green tea is among the best in my opinion.

Replied by Layla
(Palos Hills, Illinois, Usnited States)

Thanks for the help! I have had swelling in my legs since I was young and I was recently diagnosed with lymphodema but I was discouraged when I was told that there was no cure so hopefully the green tea works for me!

Replied by Tammie
(Benton, Maine)

I'm definitely going to try this green tea with the juice thanks for sharing hopefully it will help me I'm swollen through my whole body plus have fibro I'm in horrible pain.

Replied by Lynette
(Orange County, Ca.)

I didn't find Lipedema on this site!! However, there is a new book on both topics: Lymphedema & Lipedema Nutrition Guide: by: Erlich, Iker, Herbst, Kahn, Sears, Kenyon, McMahon. Dr. Herbst is the Adiposa Delorosa specialist and included in this illness is Lipedema, recent discovery. Lymphedema onset varies with individuals, mine was a basic arm botched biopsy! 'Butchery' a nurse friend called it, brought on my head to toe lymphedma! Came out 2016.

Replied by Mary S.

I think I have Lympledema in both my legs and they are red down on the lower part of my legs and pain and they swell really bad cant do what I wont to they hurt and someone was telling me that a person can get Ginger Oil and rub from your neck too your feet that opens up the Lymphatic systems.

I really need help I been to 20 doctors and they don't know what it is they think I am crazy but I do know that Butchers broom. ginger and sweet clover is great oil for the lymphat system so now I think at this point I am going to herb store and get my some and try it, anybody else know anything please let me know because the lower part of my leg gets really hard and it worrys me and help please.



Try a keto diet.


My lympedema specialist said you can develop hard cords and that if massaged deeply, they will burst and not come back. Look up cording and lympedema. Hasn't happened to me but he says he sees it all the time. I got a compression wrap for arm and hand and it made my hand worse than it ever was before.

General Feedback
Posted by Lissa (Amelia Island, Florida, USA) on 01/11/2009

My mother has lymphedema, or as often referred as "elephantitis" she is 4'11" normal weight 89-105 pounds her whole life (7 children) She has had a heart condition since age 12 (scarlett/rheumatic fever was the cause) and has had lymphedema conditions in her arm since she was about 63ish...undiagnosed as a beneign at 78 she has deformed limbs, both arms and legs....she suffers great discomfort and much pain in her knees, she can hardly walk. She needs knee surgery...according to the doctors, but cannot have it due to risk of infection. She is a vibrant 78 year old, mind and general health of a 50 year old...but the lymphedema disables her...she walked 3 miles a day, gardened and every other normal activity. It is sooooo sad that my mothers' condition has fallen through the cracks, medicaid will not pay for any treatment....because it is not a prescriction "fix". Any help and advice I can get for her is worth gold to me....thank you for this site. My medical doctor told me about your site ...she is trying some of your remedies!

Replied by Cindy
(Mesa, Co)

Dear Lissa,
I am a massage therapist that specializes in lymphatic decongestive therapy. Please research this therapeutic device. (The Lymphstar Pro produced by Arcturus Star products). I have been certified in its use and I have seen first hand how it can reduce lymphadema. I know that there are trained therapist in Fl. Go to the web to research or for more info you may contact me via email and we can exchange phone numbers to talk more about lymphedema therapy. Best Wishes, Cindy

Replied by Lynette
(San Clemente, California 92672)

Dear Lissa:
I've been looking into Lymphedema. I was given Spironolactone two months ago, lt caused a huge weight gain. A natural enzyme has been recommended to me, it's called Wobenzymn, you'll need guidance on dosage. Also l just read a site that recommends lithium carbonate or lithium citrate 5 mg. Potassium if taken more frequently makes stool more fluid thus reducing fluid retention. Also, l read the worst thing for edema is Chlorine, stay away from swimming pools, use a filter on shower head. If you'd like the site l got some of this info from let me know l'll send it. Good Luck, Lynette.

PS Has you mother had lymphatic drainage massage? lt's essential for her condition, my insurance paid for it, l learned how to do this on myself twice daily, VERY IMPORTANT.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Lynette, Would you mind posting the site as I am also interested in this info and I suspect there may be others as well. Thanks, Maria

Replied by Lynette
(San Clemente, California 92672)

Hi Maria from Gippsland, Australia:
The site is actually the one your on, it's ll/l3/08. l've discovered more information since then. VitalzymeX is even better l've been told. Another person who cured hers used Wheatgrass Juice Daily, Fresh Celery Juice (organic only), Spirulina and fresh Parsley Juice.

Also, a must is a Rebounder use daily, don't buy a cheap one look into them thoroughly. A free health newsletter l get called Natural News has information on the best juicers, ones that don't kill enzymes etc, etc, when juiced, cheap ones lose a lot of nutrients. An aquaintance of mine just uses fresh celery juice with a little carrot juice for taste. I'm constantly researching this l'll put my new discoveries on this site, you can e-mail me too. Mayolynette(at)yahoo(dot)com. Take care, lynette, san clemente, ca.

Replied by Debbie
(Oviedo, Fl, Usa)

I just wanted to know how much of the juices did the person take daily to cure her lymphedema. I have it in my left arm and hand. I would appreciate any information on reducing or curing the swelling.

Replied by Paula
(Orlando, Florida, Usa)

Dear Cindy:

I have had lymphodema in my right leg for over 10 years, I weekly have MLD and wear compression garments, and bandage. You are very informed, I visit Colorado often, we have a home there. I would love to schedule a treatment with you. I am also very interested in the device you mentioned, the lymphstar.

Please let me know how I may contact you.

Thank you!! Paula


Replied by Cyndi

You said your mom is 4'11 and up to 108 well I join the crowd. After baby #4 I got down to 96 which was my normal weight. At 21 I was 90. After my last 2 little ones was 115 the weight stayed on and my ankles and legs got worse from a C Section Spinal tap at age 25. Now at 55 and menopause my fluid is in my abdomen and my legs bad. I have to wear tight strong knee hi support socks but they still get tingly but hardly swollen at least I haven't done anything for it since I like to do things naturally and I had heard it couldn't be healed. Now I don't have energy etc. at 125#. I even had a horrible leg condition called B? where my leg got real angry red and super duper painful when put pressure on it. Has anyone tried Manual Lymphatic Massage or MLD Therapy and it helped a lot or someone tried to do it self Lymphatic massage. I will look here more for ideas.

Thank you.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Cyndi, you might want to read up on:

1. The yoga pose of simply putting your feet straight up a wall, making an L when you are lying flat.


3. Incline bed therapy. (as odd as it may seem, it does help drain).

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