Burns Integrative Wellness Center

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a collection of fluid in the arms and/or legs usually caused by lymph node removal. This occurs because our lymph nodes are part of how our body removes foreign bacteria and viruses. When that system is disrupted, then fluid can accumulate. Other causes of lymphedema can include radiation, medications, liposuction and allergies. Even puberty or adulthood can cause lymphedema, although researchers don’t understand why this happens.

If left untreated lymphedema can cause skin tightening, skin thickening, or even infection because the skin is being deprived of needed oxygen.

Symptoms of lymphedema include:

There are several treatments for lymphedema including:

Homeopathic drainage and botanical medicine is also helpful with lymphedema and circulation: