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:
- Feeling as though your clothes, rings, wristwatches, or bracelets are too tight
- A feeling of fullness in your arms or legs
- Less flexibility in your wrists, hands, and ankles
- There can also be pain, redness involved with the fluid buildup that occurs with lymphedema
There are several treatments for lymphedema including:
- Compression garments – these are specially designed clothes that can help keep fluid from accumulating
- Light exercise
- Raising the affected limb above the heart can help
Homeopathic drainage and botanical medicine is also helpful with lymphedema and circulation:
- Lymphatic massage: Although there are many massage therapists that claim to do lymphatic massage, not everyone is actually trained in the proper procedures. Be sure to interview the massage therapist before treatment. It is extremely important to find someone trained and certified in lymph massage.
- Homeopathic drainage: This drains the lymphatics at a cellular level. Depending on the cause, different types of homeopathic remedies can work on lymphatic drainage.
- Botanical Medicine: Plants can be very beneficial for relieving the symptoms of lymphedema and improving overall circulation.