Lymphedema - A Strange Path to Health
Our lymphatic circulation system, part of the immune system, is about getting rid of bad guys-bacteria, etc. We don't hear so much about where any of our immune system parts are, what they do, how they do whatever it is they do, etc.
Well, maybe you've heard of lymph glands. Perhaps a huge lump showed up on the side of your neck-which, you decide, can only mean cancer.
So, off you go to see the doc, who tells you an allergy caused your tender-to-the-touch lump. You breathe a sigh of relief and get on with life, happy that it wasn't more serious.
But sometimes the old lympathetic system kicks up a storm and won't go away.
Sometimes, usually through surgery or an accident, the lymphatic system gets dammed up. Nothing's going anywhere. And great is the pain thereof. And the swelling.
It's called lymphedema, and if it doesn't resolve itself, medicine doesn't have much to offer.
If you have, or know somebody that has, lymphedema, I'd like to ask a favor.
As most of you know, I spend my time digging through health research and anecdotal stories. I recently happened onto something weird enough to work, but I can't verify it.
I found a lot of posts, on multiple sites, about raw cabbage and/or green tea being powerful healers of lymphedema.
A Strange Path to Health
The posts weren't from research studies, but were testimonies of patients.
One woman wrote since she had to wear compression hose to bed anyway, she stuffed them with raw cabbage leaves before going to bed, just to see if there was anything to this raw cabbage deal. And experienced very positive results. So, she kept it up and got rid of her "learn-to-live-with-it" lymphedema.
And I read the same kind of stories about green tea. Several cups each day. (Organic and not brewed in fluoridated water.)
I know this sounds really weird, but it won't hurt anything to check it out.
Here's the thing: There's no point in waiting for research studies. No deep-pockets enterprise is going to cough up big bucks to test the efficacy of wearing cabbage in your socks.
So it comes down to whether to continue life with a painfully swollen, almost useless limb or feel like a dork by trying the cabbage solution-and possibly getting your life back.
If anybody with lymphedema is willing to give cabbage and/or green tea a try, I'd love to hear the results, whatever they are.
Until next time then.
P.S. I'm not a doctor or other medical poobah. Luckily for both you and me, I've been studying this stuff for many years. Knowledge is power.
Copyright 2014 by Bette Dowdell.