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Home Remedies for Lymphedema

Elevation

Elevate the affected limb for 20-30 minutes, several times a day. Using pillows can help maintain a comfortable position.

Gentle Exercise

Start with low-impact exercises like walking or swimming. Always begin under the guidance of a trained physical therapist. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day, based on comfort and ability.

Compression Garments

Wear compression garments daily, especially during activities. It's crucial to replace these every 4-6 months or as per specialist advice, as they lose elasticity over time.

Skin Care

Clean daily with mild soap and water, moisturizing afterward with a fragrance-free lotion. Regularly inspect for any cuts, scratches, or signs of infection.

Massage

Schedule manual lymph drainage sessions weekly or bi-weekly with a certified practitioner, especially during flare-ups.

Bromelain

If approved by a doctor, consider a bromelain supplement of 250-500 mg daily, preferably taken between meals.

Horse Chestnut

Only under healthcare guidance, a typical dose can be 300 mg of horse chestnut extract (standardized to 50 mg aescin) twice daily.

Aloe Vera

Apply aloe vera gel to the affected area 1-2 times daily, especially if the skin feels dry or tight. Avoid formulations with added colors or fragrances.

Stay Hydrated

Aim for at least 8-10 glasses (2-2.5 liters) of water daily, unless otherwise advised by a doctor. Water can help improve lymph circulation.

Avoiding Tight Clothing

Ensure that clothing, shoes, and accessories are non-constrictive. Regularly assess comfort levels, especially with jewelry.

Flavonoids

Incorporate foods like blueberries, oranges, and dark chocolate into your diet. Aim for at least 2-3 servings of flavonoid-rich foods daily.

Turmeric

Add 1-2 tsp of turmeric to daily meals. If opting for supplements, usually 500-1000 mg daily is recommended, but always consult a doctor first.

Gotu Kola

If approved, the typical dosage can be 60-180 mg of standardized gotu kola extract daily. Again, consultation is essential.

Witch Hazel

Apply witch hazel using a clean cloth to the affected area once daily. Always do a patch test to check for allergic reactions.

Green Tea

Drink 2-3 cups of green tea daily. Opt for organic versions with no added sugars or flavors.

Avoiding Salt

Limit salt intake to no more than 1500-2000 mg daily. Use herbs and spices for flavoring meals instead.

Epsom Salt Baths

Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a week, ensuring no open cuts or wounds.

Dandelion

Dandelion tea can be drunk once daily. If choosing supplements, consult with a doctor regarding the appropriate dose.

Red Root

If choosing to use, steep 1-2 tsp of dried red root in a cup of boiling water for tea. Always start with a lower dose and consult a healthcare provider.

Grapeseed Extract

When taken as a supplement, common dosages range from 150-300 mg daily. However, always start at a lower dose and work your way up under healthcare supervision.


Disclaimer:
The information on this site is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. Always consult a doctor before making health decisions. This content is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.

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