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Swollen lymph nodes.
There are over 600 lymph nodes in the body. Many are found right under the jaw line and around the throat, in the underarms, and on both sides of the groin, as well as in many other places in the body.
You can tell they are swollen by feeling, but prodding and feeling too much can irritate the lymph nodes and cause the swelling to worsen.
Swollen lymph nodes are generally viewed as a signal that the body is:
At work fighting some sort of infection (this may include various types of bacteria, viruses such as in the common cold, and some parasites, etc.).
That it is fighting invasions of foreign items (an example would be allergies to any number of possible allergic responses along with the inflamed cells that are transported to the nodes).
That it is busy breaking down excessive metabolites and toxins that have been produced in other bodily locations and transported to these nodes.
That there is the possibility of a major disease as would be the case in some cancers.
By far, the greatest number of problems causing swollen lymph nodes can be tied to one of the first three possibilities listed above.
What is lymph?
Lymph is the interstitial fluid that is found between the cells of the body. The portion that is not picked up by the cells and the venous system enters the lymph vessels and is transported through at least one lymph node before it is ultimately returned to the blood stream at the right or left subclavian veins. At that point it mixes with the blood again.
Inflammation from bacteria, allergens, heavy metals, molds, fungi, chemicals, transfats, parasites and stress
Inflammation is lymph mounting defenses. Support skin, kidneys, liver, bladder, small and large intestine for proper elimination.
Mucous production is an immune response.
Notice and avoid foods that produce mucous.
Lymph picks up:
fats from the digestive system
other metabolic wastes of cell metabolism
any other foreign objects
These items are then transported to the lymph nodes where they are dealt with.
The lymphatic system can be divided into two systems.
The first system consists of the thymus and bone marrow where the immune cells form and develop.
The second lymph system consists of encapsulated and unencapsulated diffuse lymphoid tissues. The spleen and lymph nodes are encapsulated and the gut associated lymphoid tissues and the tonsils are unencapsulated.
We won’t go on with that because this page is about swollen lymph nodes and it is at these encapsulated clusters of cells where a major part of the immune activities of the body takes place.
The less waste to dump, the better
Clean, organic, local, seasonal
Avoid simple sugars, carbs, deep fried foods, rancid oils, shellfish, nightshades
Avoid heavy metals – mercury (cilantro and sunflower seeds are antidotes)
Try colon cleanses and cleansers
Purified water/ Half your weight in ounces per day
Red Foods! Berries, beets, pomegranates, cranberries. Beets thin bile, responsible for 80% of immune response in the gut; regulates stool; digests good fat; rids bad fat; scrubs villi of gut where digestive lymph originates (www.lifespa.com)
pumpkin and sunflower seeds
chia, hemp, flax
Warming spices: Turmeric, ginger, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, etc.
Seaweed – kelp, spirulina, nori, wakame, chlorella, dulse (onegreenplanet.com)
Proteolytic enzymes – between meals
Red clover, cleavers, manjista, bupleurum, rehmannia
Liver: Taraxacum; sulphur; Chelidonium; Carduus marianus. Kidney: Kali bic; solidago; Juniperis; berberis. Lymphatic: Pulsatilla; Camphor; Aesculus; Calcarea Carbonicum. Bowels: Lycopodium; Hepar sulf; Hydrastis platina. Lungs: causticum; Balsamum perunianum; eucalyptus; tussilago. Skin: Viola tricolour; Vinca minor; Sarsaparilla; Lappa major. (http://www.vitalitymagazine.com/article/homeopathic-medicine-for-tissue-cleansing-and-detoxification/#sthash.VzIImISW.dpuf)
Encourage movement of lymph, open pores, rid body of dead skin cells (thechalkboardmag.com)
Apple Cider Vinegar.
Orally take 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, as is or diluted in water, according to your taste, every four hours. Apple Cider Vinegar, while acidic, signals for your body to make ph buffers to counteract the acidity. This has an outstanding alkalizing effect on the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Onions and Honey.
Lymph has a composition similar to blood plasma. It also carries in it all of the objects that it has picked up. As this substance passes through the lymph nodes it picks up lymphocytes and proteins from the blood stream that feeds the nodes.
Deep Breathing – tense / relax; Ujjayi, Kapalabhati
Lymph massage – groin – cellulite, tense / relax
Dry Brushing – tense / relax
Exercise – Rebound, walk, jog, trampoline, yoga, tai chi, stretch, swim, tense/relax
Sweating – heat / cold, tense / relax
Avoid Restrictive Clothing
Emotional Issues – Lymph draws and absorbs. Stress reduces our capacity to make positive changes, constricting lymph flow. tense / relax
Cycles of the moon
Relax neck, throat, tongue for brain, chest, nose, throat flow
Favor Inversions & Twists
Standing Forward Bends (separate leg and Uttanansa)
Jathara parivartanasana (abdominal twist, upward facing, legs to sides)
Supported Side Twist
Uddiyana Bandha / Agni Sara (Heat building abdominal lock on exhalation)
Abhyanga – Oil Self-Massage – Protect nose and skin
Preventative Massage Daily: Belly, axilla, groin, breasts, chest, neck
Essential Oils To Stimulate Lymph Glands
Lemon Essential Oil • Orange Essential Oil • Grapefruit Essential Oil
Essential Oils To Aid Circulation And Lymph Node Drainage
Ginger Root Essential Oil • Peppermint Essential Oil • Rosemary Essential Oil (http://www.biosourcenaturals.com/essential-oils-for-lymphatic-drainage.htm#sthash.C5w79HIk.dpuf)