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My 80-year-old mother
developed lymphedema after taking Cipro for two days.
She took it for a UTI she had after sustaining a
compression fracture in her lower back. She has been
diagnosed with an almost systemic staph infection. She
recently underwent light therapy and is on Rifampin/Doxycycline.
She is taking Rutin, Horse Chestnut, and a number of
other anti-lymphedema herbs, but I have heard that a
wrap of honey and slippery elm, or a cabbage wrap, can
antibacterial effect and help to draw out the
infection. Do you know how do do this, or would you
recommend it? I understand that Castor Oil would have
the same effect, but she is reluctant to use this for
Glad to be of help.
Your mother's immune system appears to be depleted. I
suggest that she begins drinking Green tea and adding 30
drops of extract of Astragalus. Sweeten with only a bit
of honey and drink 3s day. She should include in her
diet plenty of fresh garlic and onions, raw or steamed
fresh vegetables and fresh fruits daily. Turmeric should
be added to her diet. Turmeric is a great remedy for
staph infections. One teaspoon in a glass of water 3xs
day for 7 days. She should also eat plenty of yogurt at
least 3xs day.
I would suggest to you a warm onion poultice - Sautee
few chopped onions in pan and then smash it to make a
paste of in before applying to the surface wrapped in a
clean peace of cloth. To get better results you may add
a small quantity of flour to the paste. This poultice in
cheese is perfect for drawing out toxic substances from
the infected area. The paste of the poultice has
actually high sulfur content that to a great extent
reduce the degree of inflammations.
The Castor oil would perhaps be better than the Cabagge
poultice. I do not suggest honey. Use a few drops of
Almond oil, Hemp oil or vegetable oil to coat the area
where the poultice will be placed to prevent the
poultice from sticking.
Of the ones you mention, Slippery elm is perhaps the
best. To make a poultice simmer the herb for 3 minutes.
Squeeze out any excess liquid, rub the oil to prevent
sticking. Apply while hot. Bandage the herb with gauze
and leave in the affected area for 3 hours. Repeat as
often as needed.
Lymphedema occurs more often in women than in men. It
often occurs in elderly persons suffering from chronic
venous insufficiency, since the pumping of blood through
the veins contributes to the movement of lymph.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we often used a
combination of formulas named Siler and Chiang-huo
Combination, Pinellia and Arisaema Combination, Hoelen
and Alisima combination or Magnolia and Hoelen
Combination. Depending as to what the presenting and
underlying symptoms may be, usually determined by an
evaluation. If interested in these or in an evaluation
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