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| Swollen Lymph Nodes in the Groin |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Julie
Posted on: January 20, 2004
I am 19. I have been brought up with herbs and strongly believe in them. I have swollen lymph nodes in my groin area and they are starting down my legs. I’ve been to the gynecologist several times but am not happy with the heavy doses of antibiotics. I know they should be taken with acidophylus, which they neglect to tell you. I’m taking fenugreek tea and capsules, vitamins C, E, zinc, magnesium, calcium, B-complex and milk thistle. I’m curious to know if there is an herb to flush the lymphmatic system?
I recommend that you visit a natural health practitioner, such as an experienced medical or clinical herbalist or naturopath, to analyze why you have swollen lymph nodes. It is important to treat the cause as well as the symptom, because problems with lymphatic drainage can lead to chronic illness. I also encourage you to continue consultations with your medical doctor.
Lymphatic problems can arise from immune system suppression (sometimes from taking steroids), from exposure to high levels of toxins in food or in the atmosphere, from bacterial infection, or from a viral infection, that will not be cleared with antibiotics. Natural therapy may include herbs for immune system support, like echinacea, an antiviral like thuja ((Thula occidentalis) which helps to clear lymph vessels by its antimicrobial action, a blood tonic like nettles (Urtica dioica), and a diet that is high in fresh organic fruits and vegetables and low in animal fats. When the cause of your infection has been determined, lymphatic drainage by massage or hot and cold water therapy may be advised.