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Swollen Lymph Glands

(Lymphatic System)

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    A lymph gland or lymph node has several functions. It is responsible for keeping the body fluids, blood fluid and cerebrospinal fluid in balance. The total amount of body weight is 60% fluids. The lymph fluids combat and destroy all invading organisms (bacteria, etc.) that enter and endanger the body tissue. The lymph fluid is faintly yellow and slightly opalescent (seen as water in a blister) that carries white blood cells (lymphocytes), a few red blood cells, is collected from the tissues throughout the body, and flows in the lymphatic vessels through the lymph nodes then is added to the venous blood circulation. The lymph node becomes swollen and inflamed when an infection or inflammation is present in the body. Another job of the lymph is to absorb emulsified fat and pass it on in small, tolerable quantities to the bloodstream. All antibodies, which ensure immunity against infectious diseases, are formed in the lymphatic system. Disorders of the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels is attributed to partial failure of the lymphatic system.
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    Sore and swollen, tender to the touch. Usually accompanies another condition of the body. Check with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment is swollen lymph glands are found. Some glands are deep in the body and can not be palpated, best to determine the cause before attempting to treat.
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    • Aloe
    • Balsam fir
    • Baptisia
    • Bayberry
    • Bittersweet
    • Broom
    • Burdock
    • Capsicum
    • Chapparal
    • Clover, red, blossoms
    • Cohosh, black
    • Comfrey
    • Corydalis, golden
    • Couch grass
    • Dandelion root
    • Dock, yellow or curly
    • Dong quai
    • Echinacea
    • Elm, slippery
    • Flag, blue
    • Fritillary (mission bells)
    • Frostweed
    • Ginger
    • Ginseng, American
    • Golden seal
    • Grifola
    • Horehound
    • Horseradish
    • Irish moss
    • Ivy, ground
    • Jack in the Pulpit
    • Jasmine flowers
    • Kelp
    • Licorice
    • Lobelia
    • Mandarin orange peel
    • Mullein
    • Myrica
    • Nettle, stinging
    • Parsley
    • Pau d'arco
    • Pipsissewa
    • Poke root
    • Poria
    • Queen of the meadow
    • Reed
    • Sage
    • Sarsaparilla
    • Saw palmetto
    • Seawrack
    • Toadflax
    • Wild cherry bark
    • Yam, wild
    • Yellow dock

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    Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

    Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

    Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

    Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

    Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

    Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

    Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

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