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Wholistic Alternative Methods


Whether it is called "wholistic" or "holistic," this is a type of alternative medicine that has become quite popular in Western countries.  The main problem I have with this and other alternative medical practices is the lack of independent doublke blind clinical studies that can verify the efficacy of its treatment.  

Over and over again, studies that have been done have either been criticized for the weakness in methodology or control. Time and time again the word   "inconclusive" has been been used when describing the results.

The best one can say about wholistic treatment is that it actually may help with relaxation and stress.  Other then that, not so much of lymphatic conditions.

As of this update of Jan. 6, 2012, there still have been no credible independent clinical studies showing that lymphedema can be treated or cured successfully through wholistic methods. One article printed in 2005 tells of onewholistic therapist who has "successfully"  developed treatment for lymphedema.  It should be noted that the article is in a publication that is unquestionably pro wholistic methods and supports all types of unproven wholistic medical processes.  

Many sites now claim to be able to "activate" your lymph system, thereby reducing or resolving the swelling.  It is imperative that one must understand the pathophysiology of lymphedema.  It is caused by damage to (from injury, trauma etc) or being born with an incomplete or damaged lymph system.  The only way these products would cure or alleviate lymphedema is if they were able to "regrow" or heal the malformed lymph systems. 

II am reminded of a rather well known and great electronics inventor who recently dies from cancer.  He chose to not have regular medical treatments and instead chose an alternative method.  He recently passed away, and the verdict was that had he pursued regular medical treatment, he might well be alive today.


Jan. 6, 2012



Please note that the following articles discusses wholistic nutritional supplementation that may be useful in supporting a patient's daily regime of self-care. This is not an endorsement.

I am providing this information because of my belief that we need to have a full knowledge of treatment options available.

This is for patient
information only - I would urge lymphedema patients to consult with their physicians regarding any information contained herein.


Also referred to as Holistic Medicine


Wholistic Medicine is defined as a system of total patient care that involves the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the patient.

It also considers the patient's response to illness and disease and its impact on the patient's ability to meet self-care needs.

In terms of treating lymphedema, the treatment involves the use of enzymes, vitamins, herbs and homeopathic compounds in conjunction with standard recognized decongestive therapies. Other goals of this approach include body detoxification, prevention of cellulitis and prevention of fibrosis.

Is there a good side?

The one real value I see is in the concept that healing involves not just the physical, but the emotional, spiritual, nutritional and social sides of who we are as people, not just a case or a patient.  Certainly if it helps that process, we could benefit.  But still, we need some type of evidence based on solid research.   


What Is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic Medicine is defined by the Canadian Holistic Medical Association as follows.

Suzan Walter, President of the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), put together an excellent summary of the principals of Holistic Health.

Other Terms Associated with Holistic Medicine

From: Holistic Healing Web Page


The Principles of Holistic Medicine

1.  Optimal health is the primary goal of holistic medical practice. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest level of functioning and balance of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience, resulting in a dynamic state of being fully alive. This creates a condition of well-being regardless of the presence or absence of disease.

2.  The Healing Power of Love. Holistic health care practitioners strive to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.

3.  Whole person. Holistic health care practitioners view people as the unity of body, mind, spirit and the systems in which they live.

4.  Prevention and Treatment. Holistic health care practitioners promote health, prevent illness and help raise awareness of dis-ease in our lives rather than merely managing symptoms. A holistic approach relieves symptoms, modifies contributing factors, and enhances the patient’s life system to optimize future well-being.

5.  Innate Healing Power. All people have innate powers of healing in their bodies, minds and spirits. Holistic health care practitioners evoke and help patients utilize these powers to affect the healing process.

6.  Integration of Healing Systems. Holistic health care practitioners embrace a lifetime of learning about all safe and effective options in diagnosis and treatment. These options come from a variety of traditions, and are selected in order to best meet the unique needs of the patient. The realm of choices may include lifestyle modification and complementary approaches as well as conventional drugs and surgery.

7.  Relationship-centered care. The ideal practitioner-patient relationship is a partnership which encourages patient autonomy, and values the needs and insights of both parties. The quality of this relationship is an essential contributor to the healing process.

8.  Individuality. Holistic health care practitioners focus patient care on the unique needs and nature of the person who has an illness rather than the illness that has the person.

9.  Teaching by Example. Holistic health care practitioners continually work toward the personal incorporation of the principles of holistic health, which then profoundly influence the quality of the healing relationship.

10. Learning opportunities. All life experiences including birth, joy, suffering and the dying process are profound learning opportunities for both patients and health care practitioners.

American Holistic Medical Association


External Links


Because the Western North Carolina's Glasser Massage & Lymhpedema Services  is at the fore front of this type of treatment, I am listing links to their several articles. 

Western North Carolina's Wholistic Lymphedema Treatment Center

Complimentary Wholistic Remedies for Lymphedema Treatment


Wholistic Approach to Treatment of Primary Lymphedema - Elephantiasis: A Case Study


Horsechestnut Herb in the Treatment of Lymphedema


The Importance of Body and Lymphatic Detoxification
in the Treatment of Lymphedema


Update and a Word of Caution about the use of Horsechestnut Herb


Lymphedema Relief

Natural Treatments for Swollen Limbs


Wholistic Integrative Care


Anti-Oxidant Vitamin Therapy - Lymphedema - Yellow Nail Syndrome


Benzopyrones - (Courmarin) - Lymphedema Treatment


Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine as Supportive Care Treatment for Cancer Patients


Chinese Herbs for the Treatment of Lymphedema

Exploring the Principles of Treating Phlegm-Damp Accumulation

by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon


Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Cancer

American Family Physician

May 1, 2003


Energy Medicine for the Internist

Energy medicine includes a broad variety of complementary/ alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, and spiritual healing.


What is Holistic Healing?


Holistic Medicine 

the Skeptics Dictionary


Index of articles for  Lymphedema Treatment :

Lymphedema Treatment


Acupuncture Treatment

Aqua Therapy for Postsurgical Breast Cancer Arm Lymphedema

Aqua Therapy in Managing Lower Extremity Lymphedema

Artificial Lymph Nodes

Artificial Lymphatic System

Auricular Therapy

Ball Massage technique

Compression Bandages for Lymphedema

Benzopyrones Treatment

Chi Machine

Choosing a Rehabilitation Provider or Physical Therapist

Complex Decongestive Therapy

Complications of Lymphedema Debulking Surgery

Compression Garments Stockings for Lymphedema

Compression Pumps for Lymphedema Treatment

Coumarin powder/ointment

Craniosacral Therapy

Daflon 500 and Secondary Lymphedema

Deep Oscillation Therapy

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diuretics are not for lymphedema

Endermologie Therapy

Essential Oils

Elastin Ampules

Farrow Wrap

Flexitouch Device - Initial Observations

Flexitouch Device for Arm Lymphedema


How to Choose a Lymphedema Therapist

How to be Safe with Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Infrared Therapy for Lymphedema

Kinesio Taping (R)

Kinesiology Therapy

Laser Treatment

Laser Treatment - Sara's Experience

Light Beam Generator Therapy

Liposuction Treatment

Low Level Laser

Lymph Node Transplant

Lymphatic venous anastomoses

Lymphedema Treatment Programs Canada

Lymphedema Sleeves

Lymphedema Surgeries

Lymphedema Treatments are Poorly Utilized


Lymphocyte injection therapy


Magnetic Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage



Naturopathy: A Critical Appraisal

Patient self-massage for breast cancer-related lymphedema

Reflexology Therapy

Self Massage Therapy – Self MLD

Short Stretch Bandages


Wholistic Treatment

Treatment Information for Lymphedema Forum

Why Compression Pumps cause Complications with Lymphedema


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