New Treatment for Lymphedema Including Acupuncture

  • I have a success story to share regarding my treatments program for secondary lymphedema brought on by an infection. I started over two years ago with the MLD and compression wraps with a therapist. I then began my own work with exercises, hot and cold water and then started acupunture. I am happy to say that my affected leg is now almost identical as my other one and the foot and ankle are getting closer with every acupuncture treatment. I have before pictures and will be taking some after ones in a couple of weeks. I have been talking through the mechanism for healing that the acupunture is taking me through and it is making sense to both doctors that I have seen. There is now a clinical trial for acupuncture starting at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York for people who have lymphedema in an arm. I want to share my work.

9 comments
  • Sandy Munnell
    Sandy Munnell I have been repeatedly warned against acupuncture. I would be very interested in know more about the clinical trial in New York. Is there anything online about it?
    April 26, 2010
  • Michele Nealon
    Michele Nealon Do you still have to wear compression garments or are you just doing the things you listed? The garments are the thing I hate the most and it is a constant battle to keep them in place and they are hot. I even got the silver stockings that they use for...  more
    May 8, 2010
  • Terry Cawley
    Terry Cawley I tried compression stockings a couple of times but hated them. I don't wear any at all. From talking to the doctors it appears that the compression stockings may actually hinder the progress of my therapy as it is all based on improving the flow and...  more
    May 8, 2010
  • Michele Nealon
    Michele Nealon What a relief that would be not to have to wear compression stockings! I've tried thigh highs and the ones with the waist attachment and neither stays in place. It is a constant battle to keep them up. Then there is the Reid Sleeve at night - I hate that...  more
    May 16, 2010