For those who are waiting for The Cure for lymphedema, here is some good news:
Study finds first possible drug treatment for lymphedema
This is a great moment of hope for those who believe in medical drugs, knowing that The Solution Might Be Coming, certainly will help some people to cope with their lymphedema.
Personally however, I do not think that ever will be One Magic Pill for treating this condition – for the very simple reason that (as with any other physical issues), the underlying causes are individual in each case: they are a combination of physical, mental and spiritual factors. The human being is a unit of Body, Mind and Spirit, which are in harmony with each other, ideally. But whenever this harmony breaks somewhere, there will be unwanted manifestations, such as symptoms of illnesses.
Therefore only a holistic approach can really heal. Pills and potions can treat symptoms for a while and to a degree, but unless all the aspects of a condition are fully handled, the symptom can be expected to re-occur, sooner or later.
Now, when I spoiled this awesome news of the medical profession, let us be happy about it: the experts confirmed other, previous studies in that one cause of lymphedema is inflammation.
“The researchers found that the buildup of lymph fluid is actually an inflammatory response within the tissue of the skin, not merely a “plumbing” problem within the lymphatic system, as previously thought.
Working in the lab, scientists discovered that a naturally occurring inflammatory substance known as leukotriene B4, or LTB4, is elevated in both animal models of lymphedema and in humans with the disease, and that at elevated levels it causes tissue inflammation and impaired lymphatic function.” full article
Here is another study, from ETH Zurich, about treating the inflammation in lymphedema
So let’s celebrate that Medicine got closer to the identifying the causes of a disease – hence chances are better that each of us can find better solutions to his or her specific case.
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Text and photo: Andrea Gerak