The 10 things I did to heal my Lymphedema

by Polly N on February 4, 2013

Ever since I said in a magazine interview that I healed the lymphedema I had in my leg after the extraction of cancerous lymph nodes around my pelvis area followed by chemo and radiotherapy, I have received hundreds of emails asking how I did it. I have also coached people with lymphedema helping them to change their diet and lifestyle to improve their condition which has been successful for many. Of course I can’t guarantee that I can 100% heal other people’s conditions but I can certainly tell you what I did which healed mine.

Please note I get hundreds of emails asking for more advice and support which I’m afraid I simply cannot give. Despite making this clear at the bottom of this post, I still continue to receive comments asking me for help. I have provided a contact of someone who can provide support which you can find here on my FAQ page.


This picture was taken 6 years after I was told Lymphedema was ‘incurable’.

My lymphedema in my right leg didn’t start immediately. I noticed that I felt like I had pulled a muscle in the right hand side of my groin after a home yoga session. My leg started to feel heavy, began to swell to twice the size of my left and became painful to walk on. I saw my doctor who diagnosed it and referred me to a lymphedema clinic. When I first saw the nurse there, she measured my leg and told me there was no cure and that I would have to learn to live with it. I informed her that I would eventually get rid of it to which she raised her eyebrows in a “yeah right” kind of way. Yet every time I went back to see her, she was always amazed that the circumference of my leg had reduced and asked what I had been doing. I would just smile and shrug my shoulders in a “I told you!” kind of way and then say that I had been using these principles that I’m laying down for you below. IMPORTANT: Please read to the bottom where I have provided additional resources.

1. Juicing – By extracting the juice from fruit and vegetables, we are able to get access to the vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are essential to health.

2. Cut OUT ALL processed and highly acidic foods – Removing pro-inflammatory and processed foods such as dairy, cakes, biscuits, bread, sugary snacks and sweets.

3. Add IN green plant foods – which are anti-inflammatory, alkalise the body which is important for pH and help to cleanse and detoxify the body.

4. Dry skin brushing – This is an excellent tool to wake up and stimulate the lymph system which is responsible for filtering and removing the toxins and excess fluid from the body. (A sluggish lymph system will struggle to remove the fluid that is creating the lymphedema. Depending on your condition, be very gentle with the limb that is affected as brushing too hard may damage the lymph nodes which sit just under the skin.)

5. Drink plenty of quality water – Consuming enough water is vital to flushing the body of toxins and hydrating every cell to help it work efficiently.

6. Exercise – Regular daily exercise also helps to stimulate the lymph system aiding it in the removal of excess fluid.

7. Stockings – Visit your local lymphedema clinic and get a stocking for the affected limb.

8. Coffee enemas – When your liver is overloaded, your lymph system becomes sluggish and your body doesn’t carry out its functions as efficiently as it should so doing regular coffee enemas help to detoxify the liver and help the body to remove accumulated toxins. Check out how to do  coffee enema here.

9. Meditation – By carving out time to step away from people, your computer, work and the stresses of everyday life, you allow yourself the opportunity to connect with your spirit, the essence of your being. Hanging out in stillness helps to cultivate happiness with where you are and how your body looks.

10. Visualisation – In his book “How your mind can heal your body”, my friend Dr David Hamilton shares many testimonials from people who have healed themselves using visualisation. What I find fascinating is the fact your body doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary so if you can see yourself healed and go through the process of it healing / or the fluid draining out of your foot or finger and running down the drain while in the shower (for example), you greatly improve your chances of healing.

These 10 principles are how I healed my lymphedema. I can’t guarantee it will work 100% for you as everyone is different but cutting out the junk, doing more exercise and consuming more plant based foods will certainly help. If you need to lose weight and you do, then your leg will probably reduce in size too. I can tell when I have put on weight as my leg will swell up slightly but in general, when I eat a good diet with lots of plant foods (mostly in their raw uncooked form) and look after myself, my body and leg are toned and in perfect condition.

Essentially, you should be focussing on reducing the toxins you put into your body through your food and what you put on your skin as well as loading up on alkaline foods that nourish and cleanse the body like green smoothies.




Nicola Day – 

The Lymphoedema Clinic London –

Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK –

Leamington Lymphoedema Clinic –




Email Mike Bond – Mike is a trained specialist who offers workshops,advice and support.


Wishing you every success with your treatment.

Polly xxx



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Miriam Lloyd-Evans February 4, 2013 at 11:20 am



Miriam Lloyd-Evans February 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

(and completely inspiring post as ever, thank-you.). But also – woof!


polly February 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Mim ;o) xxxx


Michael September 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Polly, my siste has just been diagnosed with this after 20 or so years of dealing with it.
I am very curious to see some “Before” pics of your condition otherwise i’m a little suspicious this is just a roundabout advert for your coaching.
no disrespect meant, just that in this day and age its difficult to trust internet sources.
I do agree with all your health tips!
Thx Michael


polly September 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hi Michael, thanks for your honesty. I did take photos at one point but they’re on an old computer that I’m not sure I can get access to anymore. And to be honest, I chose not to share those photos for personal reasons but I can assure you it’s all absolutely true and if it makes you feel any better, I no longer offer 1:1 coaching and will update the post to reflect that. Wishing your sister all the best with her condition. Polly


Carly February 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hi polly,
Off topic but wondered what home water filtration system you used? Looking for cheapest good option?
Carly x


polly February 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Carly, Im about to have this fitted – Alkastream filtering ioniser from Aviva water UK. Will blog on it soon. x


Milan May 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Do you have any before photos to post a before and after? Or have I missed something on your site about the before photos?

Glad your doing well!


polly May 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

No you haven’t missed anything – this is all Ive written on the subject and havent posted any other photos of my leg. ;o)


Dianne July 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hello Polly,

What supplements are you taking?


polly July 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Hi Dianne, I’m going to blog about this soon.


Mia August 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Hi Polly, thank you for sharing this post, it gave me some hope..I have a primary lymphedema (i.e. hereditary) since seven years in both legs and doctors as well as physiotherapists tell me that it’s incurable and I have to live with it for the rest of my life..Unfortunately it got worser over the years :-( but I have to say that I’m not really looking after my body since a long time..


Mike December 29, 2013 at 5:17 am

I treat and train other therapists to treat lymphedema. would love to hear from you.


Lizzy August 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I have had lymphedema since I was 11 years old. I am 19 now. Everything I do affects it. Thank you for sharing your story, it gives me hope!


Mike December 29, 2013 at 5:18 am

I treat and train other therapists to treat lymphedema. would love to hear from you.


zing August 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Polly,
I have been living with this lymphdema for the past 9 yrs ,its in my left leg, i know its not curable but atleast i want to stop it from getting bigger and uglier :( and thanks to you i m completely motivated by your post and ready to follow above mentioned steps.just wanted to know which stoking did u use.

zing <3


polly August 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi Zing, I saw a lymphedema nurse who measured my legs and had them made especially for me. Are you in UK? You should be able to get your GP to refer you to a clinic. Hope that helps and good luck. xx


zing August 21, 2013 at 5:06 am

Hi dear,thanks for your reply :) unfortunately i m situated in India and my doctor to whom i stopped visiting now once recommended me this’ skin unfriendly,hard to wear’ stoking which just left me with the additional problem of small boils on my thigh,however its healed now but since then i made up my mind that nothing can be done for this so i just started focusing on my other aspect of life and stopped looking after it..i just tried maintaining healthy lifestyle (eating veggies and drinking plenty of water) but over the last 2 weeks i m feeling lil heavy on my left leg now.. i guess its high time i should consider looking for a good doctor (which will be a huge task to do in a place like ‘India’ ) and even if i get one don’t think they make special stockings for their patients :(

zing <3


polly August 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Oh dear! That’s not good, Im sorry to hear that. Yes, transfer to a more compassionate doctor and get the support you need! x


Emily August 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Juzo is a good brand of stockings to use. However, stockings are used to maintain swelling that has been already reduced and PREVENT the swelling from returning, not to treat it. Even most doctors don’t know this and will just prescribe or recommend compression stockings to treat lymphedema. Compression wrappings with short stretch bandages (not ACE wraps) will REDUCE the swelling and then compression stockings can be use to prevent it from returning afterward. If compression stockings are too hard to put on, Solaris Ready Wraps are also a good alternative. It is best to seek treatment for lymphedema from a Lymphedema therapist. Some Physical and Occupational therapist / assistants are trained in lymphedema.


polly August 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Great advice – thank you Emily. xx


Alia August 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

Thank you so much for inspiring me and give me hope for healing with my lymphedema! Want to ask you about stockings- Do you wear all time at the day or just sometimes? Thanks


polly August 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

No I haven’t worn my stockings for well over a year! I have no need for them anymore.


Pam Donkin November 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I loved your blog post and hope to read more. I would so love to not have to wear compression stockings every day! Especially in the summer.
I have lymphedema in one leg after the removal of lymph nodes in Uterine Cancer surgery.
How did you find out you don’t need to wear them any more? Did you just try it for one day and then re-measure and so on? I would love to try it but am concerned I may swell up.


Shelia September 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Polly, I am so glad I ran across this. I think the worse thing that the doctors or therapists tell us is that there is nothing we can do about it. I just developed mine 6 months ago after removal of inguinal lymph node. I was very depressed. I am doing better now and this gives me the hope that with all I am doing that it could possibly one day get better. Thank you.


Susannah Feinstein September 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Hi Polly,

I have recently been diagnosed with idiopathic lymphedema and am freaking out. I’m an active 21 year old without any family history or real reasons for developing this condition. I found your blog inspiring and am wondering if we can chat more about how you got rid of your lymphedema. Thank you!


Mike Bond September 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I treat and teach about lymphedema. Would love to consult with you in addition to Polly.


Bridgetb September 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi, I found your post intruding for overall health, but saying you CURED an incurable condition that so many suffer from, while providing zero evidence that you ever had it……beware of the internet people. If she was for real, her before and after photo would certainly not be any more personal than what she’s already posted and would only give her the credibility a post like this demands. Otherwise, don’t be taken in. If she were for real, there would be no issue with her providing corroborating evidence to back up her false claims.


polly December 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Bridget, I appreciate why you would be skeptical and if I could find the before photo, I would gladly post it just to prove you wrong. 😉 But unfortunately it was taken several years ago and I believe was uploaded to a very old dell computer which is now pretty much extinct. If I do manage to find the photo at some point, I shall be sure to post it here and send you a copy for your enjoyment.


Ekuba September 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi Polly, I’ve had lymphedema for several years (10 years) & my leg is really huge now & I keep getting hospitalized . I had to quit my last job because I kept going to the hospital & missing work & that made me very depressed. I want to start eating healthy & go vegan but whenever I go to the whole food stores things are so expensive & I can’t afford it. Please I want to learn how to be vegan on a low budget, can you suggest any ideas or books I should look at? I also want to exercise like you said but my leg hurts so much after any exercise I do (walking, yoga or salsa) so which exercise will be best for me? Thanks. I really appreciate this blog post since it has given me hope.


polly September 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hi Ekuba, Im sorry to hear about your diagnosis. There are a tonne of websites online that help people to convert to vegan more affordably so google google google! Just putting in “vegan on a budget” i got loads of sites and hits come up so I would suggest doing that. I’m afraid I can’t give you specific advice unless we were to consult one on one which Im no longer offering as a service – sorry about that but I have been contacted by someone that does help people with lymphedema so keep an eye out on my blog and on this post as I’m due to speak with them soon and hopefully provide more support for people like yourself. I hope that helps and am wishing you all the very best. Polly


Mike September 28, 2013 at 5:33 am

Ekuba, I might be able to educate you further about lymphedema. I work teaching seminars about it and certifying therapists to treat it.


Ekuba October 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Mike! sorry for the late reply I just returned to read through the responses and saw the comment. Please can you take my email address from the moderator and get in touch so that I can see how I can come for your conferences or maybe get the educational materials on lymphedema? Thank you so much.


Ekuba September 26, 2013 at 10:04 am

am sorry for posting 2 comments. i forgot to also add that in case someone can’t go vegan, are there any suggestions you can give for them to be healthier & also help them effectively manage the lymphedema? that may be the route i’ll choose since i don’t have a car or enough money to be shopping at the whole foods in my area. maybe i can keep shopping at my regular mall but make smarter choices? but what choices should i make? thanks a lot


Mike Bond September 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I teach a lymphedema certification course and hold seminars about options to manage lymphedema. I would love to review more of your materials and recommend them in my courses once I am familiar with them. Can I get some materials? or can we talk some time? Also I see your picture on the blog, do you have before pictures that I could use in presentations. I would also love to hear from others out there that have secrets to success and options I can present.


Angela Chappell September 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hi Polly,
I developed lymphedema which has gradually increased since breast cancer surgery 5 years ago. I have seen a physio on the NHS, been given support sleeves but the lymphadema has still increased. I was told by the physio’s that there is not much more they can do. I’m very conscious about how it looks, as I try to look after myself, I find it very hard to think that in this day and age there is no cure for lymphedema, is there any thing you can recommend that I do? I am going to try the healthy eating that you recommend and the body brushing.


polly October 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hi Angela, without consulting with you Im not able to advise directly however I will be uploading some details of someone that runs workshops for people with the condition so check back soon for more details. P.S. Have you tried the 10 things I did?


Angela Chappell October 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Hi Polly
thanks for your reply, no not tried all of the 10 things but will certainly give it a go, i am a big fan of juicing!



Shelia Anderson October 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I am going to try your 10 steps that you used to get rid of your lymphedema. I am so excited that I found this. I know that I can heal myself. What kind of juicer do you use? Do you know anything about the Health master. I had bought a juicer and it was not good. I am open to any suggestions.


polly October 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi Sheila, please do! Also check out my FAQ page for more support from Mike Bond who offers additional support. I use a Matstone which is available here. I don’t know the health master no, do you mean juice master as I know him! I love my matstone and so does everyone else I know that has one as its super easy to clean and use. Happy juicing! x


Ann O'Callaghan October 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

How long did it take you to get the lymphedema down & under control? How bad was it to start? Im doing all your suggestions & also see a physio regularly. Thanks!

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TM October 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Im living with lymphadema and I’m miserable. Im constantly watching my leg and wondering why me, I have fallen into a state of depression, the swelling, the itching and not knowing what to expect next has gotten the best of me mentally. Im sure a support group would do me some good and reading positive messages from you guys have been most pleasurable for me. It sounds like i need to cut back on meat, eat more leafy veggies, and detox my system can’t wait try it I’ve suffered enough…thanks.


polly October 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Im sorry to hear that the condition is causing you so much grief. My team have replied suggesting you get in touch with Mike Bond on who can offer you more support. Wishing you much health and happiness. x


Jena October 25, 2013 at 2:36 am

I have had swelling in both of my legs since I was 15, and I was diagnosed with hereditary lymphedema when I was 17 (I’m 23 now). The swelling is not extreme, but it would definitely effect my quality of life if I didn’t wear compression garments. The biggest issue I have with my condition is knowing that my body is clearly struggling on some level and I don’t know how to help it. I wear compression garments every day and I stay active and maintain otherwise perfect health. Until I read your blog I was feeling a little hopeless. Mostly because every physician I see tells me that my condition has absolutely nothing to do with my lifestyle choices and everything to do with my genes. I am so happy I found your blog because now I have new techniques to try. I was never told that certain foods can lead to more swelling (other than salty ones), so I will definitely try refining my diet to exclude some of the foods you mentioned and add more greens! I, like you, want to prove that improving lymphedema symptoms is possible! I consider my condition the perfect opportunity to try unconventional (and non-invasive) treatments and maybe give hope to other people dealing with it! Thanks for posting :)


polly November 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Jena, your are not your genes and Dr Bruce Lipton tells us that epigenetics is the study that shows although you may have a pre-disposition to something, it doesn’t mean that you will express that gene but your lifestyle choices could….


Elisa December 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Jena, I had the same diagnosis and was very dubious about it, even though my mother and my aunt both have big legs (I have lymphedema in both legs) neither have ever been diagnosed with lymphedema. I have lived with this condition for a good 10 years now and it makes me so depressed and self conscious. I no longer wear anything that shows my legs. I am so relieved to find Polly’s site and I am planning to follow her dietary advice and other helpful tips. I was never given any compression stockings so I have never used anything on my legs which obviously hasn’t helped my condition.


Cherry35 October 30, 2013 at 7:23 am

I am so glad I found this website my neighbour who is a very healthy lady in her 70s suggested I have a look and wow Polly you are absolutely amazing what an inspiration!
I have had a couple of lymph nods from groin area removed a month ago.I was not at any point advised of risk of lymphedema by the surgeon.I raised my concerns with him at pre and post op assessment but because the results were negative and I do not require treatment if said I am at no risk and talked to me as if I am crazy.I know from my research the risk is real and I feel like I have a sward above my head.I feel very depressed and would like to know if there is a way to prevent this condition and what to watch for.I am only 34.i am so shocked that surgeons know so little about this condition he even told me nhs website is givinghincorrect information and that he is right.i want to do something to raise awareness of this potential complication. Polly does any of your books give more details about you plan to improve this condition or ways to prevent it? many thanks


Amanda November 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi Cherry35

I hope I don’t make you feel more panicked by telling you this but you are absolutely right and I can’t believe that your doctor has told you this! To allay your concerns however, many people have lymph nodes removed and never experience Lymphoedema. Basing my information on breast cancer research (depending on which study you look at) about thirty percent of patients will experience Lymphoedema in some way. Some may have severe swelling and some like grandmother only a little swelling on occasion (she has never even required a garment and I can assure she is not following polly’s 10 steps!). The risk is reasonably low, however, with any damage or removal of lymph nodes there should always be monitoring. But you should not feek as though there is a sword over your head. Chances are you will never get it and even if you do, because you know what to look for, you are in a position to catch it early enough before it becomes a big problem. Early diagnosis is the key.


Cherry35 December 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Hi Amanda thank you for your response you seem to know a lot, have you experienced lymphedema?
I am very upset that nobody takes me serious including my gp that gives me antidepressants and reassures me i am at no risk I because I do not have cancer. I feel pins and needles in my leg so not sure if this is a sign that something is going on but gp says it is in my head so I am sure she will be a great help if I ever need to be referred for treatment.
I am planning to try Polly’s steps as a preventative measure.have was wondering if anybody has seen an improvement by following these rules.PPolly’s 10 steps seen to be a wonderful idea.


Amanda December 15, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Cherry35
Yes I have Lymphoedema in my left arm. I suggest getting a new GP one that understands that it’s the removal and therefore missing lymph nodes and not cancer that causes lymphoedema. I myself have never had cancer. Mine is a primary condition which means that there is no known cause. Likely it is due to lymph nodes that no longer function or I was born without them and my system managed until it couldn’t. I also have problems with Lymphoedema in my neck and stomach. Do you notice the pins and needles all the time? If so it is possible that a nerve may have been damaged during the removal of your lymph nodes. When you find a decent GP ask for a nerve condution study to be sure. And feel free to quote my story to your doctors. I can’t understand why they are so uninformed. What do they do in medical school?! I really think that one of the best things you can do is not to worry about it. Stress is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Dwelling and stressing over something that in all likelihood will never happened is only going to make your life harder. There are only two days in the year we can do nothing about, yesterday and tomorrow. I’m not saying you shouldn’t keep your eye on it, of course you should, I’m just saying feeling fear of something that may never come is asking for your body to hurt you.


cherry35 December 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Dear Amanda
Thank you so much for your response and your positive attitude.I am so sorry lymphoedema is causing you so much trouble.
I will follow your advise and see my GP before Christmas and talk to her about nerve damage.Pains and needles are there pretty much all the time, burning sensation and also more recently a feeling as if I pulled a muscle.I also have some cards from Lymphoedema Support Network regarding on line training courses for GPs as they are so ignorant when it comes to this condition.She will probably not be to happy with me trying to educate her but they really need training.
I will try not to stress and enjoy Christmas but i find it quite hard.May look stupid from outside but my world has crashed.
Merry Christmas and all the best for new year !

Rebecca November 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

Hi Polly,

Thank you for your article and tips. Your story is very inspiring. Like you I am also motivated to cure (or substantially reduce) my lymphedema. Mine started about 1.5 years ago after an injury to my left leg and its taken this long to finally get a diagnosis. I now have it from my left foot to my hip. I would be so thankful if you would share with us in more detail your plan. In particular, what juicing combinations did you do. How often did you juice? What type of exercises did you do? How often, how often? etc. Also, while you did not share pre-success pictures (which I totally understand), could you give us an idea of how big your thigh/leg was prior to your success. Just curious. Also did you have pitting edema at all or not?

Thanks for any additional tips! We all have to stick together given there isn’t much belief out there that this can be beat! Thanks for showing us that it worth a fight and that we shouldn’t give up!


Cherry35 November 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Dear Rebecca I would like to get in touch you if you don’t mind, how can I? Thank you Mih


Amanda November 20, 2013 at 2:04 am

Hi Polly,

This has given me so much hope. I have primary lymphoedema in my left arm and also in many other places of my body including my neck and stomach. The swelling in my left arm became so severe that I am now unable to use it, and require a lot of physical therapy to help regain the movement. I have found myself very depressed not only with the limitations placed on me but also with my appearance. I would really love to try your 10 steps, the thought of one day living garment free is a dream come true! But I was wondering if you could tell me, does that mean absolutely no meat or cake ever again??? Would I manage if I ate something processed/unhealthy say once a week like a cheat day for sanity. I LOVE cake! Thanks for the inspiration.


Mike November 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

True, the risk is low especially with minimal or no lymph tissue removal. There is always a risk and you need to watch for signs, but not OCP -like. I treat and educate other therapists across the USA in taking care of lymphedema. if you have any questions I am happy to help.


Delphine December 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi there, i am like you guys suffering from lymphedemia on my lower left warm for 5 years now. I was in a very stressful state of life at the time it occured and saw my arm swollen although did not remember spraining it. It took me 1 year to figure out what i had. That is a great physioterapist who found out. my left lower arm was affected first and then dropped to my left hand. I tried to stay active going walking everyday, swimming once or twice per week. My diet is not that great but i tried to eat vegetables and fruits. Taking the plane, stress, periods time, and humidity makes it worse. Strangely enough, the sun and the heat make me feel another person and give me a stunning break in summer. I was wondering if it is the same for you guys?


polly December 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

Delphine, change your diet, it’ll help.


Delphine December 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

the thought of one day living garment free is a dream come true for me too!
I love cake and meat as well Amanda and it would be a bit hard to get rid of it ! The fact is everything is processed now in the supermarkets so it would be very difficult to eat only green juices. I am kind of slim already so i am a bit worried about this evil diet would make me become anorexic ! I love drinking tea and biscuits for tea time with my friends. My dog loves it too! :-) I did not think that meat was bad for you. Meat contains Iron and helps you to fight cold and flus.


Shelia December 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Dear Cherry35,
I think you have all reasons to be concerned. I recently was diagnosed with lymphedema and my doctor told me that you can not develop it with just having one node removed. I was cancer free. I am so thankful for that, but now I have lymphedema. Mine started with the feeling of pins and needles. I do not think doctors know what they are talking about. They do not feel what we feel. That is how mine started, and it was about a month after my surgery. Then my leg started aching and then I started noticing the swelling in my thigh. I caught it early and started treatment. I do believe that pollys advice is very good. What you eat does make a difference. You know your body better than anyone and do not let the doctors tell you that you are crazy. I think you are very smart for being alert. The fact that you have nothing to worry about because you do not have cancer I think is bogus. I did not have cancer, but I now have lymphedema and I was 35 when mine developed. It does stink, but you have to remain positive and believe that you can make it better. Good luck.


Cherry35 January 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Dear Shelia
Happy new year
I have just seen your post thank you for your response.what doctors told you is exactly what they told me but I now expect the worst.i am 35 as well .Do you think this could have been prevented had you have been made aware of the risk? I told my gp about pains and needles and pain in my leg but she thinks it’s in my head and gave me some drugs fo nerve endings and also wants to send me to counselling to deal with my is really destroying me.


Mike Bond January 12, 2014 at 5:12 am

Lymphedema is such a touchy problem. For some having 1 node removed has serious consequences and others many nodes removed causes no problems. The risk is real for any node removal or any lymphatic tissue damage. Polly offers excellent advice for methods and lifestyle modifications that can be made to often dramatically improve one’s condition. I am a certified lymphedema therapist. I treat patients and train other nurses, therapists and even doctors to recognize and treat this condition. Some of the conventional methods to treat include manual lymphatic drainage massage, bandaging and compression garments. I am happy to educate or provide what help I can for any interested. Mike at


Sally December 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi can anyone help me!
I’m 32 and having a hard time, I have one leg
That’s way bigger and I can’t even fit in to size 26 anymore.
Not coping and just don’t know who to go to
For help.


polly December 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Hi Sally, please check our FAQ page for additional support.
Wishing you all the best.


Mike December 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

I might be able to offer some advice.


KG December 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hey Polly,
You are an inspiration for all people with lymphedema out there who have been told that there is no cure for them in conventional medicine.
I am suffering from multiple lymphedema and i wish to inculcate the regimen suggested by you to ameolierate my condition.
My question is whether i need to use organic produce for juicing or is the normal fertilised fruit also suitable for consumption for lymphedema patients. Though such fertilised produce is not recommended for cancer patients under the gerson therapy. Did you use fertilised or organic produce for your treatment?
Organic produce is not easily available in my city.



Some hope December 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Hi guys,

Read this link. They have found a molecule IL-7 which is one out of only few molecules that have been identified to support lymphatic drainage.


Delphine December 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm
karan December 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm


I am suffering from lymphedema and I wish to inculcate juicing in my diet. Organic produce is not easily available in my hometown. Did you use organic produce or conventional fertilized fruits for juicing?

What do you suggest I should use?

Thanks & Regards


polly December 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hi Karan, organic is always best but not always available so do your best to source it where you can and use this guide which tells you the most sprayed foods. Peel foods where poss and wash well before using.


karan January 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

Appreciate it Polly,

The fact that u take out the time to reply to all our posts & emails speaks out about your genuine desire to help!


polly January 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

Thank you Karan, I really appreciate your words 😉


Barry Davis December 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I have Lymphhedema in both legs from high boold surgar. From what I have been told that this distroys the values in the return vein that would keep fluide from falling and begin the swelling. Will your proceedure assist in returning the normal function of these veins ?


health benefits of beets juice January 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Some people practicing raw vegan diet believe that food is cooked to not contain a balance of micronutrients.
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viviana January 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi polly.. I have had this problom in both of my legs for 6 years after radiation.. Can you tell me one way i can reduce the swelling of my legs .. I just to be really skinny and noy I’m @ 212..


polly January 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hi viviana, i have replied to your email.


Shelia January 12, 2014 at 1:35 am

Hello Polly,
I am on my way to complete all 10 things you did to cure your lymphedema. I did my first coffee enema today and I was pleasantly surprised as to how light and clean I feel. Did you have any swelling in your hip area? How long did it take before you started seeing results? I truly believe I will heal mine as well. Thank you for your inspiration.


polly January 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Great news Shiela. No i didn’t have any swelling in my hip, just my leg. It was about 6months before I started to see results but about 9months before I was content with the results.


Kylie January 16, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Hey Polly, I am 17 years old and I am a junior in high school. I was diagnosed with lymphedema when I was 14 years old and I was a freshman in high school. I just ran across your site because I was trying to find ways to make my leg smaller. I don’t like looking different than all my friends and I would really love to get to talk to you more about it and how you did it. My first question is, where do I start? And how long does it take before you notice the swelling in your leg go down? I am willing to do ANYTHING. Please help me.


polly January 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hi Kylie, i get hundreds of emails about this every month and i no longer offer coaching and this is why I wrote this post so I’m afraid I can’t help you further but I recommend you re-reading the post as although I’ve put additional resources on the FAQ Page, I’ve had to add them to the post now too. So contact Mike Bond on who is US Based as he should be able to help you further. Sorry I can’t help more but Mike will be able to. Best


Mike Bond January 18, 2014 at 3:20 am

I would be happy to offer some help. There is a lot to do in the world of lymphedema care. let me try to help you.


Kate January 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Thanks, Polly for your attention. I have lymphedema in my legs due to lyme disease. It was the first symptom I had – my right ankle became the size of a baseball. Years later I had knee replacements and got large swelling in front of my knees. Now my leg is so large I had to buy new shoes. I’m working with a PT now and we found a good wrap and I got a pump. Will try your suggestions and I’m very grateful. You’re right, docs don’t know much about it. Find a good physical therapist. I’m a senior and spend a good many hours a day dealing with this. But it beats staying in bed and gulping lasix, as was suggested by my gp. Good luck to us all.


bluedolffin January 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

Hi Polly

what do you think about honey? I read some contradictory information about it.
On the one hand, it is acidic so not good for you. Heard better replacing it with maple syrup.
On the other hand, I read : Raw honey is a cleanser and an exfoliator. It is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants.

Thanks in advance


polly January 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

Personally, I use raw honey and think that’s fine. I don’t go crazy with any sweeteners and always recommend consumption in moderation.


cherry 35 January 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Dear Polly
I hope you are well!
I have been reading your website especially the Lymphoedema section.I would love to get advise from you but I know you are not doing this anymore so I will not insist on this.However I am doing a lot of research at the moment for this condition and obviously I came across different pages and websites.

I am writing to advise you that on Facebook there is a page of a lady Sylvia called Lymphedema Journey and the woman posted on 04/01/2014 exactly your 10 steps slighltly edited pretending it is her method but it is your post.
It is none of my business really but this made me sad and angry .She pretends to come up with all these healing as her own.
Just thought I should let you know.I hope you get the mesage.

All the best
Cherry xxx


polly January 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Thanks for bringing this to my attention Cherry – I am dealing with it! 😉


Annie February 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

Hi Polly

I was fascinated to stumble across your blog this afternoon. I thought you might be interested in my findings regarding my primary lymphoedema when I undertook a juice fast in February 2012… and then wrote about it in my weekly column :)



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