Biomed Professional Protocol

Lymphatic Drainage

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Lymf-A-Drop

Adults and children older than 10 years: 10 drops in water, three times daily. Safe for long-term use.

Children 4-10 years: 5 drops in water, three times daily

Children 1-3 years: 2-5 drops in water, three times daily

Lymf-A-Drop is used for lymphatic drainage, congestion, detoxification, and immune support. The lymphatic system plays an integral role in circulatory and immune function through the extensive network of lymphatic vessels, nodes, and ducts that maintain fluid levels, absorb fat from the digestive tract, and transport white blood cells (WBC) for host defense. (1)(2)

Traditional European uses by Nestmann Pharma (Germany) include:

  • Allergies and urticaria: reduce capillary permeability to plasma proteins
  • Children: reduce lymph swelling, decrease susceptibility of infections
  • Edema, swelling, inflammation: reduce swelling and lymphatic congestion
  • Lymphatic Congestion: activate and facilitate flow of lymph fluid
  • Lymphatic Detoxification: promote lymphatic drainage, removal of waste products from lymph, extracellular matrix, and connective tissue
  • Sports injuries: reduce swelling and lymphatic congestion

Immunoplex

2 capsules with food two times daily. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications. Safe for long-term use.

Immunoplex contains a combination of herbs, minerals, and thymus glandular extract to strengthen the body’s natural defenses and restore immune function. Immunoplex works to strengthen the immune system, support thymus gland function, decongest the lymphatic system, and decrease the frequency and duration of colds and flu.

The thymus gland enhances the body’s defenses against immune infections, with the efficiency of the thymus decreasing with age. Thymus glandular supplementation supports thymus gland function while enhancing T lymphocyte cell (WBC) production and maturation. (3)(4)(5) Zinc supplementation supports immune cell maturation and healthy immune function, with deficiency leading to impaired immune function and increased susceptibility to infections, atrophy of the thymus gland, reoccurring colds, and flu, slow wound healing, and chronic inflammation. (6)(7)(8)

Traditionally used in herbal medicine for:

  • Cleavers (Galium aparine): lymphatic tonic, decrease lymphatic congestion, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation activity (9)(10)
  • Pau d’arco (Tabebuia heptaphylla): antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant (11)(12)(13)(14)
  • Thuja (Thuja occidentalis): antibacterial, antiviral, common cold, immunostimulant (15)(16)

Additional lymphatic drainage techniques to consider: (17)(18)(19)

  • Lymphatic massage
  • Rebounding (mini-trampoline)
  • Walking and movement

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The Fullscript Integrative Medical Advisory team has developed or collected these protocols from practitioners and supplier partners to help health care practitioners make decisions when building treatment plans. By adding this protocol to your Fullscript template library, you understand and accept that the recommendations in the protocol are for initial guidance and may not be appropriate for every patient.

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References

  1. Bittar, S., Simman, R., Lurie, F. Lymphedema: A Practice Approach and Clinical Update. Wounds, 2020 3;32(3):86-92.
  2. Petrova, T.V., Koh, G.Y. Biological Functions of Lymphatic Vessels. Science. 2020 7;369(6500)
  3. Aiuti, F., Ammirati, P., Fiorilli, M., D’amelio, R., Franchi, F., Calvani, M., & Businco, L. Immunologic and clinical investigation on a bovine thymic extract. Therapeutic applications in primary immunodeficiencies. Pediatric research, 1979, 13(7), 797.
  4. Micans, P., & Pharm B, P. A. The Thymus gland, immune health and aging. International anti aging systems bulletin (online). 2004.
  5. Skotnicki, A. B. Therapeutic application of calf thymus extract (TFX). Medical oncology and tumor pharmacotherapy, 1989, 6(1), 31-43.
  6. Zinc: Factsheet for Health Professionals. National Institutes for Health. 2021.
  7. Rink, L. Zinc and the immune system. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2000, 59(4), 541-552
  8. Rink. L., Gabriel, P. Extracellular and Immunological Actions of Zinc. Biometals.  2001;14(3-4):367-83.
  9. Ilina, T., Skowronska, W., Kashpur, N. et al. Immunomodulatory Activity and Phytochemical Profiles of Infusions from Cleavers Herb. Molecules. 2020 14;25(16):3721.
  10. Ilina, T., Kashpur, N., Grancia, S, et al. Phytochemcial Profiles and In Vitro Immunomodularoty Activity of Ethanolic Extracts from Galium aparine L. Plants (Basel). 2019 25;8(12):541.
  11. Castellanos, J. R. G., Prieto, J. M., & Heinrich, M. Red Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa)—a global ethnopharmacological commodity. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 2009, 121(1), 1-13.
  12. Yamashita, M., Kaneko, M., Tokuda, H., et al. Synthesis and Evaluation of Bioactive Naphthoquinones from the Brazilian medicinal plant, Tabebuis avellanedae. Bioorg Med Chem. 2009 1;17(17):6286-91.
  13. Jiménez-González, F. J., Veloza, L. A., & Sepúlveda-Arias, J. C.  Anti-infectious activity in plants of the genus Tabebuia. Universitas Scientiarum, 2013, 18(3), 257-267.
  14. Lee, E-J., Ko, H-M., Jeong, Y-H., et al. Lapachone Suppresses Neuroinflammation by Modulating the Expression of Cytokines and Matrix Metalloproteinases in Activated Microglia. J Neuroinflammation. 2015 16;12:133.
  15. Naser, B., Bodinet, C., Tegtmeier, M., & Lindequist, U. Thuja occidentalis (Arbor vitae): a review of its pharmaceutical, pharmacological and clinical properties. 2005. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2(1), 69-78.
  16. Sah, S. N., Regmi, S., & Tamang, M. K. Antibacterial Effects of Thuja Leaves Extract. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Biotechnology, 2017, 5(2), 256-260.
  17. Majewski-Schrange, T., Snyder, K. The Effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage in Patients with Orthopedic Injuries. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2006;25(1):91-97
  18. Sebag, J.D., Therapeutic Exercises. Pain Procedures in Clinical Practice, 3rd ed. 2011.
  19. Bozkurt, M., Palmer, L.J., Guo, Y. Effectiveness of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy in Patients with Lymphedema Resulting from Breast Cancer Treatment Regardless of Previous Lymphedema Treatment. The Breast Journal. 2017;23(2):154-158

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