Integrative Lipedema Treatments

Lipedema is a chronic inflammatory disease of complex causes, of which we understand little about. Lipedema occurs almost exclusively in females and is characterized by symmetrical flabby swelling of the legs. There is an abnormal accumulation of fatty deposits starting in the hip region and ending at the ankles. The arms and abdomen can also be affected. Lipedema treatment is still fairly misunderstood, and health professionals and physicians may dismiss the patient and tell them to lose weight.

They are “blamed” for being overweight, told they eat too much or are “cheating” on their prescribed diets. There is a lack of sympathy and understanding and this can cause anxiety, frustration and a feeling of helplessness.

This condition is a genetic abnormality and the obesity is not the patient’s fault.

The treatment for the Lipedema patient is complex. Individuals with a diagnosis of lipedema need to have both physical and psychological support, to help them overcome the mental anguish which accompanies the condition. Clinicians should also provide nutritional guidance to decongest and to avoid additional weight gain.

Why do I swell ?

A condition that interferes with the flow of lymph will result in edema.
Excess fatty tissue will impact upon the lymphatics and disturb the flow
Fat cells can contain toxic material such as dioxins, mercury, and other heavy metals which contribute to the inflammation
Inactivity further exacerbates the condition – reduced pumping on calf and increasing swelling.
Lymph fluid is absorbed from the initial lymphatic vessels in the tissue, enters the lymphatic system and is pumped upwards.
Constriction of the lymphatic vessels by an increased fat deposit restricts absorption
The return flow of the lymphatic vessels is blocked

Integrative Treatment for Lipedema

Manual lymph drainage (MLD) A form of massage that uses gentle, rhythmic pumping movements to stimulate the flow of lymph around blocked areas to healthy vessels, where it can drain into the venous system. This helps relieve pain and prevent fibrosis.
Compression– The use of stretch bandages or custom-fitted panty hose, panties, and/or spandex shorts to increase tissue pressure in the edematous legs, to decrease the re-accumulation of fluid and effect a significant reduction in adipose tissue
Exercise- Helps reduce fluid buildup, increase mobility, and maintain or improve function. Rebounding, whole body vibration, walking, yoga and swimming should be included.
Deep Breathing helps to move lymph, by stimulating the vessels in the abdomen
Anti-inflammatory Diet – concentrate on nuts and seeds and foods high in omega 3 fatty acids.

The foods you eat play an important role in how you feel. Junk, processed and fast foods contain too much sugar, salt and white flour which, can aggravate inflammation.

Avoid red meat, as it contains arachidonic acid, which in excess will make your inflammation worse.

Follow a Mediterranean diet as an anti-inflammatory dietary pattern. This diet consists of fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil, beans, legumes and fish, is moderate in alcohol and eliminates processed meat, refined carbohydrates and whole-fat dairy products.

Fish oils generally decrease several markers of inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in high levels in fatty fish, such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, wild salmon and halibut. Dietary sources of the omega 3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid include flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, soybeans and some dark green leafy vegetables. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce the risk of obesity

Medium chain fatty acids

Incorporating medium fatty acids (MCT) in the diet can help patients with lipedema. They are easily absorbed and unlike other fats, which are stored in the adipose tissue, MCT’s put little strain on the digestive system, provide a feeling of satiety and give a quick source of energy. Animal and human studies have shown that the fast rate of oxidation of MCFA leads to greater energy expenditure (EE), resulting in less body weight gain and decreased size of fat depots after several months of consumption. Pure virgin cold, pressed coconut oil and Caprylic acid are medium fatty acids


Patients should continue on this multifaceted program to prevent the condition from getting worse, as the disease can progress to lipedema if left completely untreated. It is important to seek out a qualified and caring therapist to support and encourage.

Your Lymphatic System – The Key to Health and Vitality

Do you ever experience achy feet and joints, ankles swelling, bloating and gas, swollen glands, chronic colds, fatigue, arthritis, general swelling of the body, fibromyalgia, aching breasts during a period, allergies and headaches? If you are experiencing several of these symptoms your lymphatic system may be sluggish.

Our lymph system plays a very important role in our health and wellness and also immunity. It helps distribute nutrients throughout our body and also helps our body get rid of toxic waste material. and also keeps bodily fluids in balance. When the lymphatic system is out of balance , we can experience swelling or abnormal water retention. Lymph flow is important to maintaining good health, as the lymphatic system is an integral part of the immune system.

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The tonsils, spleen, thymus, and adenoids are the glands of the lymphatic system. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

Lymphedema MassageLymphatic Massage

If you’re feeling a bit sluggish, experiencing mild to moderate swelling or recovering from an injury or surgery, lymph massage combined with customized essential oils can reduce stagnation in the body and leave you feeling like a new person. Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) – is a highly specialized and gentle massage technique used to increase lymph flow and encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the body tissues. This is very helpful if you want to cleanse and detoxify your body for renewed vitality, reduction of pain, and faster healing. MLD is deeply relaxing and also boosts the immune system.

It is important to see a therapists who is specifically trained to do MLD. If you have Lymphedema a qualified Lymphedema therapist can assist in the reduction of the swelling.

Linda-Anne Kahn HHP CLT-LANA, NCTMB, is an Internationally trained CIDESCO Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Dr Vodder’s Lymphedema Therapist.

She can be reached at Aromatic Wellness Warrior, Beauty Kliniek and via email at: [email protected]

Aromatherapy for pain

Are you in pain? The leading cause of pain is due to chronic inflammation. Huge numbers of Americans regularly take over the counter pain killers each week. Many of these NSAIDS drugs, like Ibuprofen cause gastrointestinal problems and also reflux disease. Many aren’t aware that they can use aromatherapy for pain reduction.

Consider using aromatherapy to help soothe and decongest your tissue. Extracts of Boswellia, the source of biblical frankincense, has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties in human and mouse studies.

Essential oil of Plai is high in a substance called sabinene and has pain relieving and analgesic properties. Plai has also helped ease the pain and inflammation of arthritis and joint problems.

Ask your Clinical Aromatherapist to make a blend to help with joint problems, especially where inflammation is present . Peppermint essential oil has an analgesic affect and can soothe painful areas. How would you feel if a specialized blend is formulated specific to your needs.

Myrrh is a resin that comes form a tree in somalia comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa or the Middle East.

Varenya essentials blend “relief” has lavender, marjoram, peppermint and rosemary to soothe and to ease symptoms of overworked muscles and joints.

A warming and soothing blend to help reduce the feeling of everyday aches. Useful for muscle fatigue and for maintaining good joint mobility. Dilute 8 drops into 1 oz of a lotion, apply or add to a bath with milk or whey powder. Dilute with coconut or peanut oil and apply to the lower back and hips.

Blended by a master blender you will feel lighter and have improved sleep.

Of course you should eat an anti-inflammatory diet to help support your body.

Enjoy your pain free days!

Linda-Anne Kahn HHP CLT-LANA, NCTMB, is an Internationally trained CIDESCO Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach and Dr Vodder’s Lymphedema Therapist.

She can be reached at Varenya Essentials, Beauty Kliniek and via email at: [email protected]

Aromatherapy & Essential Oils to Support the Lymphatic System

In my last blog post I explained the importance of the lymphatic system and that the lymph system plays a very important role in our health and wellness, immunity and detoxification of wastes. Today we’ll be discussing the amazing results we get when we combine lymph massage with aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy utilizing essential oils from plants for their effects on the body spiritually, emotionally and physically.

There are specific essential oils that help reduce swelling in tissue due to their lymphatic-stimulation and anti-inflammatory properties.
Essential Oils for the Lymphatic System

Angelica root (angelica Archangelica) Citrus – Bergamot (Citrus bergamia,) Lemon (citrus limon) , Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) , cypress (cupresssus sempervirens ) Sweet orange (Citrus Sinesis) are high in monoterpenes and are antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and decongesting.

Cedar (cedrus atlantica) and angelica root (angelica Archangelica) are rich in the monoterpene, a-pinene and have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating antibacterial properties.

Angelica Root (angelica Archangelica) is a made up of 70% monoterpenes and also has furocoumarins. Coumarins have a strong affinity to the nervous system and also are phototoxic. This ancient oil is excellent to use improve lymphatic drainage, has an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues and reduces fluid retention. It is wonderful to use to detoxify after an illness. Great to relieve nervous tension!

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) Stimulates the formation of lymphocytes and is an immune stimulant.
It is considered a lymphatic regulator and aids swollen glands. Laurel is particularly renowned for its incredible effects on both the immune system and lymphatic system and can be massaged onto the nodes. Immune stimulant, used for colds, flu and viral infections.

Cypress ( Cupressus Sempervirens)is also high in monoterpenes (alpha pinene) and is beneficial for decongesting the circulatory and lymphatic systems and also helps with edema, cellulite, varicose veins, and water retention. Cypress stimulates blood and lymph and also circulates the Qi energy of the body.

Juniper Berry (juniperis communis) oil is also high in alpha-pinene. It works as a detoxifier and cleanser. It has been used to promote better nerve and kidney function and aids lymphatic circulation and drainage.

Grapefruit (citrus paradisi) essential oil is produced by expression of the peel of the fruit. It can contain up to 90% of limonene with citral, geraniol, cadinene and paradisol. Grapefruit essential oil is valued for its ability to help with fluid retention and cellulite. It is a diuretic, detoxifier and lymphatic stimulant , helps with cellulite and uplifts the spirits.

Lemon (Citrus Limon) Lemon is high in D- limonene and a- pinene which has been found to promote leukocyte formation and thus boosts immunity. This also increases lymphatic function, supports the immune system, increases lymphatic circulation and remove toxic wastes.

Varenya Essentials has an essential oil blend “Flow’ with grapefruit, cypress, lemon and rosemary, which work very well to stimulate the lymphatic system.