Lymph Drainage Therapy
By Dr. Howard B. Sanford
Compiled from an article written December 20th, 1999
Dr. Sanford tells us that... "Fibrocystic disease is considered benign
in and of itself..." but that ... "These dense fibrous lesions further
compromise blood supply to healthy breast tissue, which in turn decreases
vital nutrients and oxygen to healthy cells. The tissue now becomes more
anaerobic (without oxygen) which may allow more primitive cells requiring
less oxygen to thrive. Unfortunately, these more primitive cells may be
cancerous or malignant." Dr. Sanford further states that... "The integrity
of the lymph system is behind the cause and cure of any fibrocystic disorder,
and breast tissue is no exception."
"The lymph vessel system is responsible for carrying excess water, proteins
and wastes from the connective and fatty tissue back to the blood stream.
During the transportation process the lymph is cleaned, filtered and concentrated.
Many immune reactions occur in the lymph notes. If the pathways become
congested, blocked, or damaged, then fluids can build up in the corresponding
fatty or connective tissues leading to edema (swelling). Eventually cellular
pathology may begin."
Dr. Sanford suggests what he calls Lymph Drainage Therapy. It lasts two
weeks, during which we continue our (hopefully) life-long habit of avoiding
fried foods, foods that contain Trans-fats or hydrogenated fats, and that
we consume a minimum of three quarts of distilled water (with the juice
of one lemon) every day. "This is vital for the mobilization of lymph
cells within all major lymph vessels and nodes. The only other restriction
during this therapy is caffeine. So beverages containing caffeine should
Dr. Sanford's Lymph Drainage Therapy includes two steps: The first being
home care using a castor oil pack and the second is performing (or having
performed on you) breast massage to drain the lymph glands, including
those in the cervical (neck) and axial (armpit) area.
Step One: Warm castor oil (used externally) "…will help with the mobilization
of lymph cells, which reduces cellular clumping"
1. Place a liberal amount of castor oil on a cotton washcloth and place
it over one breast and under-arm area.
2. Place a piece of kitchen plastic wrap on top of the washcloth (to
protect the heating pad) and place a heating pad on top of the plastic.
3. Secure the heating pad and place it on low heat. Do not use a washcloth
to cover it. That will cause burning.
4. Keep the pack on over night and repeat it each night, alternating
sides for 14 days. Each night, determine if adding castor oil to the
washcloth is necessary.
Step Two: "Lymph vessels and nodes are involved and tend to become sluggish
in their ability to properly circulate lymph cells and eliminate waste.
Therefore it is important to drain these lymph nodes of all debris and
Breast massage is used to encourage the lymphatic fluids to move from
the breasts to the nodes that are located on either side of the breast.
They are also inside the rib cage behind the breasts, along the outer
sides of the breasts, in the armpits, across the shoulders, and in the
neck area. Dr. Sanford further tells us: "Since the lymph nodes located
in the armpit area are the largest in the body it is easier to drain
the breast by using this as the target area. Self-breast massage is
convenient and easy and only takes a few minutes each evening during
the two weeks of Lymph Drainage Therapy".
"Self-breast massage is best accomplished in a supine position (lying
on your back) and turning yourself only slightly toward the breast that
is being massaged. Applying a light lotion or oil will also help in
reducing unnecessary friction during the massage. Use a firm pressure
but not pain producing much like rubbing a sore muscle after a cramp.
The massage should begin with the most medial part of the breast (the
area closest to the breastbone or sternum) and should be directed toward
the top of the breast area and continued toward the outside portion
of the breast (the area closest to the armpit). This same technique
should now be applied toward the bottom portion of the breast, again
by beginning in the most medial area working toward the outside finishing
the stroking motion toward the armpit. Women with larger breasts may
need to lift the breast slightly in order to massage the bottom portion.
Now the most outer portions or circumference of the breast has been
"Continue massaging the breast from the middle toward the armpit until
the entire breast has been covered. Now lift the breast away from the
chest wall very gently with one hand and with the other hand probe under
the breast freeing it from the chest wall. This will help break up adhesions,
which accumulate, from fibrocystic changes. It's important to be firm
but not to the point of causing pain during this portion of the massage
as well. Areas which seem over sensitive or tender should not be massaged
and should be brought to the attention of your health care provider".
Dr. Howard B. Sanford runs Dr. Sanford's Alternative Medicine & Science
Center, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.