About the Illness

Lymph nodes are small glands in your body that are part of the lymph system. This contains a fluid that runs through your body working for your immune system. The lymph nodes are located around the joints of your body - in your groin, armpits, and behind your ears. When your immune system is overworked the lymph nodes fill up with toxins, swell and become hard in the course of their efforts to fight infection. Because swollen lymph nodes mean your body is fighting infection, it needs support. 
If you are HIV+ it is a sign that your body has an infection or that HIV is increasing its activity.

Common Symptoms

Swellings around the throat/ear, armpit or groin areas; and pain often accompanied by fever and headache.

Children's Issues


Important Information

Seek professional help if:

  • Glands are large, very firm, red and very tender.
  • Enlarged glands are associated with other signs of infection in a cut or sore.
  • Enlarged glands continue to get bigger or appear without apparent cause and persist two weeks or longer.
  • Enlarged glands appear in areas other than throat, armpit or groin.

Herbal Therapy

Try one of these remedies to help your immune system fight and clear any infection:
Red Hot Poker Tea Boil 2-3 pieces of bark in 3 ltr water for 45 minutes. Allow to cool, then drink 3/4 glass1x daily. (6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 1x daily; 2-6 yrs: 3tbsp 1x daily; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp 1 x daily).

This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

Good for:All
Lemon Juice & Olive Oil Drink Take a whole lemon and 2 tbsp olive oil. Blend together and take 2x daily for 4-7 days. Swelling should subside in two days.

Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take a whole lemon and eat it (including pulp, seeds, skin etc.) once a week.    
  • Turmeric.

Body Work and General Advice