Body Therapy for Edema

Conrad Lorenz

Last update: 14.08.2019

Multimodal treatment of edema includes the methods of anthroposophic body therapy. Classical lymph drainage is used to mobilize fluids, while rhythmical massage therapy stimulates life processes within the body’s tissues. Consequently, anthroposophic body therapy focusses primarily on the stimulation of the patient’s life organization, rather than just manually treating the physical body.

Peripheral edema

  • Lymphatic drainage
    Manual decongestion and mobilization for edema and anasarca. If necessary, complex decongestion therapy, for example in case of chronic arm edema.

  • Rhythmical massage therapy
    Stimulation of “tissue breathing” in the fluid organism through qualities of touch and movement that are compressing and releasing.
    See also: Rhythmical massage therapy for Ascites: https://www.anthromedics.org/PRA-0769-EN

 

Research news

Mistletoe therapy in addition to standard immunotherapy in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer indicates improved survival rates 
Immunotherapy with PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors has significantly improved the survival rates of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Results of a real-world data study (RWD) investigating the addition of Viscum album L. (VA) to chemotherapy have shown an association with improved survival in patients with NSCLC - regardless of age, degree of metastasis, performance status, lifestyle or oncological treatment. The mechanisms may include synergistic modulations of the immune response by PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors and VA. However, the results should be taken with caution due to the observational and non-randomised study design. The study has been published open access in Cancers
https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers16081609.


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