Home remedies for swollen lymph nodes

Home remedies for swollen lymph nodes are safe and effective. Home remedies for swollen lymph nodes are often more effective than pharmaceutical drugs. Swollen lymph nodes, or enlargement of lymphatic nodes, aka lymphatic glands, typically occur following contact with bacteria or viruses. When enlarged lymphatic glands result from microflora development, we call it lymphadenitis. Also, malignant conditions (cancer) may lead to tenderness, swelling, and enlargement of lymphatic nodes, in which cancer cells comfortably grow.

Swollen Lymph Nodes and home remedies for swollen lymph nodes

Lymphatic glands perform essential bodily functions, fighting viral and bacterial contamination and preventing the development of different illnesses. The most common areas where lymphatic glands react to an external irritant are the mandibular, back of the head, neck, axillary, femoral, and inguinal.

If the lymph nodes react to inflammation in the body’s organs (like tonsillitis, pharyngitis, gum inflammation, etc.), warm compresses and drinking water will help the local lymphadenitis improve. However, it’s always important to be aware that lymph nodes also react to malignant growth in the body, and swollen lymph nodes could indicate a severe internal problem. For example, the swelling of the armpit glands on one site may result from breast cancer development, but at the same time, it could be a reaction to a simple panaricijum or even a furuncle.

Some sexually transmitted diseases, like gonorrhea, genital herpes, or chlamydia, can cause swollen lymph nodes in the groin area. Other times, they can be a body’s defense response to the growth of prostate or bladder cancer.

Causes of Swollen Lymph Nodes and most common natural remedies for swollen lymph nodes

A lymphatic gland or node is a tiny, bead- or bean-shaped gathering of lymphatic cells enclosed in a connective tissue shell. Two histological groups represent these cells: lymphocytes and macrophages. Lymphocytes capture external or internal intruders (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cancer cells), while macrophages destroy them. During holding and terminating harmful intruders, a patient can observe swollen lymph nodes, which become smaller and softer to palpation as soon as infection or poisoning of the body is neutralized. This way, lymphocytes and macrophages clean the lymph, which flows through the entire body along with venous and arterial blood, catching and terminating attackers.

Typically, lymphatic glands gather into clusters, and each gathering cleanses a particular body area. Most often, swollen lymph nodes develop following a viral infection (cold, mono, scarlet fever, chickenpox, shingles, etc.). A large group of bacteria and parasitic diseases also cause swollen lymph nodes.

Some of these diseases, characterized by swollen lymph nodes, are listed below:

Unspecified infections with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES

Specified infections with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES

  • TBC
  • Syphilis
  • Toxoplasmosis

Immune and general system conditions with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES

  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Cancer
  • Lymphogranulomatosis
  • Leukemia
  • Other metastasized malignant processes extended and caused swollen lymph nodes.

Symptoms of Swollen Lymph Nodes

Swollen lymph nodes usually manifest the pathological processes that develop in the body. The following symptoms frequently accompany swollen lymph nodes when they become noticeable:

  • Hot, hard, and painful lymphatic glands;
  • Significantly enlarged nodes may reach the size of a walnut.
  • Swollen limbs result from blockage of lymph liquid inside the lymph vessels by the enlarged and swollen lymph nodes. This condition is also known as elephantiasis.
  • Night sweats                                                                                               

Homeopathic remedies for swollen lymph nodes

Homeopathic remedies for swollen lymph nodes effectively treat swollen lymph nodes without side effects. Some of the necessary remedies are given below:

Calcarea iodata is an exceptional preparation for an increase in glands. The specific symptom of this remedy is rigidity in the glands. Calcarea Iodata is the #1 homeopathic remedy for swollen lymph nodes

Calcarea flourica is another popular homeopathic remedy for swollen lymph nodes and glandular puffiness. There is a sluggish glandular widening of the neck lymph nodes with solidity. Also, there is an increase in the size of the thoracic and mesenteric lymphatic nodes, which is worse in wet and rainy conditions and better from warm fomentations and hot stone massage.

Calcarea caribonica is an appropriate homeopathic remedy for swollen lymph nodes in chubby, puffy individuals, where the bulge of lymphatic nodes tends to discharge pus. An additional specific symptom to choose Calcarea carb is sweating head, especially during night sleep, and the sweat is tangy and unpleasantly aggressive.

SCROPHULARIA NODOSA Q is an outstanding medicine, topping the list of natural remedies for swollen lymph nodes associated with soreness and suppuration of the lymph nodes. This is especially true for lymphadenitis in the breasts.

Graphite is a highly beneficial natural remedy for swollen lymph nodes in the armpits and inguinal and cervical areas associated with dermal symptoms. The stomach is big and firm.

Belladonna is one of the most efficient home remedies for enlarged lymph nodes with an expectation of suppuration. The nodes may be located in axillary areas or bumps in the breasts, which are significant, solid, heavy, red, and sensitive to touch. Another specific symptom of this natural remedy for swollen lymph nodes is red lines radiating from the irritated, painful nodes with excessive hotness and stitching aches.

Lapis albicus is a helpful natural remedy for swollen lymph nodes in different forms of growing tissues. For this medicine, the nodes are significant but not as stony-hard as in Calcarea flour. Lapis albus is also helpful for an increase in mesenteric lymphatic nodes.

Iodium (Iodine) is one of the best homeopathic remedies for swollen lymph nodes, including tonsillitis. With the sneering of the whole body, the muscles decrease in size, and the skin becomes wrinkled, excluding the breasts, which become smaller and softer.

Carbo animals are outstanding home remedies for swollen lymph nodes associated with inflammation. The lymphatic nodes increase gradually and then enlarge for a while. Lymphatic nodes that can be treated with Carbo Animalis do not suppurate, or they increase significantly, but these nodes are complex.

Aconitum is a beneficial home remedy for enlarged lymph nodes, especially for the puffiness of the neck, armpit, and breast nodes, even if Hodgkin’s disease is in question.

Mercurius Iodine: Mercurius iodide is suitable for inflammation of nodes with pain. Lymphatic glands are firm and red.

Aesthusa: Aethusa is another effective remedy for lymphadenitis, with the swelling of nodes around the neck like a line of globules.

Phytolacca is an effective home remedy for swollen lymph nodes with puffiness, hotness, and inflammation. It is suitable for growth in the breast with inflated armpit nodes.

Gelsemium is a valuable home remedy for enlarged lymph nodes with high temperatures without the need for liquids that start at 10 AM or 11 AM and totally settle by late afternoon. Brainy warning signs, such as pain and discomfort in the head, dizziness, etc., may accompany the swollen lymph nodes.

Bromium is one of the leading home remedies for swollen lymph nodes. The rigidity of nodes without a predisposition to suppurate is beneficial for inflammation of the testicles.


Swollen lymph nodes are only a symptom, not a disease. As mentioned above, this symptom may manifest as a simple cold or a severe malignant development. It is very important to perform a differential diagnosis to determine which treatment approach is beneficial and which is dangerous for each patient.

At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic, Victor Tsan, MD, has outstanding academic and clinical experience treating various medical conditions, including enlarged lymph nodes.

Contact our clinic or use our online scheduling system to make an appointment with Dr. Tsan for a complete homeopathic evaluation.