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lymphatic drainage

Dec 4, 2004

hi, i am from germany and in the united states to sell wellness and healthcare equipment - especially a lymphatic drainage massage device - for a german company. due to my meetings with clients there is one question coming up again and again: wouldn't that massage device be good to use by a hiv patient. i am not a doctor, and even though many therapists buy our product they are in total different fields. so i would really appreciate your help with this, since i don"t want to offer it to the people if it is not beneficiary for them. normally the lymphatic drainage is a booster for the immunsystem, that should be good! and also our device is fda approved and the contraindikations don't say anything about hiv or aids. so basicly i would not want to sell them something that not good for them. thank you very much for your help and excuse me if i didn't explain it's not my native language. monika

Response from Dr. Young

Monika- Thank you for your post.

I'm not sure exactly what the device is that you refer to, but I'm guessing that this is a massage device to assist persons with abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid (called lymphedema). Persons who have had either surgical or traumatic injury to the lymphatic vessels, as often accompanies breast cancer surgery, can have massive accumulation of fluid in the arm (or in other circumstances, the legs). These devices assist in the removal of this abnormal fluid, back into the torso; using a compression mechanism.

Since most persons with HIV don't have significant accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the extremities (arms and legs), and since removal of this fluid won't result in any increase in CD4 cell count or CD4 cell function, I doubt there would be much benefit (saddly) to persons with HIV infection. Sorry, but thanks for reading anyways. BY

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