Breast Lymph

The lymphatic system consists of tiny thin-walled vessels and part of the lymphatic system’s role is draining lymphatic fluid from the vessels within the breast tissue.  Over 85% of lymphatic fluid from the breast lymph vessels enters the axillary (armpit) lymph nodes and these vary from 20 to 30 in number.  The lymph nodes’ function is to remove microorganisms and foreign substances. This is also where the immune system is activated. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins, cell debris, cancer cells, viruses, bacteria and other unwanted matter.

So what occurs when the lymphatic fluid in the Breast is congested?

  • Pain and/or tenderness.
  • Lumps or fluid filled cysts.
  • Cancer
  • Swelling in the axillary (armpit) lymph nodes.
  • Increased breast size.
  • Extra breast tissue occurring in and around the axilla (armpit) area.
  • Lumpy underarms when the toxins continue to build up.
  • Discomfort in the sternum when parasternal nodes are blocked.
  • Oedema or lymphoedema

The reason these conditions can occur is due to toxins and other unwanted matter becoming trapped in the breast tissue, and therefore is unable to be flushed out through the lymphatic system.