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ABSTRACT: [Experimental and clinical studies of the mechanism of effect of manual lymph drainage therapy]
Hutzschenreuter P, Brümmer H, Ebberfeld K.
Abteilung Experimentelle Chirurgie, Chirurgischen Universitätsklinik Ulm.
In an experimental study on rats and sheep we demonstrated by means of light reflexion rheography and laser doppler fluxmetry that manual lymphatic drainage therapy causes vessel narrowing followed by increased blood flow in the arterioles, capillaries and venulae of the skin as well as in peripheral arteries and an increased lymph flow in lymphatic collectors. A clinical pilot study on patients with obliterative arterial diseases who underwent eight lymph drainage treatments over a four-week period under clinical conditions confirmed this observation.
Int J Nurs Stud. 2009 Jun;46(6):759-67. Epub 2009 Feb 12.