This combination acts to promote the flow of lymph, to aid detoxification and dispel lymphoedema.
This combination has as its primary uses:
• to alleviate lymphatic congestion, lymphadenitis, inflamed lymph nodes and swollen glands• to treat tonsillitis• to treat chronic rhinitis
“The name ‘lymphatic' was given to those remedies used for inflammation of the lymphatic nodes: They were thought in naturopathic terms to improve the rate of flow through the lymphatic system and help tissue cleansing that way.” The herbs in this combo all act to some degree upon the lymphatic system or aid the other herbs in this action. Goldenseal also acts more specifically on mucus membrane tissues, thus addressing the tonsillitis and rhinitis issues, while prickly ash also acts as a diffusive stimulant. The latter denote the class of herbs that carry other herbs to their seat of action in the body.
Hoffmann explains that the tonsils are a glandular tissue that is a variety of lymphatic tissue, which “shares with other lymphatic glands a role in defending the body from infection.” Thus, by addressing lymph, this formula indirectly also aids in tonsil and sinus/nasal problems.