Breast Health: Lymphatic Drainage Case Study

breast health

To show the changes of the breast lymphatic drainage I chose thermography as it provided the reader a visual reference. Since that time the procedure has received negative local press but it is still being used in other parts of the world. In all my comments please note that I am not trained to read Thermography™. The medical report that accompanied the scans is not necessarily the same as my comments of the visual patterns. To begin this case study I  discontinued personal breast self care from September 2008 until February 2009 when I did a Thermal scan before starting 6 weekly treatments. After finishing the 6th treatment I waited 2 more weeks before re-scanning.

Not much changed in my activities between scans. I had myself glued to my textbooks and computer doing homework and preparing for exams late January and again for May/June.

In this front view, what I noticed most in comparison between the before and after scan is the decrease in red (inflammation) of the breasts and the increased coolness (green and blue) at the nipples.

breast anterior thermography image

February 7, 2009

breast anterior thermography image

May 9, 2009


By these results I would conclude that it would beneficial for everyone to have this knowledge of self care.

Now that I have had two scans there is a personal “thumb print” of thermal patterns that will be the basis for further scan readings. Each person has their unique thermal signature. I encourage both males and females to investigate this procedure to develop a baseline for the future. An invaluable tool for pathologies of the lungs, colon, breasts, prostate and so much more.

Manual Lymph Mapping

Manual Lymph Mapping (MLM), shown in blue arrows, during the 6-week case study. These breast diagrams demonstrate the MLM from Week 2, with 8 minutes elapsed between Before and After.

Left Breast

left breast
After image that the left nipple has found the optimal path for lymphatic drainage in a counter-clockwise direction. What is interesting to note is the LIQ has compensated by creating a reroute for the lymph while the nipple is re-establishing its natural drainage route. In Week 3, the nipple drainage remained optimal, with the exception of one lymph chain at the UOQ rerouted in the direction of joining the nipple. At Week 4, before treatment, the MLM of the nipple was again rerouted – moving in a clockwise instead of counter-clockwise drainage rotation. Post-treatment in Week 4, and until the end of the study, there were no further abnormal reroutes noted for the left nipple.

Rib Drainage (Black Arrows)

Black arrows – Ideal drainage of ribs is toward the breastbone (sternum). I found that even though I didn’t treat my ribs, they improved with every treatment until they eventually maintained proper drainage routes. In Week 1 (not shown) the Left Rib 1 had rerouted lymph drainage but, as indicated above, by Week 2 the drainage is and has remained optimal to the end of the study.

Right Breast

right breast

Rib Drainage (Black Arrows)

At Week 2 the MLM showed rerouted lymph areas in the UIQ and the LIQ. In the UIQ, near its border with the LIQ, there is an arrow pointing to 9 o’clock. This lymph would normally drain in the general direction of the axilla (armpit). The LIQ, instead of draining into the UIQ, has rerouted drainage to the outside of the chest toward 7 and 8 o’clock. This LIQ reroute pattern is present again at the MLM pre-treatment of Week 3 (not shown). Post-treatment, there is optimal flow with exception of one rerouted chain moving at a 45° angle. At pre-treatment in Week 4 lymph flow is in the range of optimal.

Rib Drainage (Black Arrows)

Ideal drainage of ribs is toward the breastbone (sternum). Although the ribs were not treated, it was noted in the MLM that they are affected by the treatment of lymphatic drainage in the general area. Before treatment the MLM of Ribs 2, 3 and 4 were rerouted away from midline (sternum). Post-treatment, and until the completion of the study, the rib drainage maintained optimal flow.