(Health Secrets Newsletter) The threat of lymphedema plagues any women who undergoes the standard of care for breast cancer, but it can happen for other reasons. The condition is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body’s interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged to the point that it becomes impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing. However, there are natural lifestyle changes and remedies which can often offer substantial relief.