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What is the lymphatic system?

Lymph is a clear fluid you might see coming to surface when you accidentally nick or scrape skin. In our bodies there is three times as much lymph fluid as blood! The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs similar to vascular (blood) system. Within this system there are more than 600 lymph glands and numerous lymphatic vessels which are one-way channels. This vital fluid carries nutrition to the cells and removes acid waste products.

Lymph fluid flows best in an alkaline medium. When the body is more acidic, lymphatic fluid slows, contributing to a long-term life-threatening situation.

Acid waste products reach the tissues almost always through lymph and blood toxicity. These heavier acid by-products settle in the endothelial and epithelial tissues of the skin, glands and organs.

Gradually the lymph dries and begins to form adhesions throughout the tissues. Small or large, these adhesions can interfere with the flow of the lymph fluid and blood. It is speculated that many people have these types of blockages, many of which began at an early age. Along the lymphatic vessels, there are structures called lymph nodes, which filter the fluid and carry out numerous immune functions. When lymph nodes become congested, fluid backs up contributing to stagnation. Lymphatic stagnation results in cells having to function while surrounded by their own waste products. This is why the diluting and flushing actions of water are so important. A healthy lymphatic system promotes a healthy immune system, supporting T-cell growth. Seasonal lymphatic drainage prior to cold and flu season provides a natural immune boosting therapy for children and adults of all ages.

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic drainage supports the movement of lymphatic fluid, assisting the delivery of nutrients and the removal of the metabolic waste from the cells of the body. Chinese Manual Lymphatic Drainage (C-MLD) is a slow, gentle technique of moving lymph towards the abdomen. Western medicine has traditionally drained lymphatic fluid into the right lymphatic duct and the thoracic duct, both located in the chest, for return to the blood stream. Chinese medical tradition dictates that all fluid be drained toward the abdomen for faster elimination and accesses both deep and surface lymph nodes, expediting the elimination of toxic lymphatic fluid through the bowels.

Who needs Manual Lymphatic Drainage?

Thousands of years of use in Chinese Medical Tradition have shown C-MLD to support healing in just about any health challenge. Here are some of the benefits:

  • C-MLD can remove metabolic wastes, excess water, toxins, bacteria, large protein molecules and foreign substances such as heavy metals/mercury from the tissues
  • C-MLD through its gentle rhythmical hand movements, alleviates pain by greatly reducing the pain signals sent to the brain
  • C-MLD relaxes the sympathetic nervous system, thus helping to relieve stress
  • C-MLD helps minimize scar formation
  • C-MLD helps clear sinus congestion

What are contraindications for C-MLD?

  • Active Untreated Cancer
  • Acute Inflammation
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Thrombosis (blood clots)

This information is not intended as medical advice; it is solely informational and educational.

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