The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs that regulates the amount of fluid in the human body and fights against infections. It is considered a part of both the circulatory and immune systems. Your body’s lymphatic system is in charge of filtering and removing toxins from your body, all the way down to the individual cells

It’s comprised of different vessels and organs such as lymph nodes and bone marrow, all of which work together as part of your immune system.

Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is the secondary circulation system in the body with a complex set of tasks. It is the bridge from the blood circulation to the individual cells. The lymph is a clear fluid that contains nutrients and oxygen similar to the blood. It comes from the general circulation and is deposited around the cells to keep them nourished. The cells are able to flush out waste and other toxic materials into this fluid. The lymphatic vessel collects waste and other excess fluid from cells and transports it back to general circulation. During transportation, the lymph nodes filter this waste. The lymph flows toward the heart and away from the cells.

Apart from the lymph fluid, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels, the lymphatic system also consists of the spleen and thymus, which carry the white blood cells known as lymphocytes. They are responsible for fighting diseases and infections. The thymus is a severely unrecognized organ within the body, stimulating your thymus can help boost your immune system.
Lymphatic organs
The spleen is the largest lymphatic organ located on the left side of the abdomen underneath the heart, the spleen’s main job is to cleanse your blood, get rid of diseased cells, and send pathogens on a path to leave the body. The tonsils are a major part of our immune system.
The lymphatic system’s primary function is to maintain fluid balance in our body. It ensures that the right amount of fluids is circulating and distributed in the body, and it prevents any excessive build-up or depletion. This fluid balance is essential for the proper functioning of our organs and tissues. The lymphatic system also acts as a transportation system for lymph, a fluid -rich in immune cells such as lymphocytes, they play a crucial role in our body’s defense mechanism. They help identify and destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and abnormal cells and keep the body healthy and protected.

The lymphatic system has several crucial functions for maintaining body homeostasis, including maintaining the body’s fluid balance, transportation of large molecules, and immune health. The fluid balance is maintained by draining the extra fluid that remains after the exchange of blood and nutrients between the tissues and capillaries.

weight loss

A healthy lymphatic system helps the body get rid of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. These toxins and waste can get stuck in the lymphatic system, cause water retention, and contribute to weight gain. In fact, many weight challenges are linked to lymphedema due to excess water along with the toxins and waste trapped in the lymphatic system, this is why lymphatic drainage is crucial for improving the efficiency of your body’s detoxification process, strengthening your immune system, and preventing weight gain.

Did you know that all of the waste that has to leave the brain has to go through the tonsils? This makes the tonsils one of the most significant sources of blockage for lymph drainage. The tonsils are the first barrier that waste from the brain must pass through and the cervical lymph nodes are the second barrier, which are an important group of lymph nodes. Therefore, removing your tonsils can impact your lymph drainage and weaken your immune system. However, it has been a common practice in our healthcare, especially for children. Signs of lymphatic congestion include brain fog, depression, migraines, insomnia, weight gain, chronic sinus issues, allergies, skin issues, swelling, and cellulite. Scars can hold toxins and reduce the circulation surrounding the scar, it also disrupts lymphatic drainage.
Lymphatic Drainage

The lymphatic system is spread all over the body and it can intersect with scars in many ways. These scars can disrupt the lymph pathways in the body. The lymphatic system influences all parts of the body because they all need cleaning from toxins and waste and nourishment with oxygen and nutrients. An efficient lymphatic system is very important for your immunity, detoxification, and reducing inflammation.
Lymphatic drainage is a healing modality that can help your lymphatic system to remove accumulated waste and reduce fluid backup more efficiently. When you improve the efficiency of your lymphatic system, you can have more energy and better circulation, and it will support the detoxification process of the liver more efficiently.
The health benefits of lymphatic drainage include the following:

  • Stimulates lymph flow and alleviates lymphedema symptoms.
  • Prevents water retention in the body and promotes weight loss.
  • Improves the efficiency of the detoxification process and reduces chronic inflammation.
  • Prevents the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels.
  • Reduces pain and swelling.
  • Alleviates fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Boosts your immune system.

Guasha (or skin scraping) is an ancient Chinese Medicine technique that involves using a tool and essential oils to massage your neck, shoulder, and back with certain motions and pressure. Not only does this promote lymphatic drainage, but it also helps reduce pain, promote blood circulation, and rejuvenate the skin.

Here are some amazing health benefits of skin scraping:

skin scraping
  • Promote lymphatic drainage
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Detoxify the body more efficiently
  • Reduce lymphedema and edema and promote weight loss
  • Relieve headaches and migraines
  • Reduce stress and inflammation
  • Relieve pain and fibromyalgia symptoms

Other Ways to Improve Your Lymphatic Flow

Dry brushing. Use a natural-bristle brush that has an easy-to-grasp handle. In circular and rotational motions, rub the brush over the skin starting with the feet and working upward toward the heart to properly massage the lymphatic system. You should not be overly vigorous and be more gentle on thin skin areas such as the neck and upper chest.dry brushing

Move your body. Regular movement promotes drainage and improves circulation.

Hydration. Dehydration can contribute to fluid backups in the body.

Choose whole food. The fewer processed foods in your system, the fewer toxins your lymphatic system will have to filter out.

Alternate between hot and cold water in the shower. Showering in hot water opens up your blood vessels, and cold water closes them. This keeps things moving within your body and promotes better lymphatic drainage.

Wear loose clothing. Tight clothes can put pressure on your lymph nodes especially while you sleep.

As you see, a healthy lifestyle is the foundation of good health and well-being. Regular lymphatic drainage can help boost your health in many ways. Please check my service on lymphatic drainage from TCM.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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