The lymphatic system plays an important role in supporting the body's ability to fend off disease and heal from injury
The lymphatic system consists of a complex web of vessels that is spread throughout the body, starting in the skin. The primary functions of the lymphatic system are:
1. To cleanse the tissues of metabolic waste products, toxins, bacteria as well as foreign substances which have been absorbed from the environment. These are transported from the tissues to lymph nodes where the lymph is filtered and the pathogens can be destroyed.
2. To maintain equilibrium in the fluids of the body by removing excess fluid from the tissues and returning it to the blood supply. When there is excess fluid in the tissues (as when there is a lot of swelling) it takes longer for oxygen and other vital nutrients to travel from the blood to our cells, negatively impacting nutrient absorption. The lymphatic system is essential for maintaining the health of our cells and tissues.
When the lymphatic system is overloaded as a result of poor diet, a polluted environment or damage or disease it can become "sluggish" which have a powerful impact on our health. It can affect immune functioning and result in increased levels of inflammation, increased proneness to allergies, poor digestion, puffiness and swelling in parts of the body and general aches and pains.
The lymphatic system does not have a "pump" like the circulatory system and is to a large extent dependent on movement for optimal functioning. Above conditions can therefore be exacerbated by being inactive or sedentary. Manual lymph drainage stimulates the lymphatic system and can help increase lymphatic functioning by 30%; regular treatments can lead to marked improvement in symptoms and overall health and well being.