What is lymph and why do we have it?
The lymph is a colorless liquid that circulates throughout the body helping it to get rid of toxins and waste. The fluid contains white blood cells. Tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are part of the system. The lymph glands are situated close to the surface of the skin so when getting an injury people happen to cut a lymphatic vessel instead of affecting a blood vessel.
Does it play any important role?
Clearing the body of toxins is its main role. Also, a good lymph flow means a better looking skin and general feeling.
What if the lymph does not do its job well enough?
The circulation of the lymph is constant and it eliminates as many toxins as possible. Sometimes, too many unhealthy foods cause problems as the lymh does not circulate fast enough to manage the detoxification. Overwhelming the lymphatic system leads to health problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
How to avoid overwhelming the lymphatic system:
- Drink good water. Better filter it if there are chemicals mixed in the tap water at your place.
- It activates all the circulation in the body, including the lymph.
- Avoid junk food.
- Reduce stress.
- Acupressure is known to be a good way to improve lymph circulation.
What is acupressure?
Acupressure and acupuncture sound similar and both are actually used for lymph drainage. The difference is that for acupuncture uses needles while in acupressure you only use the fingertips and apply light pressure to stimulate the lymphatic fluid.
It is a form of alternative therapy that should speed up the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Unlike acupuncture, the acupressure techniques can be easily applied at home.
In order to perform acupressure, you need to keep in mind that:
- Your pressure movements need to be light.
- Acupressure means you apply repeated pressures on the same place. It is not exactly like ordinary massage, so you don’t need to make circular movements.
Here is a good video demonstrating lymphatic drainage techniques: