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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Hutson

Lymphatic System & Dry Brushing

Dry brushing focuses on the lymphatic system in the body!

The Lymphatic System is network of tissues, vessels and organs that work together to move a colorless, watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system (your bloodstream). This system is part of an organ system in vertebrates that is part of the circulatory system and immune system. Lymphatic System clears away infection and keeps your body fluids in balance.

It is made up of a large network of lymph, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymphatic or lymphoid organs and lymphoid tissues.

  • Moving Lymph in the Body

Unlike blood which is pumped by the heart, the lymphatic system has no "pump", lymph is moved around only with the help of gravity or when you move around. Hints by dry brushing the body you're moving the body and skin around to help the lymph move around. Getting circulation, the skin feels woke up and can breathe!!

Dry Brushing helps get the lymphatic system circulating again, circulating lymph through the body! By getting circulation increased in the body at the surface of the skin will help speed up the healing process.

Moving the lymph around in the body that rids of any toxins in the body and that will boost the immune system.

  • Lymph Nodes

Lymph nodes filter substances that travel through the lymphatic fluid, and they contain lymphocytes (white blood cells) that help the body fight infection and disease. Dry brushing helps break up sore lymph nodes. By breaking up the sore lymph nodes you're introducing fresh lymphatic fluid to the node.

Dry brushing helps strengthen the immune system and make the system stronger than it was.

What Happens if the Lymphatic System is Not Working?

If it's not working properly, fluid builds in your tissues and causes swelling, called lymphedema. When fluid builds up in the body, waste and toxins can build up in the body and make you sick, your ability to fight infection.


  1. Minor symptoms of a backed up lymphatic system is headache, brain fog, swollen lymph nodes or tonsils, and lack of energy.

  2. You could get recurrent sore throats, mucous in the morning and mucous drainage, fluid in the ear, ear popping and ear ringing.

  3. Another level of symptoms is constipation or sluggish bowel function and unable to lose weight (toxins play a part in holding on to weight).

  4. Soreness or stiffness in the morning, bloating, swelling, heaviness in extremities, arm or hands fall asleep while sleeping, pain, pressure, or stiffness along your spine and shoulders, sore breasts or breast swelling with your menstrual cycle.

  5. Last symptoms would be itchy skin, acne, dry skin, and other skin issues.

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