When waste material leaves the body cells, it is carried away by the two circulating body fluids, namely, the blood and the lymph. The lymph is formed out of the blood but contains no red blood cells. Each cell in the body is bathed by the intestinal fluid, which consists of materials from the bloodstream together with substances passed out of the cells.
Because the lymphatic system carries away toxins from all body cells, its proper functioning is important to the health of the entire body.
It is the author’s belief that the colon is the principal organ through which mucoid matter from the lymph is eliminated, even though this idea would be quite new in orthodox medical circles.
The science of anatomy reveals that the walls of the colon contain microscopic lymph vessels which combine into larger vessels that empty into cisterna chyli, which is a central lymphatic pool located in the abdomen. Lymph from the small intestines, back, or lower body also empties into the cisterna chyli. The Cisterna chyli is the origin of the thoracic duct, which travels up the body and connects with the bloodstream slightly below and the left of the base of the neck. Through the thoracic duct, lymph from all parts of the body, except the right side of the head, neck and chest and upper right arm, empty into the bloodstream.
CLEANSING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – SKIN BRUSHING
The first step in cleansing the lymphatic system is to cleanse the colon so that the excess mucoid material backed up in the lymphatic system can be drained up.
The second step in cleansing the lymphatic system is to practice skin brushing. This is a highly effective technique for stimulating the expulsion of fresh mucoid material, hardened particulate or impacted mucoid matter, and other obstructions of the lymphatic system and for correcting inflammations of the lymph nodes. Like the colon, the lymphatic system can contain stagnant accumulations of old waste matter.
If the skin becomes inactive with its pores chocked with millions of dead cells, then impurities will remain in the body. The other eliminative organs, mainly the kidneys and liver, will have to increase their labour and will eventually become overworked.
If toxins and wastes begin to build up in the tissues because the kidneys and the liver cannot cope with their job, then sooner or later disease will follow. Such is the responsibility to keep a healthy and well functioning skin.
We do need to wash, perhaps even more than we realised. But does that ritual with the soap and water actually do the job? Of course it’s still fun to jump into the tub, but once you start to skin brush, you won’t need to use all that harmful soap. Skin brushing itself, will make a lot of difference to the quality of your skin.
The skin-brushing itself – dry of course, not in the bath – will change the health of your whole body. Circulation, skin softness and quality, skin infections and irritations, whole body freshness, your level of stimulation, the prevention of colds, and you personal rejuvenation are all areas of improvement you can look for, when you make it to a regular habit.
To brush the skin: Start at the soles of the feet and work your way up your legs, your front and your back, brushing as vigorously as you feel able. Then do your hands and up your arms. Focus the brush strokes, when doing your chest and upper back, towards your heart. Don’t do your face, but give the back of your neck and your scalp a good go. For hygiene reasons you need a separate brush for each member of the family, and of course, you need to wash the brush itself every couple of weeks.