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Dry Brushing For the Lymphatic System

Updated on May 16, 2015

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Cancer is certainly on the rise. I believe that our bodies are being overloaded with toxins and, even though the body is constantly detoxifying itself, it is a losing battle unless we get pro- active in helping our systems to eliminate toxins. I have a sister that is battling cancer right now. She has had Ovarian Cancer for the past 5 years. She is still doing quite well. I sincerely believe that part of her current success is due to the fact that she has taken up several alternative health techniques to eliminate toxins and she continually works hard at providing different homeopathic options, along with a nutritional diet to help strive for a cancer-free environment. One of the techniques I am referring to is called Dry Body Brushing. When we are moving around doing housework, exercising, jogging, playing tennis, etc., our lymph fluid is moving throughout our bodies at a good pace.but the lymphatic system can become sluggish very easily, causing swollen ankles, limbs if we aren't up and moving around. This is called lymphedema. Now, the lymphatic system doesn't have its own pump system like the heart does, so the lympatic system needs our help. This brushing of the skin, is going to help the lymphatic fluids to move along and be eliminated through different avenues, such as skin, organs, and other waste eliminations.

The lymphatic system is interactive with every part of our body, delivering nutrients,fighting virus and bacterial infections and detoxifying our systems of everything from cancerous cells to waste products and toxic heavy metals. The lymphatic system is located just below the skin’s surface. The lymph contains large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system to be expelled, except when we dry brush toward the heart.

When we begin to dry brush, we notice our body feeling more energized and awake. Your skin will feel tighter and firmer with time and will feel softer smoother and more moisturized.There are many organs in the body which help to eliminate toxins, the skin is the largest of these organs.

All this brushing will stimulate your immune system and help to rid your body of waste, toxins, and viruses and bacteria. The end result is more energy, vitality , less sickness, and more balance skin.

This is what the brush looks like. It has soft, natural bristles.

Basic Directions for Brushing

You will use a light touch with this soft-bristled brush.

The best time to brush is right before you get into the shower. Start at your feet and work your way up your calves and thighs. Next brush your hands and up your arms, brush upward on your abdomen toward your heart.. You will brush downward on your neck, shoulders and back. So, downward on areas above the heart and upward on areas below your heart. Always brushing in the direction of the heart.The only exception is your back.  The whole of your back is brushed downward.   After Brushing follow with a hot shower.

Make sure you wash your brush with soap and water on a weekly basis.

I liked this video from The Green Smoothie Girl

In Conclusion

Dry brushing has a whole bunch of benefits. The superficial ones include: removing cellulite, tightening the skin to prevent premature aging, and removing dead skins layers! The deeper benefits of the dry skin brush technique are the improvements to lymphatic function. It strengthens the immune system, stimulates hormone producing glands, and stimulates circulation.  It will help to rid your body of waste, toxins, and viruses and bacteria. The end result is more energy, vitality , less sickness, and more balance skin.


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      Pharmd646 3 years ago

      Very informative post.Really thank you! Awesome. dgdeedk

    • profile image 4 years ago

      Dear SaMcNutt,

      Thanks for this helpful article of instruction for dry-brushing. You have convinced me how important this is.

      One comment: you mention following this with a "hot" shower, so maybe that means generically speaking. Having dealt with cancer the last few years and also noticing the impact hot bathing can have on inflammatory response in the body, I wonder if some people who find this site would be helped by your explaining this more clearly in the context of, for some, a hot shower can be detrimental.

      PS: it's been hard to give up the immediate comfort of "hot," but must confess, I do recognize that "warm" is definitely slowing up the inflammatory activity.

      Thanks again!


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      CaliGirlsCorner 7 years ago

      Hello Tina,

      The book us actually the one below. I found it on Amazon and posted it. Its called "How Green Smoothies Saved My Life: A Guide for Using Green Smoothies, Uplifted Thinking, and Live Food to Enhance Your Life". It has a segment about body brushing in it. If you go to it, you can actually open the book up a bit and part of it opens to the dry brushing.

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      CaliGirlsCorner 7 years ago

      Hello LivingFood,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. She truly is a fighter. With a name like LivingFood, I will be visiting as I want to try to eat more raw foods. Thanks for reading.

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      TinasTreasures 7 years ago from California

      What's the title of the book in the video?

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I am sorry to hear about your sister, but it sounds like she is a fighter and will be able to win this battle. She is definitely on the right track to detoxifying and eating healthy.

      I had not heard about brushing towards your heart, but it makes perfect sense! Thanks for this information.

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      CaliGirlsCorner 7 years ago

      Hi SaMcNutt, Thank you for your interest. Amazing how we can benefit from this.

      Hi TinaAtHome, Wow, I'll have to look into it for autistic children. I have a friend who's son could benefit.

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      TinaAtHome 7 years ago from California

      I've not heard of this for cancer patients, but I've heard about it with autistic children before. Thanks for the great idea.

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      SaMcNutt 7 years ago from Englewood, CO

      interesting, I have never heard of this