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Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite Using Endermologie and Other Natural Methods

Updated on September 17, 2015

What Causes Cellulite?

Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman states in her book The Fat Flush Plan “cellulite – that dimpled accumulation of stored fat on our thighs and buttocks – [is] more connected to a sluggish lymphatic system that to poor muscle tone or weakened connective tissues.” (This was based on the work of Dr. Hazel Parcells; a health pioneer who lived to be 106). Thus, cellulite is not only unattractive; it is a symptom of a deeper issue of poor lymphatic flow and toxin buildup. Untreated, a sluggish lymphatic system allows waste products and toxins to build up in the system, contributing to a number of health issues.

What is the Lymphatic System and Why is it So Important?

The lymphatic system is like the body’s sewer system. It plays a crucial role in the functions of the circulatory and immune systems and is associated with the spleen in both Chinese and Western medicines. The lymphatic system and is made up of a network of lymphatic vessels located close to the surface of the skin that carry lymph back to the heart. (This is why massage strokes typically move towards the heart in order to promote lymphatic drainage). The lymph carries away undesirable substances such as heavy metals, bacteria, fat globules, and toxic wastes. It does not have its own pumping action and tends to get sluggish with impaired liver function, age, hormonal fluctuations, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and medications.

Body Endermologie at Cinnabar Acupuncture

Body Endermologie at Cinnabar Acupuncture
Body Endermologie at Cinnabar Acupuncture | Source

The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Endermologie is mechanized lymphatic drainage that provides health and beauty benefits and is to treat a variety of symptoms. Lipomassage is a specific endermologie protocol targeted towards fat loss and minimizing the appearance of cellulite. Endermologie utilizes suction and a rolling function to strongly affect the lymphatic system, as well as the connective tissue and muscles. The function of endermologie is not cellulite reduction. It is lymphatic drainage which improves overall health. Side effects of a properly functioning lymphatic system include cellulite reduction, firmer skin, and fat loss.

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Leafy Green Vegetables

Bitter tasting foods like these dark green vegetables promote a healthy lymphatic system.
Bitter tasting foods like these dark green vegetables promote a healthy lymphatic system. | Source

What Expect with Endermologie Treatments

Endermologie feels like a massage and patients relax and often fall asleep during the procedure, which lasts 30-40 minutes. The number of treatments required for result varies upon the degree of cellulite.

Cellulite Levels:

Level 1 – dimpling occurs when you squeeze the skin.

Level 2 – dimpling visible when standing up, but disappears when lie down.

Level 3 – dimpling visible when lying down.

Typically, it requires 20 biweekly treatments to improve lymphatic functioning enough to go down 1 level. Once results are achieved, monthly treatments are recommended to maintain results. To promote better and faster results utilize the additional therapies below.

Body Endermologie Performed at Cinnabar Acupuncture

Additional Therapies to Improve Lymphatic Functioning

There are several additional lifestyle changes and therapies you will want to consider:

Chinese and Western herbs, particularly those that improve liver and spleen functioning, target the internal causes of sluggish lymphatic flow. Be sure to consult a licensed Chinese medicine practitioner or licensed Western herbalist for the best herbs for you.

Nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle are key to keep the lymphatic system healthy. Minimize processed foods, sugar, and fried foods. Emphasize lightly cooked vegetables at every meal. Drink plenty of water and tea, and avoid juice and soda. Exercise 3-4 times per week as your health permits. Get adequate sleep and reduce stress.

Hormonal fluctuations can have adverse effects on the lymphatic system which is why women are more prone to cellulite than men, particularly after childbearing and during menopause. At any age I recommend having a licensed naturopathic doctor run a comprehensive hormone panel to assess optimal hormone levels for your body. If you are peri-menopausal or post-menopausal you can also consult an MD who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement. A general practitioner or doctor with another specialization is typically concerned about avoiding pathology, and not in maintaining optimal health.

Healthy fats such as fish oil are very helpful in reducing excess fat and promoting healthy circulation. Therapeutic doses range between 2-6 grams per day.

Taking 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar or lime juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps to improve liver and lymphatic functioning. (Be sure to drink through a straw to protect tooth enamel). You can add a spoonful of raw honey to gently promote regular bowel movement.

Tips to Diminish the Appearance of Cellulite (& Maintain a Healthy Lymphatic System)

  • Get regular lymphatic drainage massage like endermologie.
  • Get out and move. Perform both weight bearing and cardio exercises as your health permits.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat your greens.

Promote Healthy Lymphatic Flow (& Reduce Cellulite)

Get regular endermologie treatments
Minimize sugar, dairy, and carb intake
Get 8 hours of sleep each night
Get massages
Drink apple cider vinegar with warm water first thing in the morning (use straw to protect tooth enamel)
Take herbs to promote healthy liver and lymphatic function
Build muscle
Eat bitter foods (arugula, spinach, lettuce, daikon radish, watercress, asparaggus, broccoli)
Minimize dependence on over the counter medications
Perform cardio exercises 3 x a week
Eat vegetables and drink green, oolong tea, or puerrh tea with every meal.
Practice stress relief
Drink plenty of water
Maintain hormonal balance

Fish Oils Promote Fat Loss

2-6 grams of high quality fish oil, such as Nordic Naturals ProOmega, promotes healthy fat loss.
2-6 grams of high quality fish oil, such as Nordic Naturals ProOmega, promotes healthy fat loss. | Source


Cellulite is not a genetic curse. It is a sign that your lymphatic system needs help. This article will help point you in the right direction to optimize your health and help minimize the appearance of cellulite.


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