Scientific journals these days are overflowing with ground-breaking research on the lymphatic system. While the journals are brimming with precious information about the function of the lymphatic system, it might be 5-10 years before this information finds its way into a medical practice – if ever!
At LifeSpa.com, my goal is to bring you this new science now, and not wait ten years to integrate this knowledge into our healthcare system. Science alone, in my opinion is not reliable enough, unless it is backed by clinical experience or time-tested wisdom. At LifeSpa, I write weekly about time-tested traditional practices that are also backed by science.
Imagine a series of lymphatic therapies that have been used successfully for thousands of years… that now have science to back them up! I invite you to read my many articles and videos on how to manage the lymphatic system as a primary tool for optimal health.
Many of my articles have listed seasonal foods for supporting lymphatic health, like this one, “Eat Red: Lymph Cleansing Foods,” but in this article, I am suggesting a 1-3 month, 6-step herbal plan to decongest the lymph. According to Ayurveda, the lymphatic system is the very first system of the body evaluated for most any condition. In a toxic world with digestive strength for most folks in decline, the lymph system (the body’s drainage system) can easily get congested. This concern regularly goes unnoticed and untreated for most folks. I have found that lymph-cleansing can be the missing piece of the healthcare puzzle for many.
6-Step Lymph Detox Plan
Note: The lymphatic system drains the body during the day with physical movements, such as exercise, and the subtle brain and central nervous system lymph channels drain at night, during sleep. Thus, I suggest taking some of the lymph support before bed and first thing in the morning. (3) Exercise and hydration are also key during the lymph cleanse period.
Step 1: Manjistha – to support the lymph and liver.
Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia) is a red root that has been traditionally used to decongest the lymphatic system and liver. It is loaded with antioxidants that boost the body’s production of glutathione and other liver-shielding agents. (1) The lymphatic system is the body’s major detox system and, when exposed to toxins, constituents of manjistha helped reduce lipid peroxidation damage and boost antioxidants, such as glutathione, super-oxide dismutase and catalase. (2)
Step 1 Directions: Take 2 capsules in the AM and 1 before bed.
Step 2: Brahmi Brain – to support the brain and intestines.
Brahmi (Centella asiatica) is Ayurveda’s premier herb for brain function and mental clarity. (4) Recently, studies have found that brahmi (not to be confused with bacopa) supports the health of the skin both on the inside of the intestinal tract as well as the outer skin of the body. (4) Numerous brahmi antioxidant constituents have been found to support micro-circulation and lymph flow as well. (4) With the new research on lymphatic vessels that drain the brain and central nervous system during sleep, brahmi may be the most effect herb for supporting brain health, cognitive function and brain lymph drainage. (4)
Step 2 Directions: Take 2 capsules in the AM and 1 before bed.
Step 3: Neem – to support the skin and microbiome.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is Ayurveda’s classic herb for the health of the body’s inner and outer skin. (6) It naturally scrubs the intestines of bad, undesirable microbes while supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria. The health of the microbes in the intestines depends on the health of the inner skin and the intestinal lymph drainage. With over 140 compounds, neem supports the health and function of the microbiology, intestinal skin and the function of the lymph flow that drains the intestinal tract. (5)
Step 3 Directions: Take 2 capsules in the AM and 1 before bed.
Step 4: Lymph-Vein HP – to support micro-circulation.
Citrus pith has been used in Ayurveda to support the circulatory function of the body. New studies have found that diosmin, an active ingredient in the white pith (rind) of oranges, has been shown to effectively support healthy micro-circulation by increasing lymphatic contractions. (7) Lymphatic congestion is linked to water retention, bloat, cellulite, sluggish immunity and much more. (7)
LifeSpa’s Lymph-Vein HP contains diosmin from the white pith of citrus as a powerful lymphatic de-congestive agent.
Step 4 Directions: Take 1 capsule twice per day with food.
We RecommendThe Cellulite Secret of Oranges
Step 5: Lymph Cleanse – to boost lymph-scrubbing and lymph flow.
Lymph Cleanse is a tincture that combines a host of lymph-cleansing herbs such as Red Root, Ocotillo, Stillingia, Astragalus and Ginger, and is formulated to scrub both the lymphatic system all over the body and the lining of the intestinal tract, where the majority of the body’s lymphatic system originates. (10-14)
Step 5 Directions: Take 30 drops in water or juice once a day on an empty stomach. Taking it with food may be a bit easier on the stomach.
Note: For more aggressive results, this can be taken up to 3x/day.
Step 6: Lymphatic Massage Oil – to calm the nervous system and support lymph movement.
Lymphatic Massage Oil is rich with lymphatic herbs, like manjistha, that support healthy lymph flow in the skin-associated lymphatic tissue. Oil massage also feeds the natural bacteria on the surface of the skin, while calming the vata or sensory nerve endings on the skin itself. (8,9)
Step 6 Directions: Massage daily with a small amount of oil during a warm shower or bath, give special attention to areas of lymphatic concentration: the head, neck, feet and abdomen. For external use only.
We RecommendAyurvedic Daily Oil Self Massage (Abhyanga)
Lymph Detox Plan
This Lymph Detox Plan is designed as a 1-3 month lymph-scrubbing cleanse. Start with one month, and if you are feeling lighter and have more energy after the first month, consider doing it for another 1-2 months.