What Do We Know About our Lymphatic System and Its Importance

March 20, 2017 | By More

Most of us have heard of lymph glands regarding breast cancer and removal of the breast and the lymph glands near and under the arm pit. But do we really know the importance these glands play in our bodies? I will attempt to explain their importance.

The Lymphatic System is part of the circulatory system and a vital part of the immune system consists of a multitude network of fine lymphatic vessels through the entire body.  They are similar to the circulatory system vein’s and capillaries. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells involved in the immune system to defend foreign bodies. However it has multiple functions, ie, is responsible for delivering nutrients to the cells while carrying away excess water, cellular waste, and bacterial viruses and toxins which accumulate in the skin tissue during the metabolic process. It transports white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes into the bones. It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestion system.

Sometimes this system does not work well. The symptoms that we can look for are:

Chronic inflammation, cellulites, skin problems, ie: acne, migraines, swollen skin tissue often of legs and arms. Arms are especially noticed when a breast and lymph glands are removed. This swelling in the tissues is called Lymphedema or Lymphatic Edema and is a condition of localized fluid system causes by a compromised lymphatic system. However it can develop in any part of the body.

Treatment for lymphedema depends on its cause and includes wearing compression stockings or sleeves proper diet and skin care, elevation of the arm or leg to ease the drainage. Research at Flinders University in Southern Australia has done amazing research of Lymphedema using a different modality. There is better treatment now rather than putting a sleeve and pushing air against the swollen limb and that is the CHI. Anyone caring to know more what this treatment is, please contact:






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