From herbs to T-Tapp exercises and cold-laser treatments, the key is boosting your lymphatic system
GUEST COLUMN: VAISHALI — At the end of June, 2009, the U.S. Center for Disease Control estimated that one million Americans had contracted swine flu. In July, after more than two dozen deaths, Britain’s National Health Service budgeted for a worst-case scenario of 65,000 swine flu *mortalities* in 2009.
What is our holistic prescription to H1N1? Protect, strengthen and support the immune system, the body’s first line of defense. Here’s why.
The lymphatic system, to a great degree, governs the body’s immune system. Unlike blood, lymph is a whitish-colored fluid that only moves in a one-way direction throughout the body. This system filters out viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells before they can re-enter the blood stream. The tonsils, thymus gland, spleen and nodes are all part of the lymph organ system. Keeping the digestive and lymphatic system healthy and flowing is the cornerstone to every person’s vibrant health.
Five simple tips to support the lymph system
1. Avoid ingesting iced beverages and foods straight from the refrigerator. The greatest sea of lymphatic tissue is in the digestive system. The body functions best at a temperature of 98.6 degrees. Healthy lymph feels like oily water and is pumped throughout the body primarily by the skeletal muscles. It needs this warm environment to remain in a healthy fluid-like state. When you eat or drink cold foods and liquids, it stuns the lymph system causing the oily water lymph to congeal into a more jello-like consistency.
2. Watch your intake of herbal supplements. There have been many time honored herbal formulas that enhance lymphatic function such as echinacea, goldenseal, red root, red clover, licorice root and astragalus root. Often times these herbs help by stripping away a layer of debris from the lymph system’s filtering operation, but in the process they can dry out or deplete this system. Therefore they work best if not taken over long periods of time. Most recommendations are 7 -10 days.
3. Try Chi Nei Tsang. Lymphatic drainage massage specifically targets the lymph system. It aids in the breaking up of congestion within the lymph system and supports its movement throughout the body. Chi Nei Tsang massage works directly on the entire digestive system and is a powerful technique for lymphatic care. For more information visit Chi Nei Tsang Institute.
4. Treat the body to the T-Tapp exercise program. Since the lymph is pumped throughout the body by the movement of skeletal muscles, the correct exercise that maximizes this effect is critical. The T-Tapp exercise program is designed to drain the lymph system as well as balance hormones, burn fat and build the muscular structure from the core outwards. Walking is also great for the lymph system, and there is also a T-Tapp method of walking that increases those benefits dramatically. The T-Tapp motto is “work smarter not harder”.
5. Cold laser treatments boost the lymphatic system, support drainage and keep the fluid moving. Acupuncturists, chiropractors and other alternative health practitioners may offer cold laser treatments in conjunction to their ongoing health care packages. If you are interested ask around.
Vaishali is the author of Wisdom Rising (Purple Haze Press 2008) and You Are What You Love (Purple Haze Press 2006). Vaishali is a faculty member of The Omega institute and will be conducting a workshop on “The Fine Art of Creating A Life Worth Living” on June 30th-September 6th, 2009 . She can be reached by email. Read a companion piece to this article: Combine Swine Flu fears, with laughter.
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