Clean your Body's Drains: How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System

Clean your Body’s Drains: How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System


Guest post by Linda-Anne Kahn

Did you know that we are exposed to 82,000 different toxins, chemically-based products and processed foods in our environment weekly?

Detoxification is the body’s natural, ongoing process of eliminating harmful toxins from the body so that it can function at its best. Toxins are man-made chemicals found in the air, water, food, household cleaners and cosmetic products as well as waste products produced by normal cellular activity.

When toxins enter the body through the skin, nasal passage or mouth, the body prevents “pollution” by surrounding the toxins with fat and water and stores them in different areas of the body.  This can put a strain on our body’s own detox system (the liver, intestines, kidneys, lungs, skin, blood and lymphatic systems). These systems can become burdened as they try to safely excrete toxins.

Our bodies were not meant to work this hard to maintain optimal functioning.  By adding a  detox program to your wellness regimen, you can help pull these toxins, along with the excess fat and water, out of the body and improve your health quickly.

The Lymphatic System: Forgotten Hero

The lymphatic system is the most forgotten and least understood system in the body. It is critical to the detoxification process. The lymph travels parallel with the blood system and is responsible for the removal of wastes from every cell in the body, in addition to regulating the immune system. The lymph is thus a very important system to support optimal health.

Keep Your Body’s Drains Clean

The lymphatic system is like the garbage system of the body. Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is essential in order to properly eliminate wastes. Our lymphatic system can become and remain congested and stagnant for many years. Thus, we often live in an environment of toxins that weakens our immunity. Proper lymph drainage will eliminate these toxins and assist the body to function optimally.

Digestion: Where It All Begins

The body’s ability to detox starts in digestive system, in the villae of the small intestine.  The “lacteals” in the villae are part of the lymphatic system and they pull nutrients and fat-soluble toxins off the intestinal wall. If the gut is constipated or there is excessive reactive mucus bogging down the villi, the lymph and its white blood cells may not provide immunity or detoxification.

The highest concentration of lymph is found lining the outside of the gut wall and is called the Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT). The skin of the intestinal tract is constantly being exposed to toxins and undesirable microbes that could present a problem. So, the body has an immunity army waiting in the GALT just across the wall of the gut.

Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

Lymph vessels are also found under our skin throughout the body. These vessels support circulation, drainage of waste and immunity. When the lymph flow slows, the skin will appear dull and toxins will build up.

Since the lymph moves against gravity, it is common for the lymph and veins to congest, yielding an unsightly appearance in the feet, legs, thighs, hips, belly and arms.

Dr Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle rhythmical technique that gently works on the lymphatic vessels to enhance the flow of lymph throughout the body’s tissues.

MLD also helps to support the healthy function of the immune system and the autonomic nervous system, thereby reducing stress. The therapy cleanses the connective tissue of wastes, thus decongesting and reducing edema, pain and swelling.

Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy

• Faster recovery and less scarring from surgery and other types of trauma by making lymph flow faster and stimulating the formation of new connections between lymph vessels

• Clears congestive conditions such as chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, acne, and headaches

• Strengthens the immune system

• Relieves heaviness tightness and swelling in those suffering from lymphedema.

• Increases overall relaxation by decreasing stress

• Relieves retention of fluids during pregnancy and menstrual cycle

• Decreases local edemas and hematomas from orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery scars, and burn scars; leading to a decreased in healing time and increase in client mobility

• People who suffer from insomnia, stress, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatism benefit greatly from MLD

As owner, founder and Medical Wellness Director of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center, Linda-Anne Kahn helps people achieve balance of the body, mind and spirit.  She is a clinical aromatherapist, internationally certified manual lymph drainage therapist and lymphedema specialist.  As  a sought-after speaker, she  lectures at conferences thoughout the country.  

  • anon

    Misleading title, doesn't even say how to do it…!?!?

    • Lori

      exactly anon

      • deborahv23

        There are some really good youtube videos that will help if you take the time to google

    • Carissa

      you can find out how to do it somehwer else like youtube.. but this is still good info

    • Anon2

      I agree! Where is the info? Why bother writing this article if you are not going to give any information?


      I was thinking the same thing and reread it, to make sure I didn't miss something. Hmmm….

    • Barbara

      You can view various licensed instructors showing you how-to give yourself Lymphatic Massage by just going to YouTube/lymphatic massage. Thazit. Good luck!

    • Awareness

      Here's how to detox the lymphatic system:
      Drink plenty of organic vegetable juice (juice them yourself with a slow, masticating juicer) Apples, carrots, celery is the base, but if you can add cucumber and beets as well.
      Regular exercise, breathing deeply from your diaphragm, dry bushing your body before bathing and drinking plenty of water, all help to stimulate the lymphatic system and assist in its removal of toxins. You can also boost your lymphatic system’s circulatory process, by eating specific organic healthy foods. Onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric, tomatoes, cranberries.

      • Leslie

        Rebounding from a small trampoline 15 minutes daily also drains the lymph system.

    • laurella
  • Pamela

    How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System PLEASE TELL ME WHERE THIS INFORMATION IS? The one thing I really dislike about your articles… rarely do they actually tell you how to do something… I am not the first to voice this concern.. WHY post this IF you aren't going to share HOW TO DO IT?

    • Velibor

      Rebounder(tramboline) is probably the best for Lymph detox. I learned that from Truth Calkins.

      • Rob

        I heard that too…

    • Colleen

      Totally agree! Where is the information on HOW to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bruno

      Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy

      search for it…

    • LInda Anne Kahn

      How to detoxify your lymphatic system:
      Make dietary changes:
      •eat leafy greens daily or make green smoothies
      •add more vegetables and fruits to your diet
      •eliminate refined and processed foods and sugar
      •avoid fast foods
      •drink more water
      •eliminate caffeine and nicotine (stimulants that overwork the adrenal glands)
      Balance your life:
      •walk at the ocean
      •schedule time for a lymphatic massage – MLD
      Go in the infrared sauna
      Go to yoga or tai chi class or pilates – moves lymph
      Exercise daily
      Dry brush

      • D. Ch'an-Moriwaki

        I would think a sauna's heat would be very dangerous in lymphedema. Am I missing something here?

        • Dabigragu

          Infrared sauna is much different than your dry heat sauna. Infrared does not heat much past 90 degrees and reaches at least 6" under the skin to detox organs.

    • Diane

      I totally agree with you, Pamela. It is very annoying when we are expecting some great information and it doesn't get delivered. Thanks for speaking up…

  • Andrea

    It would be helpful to discuss how exactly MLD is performed. Does one need to see a therapist or can they do it themselves? I will be searching it out myself as I suffer with a number of the issues mentioned that respond well to MLD.

    • vik

      i had one done by a therapist who specialises in this area. it can be done by oneself but it's a little hard and it's a very gentle technique used. the breasts are the hard ones to remember how to do. dry body brushing which can be done at home is a good one to do but online techniques do it in the wrong direction, after being shown by the therapist the correct technique


      A little frustrating, indeed!

    • anon

      There are herbs (manjistha root) that supports the natural function of the lymphatic system. Citrus-based flavonoids such as those found in Diosmin do the same. A therapist can manually move the lymph which assists the body in detoxifying. I would not recommend an inexperienced person doing this themselves as it can be more harmful if you do not have knowledge of how this system operates. This is especially helpful for those who live a sedentary lifestyle, but is beneficial for everyone.

  • kateekat

    Chikley Lymphatic Drainage is newer than Vodder. It has more research done with it. I find it more relaxing and calming than Vodder. It uses light touch and is very powerful treatment. It is especially helpful for post-surgical swelling.

    • Myra

      Hi please let me have info on Chikley LD.

  • Dustin

    Did I miss something? How does one perform manual lymph drainage?

  • Pete

    So how is this done? Since this is an article on how to detoxify the lymphatic system, with no explanation of how to detoxify the lymphatic system?!

  • Laura Y

    It would be nice if this "how to" article actually told you "How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System."

  • joseph

    i like your article. there were some great insights into how the lymphatic system works and its importance, but ur headline said 'how' to detoxify your lymphatic system and i dont see anything in it that answers that or has a link to another place that describes how.
    i wish i could get some info on the pricess.
    thank you

  • Laurie

    The article had a lot of great information, except I was looking for the MLD technique or a link to bring me to that information. I currently do the dry brush technique, which not only feels great, but helps with the flow of the lymph system to aid in detox.

  • healer

    The title of this article is misleading – it leads you to believe that it tells you HOW to detoxify your lymph nodes – which it does not and that you can do it yourself – which you cannot.

  • Tandalayo

    I don't see HOW to detoxify the lymphatic system….where is that? That should be included
    in the article….please supply in your next article….

  • Shel

    I usually find articles you publish to be very informative, but despite the title, this article does not give us any actual information about how to detoxify our lymphatic system. It seems like an advertisement for a specific clinic.

  • gbedevian

    Article was very informative but did not give a method for draining or increasiing the flow of the lymph. Is this something every individual can do or do they need a specialist's help?

  • Guest

    Okay, so how do we do it? This is like a teaser without even a link to the actual protocol. Disappointing . . .

  • Linda

    You don['t say how to do it!

  • Ryan

    uhhhh ok but this article DID NOT EXPLAIN ***HOW*** to do M.L.D.????
    I have had Lymphoedema for 7-8 years and I NEED TO KNOW! 🙁

    • KeaneLMMT

      DO NOT TRY TO PERFORM MLD ON YOUR OWN!!! Lymphedema is caused by removal of lymph node(s), an obstruction or inflammation. "at home" lymph work is contraindicated and the damage that can be caused can be great and irreversible, and am quite shocked to see that someone writing an article titled as such wouldnt take a greater caution in informing others of that. Past a few simple things like yoga (type for anyone, irregardless of what ailment shape and age you are in), diet and other basic ways of caring for your body- ESPECIALLY diet (as well as lymph detox regimen "fast"), theres not much to do about it yourself safely, in terms of self- manually releasing. The best way is to find a LICENSED medical massage therapist, one who specializes past that of the intro shown to beginning massage therapists going through primary introduction of the different modalities of massage, and into that of lymph drainage. You may have to REALLY hunt for this person, ask for references and check them as well (even ask to see their CEU papers, which will tell you if they are fluff, spa, ALL OVER the place ie they have classes like thai massage, spa treatments, reiki, with one class in lymph drainage). Ask where they have directionally specialized their work/education into it- I say this because many colleagues and fellow graduates want to try to OVER specialize and will do things they havent had much experience. They may be a bit pricier, but many take insurance billing now but you know what you are paying for and know that the person doing it is qualified. As one of my favorite mentors/instructor and a Dr. by trade said " Not all therapists are created equal"… Find one that does it because he/she cares, and will put in that EXTRA work. There is so much more information I want to tell, make sure you understand. Ive been a LMMT for 10 yrs now (medical field in which I was raised in, professionally for 18 yrs) and after going back and doing some guest teaching/tutoring, it worries me that with so much misinformation and therapists that are into it more so for the $$$ than the well being of their patient (or client in a spa setting) – Ill come back and check, perhaps if needed leave my email address if you need help locating a specific type of therapist to suite YOUR needs, especially with some states having little to no regulation on licensing and a bare mininum of education hours as well as Continuing Education Credits. (Excuse my typing and spelling errors as I wanted get this typed out ASAP and post for you.)

      • cynthia

        thank you for your educated explanation. I suffer from fibro severe anxiety /stress /insomnia. Got a script from my Dr. nutritionist is trying to so called work w/ me . I live in n.e. Pa. We have The Himalayan Institute here, many people come from the city to stay etc. I might call them. Do you know of licensed medical massage in my area. I am sure you are familiar with the institute actually I might give them a call expensive though.

    • Wayne

      Go to Google and type in rebounding, All you do is jump up and down on
      a mini trampoline. It does wonders on your lymphatic system. I'm 62 and
      never felt better. You only need to do it 15 minutes a day. That's equal to
      jogging for 1hr!

  • Scott

    The article said How to Detoxify your Lymphatic system but so no info on how .Please inform me ? email – Thx

  • JulieD

    So where does one get this manual massage??



  • Jeff

    Where's the "How To" part of the article? More like How To find someone to pay to drain your lymphatics!

  • AnnaT

    How do you do it? Do rebounders or the Tibetian rites help at all?

    • DebbieH

      Rebounders are wonderful for moving the lymph! Just 15 minutes a day. The best rebounders are the ones made with bungee cords rather than springs. Much better for you.



  • C Diamond

    Interesting article although the title is misleading because the reader doesn't come away knowing how to perform Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) on themselves.

  • Jeff

    The title of the article is "How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System" The article tells all about what the lymphatic system does, but does not provide the information promised, so i guess it is just an ad for Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center. Thanks for nothing.

  • Bill
    • John

      Thank you for 'lighting a candle in the darkness', Bill

    • DJJ

      Wonderful UTube training on MLD. Thank You for sharing–

  • kent

    Massage therapy. Pneumatic Lymph liquid pumping sounds weird and dangerous.

  • Isabel Ciampi

    The article is telling you that the lymphatic system detox your body, "how" ? : doing MLD, where? well…. you need to do your research, MLD its a type of massage, only professionals can perform. Vodder its a technique , very well known all over Europe. You can learn to do it to yourself but its not the same, as its not the same to massage yourself.
    Massage Therapists learn this type of modality of body work.

  • Vicky

    Yes, it is a bit misleading, BUT it simply says 'Clean Your Body's Drains' … Not how to in the title and when you read the credits… it states " As owner, founder and Medical Wellness Director of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center, Linda-Anne Kahn helps people achieve balance of the body, mind and spirit." SHE IS a clinical aromatherapist, internationally CERTIFIED manual lymph drainage therapist and lymphedema specialist." Interpreting that you need a Certified Specialist to do this.

    In researching for an answer, I came across the website ~… ~ that has a lot of great information …

    CARE Principles

    CARE stands for "Cleanse and Rejuvenate Energetically." In The Fit for Life Solution, Harvey Diamond explains CARE principles and expands on the importance of the following points in maintaining a healthy system:

    Practice periodic monodieting: Raw-fruit- and vegetable-juice fasts give the digestive system a break while increasing available nutrients and flushing toxins.

    Minimize consumption of animal products: This cuts down on the amount of work your digestive system, liver and kidneys have to do, and allows your colon to clear undigested and toxic fecal matter.

    Use your mental powers: Adjust your attitudes and belief systems to reduce stress and create a happier, more positive, less toxic internal environment.

    I encourage you to do your own research to find more information on how to detox your body as there are many sites that tell you how to this. As one who has had Lymphoma, my doctors didn't even tell me about this. I agree that doctors are all about taking care of the problem (surgery, radiation) rather than explaining the ins and outs of the disease.

  • laura

    is this a plug …. or did you forget to tell us how to do it!!!!!!

  • Nancy

    Interesting article, but doesn't say how to do it? Where are the instructions?

  • Bill

    The title says "How to detox the lymph system"…how about a link to a tutorial or just the tutorial???

  • Alex

    The heart pumps blood around in order to provide the essentials to maintain the body. The lymphatic system is the bodys 'sewage system' it has no central pump. The waste is moved through the lymphatic system by the actoin of the mucles of the body as they work. Keeping the lymphatic sustem working effectively is simple, all one needs to do is excercise. A sedintary lifestyle results in a sluggish lymphatic sustem. So, either ensure you get some daily excercise or pay a therapist for sessions of lymphatic drainage.

  • Adrian

    The title of the article is "How to Detoxify your Lymphatic System" The article tells all about what the lymphatic system does, but does not provide the information promised. Okay, so how do we do it?

  • Cindy Dozier

    There is also another challenge with these statements. What does one do if they no longer have all of there lymph nodes or if their lymph system has been compromised by breast cancer, war injuries, traffic accidents, or childbirth?

  • Uncle Mercola

    Don't, worry folks. Your liver and kidneys do a heck of a job of "detoxing" the body. The liver is
    "self-cleansing" – no outside help needed. Also, the phrase "toxin" in itself is suspect. What toxin,
    what level, are there any clinical studies done to ascertain which product removes which toxin?

    Also, where do I sign up to a become a certified "lymph drainage therapist? Lol.

  • Helen

    MLD is not something you are going to learn to do by reading a 4 paragraph article. It is a very specific technique with a very specific pressure that even with hands on instruction could take some time to perform adequately. As with many massage/somatic techniques the best way to begin learning is to experience the work yourself.

  • Bodhi

    There are some significant issues with this article.
    1. the kidneys and liver are our cleaning organs and the do a damn good job at it. That's how the body gets rid of toxins, and not by storing them.
    2. The kidneys and liver are not over taxed by doing their intended job. They are meant to work hard.
    3.the lymph cant be pushed faster through the system. Decongestive therapy (MLD) needs compression stockings and limb movement to work. With out both of those the lymph that the MLD pushed slightly a head pools back to where it was pushed from.
    4. MDL is as effective as other forms of massage around fresh scars and wounds. No more no less. so its no the lymph rather its the touch.
    5.MLD does not strengthen the immune system. There have been no studies that indicate that.

    • anon

      Apparently your knowledge of the lymphatic system renders the above comments somewhat incorrect. Each organ has its specific job to do. With the continuous onslaught of toxins (heavy metals, and other "foods" not intended for human digestion) the kidneys and liver can become over-taxed. While the lymph rids the body of toxins, it specifically clears undigested proteins and fluids from the intercellular spaces. It also plays a major role in immune functions, producing white blood cells/lymphocytes — which the kidneys and liver cannot do. Decongestive therapy causes stagnant lymph to move more freely. The lymph only flows in one direction and the uninhibited flow is aided by the action of muscles, especially during exercise. Unless there is a chronic condition of blockage for one reason or another (e.g. lymphedema), compression stockings are not necessary.

  • mary

    is this about dry brushing?

  • Barb

    I would presume you do it by massage either self or a massage therapist. Do you need someone trained in this exclusively?

  • Sony

    Benefits of Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy ( cut,copy,paste )

  • Andrew

    How to take care of your lymphatic system: this has been known for centuries: besides basic good nutrition to start with (if you read Natural News you must have a pretty good idea, .. else check out Mercola and the Weston A Price foundation for basic excellent guidelines, and if you want to superclean everything, a fasting diet will do too ). Then:
    1- you can exercise all your muscles (only way to get the lymph moving)
    2 – you can use Yoga, especially the inverted positions which will move the lymph naturally backwards

  • Lucy Webster

    I want to know how you do it. I use a trampoline and am told this will help my lymph system. Is there anything else I can. Also dry brushing is suppose to help. Tell me how to do manual drainage. Thanks, Lucy

  • Susan

    My chiropractor / herbalist does it . It takes about 20 minutes's a white wand with like infer-red light on the end. Physical therapist do it also. You can also call a health food store. Ask to talk to the person that gives advise to people. As far as I have ever known , you can't do it to yourself you need a machine or therapist to do it.

  • Rajinder kaul

    I totally agree that lymphatic system being in order attributes to good health. In your topic nothing has been mentioned about the ways to detoxify ones lymphatic system. As my knowledge goes that messaging ones body (with sesame or mustard oil) in the morning helps proper drainage through the lymphatic system. All the message on the body should be done towards the heart.

  • rayross

    Thanks for the article. I will research Vodder and Chikley.

  • Colton watch this for how to drain lymph system!!!

  • M Ray

    Either you start to ACTUALLY print the info that the article pertains to which draws us in to read in the 1st place…or …I WILL start looking for my info elsewhere!!!!

  • Meggie Sophia


  • kavita

    Aloe vera & honey are the best and most powerful way to detoxify your body.. but you need to make sure that you use natural honey for this.

  • Corey Harper

    I don't need to reiterate the over stated…. but… you boofed this one guy. Perhaps you should write your titles after you write the article…

  • Megan

    It would be nice to know how to ACCESS this MLD. Therapist of some sort? Can you do it yourself? This article is seriously lacking in some information here.

  • Bonnie

    I guess we leave it up to Dr. Fodder

  • anamprema

    here is a way to clean the lymphatic system on your own.
    you need 1 tablespoon of licorice-powder on 200ml of hot water –
    cover it for one hour and drink it
    (don't eat!))

    one hour after drinking this you need to take an adsorbent
    like active coal or zeolith or healing earth (follow the instructions and drink enough water)
    or if this isn't good for you
    take 0,5 teaspoon of soda in some hot water (attention it bubbles up a lot) and then fill up with cold water

    one hour after that you can eat

    Do this for about 2 weeks, then make a break as long as it feels ok and do it again.
    Please trust your intuition and instinct what is best for you.

    The lymphatic draining after Dr. Vodder mentioned above is a therapeutical kind of "massage"
    and it is amazing to get rid of blocked lymphe, in special after cancer operation or swelling of the face, … It is too a good cosmetic thing, but it is a true release for ill people or, if you have some money left 🙂 it is a good start to get the lymphatic system going.
    By the way swinging on a mini trampolin with a special vibration (like trimilin) is very good for the lymphatic system too and so relaxing ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • need more information about deep explain. hope will coming soon

  • Brometheus

    We know guys, we know. Google is too hard to use; simply telling people that "Manual Lymphatic Drainage" is how to detoxify your lymph system is not enough in 2014, because we don't have a search engine to pursue further learning ourselves.

  • sandy

    If you are endlessly tired, irritable, have trouble losing weight, or feel depressed, you might be suffering from the environmental onslaught of toxins being poured into our air, water and soil by greedy corporate monopolies. If you aren’t sure whether you are suffering from toxic overload, you can at least be certain you are not immune to the toxic effects of environmental pollution like oil spills, fracking, chemtrails, nuclear energy (think Fukushima), or even the domestic production of war materials.
    25 Best Ways to Detox From Heavy Metals, Pesticides, Environmental Pollutants, and Metabolic Waste

  • Jeffrey

    The article is such a Bait and Switch offense, for an advertisement. It may violate the California Civil Code, Section 1770. It is "Misleading".
    Medical Wellness Director of Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center, Linda-Anne Kahn

  • Jennifer

    I would really like to know how to detoxify your lymphatic system. I suffer from most of the problems it claims to help. Would you please tell me more information about this product?

    • Mike F

      Herbalix Restorative for lymph drainage products. There is a new device called the OligoScan that can read the skin heavy metals, trace elements and minerals.


    So where it the HOW TO? This is nothing but an advertisement. I hope Natural News stops posting such misleading articles, it's a waste of our time and their space.

  • Lisa

    exactly as the others have commented……how??? Would be very helpful if you posted another article on how to do it. Looking forward to another posting on how!!

  • Robin

    Look up "Andreas Moritz"."The amazing liver and gallbladder cleanse".On Amazon.0

  • Celine

    Jumping on a trampoline moves the lymph fluid also while taking a shower alternate between hot and cold for a few minutes at a time. You will notice a runny nose and sometimes cough clearing of the lungs. It does work advice was given to me by a naturapathic doctor.

  • SHW

    Find a Holistic Massage Therapist who does lympathic massages. Call a Wellness Clinic or office of Chiropractic and say, " Where can I get a lympathic massage? Colon massage is also very beneficial. Learn foot reflexology.
    " sells books and have penny sales under used books. Take a look and find one of lympathic drainage and even foot reflexology. Drink additional fluids for a few days after each session.

  • Catherine

    Dry Body Brushing. You can google or see video on line
    I've been doing this for about a month now. It takes a bit to use to it, but now it relaxes me.

  • Ted

    Yahoo SPAM……. Use and liver and kidney cleanser, eat high nutrients and a intestines cleanser. Get a water purifier and a juicer. Buy Organic vegies and fruit. try not to eat meat or cut back. Our food is tainted start growing your own. Good Luck and Blessings.

  • Eleanor

    Ah, go on now, you just want us to visit Ms Kahn. Must be her press agent.

  • Eve

    The only clue is the digestive system. Perhaps fasting is the answer.

  • Mark

    Guess the US CONgress are not the only ones good at deceit and veiled promises. What hocus-pocus !

  • Larissa

    For more information on the subject read the following article which also has a list of resources for even more information and a You Tube video.

  • DOL

    Try a rebounder for Lymph drainage!Lot's of fun and burn calories also.I have a Needak Rebounder that I would recommend! Check that out for lymph health! 🙂

  • Scarlett

    Lymphatic drainage massage is the best way I know of, but please avoid these New Age type , woo woo, massage therapists. You may end up with worse than clogged lymph glands.

    Or read how to massage videos or articles, and trade off with a BF or DH and do it yourselves. That doesn't cost an arm and a leg either and is very pleasant. as well.

  • Gary Samer

    Here's what I use in my clinic: Key Benefits and Features
     Helps maintain immune health
     Helps maintain a healthy lymphatic system
     Cleanses lymphatic system; great for detoxification
     Contains echinacea root 4:1 extract for
    improved immune health
     Combines 10 cleansing herbs and one extract
     Delayed release capsule to maximize benefits
     Over 1,000 mg of herbs per two capsules
     60-count vegetarian capsules
    The lymphatic system consists of the lymphoid organs,
    which are spread throughout the body. These include the
    bone marrow, thymus, lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, and
    spleen, as well as the adenoids and tonsils. The lymphatic
    system and lymphoid organs get their name because they are
    involved with the growth, development, and deployment of
    lymphocytes, white blood cells that are key to the immune
    The lymphatic system plays the central role in building
    immune response. It enables the body to rid itself of bacteria
    and viruses, filters foreign substances and cell debris from
    the blood, and produces lymphocytes. It removes toxins that
    originated in the environment and toxic waste products that
    our cells produce as part of their metabolism. If these toxins
    are not removed, they can build up in the blood and eventually
    poison us.
    Bone marrow
    Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of all the bones
    in the body. It produces both red and white blood cells. The
    white blood cells created in the bone marrow can be further
    divided into two types: lymphocytes and phagocytes. These
    two types of white blood cells are the immune system’s frontline
    fighters. The bone marrow also houses the lymphocytes
    known as B cells until they reach maturity. B cells fight
    disease by secreting antibodies into the body fluid. These
    antibodies fight bacteria and viruses.
    The thymus is located near the top of the lungs and behind
    the breastbone. It is a key to immune response. Lymphocytes
    known as T cells get their name
    from the thymus because after the
    bone marrow produces them, they
    are passed on to the thymus, which
    fosters their development. T cells
    both regulate immune response
    and attack infected or malignant
    body cells. The thymus also acts
    as the central clearinghouse of
    immune response, passing lymphocytes
    into the lymphatic system,
    which transports them to
    where they are needed.
    Lymphatic vessels
    The lymphatic vessels are the
    arteries that carry white blood
    cells throughout the body. White cells also can travel in the
    blood, but the lymphatic vessels are better equipped to transport
    the waste materials that the white blood cells pick up.
    Like small creeks that empty into larger and larger rivers, the
    lymphatic vessels feed into larger and larger channels. At the
    base of the neck they merge and their contents are discharged
    into the bloodstream, which carries the waste to the kidneys
    for processing and removal from the body.
    Lymph nodes and spleen
    Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped stopping points that
    are spread throughout the body. They are “wait stations”
    for white blood cells to congregate until they are needed to
    fight an invading pathogen. Clumps of lymphoid tissue are
    found in most parts of the body, especially in the linings of
    the digestive tract and the airways and lungs—all the places
    where pathogens can enter the body. These lymphatic tissues
    include the tonsils, adenoids, and appendix. The spleen also
    contains special compartments where white blood cells gather
    and work.
    The lymphatic system is composed of literally hundreds of
    miles of lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. It is key to the
    elimination of waste products generated throughout the body.
    Dead cells, one of the major components of this waste, collect
    in the lymph nodes, where they are passed on to the bloodstream,
    which, in turn, delivers them to the lungs, kidneys,
    colon, and skin for elimination from the body. Together, all of
    the organs that make up the lymphatic system work to protect
    us from disease and illness.
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    line that disintegrate within only a few short minutes. This
    delayed released capsule contains herbs until they can further
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  • RMC

    The Dr Vodder method feels, very gentle, I have had this done a couple of times for swelling. However you do need to see a trained therapist.

  • duh

    people are helpless. 2 clicks

  • TJB

    I was very interested in finding out more about this treatment as well, so I Googled MLD Therapy and here is what I came up with. It is a massage therapy technique. You can read more about it here:

  • Audrey

    Even though the article falls short, people can source the info themselves. A great way to clean the lymphatic system is to use a re-bounder.

  • Rob

    In Qi Gong there is an exercise where you stand with knees bent a little,and bob up and down with feet on floor and arms raised and lowered for 10 mins.It is supposed to stimulate lymph glands,much like soothing a baby by gently shaking it up and down.

  • JBP

    What a misleading title. I wasted my time scanning over this trying to find the "HOW to." The writer doesn't even tell the writer who Dr. Vodder is or where to go to learn more about this technique or to have this technique administered. Actually, this is a very useless article.

  • Patti

    You can jump on a rebounder to pump your lymph system. Google rebounding and read about the benefits. It is a mini trampoline

  • akhil

    2 3 tips to dijiye ////limphytic clining ke

  • Virginia I

    I have Waldenstrom's Lymphoma and have been looking for a natural way to slow it down. Doing all natural for the past 3 years. Would like further information on MLD. Thank you.

    • Virginia

      Fine, thank you.

  • Donna

    What a let down…. Where is the important part of this article? Can you please fix this by giving the complete info.

  • Darlene bell

    I had my lymphatic injured. Had to have massage for 2 years. They would lightly rub my legs up all the way to stomack. It comes up and pumps into the stomack. Then they would rub down from neck to waist to go into stomack. Back and front.When my legs start hurting I sit on
    sofa and rub back of legs lightly up. Trampoline are also good.

  • Slow learner


  • Mike Fessler

    Lymphatic drainage implies lymphatic fluids to pass thru a membrane mainly skin. What Vodder does is lymphatic "movement", which is to unblock congested lymph. Lymphatic drainage is of the osmotic principle where as in skin measuring the collection of fluids on the skin qualifies as lymphatic drainage, and is performed by a poultice of a stronger salt than our body fluids.

  • Concerned

    They do this on purpose, they want your personal info, to make money. If you really want it become a member below.

  • Wanda Ferguson

    I patiently read this article with the idea that I could actually detox my lymphatic system. I'm still waiting.

  • robert gilles

    a good massage will help the lymph drainage greatly

  • Wyatt


  • Michael Haymar

    When you say — “Dr Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage”. Are you referring to “skin brushing”.

    • zelda

      No dry brushing is something else. I was recently diagnosed with lymph edema

      in both of my legs and was sent to a Physical Therapist that specializes in lymph edema. It is a light massage at various points of the body that you do every day. I do a 20 to 30 second light massage on 8 points of each side of my body for a total of 16 points to open up the lymph pathways. In one weeks time of doing the massage and keeping my legs in ace wraps 24 hours a day I lost 8 inches in one leg and 10 inches in the other. It is really amazing.

      • Pru

        Thanks. You actually explained a little how to cleanse the lymphatic system. This article gave interesting background on the importance of cleansing the lymphs, but no how to as the title suggested. I have no problem with people advertising their skills and services, but this post did not match the title.

        • Anne

          How do you detoxify, there is no real explanation?

      • Jean Zimmerman Johnson Stertz

        I also have been diagnosed with severe lymphedema. My legs weep fluid constantly. I am in therapy and wound care. I also have to do the daily massage routine plus use a lymphatic pump system on the upper body and a leg. the next day I do the other leg. There is no cure for this terrible condition.

        • Tarkau

          Try Calumine Lotion several times a day.At least 2-3 times.It stops the itching also and dries up that weeping fluid from the legs.

          • Mieke

            You could consult with a homeopath, since there are homeopathic remedies for lymphatic drainage that would help in addition to dry brushing an rebounding.

  • Brodberger

    Does Qi Gong work as well? Or different types of massage ? (Swedish>? How about acupuncture or acupressure ore yoga to rest the chakras or reiki? Anything on any of those? What is this dry brush thing?

  • Of course if your lymph is slowed down by dehydration or hypothyroidism it helps to get that sorted out.

  • ed goldberg

    what is the best roll on for lymph node cleanse

  • ed goldberg

    what is the best roll on to use for lymph node cleanse

  • norman

    you don’t tell us how!

  • Crystalyn

    This is a “How To:” that doesn’t tell you how, only why!

  • Sherrie Miller

    what a poorly written article. It doesn’t tell how to clean the lympatic system even though that is the title of the article…?????

    • Lore

      I found a really good article that tells you how to cleanse the lymphatic system and the best way to do it.

      • Steeve Leaf

        Thank you both.
        Here is the quote from the article
        “Rebounding on a mini trampoline is perhaps the most efficient and forceful means of flushing the lymph while stimulating the immune system and defending against cancer and other ailments. During rebound exercise the forces of the upward and downward bounces – acceleration and deceleration – are vertically aligned on the same plane with gravity.
        It was proven by Albert Einstein in 1911 that the aligned forces of acceleration, deceleration and gravity result in an increased gravitational load (1). What this means for the body is that during rebound exercise cells adjust to the increased load by becoming stronger. Rebounding strengthens virtually every cell of the body at the same time and is equivalent to resistance training for the cells. (source).
        Another way to detox is by juicing specific vegetables, using …”

        • mrb2563

          Yes, I love rebounding! It’s a great way to exercise and it is a lot cheaper in the long run.

    • Lucia

      There are herbs which have a cleansing ,draining action on the lymphatic system and that also goes for essential oils . There are very good homeopatic remedies out there you have Lymphomyosot from Heel which is very good and Lymphdiarral from Pascoe both german brands .If you just want to clean out your lymph and not be bothered with a little study than i would suggest the latter.

  • raru

    how bout dry skin brushing..?

  • Bennie Flagg
  • Jacque Christy

    Best way to drain your lymphatics is to jump up and down 20 times – the perfect place to do this is on the rebounder . If you can use the floor for this then try to hold on to something with both hands that will lighten your landings.. very hard on your feet & knees.

    • Time and time again, I see articles that indicate this is the most efficient way to get and keep your lymph system moving. Glad to see you mention that equipment is not necessary. I stand in place, hold the counter and roll up on the balls of my feet and slam my heels into the ground. I do this with crock on so it is not harmful or hurtful to my feet. Thanks for pointing this out.

  • Susan Faber

    I was telling a therapist about my friend with cancer who was lightly jumping on her rebounder for 7 minutes a day to help drain her lymph system. He said that was good but if a person did not have a rebounder, they could do the same thing by lightly bouncing on their bed, since the main part of the lymph system is located in the lower trunk of your body. I started bouncing on my bed and then realized I could do the same thing on my large exercise ball, then I could do it anywhere. No knee, leg or foot problems. It also helps your core muscles.

  • Susan Faber

    Go to YouTube for a good video about Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). There are also other videos at this location which demonstrate MLD. Very informative!

    • Stephanie Turner Darden

      Thanks I appreciate this post from you!!

  • HOW*13Quest

    If your kidneys are not filtering lymphatic waste then you dont want to rebound or heavy exercise….the keyto detoxification and draining lymph is kidney filtration…..research dr. robert morse and kidney filtration and the greatlymphatic system…trust me ….dr robert morse ND is the master of detoxification and lymphatic system and kidney filtration ….good luck my friends…heres a hint….the key is fruit and raw diet to promote detox….fruit all day and a salad at night coupled with herbs from dr. morses herbal health club

  • Kristina

    I went to school for Massage Therapy and one of the courses was for Lymphatic Massage. I learned quite a bit about this particular subject. I am in no way an expert but I have done my fair share of research so below I am adding a list with some of the most effective lymphatic detox solutions.

    1. Skin Brushing is an excellent way to give your Lymphatic system a push to get moving. My instructor REALLY loved this. The trick is to have a long handled stiff but soft bristled brush and starting on the tops of your feet, brush upward toward the lymph nodes and toward your heart, in short light strokes. It’s suggested to do it once a day and the best time is right before your morning shower. You’ll feel the difference, I promise… not to mention, your skin will be totally soft after sloughing off those dead skin cells and then washing in a nice hot shower 🙂

    2. One of the best forms of exercise for promoting a healthy lymph system is actually swimming laps. The gentle movement of the water over your skin promotes movement of lymphatic fluid through the body. Ever become nauseous after getting out of the pool? That’s a sure sign that you’ve got some movement going. Drink some good ol’ H2O and expel those toxins, you’ll feel great in no time.

    3. Lymphatic Massage!! Just like the gentle movement of water, this massage is an EXTREMELY light touch massage done with fingertips brushing across the skin in the direction of the lymph nodes over the various areas of the body. A more firm-like pressure is added using the palms when somewhat ‘wringing’ out the toxins from major organs important to our lymphatic system, ie; Liver, etc. My 1st experience receiving this massage I felt like, omg.. there is NO way this sissy little massage can do ANY thing for anyone.. wow, I was VERY wrong. Just like after swimming, I became nauseous and with the massage, I felt light headed and dizzy… Our instructor was adamant about the importance of water and of course she was right. Once I consumed a sufficient amount of water, toxins were expelled and you know what? I felt AMAZING!!! Of ALL the different types of massages that I had while in school… The Lymphatic massage was by far the MOST effective.

    4. I have yet to do this but, my Lymphatic Massage instructor SWORE by the effectiveness of this procedure. I personally am a tad bit of a chicken but absolutely everyone that I spoke with that has gone through with it, said their only regret was having not done it sooner… and that is a Colonic. This is one way to expel massive amounts of toxins from your body and apparently feel the difference immediately. I’m not sure exactly how much the effects differ but, I did massive research on expelling toxins from your body through the use of organic solution enemas when accompanied with a juice fast which is supposed to have dramatic results as well. (see juice fast below).

    5. Juice Fasting. The definition of Fasting is to abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance. My very religious grandfather would fast for days, consuming absolutely nothing but water. I was very young so I didn’t understand but later came to realize that he was taking care to not allow any impurities into his body physically, or into his spirit emotionally. This accompanied with prayer, would bring him closer to God and would also assist him through tragedies and family crisis, etc. That’s what a lot of people think of when they hear ‘Fasting’. There are many controversies around fasting with most against it because of the ‘danger’ to your health and the stress it causes your system. Well… juice fasting is different and can be of tremendous benefit to your health (physically and emotionally). Basically, when taking in the juices of organic fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas and water for a set amount of time, your body’s digestive system is allowed to rest. Your body still receives all of the vitamins and nutrients needed to function PLUS some. The great thing though, is the fact that all of the energy used for digestion is then used to “heal ITSELF”… Our bodies are miraculous fine tuned machines that if given the proper tools, will amaze you!! Years of damage done to the system through injury, bad eating habits, chemicals, medication residue, smoking, drugs, drinking, etc. etc… are tackled by our system. The hefty amounts of toxic crap that ends up floating around however, throw your system into a not-so-pleasant crisis and so this is where the enema’s come into play. Performing an enema helps expel all the toxic stuff and gets your body through that phase. In the beginning, it’s pretty rough and the toxic crisis’s come often but as you go on and your body continues to heal itself the crisis’s are fewer between. The info I put here is pretty basic, there is so much more involved and it’s extremely interesting. Be safe and OVERLY research it instead of just jumping right in. This is something that takes massive preparation.

    I’m sure there is much more that can be done out there, but this is my definite top 5. Just remember that whatever you choose to do, drinking WATER is IMPERATIVE. If you don’t drink a good amount of water to flush the toxins from your system, you can possibly cause yourself more issues and you’ll DEFINITELY feel like crap.

    Hope this info helps!!

  • Salmanfarsi

    Peace be upon you fellow humans. Whole organic lemon washed in organic apple cider vinegar thoroughly then the WHOLE lemon or lime blended/juiced (peel,juice,pips). You can add honey,ACV and in hot climate pinch of Himalayan rock salt shaken or stirred up to you. Alternatively use peel of the lemon for tea or in cooking rice and drink the juice of lemon pure distilled water.Externally cleanse the lymph nodes with apple cider vinegar with organic cotton.Drink ACV diluted in water empty stomach, before meals and throughout the day.Manjistha Powder is a good blood purifier.Wet cupping is wonderful therapy to chelate toxins all over the body and head.Triphala (Ayurvedic) powder is very good for clearing toxins and sending nutrients and minerals to where they should be going or where needed.Bathing in ACV and Himalayan rock salt (80 nutrients and minerals) detoxifies externally and calming.Hot salt stones and salt bars for scrubbing when bathing.Vitamin D from sun,fasting,vomitting on empty stomach,rebounding, hot and cold water therapy,steam sweating work absolutely perfectly for lymph nodes ( under arms,groin,neck,back) and a hell of a lot of plasters and dressings let them burst naturally and then clean with ACV mixed with lemon juice but depending how bad lymphoma is you have to fight em with all you got. I fought lymph nodes for two years and is cleared with all the mentioned. I hope it was some help to you.
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