Mention the heart or the cardiovascular system and most people have a pretty good idea of what that is and how it functions. But although the lymphatic system is vitally important to our health, most people don't understand it. Some have not even heard of it.
The lymph system is interactive with every organ, and is directly related to immune function and efficiency. It is a protector and a defense mechanism against infection, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and disease. It is comprised of fluid, vessels, ducts and various other organs and structures. It clears toxins, wastes, excess fluids, and infection from all tissues of the body through proper flow and drainage, but only if this essential system is functioning at its peak efficiency.
The cardiovascular system delivers life-giving oxygen and nutrients to all the organs and cells of the body, and is connected to a pump - the heart.
The lymphatic system is also connected to every cell and organ of the body, but its function is completely different from that of the cardiovascular system. It is the "garbage collector", the internal vacuum cleaner that sucks up metabolic garbage, toxins, and excess fluid from the extracellular fluid of every organ. If this flow is impaired, the fluid becomes toxic. The parts of the body that rely on it for elimination become less efficient and sluggish as they fill with their own waste. This otherwise life sustaining system now becomes a breeding ground for infection. When the fluid enters the bloodstream, as is part of the normal process, infection can now spread to any organ or part of the body. Many viruses, bacteria, and parasites stay locked within the lymphatic system when these conditions are present. The result: physical ailments, degenerative disease, hastening of the aging process, even death.
An "emunctory" is any opening through which the body eliminates foreign matter from one part of the body to another. This is not only through the eliminative organs, such as the bowels, kidneys, or lungs, as most would think, but can also be via a joint, lymph system, or skin, for example. When a foreign substance is present, the body's first reflex is to eliminate it. When this elimination is suppressed by any means, such as by taking traditional drugs, medications, or some therapies, some of the foreign matter gets suppressed (or pushed back into the system). Then, the very organisms or substances the body is intelligently attempting to eliminate become stored within the body and in any number of areas causing any number of disease symptoms. As this process occurs and elimination is blocked, the body becomes toxic. When the toxins cannot be removed due to congestion or blockages, the degenerative disease process begins.
Many people have a badly congested lymphatic system and don't even know it. In the U.S., the lymphatic system is the most overlooked system of the human body. In Europe, stimulation of the lymph flow is the fourth most commonly prescribed medical treatment. Most US healthcare practitioners seldom consider the lymphatic system's critical role in preventing illness, or its importance to the overall healing process. Some of the organs that are part of the lymphatic system are lymph nodes, lymph veins, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and the spleen... and you know what happens to those parts of the body whenever surgeons get close to them. Swollen glands, with which most of us are familiar, are symptomatic of blocked lymph nodes, which indicate a breakdown in the functioning of the lymphatic system. Other examples of congested lymphatics are:
Allergies, chronic sinusitis, heart disease, eczema and other skin conditions, loss of energy, fibrocystic disease, chronic fatigue, repetitive parasitic infections, MS, edema, lupus, erythematosis, inflammation, high blood pressure, viral infections, puffy eyes, bacterial infections, low back pain, cancer, ear or balance problems, arthritis, headaches, cellulite, excessive sweating, obesity, and more!
Rebound exercise is so efficient in stimulating lymph flow that Dr. C. Samuel West calls it "Lymphacizing."