Move That Lymph
It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. What’s typically not said in the same sentence is the frame surrounding the windows and how stagnant lymph can take away from the view. Dark circles, puffiness, and bags are very common, especially in our ever so busy lives. Diet, exercise and good sleep hygiene can play a large role in diminishing these offensive effects around the eyes along with acupuncture and facial rejuvenation techniques.
Lymph is a fluid comprised of waste materials from our body. Many of these materials actually helped our body at some point, such as fighting off an exterior pathogen or even discharging fats from our digestive system. However, sometimes our lymphatic system gets blocked up. This can cause many problems throughout the body and especially around our eyes.
Traditional Chinese Medicine leans heavily on the theory of stagnation in the body and how it is detrimental to our health. Through acupuncture and cupping we are able to open specific channels and direct the stagnant lymph from the face. From here it is carried away via the bloodstream and is broken down.
Exercise plays a similar role in moving lymph. Since our lymphatic system is not powered by our heart we have to use body movement along with muscle flexion and contraction to move it. Being overly sedentary is also counterproductive for lymphatic movement; so don’t sit too long, get up and move around.
If you’re ready to get your lymph moving give us a call. From general acupuncture and facial rejuvenation acupuncture, to dietary and health advice, all of us at Arizona Natural Medicine are here to assist you on your journey to natural health and beauty.