The lymphatic system (big part of the immune system), is acknowledged as part of the circulatory system of the body.
So if your lymphatic system is not working well, your body‘s ability to address and deal effectively with the waste, to identify the invasions and imbalances is compromised, leads to toxicity in the body, therefore pain. Because the lymphatic/immune system involvement and relationship with the circulatory system, the blood is affected. The lack of health in the blood is a large contributing factor in many conditions, and those associated with pain.
The lymphatic systems role is to cleanse the body and maintain blood volume.
The circulation system is primarily that of the blood circulation & we will leave it under this umbrella for this article.
The digestive system is responsible for breaking down, mixing up and sorting out what we put into our mouths.
Now our blood carries oxygen, moisture and nutrients to every cell in our bodies. As it carries these vital substances into the cells, the blood leaves carrying out the waste by-products from cellular activity. This is the understanding of blood we get from a Western medical approach.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine understanding, our blood is the collection of or accumulation of our experiences and perceptions, our world view if you like. Healthy blood means a healthy mind. Modern medical research has acknowledged that the emotions we experience corresponds to the neuro-peptides in our blood. Our hormones and neurotransmitters in the blood are affected by our moods, and many other functions of our cells and organs are influenced or affected by our thinking, via the blood.
Our blood is affected by many factors - the foods we eat, and our digestive health, as well as emotional trauma and the thoughts we think.....therefore can be seen in conditions such as constipation, paleness of skin, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety and disturbing dreams. By changing our thinking, addressing traumas, feelings of stuckness and looking at our diets we are able to make a big difference to the health of our blood.
Toxins in our blood will be seen as feelings of heat, skin conditions, excessive menstrual bleeding, dry mouth and anxiety. These toxins can be there, simply because of the inappropriate food and drinks our society consumes, and/or they can accumulate because our immune systems are so overloaded they do not have the information and resources to deal with the waste. Much of our modern processed foods contain chemicals our bodies do not even recognise – this is when we need to inform the body that these substances are toxic, and support it in eliminating them in the safest and quickest way for you. Many medications are very toxic to the body, and will do damage to parts of the body that are not even targeted. It is really important to research the medications you are on, find out as much as you can regarding the side effects and dangers. A website that has valuable research is Mercola.com and you can search particular conditions or medications. We see so many skin conditions change rapidly when we are able to address the toxicity levels and balance out the digestive system so it is working well.
When our blood is not moving well, or has become stagnant in any area of the body, the result is pain, agitation, restlessness and irritability. Our liver is responsible for helping keep things moving in the body and the liver will generate anger to do this. To be able to get the blood flowing to every cell, in and out, through every part of the body is vital for our flexibility and health, and it is much better if we can assist the body, rather than the liver having to produce anger. For an angry liver will produce an angry person, and if that said person is not aware of the cause for their anger, this can be rather frightening. Stagnation will also cause blockages, and swellings, so it is good reason again to get the blood moving.
Our digestive system has the important role of discerning what is good for us by passing it through the intestine walls & passing on to the bowel the toxins and waste - the things that are not good for us. Much of the time our digestive system can deal with the occasional toxins that we throw at it, and the junk food we occasionally eat, however when it is overwhelmed and not healthy, it is unable to discern the good from the bad and step up to its role - therefore letting things that are not good for our cells through the lining of the intestines and into the blood stream.