Reflexology therapy for the immune or lymphatic system strengthens immunity. It improves the ability to attack the disease-causing invaders (e.g. organisms and substances).
Refleksologie kan ingespan word vir verbetering van liggaams en orgaanfunksies. Dit kan verder aangewend word vir ontspanningsdoeleindes en om immunestelsel te verbeter.
Die immuunstelsel is uniek en het ‘n spesiale ingeboude volwaardige sisteem wat ons as wesens beskerm. Elke persoon sin werk anders en niemand is dieselfde nie. Dit beskerm nie net jouself nie, maar almal rondom jou. As almal gesond is, bly almal gesond. Hoe gesonder ons as mense leef, weg van spanning en druk af, hoe beter vir elkeen rondom ons. Ontspan en raak ontslae van spanning en druk.
Dit is geen maklike taak in vandag se lewe om net te gaan sit en ontspan nie, aangesien daar heelwat dinge gedoen moet word, in die huis of in besigheid of werksomstandighede. Die immunestelsel beskerm liggaam teen siektes; identifisering van patogene (virusse tot parasitiese wurms) en onderskeiding van eie liggaamsweefsel. Die immuunstelsel maak gebruik van leukosiete (witbloedselle) om siektes wat organismes of stowwe veroorsaak, te vernietig.
Die timus, milt en beenmurg is die limfoïede organe; dit produseer en stoor leukosiete. Die immuunstelsel bestaan uit die timus, milt en limf. Die immuunstelsel bestaan uit selle, weefsels en organe; werk saam om die liggaam te beskerm.
Limfaties is die sekondêre sirkulasiestelsel (wat deel vorm van die immuunstelsel); dit help om afvalprodukte te beskerm, skoon te maak en daarna te verwyder.
Limfkliere is regdeur die liggaam aanwesig; maar groot groepe is in die bors, oksels en lieste geleë.
Die Limfkliere beweeg limf (‘n waterige vloeistof wat proteïene, soute, glukose, ureum, ens., bevat.) deur die liggaam en handhaaf liggaamsvloeistofvlakke. Dit vorm ‘n verdediging vir die liggaam teen kieme wat siektes veroorsaak (virusse, bakterieë en swamme).
Die Timusklier is deel van die immuunstelsel wat tydens die kinderjare en voor puberteit vorm. Dit beheer die groei en ontwikkeling van ‘n groot deel van die immuunstelsel.
Die Milt is deel van die immuunstelsel wat in die boonste linker gedeelte van die buik onder die ribbekas geleë is. Die belangrikste take van die milt is die produksie van witbloedselle en filtrasie van limfvloeistof. Makrofage in die milt beveg infeksie en beskerm die liggaam. Dit vernietig bakterieë, dooie weefsels en vreemde stowwe; verwyder dit ook uit die bloed.
Die Mangels bestaan uit twee kliere aan die agterkant van die keel. Die mangels en adenoïede (nasofaryngeale mangels) beskerm die spysverteringstelsel en die longe teen bakterieë en virusse. Die Adenoïed is ‘n stuk weefsel wat veral kinders beskerm teen siektes en virusse en hulle verdwyn na die ouderdom van 5.
The immune system protects against the diseases; identifying pathogens (viruses to parasitic worms) and distinguishing from own body tissues. The immune system uses leukocytes (white blood cells) to destroy disease-causing organisms or substances.
The Thymus, spleen, and bone marrow are the lymphoid organs; it produces and stores Leukocytes. The immune system consists of the thymus, spleen and lymphatic. The immune system is set of cells, tissues, and organs; works together to protect the body.
Lymphatic is the secondary circulation system (part of immune system); it help to protect, cleanse, and to remove waste products.
Lymph nodes are present throughout the body; but large groups are on the breast, armpit, and groin.
- The lymphatic vessels move lymph (a watery fluid containing protein, salts, glucose, urea, etc.) throughout the body and maintain body fluid level. It defends the body against illness-causing germs (viruses, bacteria, and fungi).
- The thymus gland is part of the immune system; its main duty is during infancy and before puberty. It controls the growth and development of a major part of the immune system.
- The spleen is part of the immune system; located in the upper left part of the abdomen under the rib cage. Major jobs of the spleen are white blood cells production and lymph fluid filtration. Macrophages in the spleen fight infection and protects the body. It destroys bacteria, dead tissues, and foreign substances; additionally, remove them from the blood.
- Tonsils consist of two glands in the backside of the throat. The tonsils and adenoids (nasopharyngeal tonsils) protect the entry of the digestive system and the lungs, from bacteria and viruses. Adenoid is a patch of tissue; it protects kids and they disappear after age 5.
Reflexes of the lymphatic system include tonsils, spleen, thymus, groin, and upper lymphatic.
Tonsil reflex point
Tonsils protect the entry of the digestive system and the lungs, from bacteria and viruses.
How to do reflexology therapy for the tonsil? Tonsil reflexes are above the transverse neckline of the big toe on the lateral side. Using the right thumb; hook & backup this reflexes three times.
Thymus reflex point
The thymus is a lymphoid gland consist of two lobes, located behind the breastbone in front of the heart. The thymus gland is closely associated with the immune system than the endocrine system. It trains and develop, important white blood cell T-lymphocytes or T-cells. T-cells defend from pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and fungi).
How to do reflexology therapy for the thymus gland? Thymus reflex is halfway between the parathyroid and diaphragm. Hold the foot with one hand; press & rotate, using another hand thumb.
The spleen acts as a part of the immune system; it helps fight bacteria causing pneumonia and meningitis. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen; also, platelets and white blood cells are stored there.
According to traditional Chinese physiology, the role of the spleen is nutrients assimilation and preserving physical strength. Spleen makes nutrients and Qi (vital energy) from the digested food. So, the spleen is considering as a digestive organ.
How to do reflexology therapy for the spleen? Spleen reflex is only in the left leg. Hold the left leg with the left hand; walk underneath the diaphragm line horizontally across the foot, using the right thumb. Walk each row below the previous one until four horizontal lines. Repeat twice. Reflexology therapy for spleen helps fight infection and destroy old blood cells.
The lymphatic system is a part of immune system.
Lymphatic system performs
- White blood cells transportation to the lymph nodes,
- Absorption of fatty acid,
- Interstitial fluid removal from the tissues.
How to do reflexology therapy for the upper lymphatic? Hold the foot with one hand; using another hand index finger, walk from the base of toes towards the ankle between the metatarsal. Repeat twice. Reflexology therapy for upper lymphatic strengthens the body’s immune system.
Using the right thumb, walk three semicircular rows around the lateral ankle from medial to lateral. The first row is near the ankle; the remaining rows are one-step away.
How to do reflexology therapy for the groin lymphatic? It is on either side of the anklebone. Using the index finger, walk on either side of the anklebone in three rows. First row is near the ankle bone; other two are a step away.
Reflexology therapy for groin lymphatic increases the body’s defense against infection and cancer. During menstruation, this reflex may be sensitive.
Lymphatic reflexology is useful to treat various conditions; Arthritis, Asthma, Eczema, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ME, Sinus problems, Migraines, Headaches, Muscular tension, Aches and pains, and Premenstrual Syndrome.
A non-negligible additional benefit of Reflexology is stress reduction which positively contributes to your immune system. Reflexology also boosts the production of endorphins which are needed by immune cells receptors to function properly. Endorphins are necessary for proper immune function.
Looking for a natural way to boost your immune system? If you’re feeling stressed out, super busy, or you’re not getting enough sleep, this can make you more likely to get sick. Fortunately, your body has its own built-in system to keep you in balance.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are 12 primary energy pathways or channels running through your body. These channels influence your energy levels, mental clarity, digestion, overall health, emotions, and more. While this powerful system doesn’t come with an operating manual (unless you include the ancient TCM texts), there are ways to “reboot” and strengthen the system to keep your body healthy and strong.
In Chinese Medicine, the organ (and its associated energy meridian) that maintains your body’s “wall” of protection is your Lungs. It is said that the Lungs disperse wei qi, also known as defensive qi. It’s a special kind of qi that creates a barrier of protection against those pesky evil invaders.
Now if a few sneaky germs find a crack in the wall and sneak through, your body has another organ/energy meridian that also acts as a line of defense—and that would be the Spleen. And in Western medicine, the Spleen plays a role in supporting the immune system by producing white blood cells that help fight infection.
In Chinese Medicine, the Spleen works together with your Stomach to transport food essence (aka nutrients), and also clear out mucus. So in order to help your body repel the invaders, you need a way to strengthen your Lungs and also support your Spleen, which you can do through its relationship with the Stomach.
Zu San Li, aka Zusanli or Stomach 36, is located on the front of your lower leg below the knee cap and toward the outer side of your calf, and there’s a Stomach 36 point on each of your legs. There are four steps to locate this point, and I’ll walk you through them for your left leg:
- Sit at a chair with your knees bent. Then feel for your left knee cap. Easy enough, right? Err, I mean left!
- Underneath the left knee cap, on the bottom outer edge, you will feel a slight depression. Place your left index finger on this “dent.” And no, you haven’t yet found Stomach 36, but you’re almost there!
- Press the four fingers of your right hand together next to each other.
- Place this “stack” of four fingers directly below the dent you found under your knee cap. Lift up your left finger and place it directly below the stack, in line with the dent under the knee cap.
You can massage this point on both of your legs at the same time. Make fists with both hands. Reach down to the point, press your knuckles in, and rub up and down. It’s not that unusual for this area to be sensitive, especially if you have poor digestion. Massage up and down with your fists for 30 seconds.
Five Chinese Reflexology points that people can use to be most effective for recovering from a cold in record time. You can lie in bed and massage your feet, and it takes about 5 minutes of your time.
The auther described that a cold hit her like a ton of bricks. The next morning, her throat was so sore that she couldn’t speak. The lymph nodes in her neck were swollen so much that it hurt to turn her head. Her chest felt really tight as did her upper back. She was exhausted, she had a killer headache and felt achy all over.
In an ideal world, she wanted to massage the entire system of reflexology points on her feet, but she felt like crap and didn’t have the energy to do so. Instead, she rubbed a handful of reflexology points for less than five minutes. She used a special reflexology stick to massage her points. Chinese Reflexology is amazingly powerful, but you’re not going to see miracles in 5 minutes. Go see your doctor if you are sick and then use the reflexology to assist your recovery as it’s complementary to almost any course of treatment.
This is perfectly normal that it is sore, especially the first time you rub them. If you don’t feel anything, you’re probably not pressing hard enough. Try to rub through the pain, but be sensible about it. As the energy flow returns to optimal form, the points will stop hurting. Chinese Reflexology is a lot like that cough syrup that tastes bad, but gets the job done. Chinese Reflexology hurts, but it works.
Rub these points on BOTH of your feet 4 times a day at the following times:
- When you first wake up
- Either 1 hour before or after lunch
- At the end of the day (e.g., 5pm)
- Before going to sleep
You still need to rest, drink plenty of fluids and take it easy.
The most important reflexology point to rub is your lung point. In Chinese Medicine, there’s a direct relationship between the lung meridian (of energy) and the “invasion of external evil”, which is merely a quaint Chinese way of saying, “cold germs.”
The lung meridian is considered the first barrier to protect the body from “evil pathogens.” Normally, the reflexology area for my lung is completely painless, but I noticed tender spots while I was massaging it when I had the cold.
To massage this area, press deeply with your thumbs and when you feel a point that is tender to touch, press even deeper and massage using small circles. Massage the entire lung area, focusing on tender points for a total of one minute per foot. This will give your lung meridian an energy boost.
The next point in my reflexology protocol to get rid of a cold fast is the sinus point. If your head is feeling stuffy, especially around your sinuses, this is THE point to massage.
Located on the tip of your big toe on the UNDERSIDE.
If you can tolerate the discomfort, this point will do wonders to clear energy blockages in your neck and throat, which will allow your body to heal more quickly.
4 Reflexology points are located on TOP of your toes, just below the toe knuckle.
To massage these points, make a fist with your hand. Then place the knuckles of your index and middle finger on top of your big toe, just below the toe knuckle, on either side of the crest of the toe bone. Turn your wrist back and forth to press on the points with your knuckles. Do this for about 30 seconds.
Massaging the throat reflex point in addition to the tonsil/throat point really helps turbocharge the clearing of energy in the throat, neck, and cervical (fancy way to say “neck”) lymph nodes. In other words, get rid of a sore throat faster.
The throat point is very easy to locate. It’s right at the tip of the webbing between your big toe and the second toe. Use the knuckle of your index finger to massage this point with a digging and twisting motion. Massage for about 20 seconds.
When your pits are sweaty, your body is actually cleaning house.
The lymphatic system is the overlooked and underappreciated worker in your body. While your heart and blood vessels are grabbing the limelight, the lymphatic system is diligently transporting white blood cells throughout your body and clearing out waste materials.
This reflexology point is located in the webbing between the bones of your big toe and second toe. To massage this point, use the knuckle of your index finger. Press as hard as you can tolerate from the base of your toes towards the point of the V that’s formed where the bones meet.
Your heart pumps the blood through your circulatory system, but the only way lymph fluid gets moved around is when YOU move around. It’s no wonder that most people find this reflexology point is very painful with even the slightest pressure.
Lift up your knuckle and place it back at the base of your toes and stroke downwards again. Repeat for 30 strokes.
DO NOT STOP IF YOU FEEL BETTER, REPEAT UNTIL COLD IS AWAY
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ACUPRESSURE POINT SELECTION FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT
Actions: THE point to release the exterior and treat “wind” conditions— cold and flu symptoms like fever/ chills, runny nose/congestion, headache, sore throat, dizziness, etc.; and, boosts the body’s defenses against recurrence. A powerful anti-inflammatory point; relieves pain and moves qi; has a calming/analgesic effect.
NOTE: Avoid this point if you are pregnant.
Actions: strengthens the lungs to push out pathology. Traditionally used for early symptoms of a cold/flu like fever/chills and sore throat, but also bolsters the body’s resistance against seasonal bugs and viruses. Treats grief and sadness, which can weaken the lungs.