Blood you probably already know a fair bit about, and you probably also know that the mechanism that causes the blood to freely move around your body is called your heart.
Every time your heart beats, it pumps fresh blood around your body, and sends the old, deoxygenated blood off to be revamped.
By contrast, lymph doesn't have its own innate 'pump' system, which can make it that much easier for your lymphatic system to get clogged up and blocked.
What does lymph actually do?
So now, what does your lymph actually do?
The simple way of answering it is to tell you that your lymph takes care of removing all the waste material that your body doesn't need anymore, like bits of hormones, dead cells and even, toxic emotions and other chemicals (because you remember that emotions are actually caused by, and cause, chemical reactions within the body.)
When all that stuff is moving out nicely, your body is working great, you'll have energy, and the waste matter won't hang around long enough to start causing you problems.
But when your lymph system is slow or stagnant, that's when trouble - and God forbid, illness - can strike.
From the point of view of the body's energy meridians [LINK], blocked lymph can disrupt, weaken and stop the flow of energy around your body, via a particular meridian. But the opposite can also be true, with a weak or problematic meridian contributing to lymph blockages.
How to get your lymph flowing again
So how do you get your lymph flowing around and in good shape?
There's a few answers, and none of them are definitive. All of the below will help:
1) Exercise regularly - working up a good sweat 2-3 times a week is one of the best ways to keep your lymph in good shape. If you can't manage a regular gym session or tennis game, don't despair: try to walk as much as possible, and take the stairs (even one flight… ) whenever you can. Dance to Queen in your kitchen, while you're making supper. Every little bit of exercise and movement you do could lead to a big pay-off for you, lymph-wise.
2) Keep your physical toxins down - candy bars, McDonalds, petrol fumes, cigarette smoke, over-the-counter drugs and household products containing chemicals should be kept to a minimum. The healthier you eat, the healthier you live, the less nasty stuff your lymph system actually has to move out. But physical toxins is only half the equation (see the next point, below).
3) Learn how to release your negative emotions in a healthy way (the free 'Talk to God and Fix Your Health' course devotes a lot of space to teaching you exactly how to do this.). Don't bottle up your anger, jealousy, resentment or despair, or just try to ignore it. Also, don't just give into your negative emotions, and let them take over. Remember, emotions are chemicals, and cause chemical changes in your body that can be incredibly powerful forces for health and well-being, or the opposite.
Negative emotions that aren't dealt with in a healthy way back up in your body, block your lymph, and can act like the worse physical toxins.
4) Regularly massage your neurolymphatic points. You have a number of neurolymphatic points all over your body, and each one is associated with a particular meridian. Take a minute to feel around every day, and identify 2 or 3 points that feel a bit sore or tender - that's a key sign that the energy has got blocked there. Then, simply massage the relevant points for around 10 seconds. Once the stagnant energy has been broken up and 'moved on', the tenderness will reduce, and even disappear. If you do this every day, your lymph will start to move around much more effectively.
See the diagram above for where your neurolymphatic points are, and what meridians they're associated with.