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Lymphatic Vessels & Cerebrospinal Fluid

Lymphatic Vessels – N.+10°/S.-10°
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V.-35° PC

Cerebrospinal Fluid – W.-10°/E.+10° V.-35° TW(PC)


Throughout the body there is an interconnected webbing of vessels called lymphatic vessels. This webbing is filled with lymph, a fluid that contains cellular wastes, traveling lymphocytes, and bodily fluids. The arteries release blood into the capillaries and the capillaries release blood into the insterstitial areas through which each cell receives its nutrients. Cellular waste is returned to the interstitial areas where it is collected by the lymphatic vessels. In turn the lymph is shunted through the webbing all the way back to the large veins where its contents return to circulation.

Lymphatic vessels are very small and do not contain muscles. As a result, it is commonly believed that lymph cannot move on its own except passively via the physical movement of the limbs. I strongly disagree with this assessment.

The brain and spinal cord also have a waste processing system. It is called the meninges and their contents: the cerebrospinal fluid. Unlike the webbing that crisscrosses the body, the brain and spinal cord are surrounded by this fluid that, like synovial fluid, allows the brain and spinal cord to weather unfortunate blows and traumas. This fluid also collects cellular waste and eventually returns it to circulation via the lymphatic vessels.

The meninges contain smooth muscle that moves the cerebrospinal fluid in a back and forth rocking motion throughout the brain and the spinal cord. An entire alternative medicine exists around the ebb and flow movement of the cerebrospinal fluid: Craniosacral Therapy. Flaws in the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid are considered to be the cause of innumerable physiological complaints according to craniosacral theory.

The lymph and the cerebrospinal fluid are essentially the same thing. Modern research illustrates that substances injected into the cerebrospinal fluid near the brain eventually materialize in the lymph around the spinal column. In light of these new discoveries, it is obvious that the “muscle” of the lymph can be found in the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Furthermore, it is my belief that when the muscles of the meninges weaken or fail, the lymphocytes in the cerebrospinal fluid and in the lymphatic vessels no longer have a propulsion system. Over time, stalled lymphocytes, perhaps as they die, start to attack the body and cause auto-immune disorders. I have found weak meninges muscles in every auto-immune case I have treated since postulating this theory. Thus, for all auto-immune disorders, such as allergies, MS, myasthenia gravis, and so forth, it is highly recommended that the cerebrospinal fluid receives some amount of focus.

As lymphatic vessels and the cerebrospinal fluid are integral for the movement of the lymphocytes, and as the lymphocytes are integral for self-defense, it should come as no surprise that treating these areas is absolutely fundamental in overcoming from colds, flues, as well as other pathogenic invasions. It is common for these locations to stagnate during an illness – which likely sets the gears in motion that eventually leads to auto-immune disease. The failure to balance these areas after an illness also sets up the likelihood of
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recurrent infections or a weakened state in which additional pathogens can move internally.

Please read the chapters “Viral Shield” and “Recovering From illness” to learn more about the importance of the lymphatic vessels and how to treat them during and after acute illnesses.

Stagnation in the lymphatic vessels or the veins can cause the formation of swelling and edema. Swelling in the lymph vessels often causes pain with any limb motion that puts pressure on the vessel.


Water + Fire

Tissue Treatment

Lymphatic Vessels

Basic Perfusion: Advanced Perfusion:

Heaven: Fire + Water Heaven: Fire + Water (with more Water)

Man: Earth + Fire + Water Man: Fire + Water + Wood

Earth: Water + Fire Earth: Fire + Water

Cerebrospinal Fluid

Basic Perfusion: Advanced Perfusion:

Heaven: Fire + Water Heaven: Fire + Water (with more Water)

Man: Earth + Fire + Water Man: Fire + Water + W.Metal or E.Wood

Earth: Water + Fire Earth: Fire + Water (with more Fire)


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Closely Interrelated Tissues

While the primary muscle of the lymphatic vessels is the cerebrospinal fluid, the secondary muscle is the heart organ that pumps the blood and sets the entire circulatory system in motion. Especially in the case of edema and swelling, it is important to diagnose the heart and treat it as necessary. The body fluids are also under the control of the kidneys and the hormones that control the action of the kidneys. Excessive accumulations of fluid, such as constant nasal congestion or edema, can stem from kidney organ deficiencies.

Notes From Ethan's Clinic

As I have said in other chapters, neck pains that occur when fighting off illnesses are more likely the result of stagnation in the lymphatic vessels. The pain won't resolve until those vessels are treated.

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