Lymphatic yoga?

Tapir-mâché

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So, I came across this the other day:
http://www.chopra.com/ccl/5-yoga-poses-to-detox-your-body

Which claims that:
In Ayurveda, toxins are called ama or sticky residue. Proper exercise, nutrition, and especially water consumption can help move these toxins out of the body. There are many yoga poses that can help stimulate the lymphatic system and move lymph through the 600 to 700 lymph nodes that are in your body.

Notions about "detoxing" aside, is there any credence to the idea that these poses encourage the drainage of lymph any more so than other forms of exercise (or other yoga poses, for that matter)?

I have a passing familiarity with the idea of lymphatic massage, but afaik that hasn't really been of proven benefit either. Google chiefly turns up a whole lot of people interested in selling me on the idea of lymphatic yoga, which (as much as I would love it to be true) is just sharpening my side-eye at this point.
 

deirdre

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is there any credence to the idea that these poses encourage the drainage of lymph any more so than other forms of exercise (or other yoga poses, for that matter)?
Where are you getting that idea from? I dont see that claim anywhere.
 

Tapir-mâché

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Mostly from the way the article's structured-- these poses read like they're being singled out for that purpose, since
Remember, the lymphatic system doesn’t have an automatic pump to move toxins out of the body.
It's what made me curious about why they're promoted here as able to move lymph around. The claim of "stimulating the lymphatic system" sounds vague enough for pretty much any movement to qualify, so I'm curious about why the author chose these exercises in particular.
 

deirdre

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Mostly from the way the article's structured-- these poses read like they're being singled out for that purpose, since

It's what made me curious about why they're promoted here as able to move lymph around. The claim of "stimulating the lymphatic system" sounds vague enough for pretty much any movement to qualify, so I'm curious about why the author chose these exercises in particular.
oh. i just assumed they represented a "full body" workout at a semi difficult level to stimulate muscles.

this 'study' ^^^ is pretty old (2005) but sounds like there is some preliminary 'evidence' that different movements might be better.
i dont know what the deal is with behnid your back "cow face pose" but i see a similar suggestion given (MUCH easier exercises on this page) at cancer research uk.org
 

Spectrar Ghost

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Mostly from the way the article's structured-- these poses read like they're being singled out for that purpose, since

It's what made me curious about why they're promoted here as able to move lymph around. The claim of "stimulating the lymphatic system" sounds vague enough for pretty much any movement to qualify, so I'm curious about why the author chose these exercises in particular.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymph

Since the lymph just drains back into the bloodstream, even if these poses did help drain lymph it would provide no "detox" effect.
 

Tapir-mâché

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i dont know what the deal is with behnid your back "cow face pose" but i see a similar suggestion given (MUCH easier exercises on this page) at cancer research uk.org

Interesting! So there's some evidence, but not necessarily for yoga specifically. Neat. I wonder if it's more effective than lymphatic massage for sports medicine...

Since the lymph just drains back into the bloodstream, even if these poses did help drain lymph it would provide no "detox" effect.

Yeah, I skipped over the detox claims for that reason. Usually, massages and exercises are recommended to people with lymphedema, injuries, etc., so it was mostly the "lymphatic stimulation" effectiveness claim I was curious about. Treating injuries and reducing swelling is one thing, "detoxing" is a whole other animal.
 
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deirdre

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. Neat. I wonder if it's more effective than lymphatic massage for sports medicine...
well i imagine if you have an injury that is preventing you from movement massage might be better-if it works at all :) But i'm totally just guessing now, because i know nothing about 'lymphatic massage'. But i think if you CAN move, you probably should.
 
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