Ongoing research is seeking to understand and map the lymphatic pathways of the brain, and the importance of draining inflammation and harmful proteins from the region. This work is in its early stages, and still very much in progress, with further studies ongoing, – nevertheless, “the field is slowly recognising the full potential of (this).. vasculature as a novel and exciting therapeutic target for age‐related diseases of the C.N.S.(central nervous system)…
The identification of the precise exit routes for fluids leaving the brain is a crucial step towards understanding how waste is cleared from the CNS.”
This is part of a developing picture, which may in the long term lead to the creation of therapies which promote CNS drainage in combating neurological disease.
The work has implications for the field of manual lymphatic drainage, – a gentle therapy, which uses a range of specialised techniques to stimulate the lymphatic vessels, which carry substances vital to the defense of the body, and remove waste products.
Manual lymphatic drainage is an excellent overall support for health and wellbeing, as well as a recognised treatment for a wide range of conditions and symptoms.
The Original Article can be found here
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MLD UK – http://www.mlduk.org.uk/