Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, is the author of Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy. His book is the first comprehensive text on the lymphatic system and lymphedema in North America. Dr. Chikly is also the developer of Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT), a hands-on method of lymphatic manipulation now used by thousands of health care professional throughout the world. Learn more at www.ChiklyInstitute.org.
I thought it was an innocent question. “The lymphatic system is often described as the ‘garbage disposal system for your cells,'” I began in my interview with one of the world’s foremost lymphatic experts, “is this an accurate way to think of it?” Dr. Chikly responds in an unflustered French accent, “where eezz the divine consciousness there?”
I just compared his life’s work to a garbage disposal. I hope I haven’t offended our guest.
But Dr. Chikly shows no sign if insult or injury (later, he admits he was teasing me!). He quickly moves on to an excited explanation of why the lymphatic system is so poorly understood even today. “I don’t think I would describe something like that,” he states. “It’s not recognized because it came very late in history.”
English anatomist William Harvey is credited with the discovery of the blood circulatory system in 1628, but the mere presence of the lymphatic system was barely known at that time and its function was not understood until centuries later. Compared to veins and arteries, lymphatic vessels are usually transparent and difficult to see, even upon dissection.
The historical neglect of lymphatics continues in modern medicine. We are only beginning to discover the many functions of this pivotal system. According to Dr. Chikly, the progress is slow because, with the exception of lymphedema, medical companies don’t have surgeries or medications that target the lymphatic system so they don’t pay it much attention. “It’s going to explode very soon,” he predicts, “because it’s such an important system for your body and it’s still so mysterious.”
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