Dry Skin Brushing – How To Do

Dr. Bo Wagner


The first step in cleansing the lymphatic system is to cleanse the colon so that the excess mucoid material backed up in the lymphatic system can be drained out. The second step is to practice dry skin brushing. This is a highly effective technique for stimulating the expulsion of fresh mucoid material, hardened particles or impacted mucoid matter and other obstructions in the lymph system, which will reduce inflammations of the lymph nodes caused by these accumulations. Like the colon, the lymphatic system can contain stagnant accumulations of old waste matter. Once the colon is at least partially cleansed, it takes a few months of daily dry skin brushing to completely cleanse the lymphatic system. Because the gastrointestinal cleansing softens hardened mucoid in the lymphatic system as well as the intestines, performing dry skin brushing concurrently with our gastrointestinal cleansing program improves the dry skin brushing’s effectiveness.

Natural Bristle Brush

The brush used should be a long-handled, bath-type brush. It is essential that it contain natural bristles. Synthetic bristles should be strictly avoided. The brush should be kept dry and not used for bathing.


When one performs skin brushing, the body should be dry and brushed several times over every part of the body surface except the feet and face. Do several extra brushes on the inside of the thighs, behind the legs and under the arm pits. Lymphatic node points are in those areas. No back and forth motion, no circular motion, no scrubbing. Brush the whole body with an upward motion except the neck and chest, which should be brushed with a downward motion.

Direction a Key

The direction of skin brushing is critical as the lymph system is made up of one-way valves. The main subclavin vein (main lymph drain) is located at the top of the shoulders, under the clavicle. Brush up the legs into the groin. Brush the buttocks and abdomen up to the waist even with the navel. Brush the arms, sides of the body and arm pits up toward the shoulders. Brush the back up towards the shoulders. Brush down the neck toward the shoulders. Brush the chest down to the navel and finish by circling around the breast by brushing down between the breast, under the breast towards the sides and up under the arms and up into the top of the shoulders. Do this several times. This is the direction that the lymph flows in the body. Dry skin brushing should be performed once or twice a day, preferably just prior to bathing and can also be done just before you go to bed. A complete skin brushing takes no more than a few minutes and is highly stimulating and invigorating. It would take 30 minutes of loofa or Turkish towel massage to get a similar effect. When practiced daily, skin brushing is effective in improving body tone. A few minutes a day is easily worth 30 minutes of vigorous physical exercise!

Lymph Mucoid Waste

It is not uncommon for one’s stools to contain large amounts of lymph mucoid a day or two after an initial skin brushing. The lymph dumps into the colon and this is another reason why it is so important to keep the colon clean. Lymphatic cleansing requires continuous dedication, consumption of sufficient water and daily exercise. The lymph system has no pump to speak of, except the major muscles like the calf muscles to move it along. Therefore, it is also recommended to walk for 30 minutes or more a day to aid in preventing a stagnant build-up of the lymph.

 General Apperance

Lymph mucoid will also begin to appear in one’s stool as soon as colon cleansing proceeds far enough to relieve the pressure from the mucoid matter backed up in the lymph system. Its general appearance is like that of petroleum jelly and it may vary in color from clear to yellow or dark brown. Lymph mucoid may have a jelly-like consistency rather than the sticky consistency of the alimentary tract mucoid. It can pass through the colon with little tendency to cause constipation and be expelled before it becomes appreciably dehydrated. When lymph mucoid does get trapped in the colon, it eventually hardens along with the rest of the stagnant material. So, to completely cleanse the lymph system, follow the above recommendations for an extended period of time: Exercise, drink lots of water and practice dry skin brushing.

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