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What does the lymph system do?

3 September 2023




What does the lymph system do? The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the human body’s immune system and is responsible for maintaining fluid balance, removing waste, and fighting infections. It consists of a network of vessels, nodes, and organs that work together to transport lymph throughout the body.

The lymphatic system serves as a secondary circulatory system. It works alongside the blood circulatory system to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.

Here’s how the lymphatic system works:

  1. Lymph: Lymph is a clear, colourless fluid that resembles plasma, the fluid component of blood. It contains white blood cells (lymphocytes) and other immune cells.
  2. Lymphatic Vessels: The lymphatic vessels are a series of thin-walled tubes that carry lymph throughout the body. These vessels are similar to blood vessels but have one-way valves that prevent the backward flow of lymph.
  3. Lymph Nodes: Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures located along the lymphatic vessels. They act as filtering stations where foreign substances, such as bacteria, viruses, and damaged cells, are trapped and destroyed by immune cells. Lymph nodes also play a crucial role in activating the immune response.
  4. Lymphatic Organs: The lymphatic system includes various lymphatic organs, such as the spleen, thymus, and tonsils. These organs support the immune system by producing and maturing immune cells and filtering the lymph.
  5. Lymph Circulation: The lymphatic system operates in a closed-loop system. Lymph is collected from tissues and organs through the lymphatic capillaries, which are small, open-ended vessels that allow fluid and small particles to enter. The collected lymph then moves through larger lymphatic vessels, passes through lymph nodes, and eventually returns to the bloodstream through the thoracic duct or right lymphatic duct, which drains into the veins in the neck.
  6. Lymphatic System Function: The primary functions of the lymphatic system include:
    • Removing excess tissue fluid: The lymphatic system picks up excess fluid, proteins, and waste products that escape from the blood vessels into the surrounding tissues and returns them to the bloodstream.
    • Immune response: Lymph nodes and other lymphatic organs play a crucial role in filtering and identifying harmful substances, allowing immune cells to attack and destroy pathogens and infected cells.
    • Fat absorption: In the small intestine, specialized lymphatic vessels called lacteals absorb dietary fats and fat-soluble vitamins and transport them to the bloodstream.

Overall, the lymphatic system plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s internal balance and protecting it from infections and diseases. It serves as a secondary circulatory system, working alongside the blood circulatory system to keep the body healthy and functioning properly.


Here’s a brief description of our capsule Lympherba. It was formulated to support the lymph system and is regularly prescribed by practitioners,

Cleavers (Galium aperine) and Marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis) are regarded as lymphatic cleansing herbs. They are useful allies when treating bacterial and viral infections as is Echinacea root (Echinacea purpurea rad). Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinalis fol) aids in the elimination of infections as it is a diuretic and Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis rad) supports the liver

This is what our herbalist Ghislaine has to say about choosing the herbs in Lympherba

Cleavers (Galium aperine) Used by Herbalists to clear lymphatic congestion. Clearing lymph nodes helps the body eliminate viruses. Classed as a cooling herb it helps to remove heat and inflammation from the body

Echinacea Root (Echinacea purpurea rad) Has been used for centuries as an anti-viral herb. Appears to help alleviate post-viral fatigue Caution: Avoid if allergic to the daisy family and if you get sudden asthmatic symptoms or urticaria

Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis rad) is Often used to help the liver with detoxification, which is useful for cleansing the blood and lymphatic systems. Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum officinalis fol) is Generally used as a diuretic herb, making it useful in the process of eliminating viral and bacterial infections

Marigold Flowers (Calendula officinalis) Traditionally used as a lymphatic cleanser, aids in the elimination of infections. Appears to be an effective antimicrobial diuretic


Disclaimer This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. We recommend that you consult a healthcare professional before taking a new herb. The statements made on this website should not be considered medical advice. Do not exceed the recommended dose. Food Supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. Should you experience an adverse reaction to this product discontinue use immediately and consult a doctor. It is not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.

Pregnant or lactating women should consult a doctor or healthcare professional before using any natural healthcare products. If you are under medical supervision, please consult your doctor or a healthcare professional before use.

Keep capsules out of sight and reach of children. Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight.





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