The skin is the largest organ in the body and aids tremendously in the detoxification process. Saunas and sweating have been shown to be one way of utilizing this huge organ but skin brushing is also effective. Your skin is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. Regular scrubbing is important because it unclogs pores allowing skin to release toxins trapped daily inside the body.
Excerpt from There is a Cure for Diabetes by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD:
“Skin brushing is also an effective method of cleansing. The skin is one of the five main elimination channels of the body, throwing off up to one pound of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration and dead skin. The skin has been called the third kidney because of its ability to rid the body of toxic waste material. Skin brushing moves lymphatic fluid under the skin. This involves using a natural-bristle brush with a long handle. The whole body (except the face) should be brushed in a circular motion toward the heart before your morning shower. It takes two to three minutes to do this. At first, you will see something powdery coming off your skin as you brush. According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, “these are crystals of uric acid and other dried waste products that came out with the perspiration.” Jensen continues: Always brush the skin when it is dry, and never expose the brush to water. Although the bristles may seem a bit stiff at first, this is because the brush is new and your skin is not yet used to the brushing. If you find the brush is too stiff, you may, just once, hold the bristles in hot water for no longer than one minute and no deeper than one-half inch. This will soften the bristles a little. However, it will not be long before you desire a stiffer brush! Your skin will love you for brushing it regularly, and you will love the way your skin feels and looks, too.”
The brushing motion should be circular and from the feet and hands toward the heart. The skin needs to be brushed with enough pressure to create a comfortable pink color to the skin.