But what is the lymphatic system and what is its role?
It is a drainage system, through which the intercellular proteins return to the bloodstream. It also has the ability to remove substances that are harmful and toxic to the human body (e.g. bacteria, viruses, cancer cells, toxins). Its most important functions include:
- Immune function (lymphocyte circulation, mechanism of the body’s immune response)
- Provide fluid volume in situations where blood volume is deficient
- Return of lymphatic load
- Transport of proteins and fats
- Prevent the spread of cancer cells