Garshana (pronounced gar-shan), often called “dry-brushing,” is Ayurvedic Lymphatic Release that helps remove ama (digestive toxins). In Sanskrit, garshana means "friction by rubbing."
Garshana is usually recommended for people with a Kapha imbalance or predominance — that is, slower metabolism — or with symptoms of ama. The symptoms of Kapha imbalance may include being overweight, water retention, lymphatic slowness, slow physically or mentally, slow circulation or blockages in circulation.
In Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary’s book, The Prime, she writes “Dry-brushing is incredibly important for the lymphatic system. Lymphatics doesn’t have a pump. When you move them, they move. Without movement, they have no momentum. Manually massaging the skin toward the heart and in the direction of the lymph nodes gets the lymph moving more vigorously, which increases the body’s detoxification rate. Essentially, you are helping to direct the biochemical sewage through the channels and into the lymph nodes, where it can be eliminated.”
Our skin is the largest organ in the body for detoxification. Garshana or dry skin brushing is one of the easiest practices to encourage the body to cleanse. With this technique, toxins are easily released from the body by unclogging pores and preparing the body to sweat (which is a great thing to do after body brushing).