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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

What Is Dry Brushing?

The practice is exactly what it sounds like: running a dry, firm-bristled brush over your bare skin, usually before a shower or exercise. Methodologies vary, but most recommend brushing your limbs & torso, always motioning toward your heart.

According to a large portion of the natural health community, dry brushing is one of the best things you could possibly do for your health. It will get rid of cellulite, remove toxins from your body, improve circulation, stimulate your nervous system, etc.

Or will it?

The Evidence

If you do a quick Google search for dry brushing you'll come across a cornucopia of natural health & wellness bloggers & some natural medicine doctors singing dry brushing's praises. However, I'm sure we're all aware that blogs aren't always the best source of information, especially if they're actively anti-science.

So what about a PubMed search? (PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references & abstracts on life sciences & biomedical topics.) Searching "dry brushing skin" only yields 2 results, one from the 50s in an undetermined language, & one in German. My German isn't the greatest, so I can't say for sure what it says. But other than