Chi Machine – Benefits for Lymphatic Drainage

I first heard of Chi Machines from a discussion on a breast cancer forum.  It got my attention because I have been limited in my ability to exercise since being rear-ended in a car accident.  I haven’t been able to do my normal exercise routine which involves jumping and weight bearing exercises.  I had no idea how not moving would effect my arm and mobility.  My arm pit area has gotten so sore that I can hardly lift it.  It is swollen and bumpy (I had lymph nodes removed from a sentinel node biopsy).  I tried to exercise but the pain in my neck was too much to bare.  There had to be something I could do.  The Chi Machine got my attention because it helps to move lymph fluid as well as with back pain, among other things.   I purchased the original Sun Ancon Chi Machine SDM-323 used on eBay for less than $200.   The latest model is SDM-888 and sells for about $500.

I have only been using it for 2-3 days now (twice daily).  I am measuring my arm mobility and decrease in swelling and pain as progress.  So far the pain from the swelling has diminished a bit AND I was able to go to the gym today to do mild exercise (which I haven’t been able to do in a month).  I am hopeful from what I have read and the studies performed on the machine that I will continue to see results.


Chi Machine – How it Works

Through our glands, tonsils, and lymph nodes, our bodies are continuously cleansing cells and absorbing any excess fat, fluids, and even toxins from our tissues – ejecting it into the blood, where it can be passed through the liver and kidneys and filtered back out. However, things like nutritional deficiencies, heavy toxicity, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the amount of pollution in our bodies – increasing the likelihood of this important lymphatic system becoming overburdened and clogged.


Symptoms of lymphatic drainage issues can be varied, but usually include skin conditions, arthritis, headaches, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, excess weight or cellulite, sinus infections, and even unexplained injuries. Using a chi machine can help you prevent these symptoms by showing up, though, by keeping your lymphatic system running smoothly.


What is a chi machine?


Renowned Japanese scientist Dr. Shizou Inoue invented the chi machine, and perfected it with more than 35 years of medical and scientific research. The machine sways the body from side to side in a figure eight movement, similar to the way a goldfish swims – but with no pressure or stress on the body at all. Normal exercise requires the body to remain erect, which can be challenging for those with physical limitations, and increases your risk of injury.


The chi machine has been a best-selling health tool for more than 25 years, and is used by health care professionals and clinics around the world – including doctors, masseuses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and spas.

How does this affect lymphatic drainage?


Exercise is an effective, efficient way to move fluids through your body, stimulating the lymphatic system and promoting detoxification. Healing requires the delivery of oxygen to blood cells.


According to chemist and lymphologist Dr. C. Samuel West, the ideal condition for the body to be in is what he called a “dry state.” This means that there is no excess water around the cells – just enough liquid to fill the crevices around each cell. The “dry state” allows for increased oxygenation of the blood cells. To achieve this state, the lymphatic vessels must be properly activated – which is where the chi machine comes in.


After spending more than a year conducting scientific research, including several clinical trials, on the chi machine, Professor Neil Piller found that the machine offered an incredibly efficient method to promote healthy lymphatic drainage. Piller is one of the top leading authorities on lymphedema in the world.

How does it work?


To begin, start with a session of only 4 to 6 minutes, once or twice each day. Gradually begin adding minutes until you reach a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes per session, recommended for advanced users only.


The best time of day to use the chi machine to achieve the most benefit is first thing in the morning – giving your lymphatic system a jump-start before you face the day. After dinner is also a great time to benefit from the chi machine, as it is a great way to relax and reduce stress. However, this machine will benefit your lymphatic system and the rest of your body no matter when you have the chance to use it.


Using a gentle, subtle rocking motion, the machine creates a powerful wave of natural healing that spreads quickly throughout the entire body. The oscillation of the body is designed to operate at precisely 144 cycles per minute, working in tandem with the average pulse rate of 72 beats per minute, and the cerebro-spinal pump rhythm, approximately 12 beats per minute. This synchronized approach ties together the body’s heart rate, spine alignment, and blood pressure, creating an all-over soothing, balanced motion as the chi machine works its magic.

What are the benefits of using a chi machine?


Chi machines offer a host of important benefits for everyone – but especially those with physical challenges, seniors, computer workers, laborers, and people who face lymphatic system issues. A chi machine helps to:


-relieve muscle pain and tension, often caused from fatigue or overexertion

-increases oxygenation of blood and muscles, promoting circulation and relaxation

-stimulates the lymphatic system, encouraging active elimination of toxins and metabolic waste

-increases lymph drainage and massage

-provides strong back support

-encourages relaxation in the brain and autonomic nervous system

-enhances meditation by focusing a rush of “chi energy” through the body and mind


Thank you to Jon Reyes who wrote this article. Jon is a guest author from Steam Shower Store and is a respected and expert voice in a plethora of health related subjects with over 10 years of writing under his belt.


  1. Sharon Warner says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Chi Gong, I cannot afford a chi machine but Lee Holden has some very affordable programs. I stumbled upon Lee’s You Tube after following the Chi Gong self healing video you posted last year. I do 20 minutes in the morning and an evening one as well with Lee for 20 minutes.

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