Dry brushing, also called gharsana, is an important part of the millennia-old Ayurveda healing teachings of India. The aim of dry brushing in Ayurveda is to move the lymph fluid towards the heart. This is intended to guide stored toxins and metabolic waste into the liver and kidneys and, ultimately, to drain them away.
Body dry brushing is also an integral part of naturopathy. Sebastian Kneipp, the famous German naturopath used dry brushing to prevent colds and infectious diseases.