• Lesley Heidrich

Digesting Acupuncture

How is your stomach feeling? How does your skin look? Ever heard of Candida?

Candida is a common, naturally occurring type of yeast. It is found on our skin, mucous membranes, intestinal tract, and other organs. Scientists estimate that there are over 150 different strains of Candida, and over 20 different strains that can become problematic to humans. The most common of these is Candida Albicans.

Candida is an ‘opportunistic fungus - if your immune system is weakened, the delicate balance of good and bad bacteria in the body can shift. This allows the growth of the fungus to spiral out of control. It can spread through the bloodstream, and infect any area of the body, disrupting more of the body systems as it grows. This leads to a long list of chronic symptoms that damage our health, and require targeted Candida support to overcome.

Some symptoms include: oral thrush, digestive and skin issues, nutrient deficiency, joint pain, recurrent urinary tract or vaginal infections, increased allergic reactions (food, environment, seasonal), strong sugar and carb cravings. 

Main Causes: antibiotics, corticosteroid use (for allergies, arthritis, asthma, skin issues), proton pump inhibitors (for indigestion, peptic ulcers, acid reflux), high sugar diet, stress, high levels of mercury in the body, fluoride and chlorine, birth control pills, alcohol use. 

Acupuncture is all about the movement of “something” in the body. Specifically, acupuncture encourages blood and oxygen flow. Because of this, it allows for so many other things to happen. For instance, it can alter movement of fluids and levels of

temperature, increase energy and waste production, decrease inflammation, etc. The digestive system works in a similar manner- in waves of production increases and decreases. Acupuncture helps aide in the increase/decrease process that the body needs for digestion. For example, it can help with constipation, diarrhea, IBS, colitis, and inflammation... just to name a few. 

For candida overgrowth I prescribe acupuncture with the candida elimination diet/cleanse followed by Chinese herbs and plenty of room temperature water. On a rare occasion, if a patient cannot adhere to the diet change and treatments, western intervention is necessary, as candida overgrowth can become toxic. In general, some straightforward diet changes and regular treatments can be deeply beneficial to your digestive and overall health.

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