Candida-Yeast Overgrowth-Chinese Medical Perspective
The important thing to understand with a proliferation of candida or yeast is that this occurrence is not a random health condition that has stricken you. Fungus and candida require a damp environment in order to thrive; in our bodies, internal pathogenic Dampness must first develop before yeast and candida proliferate. Yeast and fungal overgrowth depends on a body with a compromised terrain and are simply opportunistic when presented with this type of imbalance.
Acupressure for Candida and Yeast Overgrowth
How Does Internal Dampness Develop?
Internal Dampness is typically due to Spleen Qi Deficiency or a damaged Spleen Organ according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Generally, Cold foods and greasy foods are at the root of Spleen damage, but many pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and chemotherapy are very Cold and will Damage the Spleen also. You may read that pharmaceuticals cause candida to develop; this is incorrect according to Chinese medicine; rather, the pharmaceuticals damage the Spleen, thus causing Internal Dampness and resulting in candida and fungal overgrowth. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
Damp-Heat is often the result of Liver Qi Stagnation that is unresolved and develops in to Heat in the body. The Heat combines with the Internal Dampness to create viscus phlegm, inflammation, or colored discharges. As Damp-Heat continues, it congeals and creates Qi Stagnation and possibly Blood Stagnation since Blood goes where Qi goes. This could also manifest as a secondary bacterial infection.
- Vaginal discharges with color and odor.
- Damp-Heat in Liver: Jaundice or acute hepatitis, acute pancreatitis, pain on the sides around the ribs.These conditions will require immediate care from your local health care provider.
- Damp-Heat injuring the Spleen: abdominal distention and discomfort, abdominal masses, alternating constipation and diarrhea with foul odor, or nausea and vomiting.
- Urinary tract infection and painful urination
- Lung-Phlegm: cough with phlegm, asthma, chest congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia.
Loose stools, abdominal distention and fullness, no appetite, white or clear vaginal discharge.
Diabetes and Candida-Yeast
Likewise, diabetes does not create candida or yeast; rather, the pancreas is part of the Spleen energetic organ system, and Spleen Qi Deficiency is indicated with diabetes, pancreatic enzyme deficiency, or hypoglycemia. One of the main symptoms of candida or fungal overgrowth is sugar cravings; this turns out to be an indication of a compromised Spleen as well. Additionally, consuming large amounts of sugary foods can damage the Spleen Qi.
Digestive Problems Associated with Candida-Yeast
The Spleen energetic organ system is in charge of the transformation and transformation of foods according to Chinese medicine and is central in the body’s ability to digest food efficiently. Bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain are all symptoms of an overgrowth of fungus or yeast in the gut, but are also indications of Spleen imbalances. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
Skin problems with Candida-Yeast Overgrowth
Many have had a nail fungal infection or skin fungal infection that just won’t go away. This is because the most common course of action is to first resort to topical anti-fungal medications of essential oils such as tea tree essential oil. While these efforts may result in temporary gains and relief, the condition returns because the Internal Dampness has not been address. Fungus is notoriously opportunistic; you only need to take a stroll in the woods after a good rain to witness a huge bloom of various fungus such as mushrooms to further understand this concept.
Internal Dampness will combine with other imbalances to create very complicated disease patterns. Often, symptoms of candida can be wildly diverse; this is likely an indication that the Dampness has begun to impact other organ systems in addition to the Spleen.
There seems to be a misconception that chronic candida and fungal infections can be quickly cleared with some types of herbs and probiotics. This would bring only temporary relief, as the underlying organ level imbalances that allow a Damp environment in your body must be present for yeast and candida to flourish. You must support the Spleen energetic organ system to experience lasting relief from candida and yeast.
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Dr. Browne's Shared Insights and Experiences
My first clinical practice was at a hormonal health center where I practiced for several years. Later, my doctoral training specialization was in pain management and women's health. A common recurring pattern that I see in women with chronic vaginal infections is a history of treatment mismanagement; they have often had multiple rounds of antibiotics and yeast medications to no avail. The problem is that antibiotics are quite cold in nature and will damage the Spleen Qi; this leads to more Internal Dampness. 100% of my clinical patients who followed the Chinese medical protocol and worked on repairing the Spleen damage stopped experiencing recurring infections. This is because we were treating the root causes, not just trying to clear up the symptoms.