Acupuncture is Beneficial for Treating Candidiasis
Candidiasis is a term used to describe a condition in which there is an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract. Under certain conditions in the body, the yeast can change from a yeast form to a mycelial form, having root-like growths. While in search of food, these mycelial yeasts can penetrate the walls of the intestines and come into contact with the bloodstream. They then send out toxic waste products from their reproduction. And, due to the damage to the intestinal wall, they allow for the absorption into the bloodstream of other toxins from the bowel, such as undigested proteins, alcohols and ammonia. These toxic products can create serious dysfunction in virtually any system of the body. Candidiasis can occur in people of all ages and in both sexes. Due to the hormonal involvement with women and the reproductive tract, they tend to present with more symptomology than men, but men are just as likely to develop the condition of Candidiasis as long as the conditions for yeast overgrowth exist.
As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and an Acupuncturist I view Candidiasis as primarily a Spleen Deficiency pattern with accompanying dampness, manifesting as a lack of appetite, abdominal gas and bloat, diarrhea or constipation, heavy limbs, heavy sensation in the head (foggy thinking), fatigue, chilliness and cold extremities. There is often a liver component involved, i.e., Liver Heat causing migraines, PMS, insomnia, constipation and irritability and Liver Qi Stagnation creating mood swings, depression, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps, heartburn, etc. Lastly, as with many chronic illnesses, there is a Kidney Deficiency often creating the symptoms of frequent urination, infertility, edema, dizziness, vision problems, ringing in the ears and poor memory.
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial when treating Candidiasis as it can strengthen the spleen and kidneys and disperse the Spleen Dampness and Liver Heat. Acupuncture is also very effective at enhancing the immune system which is crucial when treating a patient with Candidiasis. Combining Acupuncture with dietary guidelines and appropriate antifungal products can be a very successful treatment for eradicating the condition of Candidiasis.