It is estimated that 70% of people have some degree of Candida overgrowth in their systems. Candida describes a type of fungal yeast, which naturally exists in our bodies in harmless quantities. It lives in our mucous membranes, which are in our mouths, digestion, skin and several other areas. When our immune system is weakened then we cannot keep the yeast growth in check and it spreads causing symptoms of a yeast infection. The type of symptoms are determined by where the overgrowth has occurred, in women thrush is a classic example.
Often Candida infections go undetected as the symptoms can be subtle and are easily confused with other disorders, especially in the digestion. Often it is brought about by chronic illness or emotions which have been left unchecked and have slowly weakened the digestion. Acupuncture describes Candida as a Damp pathogen, which is a very difficult and lingering pathogen to treat.
Dampness is described as fluids which have become pathogenic. Normally clear refined fluid is sent around the body to lubricate and moisten tissue and also generates into blood. When our Spleen’s ability to separate fluids is impaired, it can send around some turbid fluid instead of it being excreted out through the bowel. Depending on where this damp settles, will show in different symptoms as shown below.