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The Emotional Side of Candida (Fungal Overgrowth/Infection)

Posted Apr 11 2009 11:37pm

As a society Americans invest most of their time working from without (the physical body) rather than working from within (mental, emotional, and spiritual). One of the things we forget to realize is that our physical body is a 3 D representation of our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies and the root of most internal dysfunction is the inability or lack of awareness there is amongst our society in identifying our personal stressors. We, as a society, have lost our focus and live each day trying to escape reality. The human body as an entirety was designed to deal with entirely different kinds of stress than those we are confronted with today and is a master in creating internal imbalance when these stressors are multiplied day in and day out. One very common, yet disruptive, and more often than not left undiagnosed of these imbalances are fungal infections. In this article, we will tackle, how you get a fungal infection, why you get it, how you might benefit from it and how to eradicate it.

How do we get it?

As mentioned above, yet so many are unaware of, is the fact that we are multi-dimensional beings…a system of systems. What this means is although a fungal infection will represent itself as a physical problem in its many symptoms, there is an emotional link, which in most people is more often than not the root of the dysfunction. It is absolutely 100% impossible to effect one system of the body without affecting another! The sooner we are able to embrace this idea the sooner we can begin to take more responsibility and make better choices in regards to our personal well being.

Each and every day we are bombarded by stress, financial, career, family and relationships, nutritional, mental and emotional, environmental, etc., etc., etc., the list goes on and on! It has been identified that over 80% of our stressors, that over time lead to decreased vitality and disease, ARE WITHIN OUR CONTROL! When left unmanaged these stresses continue to multiply leaving our subconscious or autonomic nervous system busy creating ways that will allow our bodies to adapt to them, as life must go on! So what exactly is the relationship between candida and our emotions? Well, as mentioned, depending on how we are able to process our thoughts and feelings our emotions are one of the several faces of stress we are presented with on a daily basis. Too often we find ourselves internalizing our emotions, fearful of the shame we may feel by expressing how we truly feel. Through internalizing our emotions we provide candida with the ideal breeding ground as it thrives in warm, moist places like the orifice’s of our gut, eyes, and mouth in turn creating an ever-growing ball of negative energy that assists all the toxins, bad bacteria, etc in your body to grow.

According to Chinese Medicine, the Lung (yin) is paired with the Large Intestine (yang) and often times when someone is prone to holding things in…internalizing emotions…they will experience constipation. The body has no way of differentiating internalizing emotions from being chased by a tiger and will produce a stress response. This forces the blood to move away from the organs into the extremities while completely shutting down all digestive processes. Anytime the body is unable to eliminate waste it will allow for bacteria overgrowth as well as an ideal breeding ground for candida. Co-dependency…often leading to lack of “self” or “I”dentity is another common cause of fungal infections. Unhealthy coping skills coupled with unhealthy relationships are creating a world full of young adults marrying their moms and dads, so to say. Unfortunately the common day household is ridden with divorce and obscured by a false sense of “self” as needs are being met through people and things.

As we grow up we become products of our parents, programmed to see the world as they do, hear it as they hear it and feel it as they feel it. We learn coping skills of always focusing on the past and future, completely avoiding the present. Candida, aids as a smoke screen perpetuating our inability to stay present.

According to Karol Truman and Feelings Burred Alive Never Die, candida overgrowths are secondary to: -begins with doubting self, resentment multiplying on the inside, inability to claim ones own power, unresolved negative feelings, continually blaming others, inability to let go of past, allowing the past to dictate the present and holding onto old concepts Where you get it?

If we look at it from a Chinese Medicine perspective:

Mouth: flower for the SP/ST (over-thinking, worry, lack of sympathy/empathy)- muscles

Nose: flower of the LU/LI (sadness/grief, not being able to let go physically and emotionally, righteousness, disorder)- skin

Tongue: flower for the HT/SI (arrogance, impatience, over joy, lack of peace and intuition (trust in self))- blood vessels

Sex organs: fear, lack of fluidity, not living ones legacy, lack of sense of self and direction

Ears: flowers for the KD/UB (fear, lack of fluidity and willpower) -bones

Eyes: flower for the LV/GB (mental activity, nerves and anger)- nerves and nails

Why we might benefit from it?

Everything in life, whether we want to believe it or not, teaches us a lesson, meaning along with the good, the bad experiences we endure each have meaningful purpose. We as humans have our “ego” that allows us to avoid and escape our own realities due to our many fears (intimacy, owned belief of self worth, etc.). This creates the spiritual wounded human being that over time starts to develop muscle tension in all bodies. In order to escape this pain, we anesthetize (intoxicate) oneself… we live in a drunken stupor. This is how our body benefits from Candida! It teaches us the pieces and parts we need to heal and do not want to heal.

How to treat it?

From my perspective, most people’s candida overgrowths are secondary from a fear…a programmed fear, a co-dependency fear or a fear or oneself. The questions we have to ask ourselves each day when we see, feel, hear, smell, and taste reality, when we judge others and self, whose thoughts or fears are they really? There are always 3 truths in life, your mothers, your fathers and YOURS! In order to figure out why you have candida, you must begin to realize YOUR truths!

Works Cited: Truman, Karol K. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die…. St. George: Olympus Distributing, 1991.

Josh is the owner of EastWest Healing and Performance, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those individuals who are suffering from physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and/or nutritional and lifestyle dysfunctions. He takes a holistic approach to exercise, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, which allows his clients optimal healing, health and vitality. Josh is also a Faculty member of the CHEK Institute, a CHEK 4 and HLC 3 practitioner. For more information on Josh or to set up a free consultation, please visit

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