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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Dehydration & Acupuncture in Toowoomba

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Toowoomba Acupuncturist Discusses Dehydration – Do you Suffer from these Symptoms?

Acupuncture success requires hydration for Qi to move fluidly.




Acupuncture and symptoms of dehydration.

If so, then keep reading… Each of the above symptoms can be linked to ONE common health problem–possibly the BIGGEST problem in the world!

Did you know that most people are chronically dehydrated?

Some facts to ponder about water in the body:

  • 60% of the human body consists of water
  • Lean muscle tissue contains 75% water
  • The brain contains 75% water
  • Body fat is 10% water
  • Bone is 22% water
  • 83% of our blood is water
  • Each day, humans need to replace 2.4 liters of water

Reports vary, so these percentages are approximate.

Most of the body’s water is found within the cells. The rest is found in blood vessels and in the spaces between the cells (interstitial spaces). Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount taken in. We lose water from the body when breathing, sweating, urinating and having a bowel movement.

Have you ever found yourself at the end of the day, sadly realizing you hardly drank any water? I find this to be true not only for many patients, but sometimes even for myself. This lifestyle pattern, over time, leads to chronic dehydration. Most people have no idea they are experiencing chronic dehydration. Acute dehydration is pretty easy to watch for because it usually occurs with severe vomiting or diarrhea. (We’ll talk about symptoms of “chronic” dehydration further below.)

TCM Pattern Analysis

Whether you are thinking of TCM in the role of pattern identification or in the role of each organ system, you cannot discount the importance of drinking water. Let’s take a quick look at the yin channels:

Acupuncture Fluid Metabolism

Without enough water, the Chinese organ systems cannot function at optimum capacity, which leads to the formation of typical TCM pattern presentations—including the invasion of phlegm, damp, cold, heat, and toxicity.

Blood stagnation is a common pattern in an acupuncture clinic, because so many patients present with pain-related issues. Considering 83% of our blood is composed of water, imagine the effects if we don’t replenish water regularly. If the body doesn’t have enough blood, then movement through the vessels becomes sluggish and “stagnant.” Pain is the primary symptom of blood stagnation. I’m sure you can relate to the heavy sluggish feeling throughout the body when the spleen is overloaded with “dampness.” Dampness kind of feels like pudding is moving through the body–slow and hesitant. Water is a perfect cleansing agent for “dampness”. Obviously, all 12 organ systems function better with the addition of a healthy supply of water on a daily basis.

Western Symptom Analysis

Blood travels 12,000 miles per day through the blood vessels and is responsible for delivering the necessary substances to the cells throughout the body. Chronic dehydration keeps the body from functioning at maximum capacity. If the blood is supposed to travel 12,000 miles but can’t, then major functioning problems will occur.

Some of the symptoms of chronic (even mild) dehydration are as follows:

Fatigue: Slow enzyme activity. Enzymes travel through the blood stream.

Tension headaches: Tension headaches often come because of fatigue and toxic build up in the muscles. Fatigue and toxicity are both side effects of chronic dehydration.

Constipation: Waste moves slowly through the large intestine when water intake is decreased. Drinking water causes the motillin to be secreted. Motillin is a hormone that causes rhythmic contractions in the intestines leading to regular bowel movements.

Stomach Ulcers: Digestive juices are made from water. If secretion of digestive fluids decreases, the stomach becomes more acidic and ulcerations occur.

High Cholesterol: Dehydration causes fluid to release from the lining of the cells. The body has a natural protection mechanism to keep the cells from leaking too much cellular fluid. Excess cholesterol is formed to line the cell as a protective sealant to keep water in.

Respiratory Problems: Mucous membranes lining the mouth and nose need to be moist in order to protect against the inhalation of pathogens. Histamine, a chemical that produces symptoms of an allergic reaction, increases exponentially as the body loses more and more water. According to some sources, chronic dehydration is the primary causes of allergies and asthma in the human body.

Excess Weight/Obesity: Fatigue is an indication that cells are lacking in water. Often people rely on gaining energy from food rather than water—leading them to overeat, when in reality they are just thirsty.

Eczema/Skin Disorders: Sweat helps to excrete toxins from the body. Not enough water means not enough sweat. With dehydration, toxins are not eliminated properly through the skin, making the skin vulnerable to all kinds of skin disorders.

UTI/Cystitis: If toxins in the urine are not sufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes. When the body is dehydrated, toxins are not eliminated and accumulate as acid waste, creating an environment that breeds bacteria—leading to infection, inflammation and pain.

Joint Pain and Weakness: Cartilage is mainly composed of water. Joints have cartilage for padding, to protect bone structures and provide lubrication. Dehydration causes weakness of the cartilage and slows the process of joint repair.

Low Blood Pressure: Too little water leads to not enough blood volume to completely fill the arteries, veins and capillaries.

High Blood Pressure: When the body is dehydrated, blood thickens and causes resistance in the blood flow. This leads to high blood pressure.

Clinical Relevance

Analyze yourself  regarding “chronic dehydration.” It’s time to start drinking more water daily. It will make a huge difference to your health.

I treat a lot of chronic pain patients. Some of them are addicted to acupuncture and love to come in for their regular visits, even if their progression is at a standstill. These patients are going to be the first group that hears my lecture. I’m going to INSIST they drink 3 liters of water per day!

“Dry mouth is not the only sign of dehydration; waiting to get thirsty is wrong.”

This is what can happen when you start drinking sufficient water daily:

#1: Running to the bathroom a LOT. (Natural side effect of drinking water, huh?)

#2: Sleeping better.

#3: Less aches and pains.

#4: Clear mind.

#5: More energy.

#6: AND – often weight loss.

“Chronic Dehydration” plays an important role with regards to blood-related TCM patterns. Our Western analysis told us that 83% of the blood in the body is WATER.

Now we are going to continue our discussion on Chronic Dehydration in relation to blood in TCM.

Quote: “All the bowels and viscera and all parts of the body rely on the blood for nourishment.”

The baseline definition of “blood” links the following organs as important team players in the role of creating and moving blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung, and Liver. Another organ to consider is the Triple Energizer because of its relation to fluids.  When patients come for treatment, and display imbalances of these organs, they will present with a plethora of symptoms. Often these patients will have chronic pain–and more than likely “Chronic Dehydration.”

Quote: “Blood is the mother of Qi. The nourishing action of Blood is necessary for the activity of Qi.”

If blood does not function properly, then qi cannot move well either. As acupuncture practitioners, our primary purpose is to put the body back into balance by moving qi and blood in the meridian systems.

The question to ask is this: How are we going to move qi if the patient doesn’t drink enough water to keep the blood flowing?

It is absolutely necessary that patients drink enough water to help in the acupuncture treatment process. I am realizing that almost every patient with CHRONIC PAIN also suffers from “Chronic Dehydration.”

These patients come in with the same problems, year after year… I do my very best to take good care of them, but if they don’t take care of themselves by drinking plenty of water, my hands are partially tied as a practitioner. I can only work with the resources that are available to me. Blood that doesn’t have enough water is STAGNANT blood and it just doesn’t move well.

This information is based on an article posted on January 16th, 2013 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.


Accupuncture, Acupunture or Accupunture common misspelling

Note that “Acupuncture” is often misspelt as accupuncture, acupunture or accupunture, that is with either too many c’s or not enough c’s. I would love to be able to clear up this very common spelling mistake, and set the record straight.

Ac·u·punc·ture – pronounced ak-yoo-puhngk-cher; Origin: 1675–85; < Latin acū with a needle (ablative of acus  needle) or acu- (as combining form of acus ) + puncture.


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