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The full moon and your health
September 15th, 2021 + The Naturopathic Co.

Did you know, the full moon can influence your health (emotionally, psychologically, and even digestive health). Its effect on chemicals like melatonin and serotonin may disrupt your emotional and mental health, as well as sleep. While melatonin naturally decreases during a full moon, your serotonin levels increase.

We already know the menstrual cycle syncs with the moon (bleed over new moon or full moon, and ovulation vice versa), but the moon also heavily influences other aspects of health.

The moon and sleep

Studies have shown disturbed sleep, less sleep, or sleep onset issues during a full moon. This makes sense, as melatonin levels drop over the full moon. Researchers also found an association with increased rapid-eye-movement (REM) latency. Participants in the study took more time to reach REM during the full moon, so were less likely to reach the deeper levels of sleep.

The moon and emotional/psychological health

Throughout history there has been a direct association between the full moon and human behaviour or mental health, some research has supported this, particularly studies relating to mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder.

The word lunacy derives from the Latin lunaticus, meaning “moonstruck”, and both the Greek philosopher Aristotle and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder believed that madness and epilepsy were caused by the Moon.

Low levels of serotonin are associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression, and insomnia, but also a sudden spike in normally healthy levels of serotonin— like what happens during a full moon — might also trigger mood alterations.

The moon and digestive health

In terms of digestive health, the truth is we all have a mix of good and bad bacteria in our gut, and sometimes even parasites! But if our immune systems are working properly, we may remove/minimise them naturally and not notice any symptoms. However, the full moon can help parasites and ‘bad’ pathogenic gut bacteria power up and wreak more havoc in your body. Serotonin also impacts parasitic behavior, as parasites have serotonin receptors. An increase of serotonin during the full moon helps increase parasites’ mobility. Hence more noticable digestive symptoms, or a need for a starchy binge! (Parasites can also interfere with sleep, because they are more active during the full moon).

Historically a full moon has always been the best time to try and purge parasites, because they are most active during that time of the month. It’s also therefore the best time to clean up your gut bacteria. So when the moon is big and bright, you may consider a mini detox. Try some antimicrobial herbs, increase your water and fibre intake, and perhaps even get all fancy and try a binder such as activated charcoal or bentonite clay to cleanse it out more effectively. Your own mini full moon cleanse

Some antimicrobial herbs to consider:

  • Goldenseal
  • Black walnut hulls
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Green Tea
  • Wormwood
  • Pau d’arco
  • Myrrh
  • and more!

If you are going to consider taking antimicrobial herbs, then you should also make some dietary changes at the same time. Parasites and pathogenic bacteria love to consume starch and sugar, so limiting their food source will make treatment even more effective.

Reach out if you’d like some further info or some help to get started.

If you’re interested to learn more about the mix of bacteria in your gut through stool testing, then make time to see our South Yarra naturopath, Camberwell naturopath, or speak to us online via zoom.

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Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of digestive complaints, skin issues, mood disorders, hormonal concerns, fatigue, and also has a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions.

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