We have more than just five senses. Beyond sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste, you also have a few more. One is interoception, the ability to sense what is happening inside your body. Interoception includes sensations you know and unconscious senses such as blood pressure.
Recognition of Internal Changes in the Body
The internal changes you can sense through interoception include:
- Hunger or fullness
- Heart rate
- Difficulty or ease of breathing
- The urge to use the bathroom
- Heat and cold sensations
- Muscle tension
Dr. Vadim Dekhtyar sees many patients after they realize that something isn’t quite right with their bodies thanks to interoception. In these situations, don’t wait for an illness to develop. Instead, you may need to make diet and lifestyle changes or seek treatment from a medical professional.
On the other hand, some issues, such as depression and certain developmental disorders, feature impaired interoception. They can affect your ability to know when you need to eat or use the bathroom, for example, and may be noticed by another person first.
Alternative Medicine For Our Bodies
Oriental medicine, such as acupuncture, bodywork, and dietary therapy, can effectively treat or prevent various health issues you may notice through interoception. These may help restore balance to your body by providing nourishment, regulating cell and tissue function, or clearing unwanted substances or vital energy (Qi) blockages. Once you have made diet and lifestyle changes or started a treatment such as acupuncture, you may want to record your symptoms in a diary to note any improvements.
If you’ve noticed unwelcome changes inside your body and you want to nip any issues in the bud, contact Life Balance Clinic here or call 847-724-1777.