candida yeast infection natural treatment
Alfalfa * Barberry * Bergamot Oil * Black Walnut * Caraway Seed * Chamomile * Cinnamon * Echinacea * Garlic * Lavender * Licorice Root * Myrrh * Passion Flower * Pau d’arco * Tea Tree oil * Turmeric *
Candidiasis is an infection caused by species of Candida fungi, especially Candida albicans. Women may be more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections if they are pregnant or have diabetes. The overuse of antibiotics is a leading cause of yeast overgrowth.
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Herbal teas and tinctures: The two strong antifungal herbs that are most often mentioned first in treating candidiasis and yeast infections are black walnut and pau d'arco. In one study, fresh black walnut husks killed Candida yeast better that commonly prescribed anti-fungal medications. Whole herb extracts pau d'arco do appear to fight yeast and fungal infections, bottom line is that pau d'arco seems to be more promising for fungal infections than a treatment for malignant cancers that it is sometimes mentioned in popular herbal articles.(Duke,James, Ph.D.) Common kitchen spice, whole cinnamon, taken in tea or tincture form is also an effective treatment for yeast infections that are resistant to treatment.
Douche and sitz baths: Gentle and effective herbs are excellent, anti-fungal healing agents in douche formulas and sitz baths. Use a strong infusion of chamomile, lavender, or calendula flowers
Berberine treatment: The phytochemical berberine acts directly to clear up yeast infections and has a direct antibiotic effect on Candida albicans. Berberine is found in highest concentration (about 6.1%) in the root bark of Berberis vulgaris, other important herbal sources include goldenseal, oregon grape root, and coptis . 1
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- Phyllis A. Balch. "Prescription for Herbal Healing" Avery, (2002) Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and yeast infection. E. purpurea acts against Candida albicans, the microorganism that causes most yeast infections. In German studies, echinacea acted by stimulating the immune-system cells known as macrophages to engulf and consume yeast cells, but did not increase the numbers of immune cells overall. The advantage of keeping the number of macrophages constant is that it helps to avoid inflammatory reactions that can accompany infection. Echinacea is useful for people with chronic fatigue syndrome because yeast infections often cause or accompany symptoms of this disorder.