Natural remedies for Yeast infection
Natural remedies for yeast infection, easy solutions
By Veena Deo
The discussion in this article is about natural remedies for Yeast infection that can be followed very easily by all people as discussed by an herbalist.
Yeast infection or vaginal candidiasis is an infection of the female genital tract by a yeast of the genus candida (c.albicans), and characterized by vaginal discharge and vulvovaginitis; broadly an infection caused by a yeast fungus. Yeast infection also affects the male genitals in penis and foreskin area.
Causes: Vaginal yeast infection is caused due to Candida albicans. In certain conditions, yeast cells multiply rapidly and take over causing a fully fledged yeast infection. Increased sugar level, increased PH, hormonal fluctuation due to contraceptive pills, weak immunity, injury to the vagina, pregnanancy, antibiotics, condoms are all some of the causes.
Symptoms: Dryness and rashes occur in vagina, intense itching of the genitals, pain at the time of intercourse, and thick, whitish cottage cheese like discharge occurs, burning sensation at the time of urination.
Natural remedies for Yeast Infection –
- Eat yogurt as it contains bacterium which inhibits the growth of yeast. It should be consumed on a daily basis even after the symptoms have disappeared. Studies show that daily ingestion of 150mgs of yogurt is recommended because it is enriched with Lactobacillus acidophilus which promotes an increased colonization of friendly bacteria in the rectum and vagina. Yogurt is often used for vaginal Candida infection. Ref. Life Extension Candida Infections Disease Therapy Protocol.
- Do not use chemicals inside the vagina.
- Avoid intercourse during a vaginal infection.
- Drink a glass of butter milk twice daily.
- Eat garlic daily or try Garlic herbal supplements.
- Studies have indicated that Neem or Azadirachta indica based creams used as a vaginal lubricant is effective against organisms such as Trichomonus candida and Giardinella vaginalis that cause vaginal infection. Ref: Khan and Wassilew, 1987 19; ( Garg , et al, 1993) 20
- Wear cotton panties.
- Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area.
- Fill a bathtub with warm water and then mix 1 cup of vinegar in it. Soak in this for about 10 to 20 minutes. Then dry the vaginal area thoroughly. Preferably use Apple cider vinegar.
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- Oregon grape root has antifungal and immune system modulator properties. It contains the alkaloid, berberine, which has strong antimicrobial effects against bacteria, yeast and protozoa. Consulting a medical doctor is a good idea before using this. Ref. Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth – By Dr. Sharol Tilgner a Naturopathic Physician, Livstrong.com.
- Avoid wearing tight jeans.
- Calendula infusion can be used as an effective douche for treating vaginal yeast infection.
- Goldenseal is known for its efficacy as an anti-microbial herb and to act against Candida albicans which is responsible for yeast infection.
- Pau D’Arco – The active compounds of this has antifungal properties. It is, therefore, used to treat vaginal infection. Ref: Holisticonline.com; livestrong.com
- Avoid eating sweet products.
- Eat balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid wearing synthetic clothes.
As per Ayurveda, the immunity enhancing herbs and antioxidant herbs like Tinospora cordifolia, Asparagus Racemosus, Emblica officinalis are useful for yeast infections. Also the herbs like Neem or Azadirachta indica, Turmeric Curcumin which have antiseptic antifungal and antibacterial properties should be used to help with vaginal yeast infections both internally and externally.
I hope the above natural remedies for Yeast infections will help all that are trying to address this situation. In severe or chronic cases one should consult a healthcare adviser.
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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.