Candidiasis is a fungal infection of any of the Candida species. Candida albicans is the most common cause of candidiasis. Under normal conditions, Candida albicans lives in 80% of the human population with no harmful effects. However, in certain conditions it may overgrow and result in cadidiasis. Candidiasis often outbreaks in patients with compromised immune system such as HIV positive patients. The infection can occur orally, vaginally, on the skin, in the urinary tract or in the stomach. In healthy individuals it may be easily cured.
Symptoms of candidiasis are highly unpleasant: redness, itching and discomfort, but there are plenty of herbal remedies that may ease these feelings and help patients to recover. Herbs will control the bacteria and fungi population, and thus restore body’s normal requirements to completely function. Patients may use herbs as dietary supplements or apply them directly to the infected area.
Seven most common herbal remedies for Candida
Tea Tree Oil is famous of its anti-fungal activity that helps to re-establish equilibrium of the bacteria and fungi. It may be used as a solution of three drops mixed with water or filled into a bath.Garlic destroys Candida due to its intrinsic sulfur compounds such as allicin. Garlic is best used raw and crushed, added to food or consumed as pills, coated in sweet honey.Oregano oils contain oleic acid, carvacrol and thymol of which all have proven anti-fungal effects. It may be applied directly to the affected area or used orally.Berberine, found in the Golden Seal and barberry is recommended for patients suffering yeast infections. It stimulates the immune system and makes it efficient against Candida. 250 to 500 mg of herbal extract should be consumed three times a day.Cinnamon contains certain key terpenoids that help fight Candida. Patients may consume it as a tea made from ½ teaspoon added to a cup of boiling water. Volatile oil may be used as well in an amount of just a couple of drops at a time.Echinacea may also improve the immune system making it more alert to fight Candida. 2 to 4 ml of the extracted juice from Echinacea purpurea should be used daily. If patient suffers from inulin sensitivity it may be better to seek some other solutions.Coconut oil is full of caprylic acid known of its effect to suppress Candida overproduction. It is available in tablet form and it should be consumed with food.As for any other herbal treatment, it is advisable to consult a doctor before starting it. Some of the medications may interfere with certain herbs and cause undesired effect. Pregnant and nursing women should pay special attention.