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Using herbs to treat candidiasis and yeast infection

Candidiasis is a common problem known as thrush, yeast infection, or leaky gut syndrome and is caused by overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus. The fungus, Candida Albicans, is one of many organisms that live in the human mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Under normal circumstances Candida causes no harmful effects.

Candidiasis occurs when our natural intestinal flora becomes unbalanced by overuse of sugar, artificial sweeteners, steroids, tobacco, antibiotics chlorine and pesticides -- causing an overabundance of candida. Sometimes a weakened immune system is to blame. Tight jeans, the use of nylon underwear, and sudden changes in hormonal levels can increase the risk of yeast production.

Problems occur when Candida switches from a non-invasive, sugar fermenting yeast to an invasive fungus with long, root-like structures. In time, these rhizoids can penetrate intestinal walls, leaving tiny holes that allow undigested food particles and bacteria to enter the bloodstream.

Symptoms of Candidiasis include fatigue, depression, digestive problems, abdominal pain, indigestion, heartburn, sore throat, white coating on the tongue, cough, sinus problems, bad breath, itching, headaches, skin rashes, milky discharge, and re-occurring vaginal yeast infections.

If Candidiasis is suspected, a cleansing diet is recommended. Avoid all sugar, dairy products (except yogurt), vinegar, coffee, black tea, caffeine colas, alcohol, and artificial sweeteners. Avoid nuts (except almonds) and mushrooms. Carbohydrates, preservatives, processed foods, smoked meats, dried fruits, pickles, cured meats, and breads should be limited to small portions.

Yogurt that contains lactobacillus acidophilus should be eaten daily. Raw garlic is also extremely beneficial. Fresh vegetables including onions, ginger root, cabbage, broccoli, and sea veggies should be consumed in large amounts. Diet should also include poultry, sea food, olive oil, eggs, brown rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, soy, tofu, rice cakes, and green drinks.

Oregano, thyme, peppermint, yellowroot, barberry, chamomile, and/or rosemary tea should be taken throughout the recovery period. Black walnut extract is recommended and shows excellent results. Evening primrose oil, licorice, echinacea extract, grapefruit seed extract, bromelain (from pineapples), red marine algae, zinc, aloe vera juice, and milk thistle extract may also bring relief. Everyone is different so experiment to see what works best.

Rotate herbal remedies to keep from building up resistance. Get lots of sleep and laugh every day to reduce stress. Foot massage can help. Concentrate on the instep area to stimulate colon, liver, and adrenal health.

An effective vaginal treatment is a douche of diluted tea tree essential oil and calendula infusion in warm water. Wash rectal area with a solution of garlic, echinacea, and myrrh after every bowel movement. Make suppositories by combining 20 drops of tea tree essential oil, 10 drops of thyme essential oil, and a fourth cup of cocoa butter. Divide into 12 portions, roll into appropriate shapes, and keep in refrigerator until needed. Use one every eight to twelve hours or at bed time.

If thrush is a problem, disinfect toothbrush frequently and gargle with diluted tea tree essential oil or black walnut extract. If skin or hair follicles develop candidiasis rash, apply calendula, aloe Vera juice, or garlic juice. Candidiasis can also cause diaper rash. Some remedies are not safe for babies so it's best to consult with a healthcare professional in this case. If a healthcare professional is not available, try keeping the diapered area as dry as possible.

* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy.