Candida Albicans is a fungus that is naturally found in the human body.
It is basically harmless when its population is under control but under the right conditions, it can proliferate and cause an infection.
Since it is naturally occurring, there are many different natural remedies, which include herbs for Candida infections. The infection can occur orally, vaginally, on the skin, in the urinary tract or in the stomach.
Candida infections are extremely uncomfortable causing pain, itching and general discomfort where the infection occurs but infected individuals can benefit from using the proper herbs for Candida.
A normally functioning body human requires a controlled population of bacteria and fungi to survive efficiently.
However, if the bacteria population is offset then candidiasis or a yeast infection can occur. To curb a yeast infection, herbs for candida in conjunction with changes in diet can help tremendously.
The herbs for Candida can either be used as dietary supplements to fight the infection by boosting the immune system and body functions or the herbs can be applied directly to the infected area; an external application.
Here are seven common herbal remedies for candida overgrowth:
Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) has natural anti-fungal activity and works by helping to restore the natural balance of the bacteria and fungi.
Tea tree oil can be used as douche when mixed with water (only three drops at a time) or infused into a bath (several drops of tea tree oil are prescribed).
Garlic has demonstrated anti-Candida activity in animal lab studies; when Candida is exposed to garlic, it is effectively destroyed.
The garlic contains sulfur compounds such as allicin, which have been studied as anti-fungal compounds. To obtain the potency of garlic, crushed garlic should be added to the diet or consumed as enterically coated tablets.
The volatile oil from oregano has also shown anti-fungal activity in lab studies. The oregano oil contains oleic acid, carvacrol, and thymol all of which have anti-fungal.
The oregano is normally taken orally as an enterically coated tablet or can also be applied directly to the affected area.
Berberine, which is found in Golden Seal and barberry, has demonstrated antibiotic activity in the lab.
It is recommended that individuals suffering from yeast infections should take 250 to 500 mg of the herbal extract three times a day.
Berberine acts by stimulating the immune system making it effective against Candida.
Cinnamon has been commonly used to treat Candida. It contains some important terpenoids, which are potent anti-fungal compounds.
It can be consumed as a tea by taking half a teaspoon of cinnamon and adding it to a cup of boiling water. If using the volatile oil then use only a few drops at a time.
Fresh juice from Echinacea purpurea can also treat Candida by boosting the immune system. The recommendation is for candidiasis sufferers to take 2 to 4 ml of the extract daily.
However, people with inulin sensitivity should not take Echinacea.
Although not completely a herb; coconut oil can also commonly used to control a Candida overgrowth. The oil contains caprylic acid, which is known to effectively inhibit Candida. The caprylic acid is available in enterically coated tablets that are slow release and should be taken with meals.
As with any herbal treatment regime, users should check to see if the Candida herbal remedies interfere with prescribed medication function. Some herbs for Candida are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Like I said above, there are many ways to cure yeast infections, and the things that get recommended over and over again are over-the-counter medications such as creams and pills.
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