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Natural Treatments for Treating Yeast Infections or Candida

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In addition to reviewing the patients symptoms, there are some tests to determine if a patient has a yeast infection. For women, a doctor would do a vaginal smear on a slide and look at the slide to see if there are a lot of yeast cells, to determine if they have a yeast infection. For men, a doctor would analyze a seminal fluid discharge to determine if they have a yeast infection.

Jennifer was diagnosed with Candida from her holistic dentist. Then dentist took an oral sample of Jennifer's saliva and examined the sample under a microscope. From the sample, she could see an imbalance in the bacteria. Dr. JJ explained that Jennifer had an imbalance in the bacteria and the microflora in her mouth and digestive tract. So, the healthy bacteria levels were out of balance. Candida occurs naturally in everyone, so calling the imbalance candida is not accurate.

What are some natural treatments for yeast infections?

Natural yeast infection remedies include probiotics and an elimination diet:

A simple natural cure for yeast infection is taking probiotics orally. This helps put the good bacteria levels back into balance. There have been a number of positive studies on probiotics, including one where pregnant women took probiotics orally to prevent bacterial vaginosis. Probiotics can also be taken vaginally as suppositories.

When Dr. JJ has a female patient that has had chronic yeast infections, he will typically do a week of Probiotic suppositories, followed by one month of taking probiotics orally.

There is a Candida diet as well, but Dr. JJ does not recommend this to his patients, because he finds it to extreme. He will typically put his patients on a good detox (elimination diet is a good basic detox). In the elimination diet you avoid foods like wheat, dairy, sugars and alcohol for a short period of time. This is effective because a lot of the opportunistic pathogens like sugar, so eliminating these foods interrupts their food source.

Dr. JJ has found the candida diet too severe, and a lot of his patients who have gone on the diet have become so sensitive that when you try to reintroduce a normal diet, they get flare-ups.

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I started having chronic re-occuring vaginal yeast infections about 2 years ago. I went to my western doc and she gave me scrips for anti-fungals, over, and over, and over again. I'm not a person who runs to the doc for a scrip evertime I get sick so I thought this was not really helping the problem. I haven't taken anti-biotics in 20 years, I was tested for all sorts of dis-ease and no diabetes, I eat a very healthy diet. On my own, since my doc wasn't helpful (it's just your age, yes, it happens to a lot of women, oh, it could be the start of perimenopause, you'll just have to keep taking these anti-fungals...etc) I turned to first to the internet and then to a friend who is a naturopath. She suggested starting with a candida cleanse and then the candida elimination diet. I did the cleanse. No relief. I don't eat much fermented, processed food or sweets, so going on the Candida diet was pretty easy. After 6 months, nothing had changed. I added all sorts of pro-biotics to my diet...still nothing...I had my partner tested, he was negative...no change...My partner and I broke up and I was sexually inactive for a while...no change. My naturopath finally suggested garlic. First, she said to take a fresh raw clove of garlic, cut it into swallow-able pieces and swallow that 3 times a day for the first week. Let me tell you, the burning and itching disappeard in 4 hours! After the first week, she told me to switch to a Kyolic type of garlic (aged garlic that doesn't make you stinky) and take 6 capsuls a day, 3 2x a day or 2 3x a day. For me, this is the only thing that has worked. Unfortunately, if I stop taking it for any length of time, the yeast eventually comes back. The garlic keeps is away, but I"m not really sure this is a "cure." It sure has been the only thing that's made me feel better though.

October 3, 2010 - 11:42am

Thank you for the very well-researched information on Candida overgrowth and natural ways to combat this. I used to suffer from an excess of Candida, manifested through painful vaginal yeast infections. However, if it goes untreated a candida infection can manifest in strange, seemingly unrelated ways such as irritability and confusion. I managed to overcome Candida overgrowth with a diet low in sugar and through a detox and I also take a probiotic supplement sporadically (but always following antibiotic treatment). I have never felt this good!

March 24, 2009 - 8:21am
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