If you suffer from candida yeast infections, you may experience burning, swelling, discharge, odor, painful urination or other irritation in your vaginal area. While there are many causes for a yeast infection, including stress, poor nutrition, hormonal fluctuations, the overuse of antibiotics, poorly ventilated clothing and inadequate lubrication during intercourse, the treatment involves restoring the proper balance of yeast in the affected area.
Visit your local homeopath to purchase 600 mg boric acid suppositories. Insert the suppositories into your vagina each morning and every night before gong to sleep. Use the suppositories for 2 to 4 weeks. If your symptoms have not improved significantly after two weeks, call your doctor for an appointment.
Alternately, you may wrap one clove of peeled (but not cut) garlic in a piece of cheesecloth, taking care to leave a length of string hanging from the end of the cloth. Insert the wrapped garlic into your vagina, and leave it there for 3 to 5 hours or overnight. Remove it with the string, and insert a fresh clove until your symptoms improve. Garlic contains natural anti-fungal properties, which will destroy yeast.
Put five drops of tea tree oil into a warm sitz bath, and use up to three times a day to reduce external discomfort of a yeast infection.
Infuse warm water with 2 tsp. dried goldenseal or Oregon grape root to create a tea douche. Douche with the mixture two times a day for two to four weeks to treat vaginal candida. You may also create a hydrogen peroxide douche which will help control vaginal yeast. Mix 1 tsp. hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup warm water. Use the douche once a day to help eliminate excess yeast.
Take two capsules of Pau D’Arco with a meal three times a day until your symptoms improve. Alternately, drink two cups of Taheebo tea with a meal twice a day. (Do not use this remedy if you are pregnant. Children should reduce the dose to two capsules or one cup of tea, twice a day.) The herbs are anti-fungal and will fight candida, as well as a number of other fungi, including athlete’s foot.
Eat yogurt with live cultures at least twice a day. Avoid sugars and white flour products, which will feed the yeast and cause them to multiply. Eat fresh vegetables, poultry, citrus fruits, Omega 3 fatty acids, including fish and flax seed oil, olive oil and raw nuts. Eat whole grains, and drink at least six to eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, animal fats, hydrogenated oils, dairy products (aside from yogurt) and fast or “junk” foods, which tend to be high in sugar, white flour and fat.