Candida Yeast Overgrowth
Everyone has candida – candida albicans is naturally-occurring yeast that is present in everyone. But Candidiasis, or Candida, refers to an unhealthy overgrowth of the yeast, candida albicans, within the body. For the purpose of simplicity, only the term Candida is going to be used throughout this document. In healthy people, however, it is kept under control by the immune system and confined only to the lower intestine and the skin and, in women, the vagina. To a large degree, this confinement process is due to healthy and essential bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria. When the population of healthy bacteria is disrupted, for instance when one takes antibiotics, candida albicans starts to spread into other areas of the body once it is allowed to pass unchecked through the intestinal walls to the bloodstream. When this happens, Candida albicans begins to mutate into an unhealthy fungus that can infect a body’s tissues and organs. The spread of candida albicans into areas of the body where it does not belong is termed candidiasis, or candida.
An estimated 33 per cent of all Americans are affected by candida and the numbers are growing; nonetheless, the disease remains overlooked by most conventional physicians. To make matters worse, its various symptoms can easily be mistaken for other disease conditions. By contrast, practitioners of natural cures and alternative medicine place great emphasis in helping their patients prevent and recover from candida. Natural cures for candida are generally far more effective and longer lasting than the antibiotic treatments typically offered by conventional medicine.
It has long been established that Candida albicans, as well as other strains of Candida, are able to spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract to the bloodstream, and also urine. This was vividly proven in 1969 when researchers had a test subject ingest Candida albicans. Previously, the subject had not been knowingly exposed to Candida albicans, nor did he have any detectable illness at the time of exposure. Within hours after he had orally consumed the dose of Candida albicans, the test subject came down with a wide range of disease symptoms, including fever and headache. In addition, the scientists who tested him found that colonies of Candida albicans had already spread to his blood and urine, proving that Candida albicans can indeed pass from the gastrointestinal tract to negatively affect other areas of the body. The scientists who conducted this test also warned that the use of antibiotics increased the permeability of the gastrointestinal tract, making it easier to trigger an outbreak of candida in people who use such drugs. Despite their conclusive findings, most conventional physicians disregard the potential severity of candida, and also dismiss claims that antibiotics can be a factor in its development.
As Candida albicans spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract and colonizes in other areas of the body, it produces various toxins. These toxins can impair health by reducing the body’s supply of white blood cells, which are needed by the immune system to properly fend off infectious bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens. Candida albicans toxins also inhibit the body’s ability to manufacture antioxidants, including glutathione, an enzyme that is important for liver detoxification and cellular respiration. As a result of these negative effects caused by the unchecked spread of Candida albicans, symptoms of candida can manifest in many different ways, mimicking other disease conditions and negatively impacting many areas of your body.
There are natural cures for Candidiasis: Candida Yeast Overgrowth that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. They involve restoring the biochemical balance of the body, and making dietary and lifestyle changes designed to improve one’s general health.
Candida can cause a whole array of symptoms including the following:
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight gain
- Depression, anxiety and irritability
- Hyperactivity, confusion and loss of memory
- Gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, gas, cramps, chronic diarrhea, constipation, heart burn
- Allergies (to both food and airborne allergens)
- Severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual interest
- Severe mood swings and feeling mentally “disturbed”
- Recurrent fungal infections such as “jock itch”, athlete’s foot, ringworm or vaginal/urinary infections
- A feeling of being light-headed or drunk after minimal alcohol or certain foods
- Rashes, hives, acne and scaly skin
- Sinus pressure, hay fever-like attacks and coughing
- Eye or ear irritation
- Migraines and headaches
- Sleep disturbances
- Heart palpitations
Testing for Candida: Conventional physicians typically screen for candida using traditional laboratory tests such as blood tests, which look for antibodies to Candida albicans. While such tests can sometimes be helpful, they can also give false positive readings, since everyone has some degree of Candida albicans in their bodies, and therefore also have antibodies for it. If a large amount of antibodies are found to be present in the blood, however, that is a strong indication that candida is present.
Although holistic practitioners may employ traditional lab tests, they do not rely on them exclusively. In addition to taking a patient’s complete medical history and asking them questions such as the ones above, other tests used by alternative physicians include:
Darkfield Microscopy: Darkfield microscopy, our favorite option for finding out if you have Candida, involves the use of a darkfield microscrope. Unlike traditional microscopes, a darkfield microscope is specially adapted to be able to examine live blood cells that are then magnified onto a video screen. This allows physicians trained in this diagnostic technique to detect evidence of illness via distortions in the walls of the blood cells, and to spot harmful microorganisms, including Candida albicans, parasites, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and other types of bacteria and fungi in the bloodstream. Also called Live Blood Cell Analysis, it is an excellent view into one’s internal terrain. Darkfield, along with Electrodermal screening, is the quickest, clearest, easiest method with which to determine if you have Candida overgrowth.
Electrodermal Screening: Electrodermal screening (EDS) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that measures the electrical output of specific points on the hands, face, or feet, that correlate to acupuncture meridian points at the beginning or end of energy meridians. The electrical signals given off at these points provide information about the health status of the body’s organs and organ systems, and can also be used to detect the presence of toxins, energy and hormonal imbalances, and harmful microorganisms such as Candida albicans. In the hands of a highly skilled EDS practitioner, EDS can often detect candida as well as many other health conditions, even when other sophisticated testing methods fail to do so, because of the fact that both health and disease are first and foremost the results of balanced or imbalanced energy.
Stool Analysis: A stool analysis can be helpful in detecting candida, and can also help to evaluate the health of the person’s digestive system. Stool analysis can help determine the levels of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as other digestive markers that can be indicative of candida.
Natural Cures: The conventional medical treatment of candida is limited to anti-fungal medications, such as Nystatin, Ketoconazol, and Diflucan. Although these drugs can be useful in severe cases of candida that resist other forms of treatment, natural health practitioners warn against using them as a first choice because of the dangerous side effects they can cause, including suppressed immune function. In addition, the cost of the drugs can be very expensive. Moreover, Nystatin, one of the most popular drugs for treating candida, can actually cause Candida albicans to mutate into other species of yeast that are resistant to Nystatin treatment. Also, Nystatin has been shown to remain in the intestines after it has been used, continuing to destroy healthy bacteria, which is one of the causes of candida in the first place. Because of these and other shortfalls of conventional drug treatment, natural health practitioners prefer to use a comprehensive treatment approach that addresses all possible causes of candida while simultaneously strengthening overall immune function. The primary therapies that make up such an approach follow below:
Note: Although self-care can be useful for less severe cases of candida, it is recommended that you work with a natural health care practitioner who is experienced in treating the disease. Complete recovery from candida usually requires at least three months of treatment, and can often take six or more months before final results are achieved. This lengthy recovery is due to the systemic nature of the disease, which requires time to be fully addressed.
In women, yeast infections are the second most common reason for vaginal burning, itching, and discharge. Yeasts are found in the vagina of most women and can overgrow if the environment in the vagina changes. Antibiotic and steroid use is the most common reason for yeast overgrowth. But pregnancy, menstruation, sperm, diabetes, and birth control pills also can contribute to getting a yeast infection. Yeast infections are more common after menopause.
- In people who have a weakened immune system because of cancer treatments, steroids, or diseases such as AIDS, candidal infections can occur throughout the entire body and can be life-threatening. The blood, brain, eye, kidney, and heart are most frequently affected, but the candidal fungus also can grow in the lungs, liver, and spleen. Candida is the leading cause of esophagitis (inflammation in the throat) in people with AIDS.
- Almost 15% of people with weakened immune systems develop a systemic illness caused by Candida. These infections enter into the bloodstream through breakdowns or cuts in the skin or mucous membranes. Candidal organisms may build up in an area because of frequent use of strong antibiotics, which kill the bacteria that normally keep it under control.
- Use of devices implanted in the skin such as urinary catheters and IV ports also provide access for the yeast to enter the body. IV drug addicts using dirty needles may inject the yeast directly into their bloodstream or deep tissues.
- Antibiotics – these kill the “good” intestinal bacteria as well as the bad. They can cause the altered, imbalanced environment that Candida reuires to change into its aggressive form. Antibiotics alter the balance of intestinal flora and suppress the immune system.
- Dietary factors – Milk should be avoided because it contains lactose, a type of sugar that promotes Candida growth. Other foods that promote candida are those that contain mould or yeasts such as bred and pastries, cheeses, dried fruits and peanuts. White flour and sugar can also be responsible for Candida overgrowth.
- Alcohol – Alcohol is composed of fermented and refined sugars. It is also more toxic than sugar and feeds yeast.
- Environmental factors – Damp environments like musty or mouldy basements may encourage yeast growth. Exposure to environmental pollutants such as pesticide residues, car exhaust, industrial chemicals and heavy metals (particularly from mercury amalgam fillings) may also foster the growth of Candida.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Detox: Eliminate Candida: Visit here for information on the Dr Jeff McCombs Candida Cleanse: www.mccombsstartup.com
Candida Cleansing is a program geared specifically towards Candida cleansing is strongly recommended. We suggest you read through this section and then read the Candida Cleanse in the Cleanse and Detoxification section for a full understanding of the process. The testing procedures above, coupled with some of the following therapies done with the Candida Cleanse, give you the maximum advantage of clearing Candida from your system. If the full Candida cleanse seems like too much of a commitment at this time, a combination of some of the following therapies can be highly supportive.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how.
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:.
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.utopiasilver.com has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com.
Constitutional hydrotherapy (contrasting hot and cold water treatments) applied two to five times each week can help to improve your immune function, making your body more resistant to and better able to cope with systemic yeast overgrowth.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two liters of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
A healthy diet is one of the most important steps for successfully treating candida. The goal of your diet should be to reduce or eliminate the foods that Candida albicans and other yeasts thrive upon, and to create a slightly alkaline internal environment that is rich in oxygen, making it extremely difficult for unhealthy yeast and other pathogens to survive.
To eliminate foods that support yeast overgrowth, avoid all sources of sugar, including all sugar products such as sucanat, honey, molasses, maple, agave, brown rice, and all of the refined syrups such as corn syrup. Read food labels, carefully avoiding foods that contain sweeteners of any kind, including those listed above, along with dextrose, fructose, fruit juices, or concentrated fruit juice sweeteners, lactose, and sucrose. Eliminate all forms of alcohol, and simple or refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, baked goods, and all foods made from white or refined flour. Abstain from most fruits with the exception of berries, grapefruit and green apples. Refrain from eating potatoes including yams and sweet potatoes, and other sweet or starchy vegetables such as parsnips, beets, peas and corn. More diet details can be found in the Candida Cleanse.
Most people with candida also suffer from food allergies. Therefore, it is important to be tested for food allergies and sensitivities, and to avoid allergic foods for a minimum of three months, so that your body has the opportunity to recover from the burden of eating them. If the foods to which you are allergic or sensitive are healthy foods, you can reintroduce them into your diet one at a time after your health has improved, and then eat them no more frequently than once every four to seven days. If they still provoke an allergic reaction, however, you should eliminate them from your diet.
Mould-containing foods should be avoided such as cheese, grapes, mushrooms, and all pasteurized fermented foods. Raw cultured vegetables that have not been heat pasteurized such as sauerkraut, Kim chi, and other raw cultured vegetables, are an excellent choice. Read more about the benefits of cultured and fermented foods in the Candida Diet section of the Candida Cleanse. Every effort should be made to eliminate pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt, due to the lactose sugar. Small quantities of raw yogurt or kefir are acceptable, and especially good if made from raw goat, rather than cow’s milk. Minimize your intake of commercially harvested meats and poultry because of the antibiotics, hormones, and steroids they contain. Whenever possible, choose organic, free-range meats and poultry instead.
The following dietary guidelines should be followed for 4-6 weeks as you begin your overall candida treatment:
Eliminate: All foods that contain yeast, including bread, biscuits, and cakes; all pasteurized heat treated fermented foods, including vinegar, soy sauce, and pickled foods; all forms of sugar and foods that contain sugar, including sweets and chocolates, honey, maple syrup, soda, sweetened drinks, and sweetened foods; all pasteurized milk and dairy products, including yogurt; all foods that contain artificial sweeteners, colorings, preservatives, and other additives, as well as trans-fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils; all refined white flour products; all fruits except grapefruit, berries and green apples; all alcohol products; all black teas, and coffee.
Eat frequently: Choose from a wide range of fresh vegetables and salads, emphasizing organic, leafy-green vegetables; complex whole grains, especially quinoa, buckwheat and millet; garlic; and cold-pressed raw coconut and extra virgin olive oil.
Also include, but less frequently: Lean, organic meats and poultry; wild caught fish; eggs; almonds; seeds, and complex grains and legumes.
Eating in this way will not only help your body’s recovery from candida, it will also help shift it into a slightly alkaline, oxygen-enriched state that will make it impossible for Candida albicans to thrive.
For more in-depth food and supplement guidelines, see the Candida Cleanse, please.
Nutritional supplements can play a very important role in your recovery from candida, because of their ability to improve immune function while also improving digestion and aiding in your body’s detoxification process. They are especially valuable for people who are severely rundown due to suffering from candida for months or years.
Recommended nutritional supplements for candida include:
- Vitamin A
- Beta carotene
- All B-complex vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- A good probiotic formula containing acidophilus and bifidobacteria is important, as is fructooligosaccharide (FOS), a healthy sugar that stimulates the growth of good bacteria in the intestines.
- Essential fatty acids, especially those rich in omega-3 oils, and adrenal extract are also advised.
- The amino acid taurine can help, as can supplementing with hydrochloric acid (HCl), which can significantly improve digestion and therefore the assimilation of other nutrients.
- Colloidal silver can help, as well.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D has been shown to be beneficial. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
To further aid digestion and improve immune function, you should also supplement with digestive enzymes. Especially useful in this regard are the enzymes amylase and cellulose, both of which can also help to digest and eliminate unhealthy yeasts, including Candida albicans.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis – click here.
– Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): www.rogercallahan.com
- Reiki –- find a local reiki practitioner here.
Ayurvedic physicians view candida as a condition that is caused by ama, or the incomplete digestion of foods, especially carbohydrates. Improving digestion, boosting immune function, and minimizing stress, which can affect both digestion and immunity, is the focus of Ayurvedic candida treatments. To this end, Ayurvedic physicians may use the natural anti-fungal remedies grapefruit seed oil or tannic acids, along with taking a combination of cayenne, ginger, long pepper, and the Ayurvedic herbs neem and trikatu approximately 30 minutes before each meal. Start with ¼ teaspoon of the herbs and gradually increase the dose to eight to ten teaspoons each day. Neem oil can also be applied topically as and when needed.
A detoxification and purification program known as panchakarma can also be helpful, both as a way of eliminating yeast and other toxins, and for improving your body’s overall health. Note: Panchakarma programs, which entail dietary modification in conjunction with detoxifying measures, should only be undertaken under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Chinese medicine, a thorough cleansing is the first step in dealing with candidiasis. When our systems are full of the waste, phlegm and toxins which contribute to yeast overgrowth, clearing them out of the system is necessary. Visit a licensed practitioner who will discuss the importance of combining proper diet with Chinese herbs and acupuncture.
With cleaning herbal therapy, the goal is to clear the system of Dampness, Phlegm, and Heat. These are seen as the causative factors of candidiasis. The herbs are not intended to mechanically clear out the large intestine; rather, they promote the clearing-out of the pathological factors of Phlegm and Heat toxins. Commonly-used herbs include gentiana (long dan cao), melia (chuan lian zi), agastachis (huo xiang), cardamon (bai dou kou), saussurea (mu xiang), skullcap (huang qin), coptis (huang lian), and phellodendra (huang bai).
Damp Heat Clearing Formula (Long Dan Xie Gan Wan) and Coptis Formula (Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan) are powerful herbal combinations to promote the cleansing process. Damp Heat Clearing is used most often when Lower Burner symptoms appear, and also with some Middle Burner problems; Coptis Formula is more effective with Upper and Middle Burner symptoms.
Damp Heat Clearing Formula (Long Dan Xie Gan Wan):
Gentian (Long Dan Cao)
Scullcap (Huang Qin)
Gardenia (Zhi Zi)
Akebia (Mu Tong)
Plaintain (Che Qian Cao)
Alisma (Ze Xie)
Buplerum (Chai Hu)
Rehmannia (Di Huang)
Angelica (Dang Gui)
Licorice (Gan Cao)
Coptis Formula Formula (Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan):
Coptis (Huang Lian)
Da Huang (Ruhbarb)
Scullcap (Huang Qin)
Phellodendra (Huang Bai)
Gypsum (Shi Gao)
Gardenia (Zhi Zi)
Forsythia (Lian Qiao)
Chrysanthemi (Ju Hua)
Schizonepeta (Jing Jie)
Angelica (Bai Zhi)
Viticis (Man Jing Zi)
Cnidium (Chuan Qiong)
Ledebouriella (Fang Feng)
Mint (Bo He)
Inula (Xuan Fu Hua)
Platycodon (Jie Geng)
Licorice (Gan Cao)
Some commonly-used acupuncture/acupressure points for this cleansing process include LIV3, LIV2, ST40, UB57, and LI4.
After the waste, toxins, and phlegm have been cleared out of our systems, we then have to tonify our bodies, repairing the damage and restoring the balance, or the pathological factor(s) will return. This is also a very important step to prevent recurrence of yeast infections. Commonly used tonifying herbs include astragalus (huang qi), codonopsis (dang shen), atractylodes (bai zhu), and dioscorea (shan yao).
GI Strength Formula (Xian Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang) is a popular formula for tonification, especially of the Middle Burner.
GI Strength Formula (Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang)
Ginseng (Ren Shen)
Atractylodis (Bai Zhu)
Poria (Fu Ling)
Licorice (Gan Cao)
Tangerine (Chen Pi)
Pinella (Ban Xia)
Amomi (Sha Ren)
Saussurea (Mu Xiang)
Commonly used tonifying acupuncture/acupressure points include ST36, SP9, SP6, LI10, LIV8, REN6, and REN4.
Myrtle Oil has been proven to be especially beneficial when treating candida. The most effective essential oils for thrush that have these properties are bergamot, German chamomile, lavender, myrrh, petitgrain and tea tree.
Essential oils can be applied easily as a local wash or in the bath. For a local wash, boil and cool one liter of water, adding a maximum of six drops of essential oils before applying as a local wash to the area. Alternatively add six drops of essential oils to a tepid bath and soak for as long as possible. Essential oil treatments should be administered two to three times per day. A sitz bath is also very effective for treating thrush. You can buy a specially designed sitz bath from most pharmacies or simply use a bowl or bucket big enough for you to sit in. Up to six drops of essential oils can be added to every liter of warm water. This treatment can be undertaken two to three times a day while symptoms persist.
- You can use lavender essential oil for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be applied on the fungal infested area to reduce redness and swelling.
- One of the most effective essential oils to treat candidiasis or thrush is tea tree oil. It is a powerful antimicrobial and antiseptic agent which helps combat fungal or candida infection.
- Oregano essential oil is also effective against fungal infections and thereby helps relieve candidiasis.
- Melaleuca oil is also known for its anti-fungal properties, and as such, it is recommended for candidiasis treatment.
- Clove oil is anti-inflammatory in action and can be used to relieve thrush.
- Other essential oils that are recommended to be used to relieve candidiasis are bergamot essential oil, rose essential oil, and chamomile essential oil.
Visit a licensed practitioner who may recommend the following:
Using Borax if you have a vaginal yeast infection with a discharge that is clear and thick and reminds you of egg white. You may experience the discharge as a feeling of warm water rushing out of the vagina. You may also be sensitive to noise and feel very nervous and jittery. If so, Borax may help.
Try Sepia for discharges that are itchy and yellow or greenish with an offensive odour and the consistency of cottage cheese. You may feel irritable and worn out, and may feel like your insides are falling out and you have to sit down or cross your legs to hold everything in. If so, Sepia should help.
Take Sulfur if the discharge is yellow, creamy-looking and smells bad. There may be violent itching and burning pain.
Use Kali bichromicum (Kali bich.) for vaginal yeast infections that have a yellow discharge that is thick, stringing, tenacious and sticky. The vulva will burn and itch from the discharge. Your symptoms may be aggravated in the morning, feeling better later in the day.
Take Calcarea carbonica if there is intense itching before or after your period. The discharge is milky white or thick and yellow, burning, and may come in sporadic gushes of liquid. If you crave sweets and eggs, are chilly, overweight and tire easily, this remedy may be helpful.
Agnus Castus can also be helpful for treating candida in general.
There are a variety of herbs that can be helpful for treating and preventing candida. Chief among them are the herbs from the Berberidis family because they contain berberain, a proven, natural anti-fungal agent. The most common herbs in this family are barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape. They can be used as teas, capsules, tablets, or as herbal suppositories. In addition to blocking the spread of Candida albicans, all of these herbs help to restore a healthy balance to your body’s intestinal flora, improve digestion, counteract diarrhea, and enhance immunity by increasing blood flow to the spleen.
Another very effective herb for candida is caprylic acid, which has been shown in scientific studies to completely eliminate Candida albicans in as little as two weeks when taken at a dose of 3,600 mg per day. For best results, be sure to use caprylic acid that comes in either enteric-coated capsules or in a sustained release formula.
Garlic is well known for its natural antifungal properties. Garlic’s effectiveness in helping to stop yeast overgrowth is due to its main active ingredient, allicin, which is now available in deodorized capsule form. You can also simply use one clove of fresh garlic. To minimize the risk of the distinct body odor raw garlic can cause, lightly roast the clove before you eat it. Garlic can be used in a suppository or douche to help treat vaginal candida.
The Brazilian herb, pau d’arco bark, may be useful for candida. Be sure to use a pau d’arco product that contains lapachol, however, for it is this active ingredient that gives pau d’arco its antifungal and antiviral properties.
Other herbal remedies for candida include alfalfa, aloe vera, anise, cinnamon, fennel, grapefruit seed extract, German chamomile, ginger, ginseng, licorice, oil of oregano, red clover, rosemary, licorice, tea tree oil, and thyme.
Echinacea has also proven beneficial. Although echinacea is best known for stopping a cold in its tracks, this herb also provides anti-candida benefits. It supports your immune system in the fight against candida as well as other infections.
Black walnut is a natural herb which contains tannins that not only kill fungal overgrowth like candida, but also kill parasites. It may be especially useful for those who suffer from both candida overgrowth and a parasitical infection.
Olive Leaf is a strong anti-fungal and anti-parasitic that has anti-viral and antibiotic properties as well. It has 400% more antioxidants than Vitamin C and twice the antioxidants of green tea with similar effects to the antioxidants in garlic and onions. Olive Leaf also stimulates your immune system and helps stabilize blood sugar levels (elevated blood sugar levels feed candida). If that isn’t enough, it also gives the body a natural energy boost which is helpful when candida drains us and makes us fatigued.
Cat’s Claw – Candida grows out of control in a weakened immune system, and Cat’s Claw is a strong immune boosting herb that strengthens white blood cells.
To make Cat’s Claw tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of Cat’s Claw Bark. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
If you prefer Cat’s Claw capsules, please follow directions on the label.
For Cat’s Claw extract, follow the directions on the label.
If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Cat’s Claw Bark and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.
Burdock Root is an anti-fungal and has been used effectively against candida for many years. It is also use to purify the bloodstream and internal organs of toxins.
To make Burdock Root tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Steep for about 15 min., strain herbs, and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
If you prefer Burdock Root capsules, please follow directions on the label.
For Burdock Root extract, follow the directions on the label.
If you want to make your own tincture, take 1 cup of Burdock Root and cover with 2 cups vodka. Let it sit in the dark for at least 3 weeks, shaking often. Drain herbs and keep the liquid. Take 28-56 drops three times a day.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture alone cannot accomplish the task of clearing Candida, though coupled with cleansing, acupuncture is highly valuable for helping to prevent and reverse candida because of its ability to stimulate immune function, and to improve the health of the digestive tract, genitals, spleen, and stomach, all of which can be compromised by systemic yeast overgrowth. Acupuncture can also help to normalize cellular metabolism, further enhancing the body’s ability to resist the spread of candida.
Oxygen Therapy: Oxygen therapy can help to quickly create an oxygen-enriched environment inside of your body in which harmful yeasts, as well as many other types of pathogens, cannot exist. A particular form of oxygen therapy-hydrogen peroxide therapy-is especially useful for treating and preventing candida. According to the late Charles H. Farr, M.D., Ph.D., who spent much of his professional life researching the healing benefits of hydrogen peroxide, it is not only effective in destroying Candida albicans and other yeasts, but also many forms of bacteria, viruses, and even parasites. In addition, hydrogen peroxide enhances cellular respiration, overall immune function, and tissue repair.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide therapy should only be administered by a qualified physician. Hydrogen peroxide should not be taken orally, since doing so can cause nausea and vomiting.
Parasite Treatments: To get rid of parasites, consider a high-dosage probiotic treatment using Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacteria, and L. bulgaricus, along with the use of anti-parasite herbs such as artemisia annua, aloe vera, citrus seed extract, garlic, goldenseal, and wormwood. Stay on this treatment for 8 to 12 weeks before beginning to treat candida directly.
Alternative Professional Care: The following therapies can assist treatment of candida: Biological (Holistic) Dentistry, Detoxification Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy and Orthomolecular Medicine.
Apple Cider Vinegar : This balances the pH level of your body and can prevent harmful pathogens like candida from growing out of control. A teaspoon to a tablespoon taken before each meal can aid digestion and prevent undigested food particles from feeding candida in the gut.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil`s anti-candida properties are too powerful to ignore. The medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil such a great energy source are also what fuel its ability to fight candida. Fatty acids like caprylic acid and lauric acid are potent antifungal agents. Work up to taking three tablespoons of coconut oil per day to harness its anti-candida power.
Aloe Vera Juice: – a gentle juice that is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It lowers pH levels (candida thrives in acidic environments) and can help alleviate constipation (remember, the colon collects toxic waste). Aloe Vera is a great detoxifier, especially for the liver (the organ that cleans the candida by-products from your blood).
The healing properties of clove oil: www.naturalnews.com/033579_clove_oil_healing.html
Turmeric treats candida: www.naturalnews.com/028043_turmeric_candida.html
Treating candida naturally: wholeintentions.com/2011/10/treating-candida-naturally
Cure candida naturally: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V6FN5NF8-k
How to cure candida quickly and naturally: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkEzoNl7CoA
Ayurveda and candida: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWpmcB2v5jM
Colloidal silver benefits for candida: www.naturalnews.com/034904_colloidal_silver_MRSA_candida.html
Candida triggers ear infections in children: www.naturalnews.com/036539_candida_ear_infections_overgrowth.html
Candida found on retainers: www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/219276.php
Studying the progression of candida albicans from benign to life-threatening: www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/84701.php
Further Information (links and books)
Candida Albicans: Could Yeast be Your Problem? Leon Chaitow; Chronic Candidiasis: The Yeast Syndrome, Michael T Murray; Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook: Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment and Diet, Jeanne Marie Martin; Solving The Puzzle of Chronic fatigue Syndrome, Michael Rosenbaum.
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