Chronic candidiasis can develop due to an overgrowth of yeast, or fungus, in the gastrointestinal tract. In our bodies, we have over 9 meters of intestines which make up the majority of our gastrointestinal tract. Inside our intestines live millions of good bacteria we call “flora” which help us prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria, digest our food, produce vitamin K, and strengthen our immune system.
Candida, or yeast overgrowth, can lead to dysbiosis, an imbalance in the flora of the gut where the bad bacteria has outnumbered the good bacteria. This unhealthy intestinal flora can lead to serious health consequences ranging from allergies to IBS to migraine headaches and immune system malfunction. Common symptoms of candida or yeast overgrowth includes fatigue, allergies, gas/bloating, constipation/diarrhea, itchy skin, foggy mind, weight gain, dandruff, toenail fungus (onchomycosis) and white coating on the tongue
- Candidiasis can greatly be influenced
- Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
- Detoxification and fasting
- Nutritional Therapy
- Dietary changes and hormone testing
- Major autohemotherapy
- Vaginal insufflation
Candidiasis is an infection caused by candida, (a type of fungi found in yeast.) The fungi often inhabit in the intestinal tract system and mostly on the skin and mucous membrane. Candida doesn’t cause any infection until it overgrows. An overgrowth of candida leads to an infection called candidiasis. The condition is characterized by white patches in the tongue, mouth, and throat. When it affects the mouth, it is called thrush or oropharyngeal candidiasis. It also affects the vagina (yeast infection) and usually happens when there is a change of yeast balance in the vagina. It can also be due to diabetes, pregnancy or medicines such as spermicides or even lubricants. Candidiasis rarely spread to other body parts.
What causes Candidiasis?
An opportunistic micro-flora multiplies in the body causing favorable (damp, acidic and sugary) conditions for the growth of candida. Lifestyle conditions such as excessive consumption of sugary foods, long-term use of contraceptive, poor eating habits and eating too fast can cause candida.
Thrush can lead to symptoms such as white patches around the tongue, cracking of the mouth at the corners, swallowing problems and soreness. When it affects the vagina, the common symptoms experienced include genital burning, itching and even white cheese-like discharge.
Other symptoms include:
• Poor memory or inability to focus
• Acne, cysts and night sweats
• Psoriasis, Acid reflux, bloating and high cravings for alcohols and sweets
• Itchy eyes and headaches.
Naturopathic treatment of Candidiasis
Natural treatment of candidiasis is provided after identifying the cause of the symptoms. The various naturopathic approaches that can help treat candidiasis include:
Use of anti-microbial herbs
Anti-microbial herbs can kill candida. Foods like onions, garlic, wormwood, dandelion, goldenseal, thyme, Andrographis and rhubarb and more. All these herbs are anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic. They can also help protect the liver. They can also be administered in diet form.
Acupuncture focuses on boosting the immune system thus helping fight off the bacteria in the body. The technique was traditionally used in preventive medicine to relieve pain, reduce stress and boost immunity. Acupuncture strengthens the kidney and spleen thus helping to disperse spleen dampness and heat in the liver.
Diet changes can also help with candidiasis. There are various anti-candida diets that can help fight off the infection. The diets include reduced sugar intake, milk, refined products, food high in yeast content, mold, food allergens, and other dairy products. Increasing intake of natural foods like oregano, garlic, and coconut oil can also aid battle fungal infections.
Use of supplements
Reintroduction of beneficial gut flora like taking high-quality probiotic supplements like S. Boulardi can aid fight candida. Use of supplements that help improve the immune system like eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, bitter foods, and whole grains is also recommended. Foods such as spinach, dandelion, celery, lettuce and parsley, Brussels, carrots, and lettuce can help repair gastrointestinal membrane thus healing the leaky gut syndrome. This can help prevent the inflammation caused by yeast infection.
This focuses on improving the immune system naturally. It helps to rebalance the natural equilibrium thus enabling the body to balance the candida growth. It also boosts natural healing in the body and strengthens the digestive system. Homeopathy looks at various issues including dietary problems. Recommended selective supplements are prescribed depending on your condition and symptoms. The common remedies include sepia, Pulsatilla, sulfur, and Calcarea-carbonica. Homeopathy is safe, gentle and effective.
Candidiasis can be very annoying. Although there are several contemporary medications to treat candidiasis, natural techniques can help stop the overgrowth of yeast infection. Herbs, acupuncture, diet modifications, supplements, and homeopathy are some of the natural treatments of candidiasis.