Menu

Antifungal Yeast Infection Pill

Understanding Good Yeast Infection Pills

 
You can likely find a pill with multiple herbs that get rid of Candida. However, it may be easier, and more frugal, to simply buy several different herbal pills that have antifungal ability; the pills can also be used later for other maladies.
You can likely find a pill with multiple herbs that get rid of Candida. However, it may be easier, and more frugal, to simply buy several different herbal pills that have antifungal ability; the pills can also be used later for other maladies.

Yes, you can use an antifungal pill to mitigate a yeast infection. However, you'll probably just want to take several herb pills, and not try to find a single pill. The reason is, one pill, unless it is a prescription drug, will not likely have enough natural substances in it to treat this problem. Taking a few natural herb pills, however, should be more than enough to start giving you extra support at getting rid of this infection.

The late Dr. James A. Duke; a great authority on medicinal plants; states in his enlightening book, The Green Pharmacy, that synergy does in fact occur when you use several different plants in congress. Dr. Duke states as follows:

The synergy—the harmonious working together—of antifungal herbs has been demonstrated in several studies. In one test of ten plant species whose oils were antifungal, researchers noted that “combinations of the antifungal essential oils increased their activity remarkably.” In a similar study, researchers noted that “in all the oil combinations, the antifungal potency was found to increase over individual oils.”

Google Books — Duke, J. A. (1997). The Green Pharmacy. (p.246)

Dr. Duke goes on to explain later that he feels synergy is in fact the rule in nature. There are truly so many different ways plants came to possess their protective attributes that each plant should fight fungus in a different way. When you use more than one herbal remedy, you get a cure that attacks Candida on more than one front—so to speak. Hence, multiple herbs together create a healing synergy—killing yeast in manifold ways.

Pau D’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) for Candida

Pau D’arco pills are a good choice to take to help eliminate Candida from the digestive system.  Salves of this herb can also be utlized topically. Pau D’arco may also work well for ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot.
Pau D’arco pills are a good choice to take to help eliminate Candida from the digestive system. Salves of this herb can also be utlized topically. Pau D’arco may also work well for ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot.

This plant, indigenous of South America, has been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 1870’s. In addition to treating a yeast infection, pau d’arco has been used for pain relief, fever, diarrhea, arthritis, cancer, and other health maladies.

Candida albicans is responsible for perhaps at least 80% of all yeast infections; Candida glabrata for about 5%, and the other species of this genus for the remainder of infections. Consequently, it is important to know how pau d’arco will affect various species of Candida. One study, published in the Brazilian Journal of Biology [vol.70 no.4 São Carlos Nov. 2010], tested this herb on several different strains of Candida; these included the following:

  • C. albicans
  • C. dubliniensis
  • C. parapsilosis
  • C. tropicalis
  • C. guilliermondii
  • C. utilis
  • C. krusei
  • C. lusitaniae
  • C. glabrata
  • C. rugosa

The study found that pau d’arco menthol extract was capable of stopping each strain of Candida at very small concentrations. Thus it is logical to infer that you are probably suffering from one of these species of Candida; and, that pau d’arco will be able to inhibit it.

A more personal experience using this herb to cure a yeast flare up was given by Dr. James Duke in his book The Green Pharmacy. Dr. Duke was unfortunate enough to contract a yeast infection while he was probably away from the United States. Dr. Duke relates his knowledge on pau d’arco as follows:

This herb contains three anti-yeast compounds—lapachol, beta-lapachone and xyloidine—that show activity against C. albicans and other common problem fungi. I have personally used a Latin American salve containing pau-d’arco extract to clear up a yeast infection and would do so again if I had another flare-up.

Google Books — Duke, J. A. (1997). The Green Pharmacy. (p.250)

Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis)

Pictured here is powdered goldenseal root with the powder in pills.  Goldenseal contains berberine, but will work better than just berberine alone at getting rid of a yeast infection!
Pictured here is powdered goldenseal root with the powder in pills. Goldenseal contains berberine, but will work better than just berberine alone at getting rid of a yeast infection!

If you have never heard of goldenseal before some of the alternative names include: Eye balm, Indian paint, and Ground raspberry. The chemical berberine is the primary reason why goldenseal can treat a yeast infection. This plant, as well as other plants that contain berberine (yellowroot, Oregon grape, goldthread, and barberry) can be effective natural medicine for Candida overgrowth.

Goldenseal itself does contain berberine; but, other phytochemicals present in this herb, also probably contribute to the herb’s anti-Candida activity. Proving this is a dissertation done by Junio, Hiyas A., Ph.D.. The study took pure berberine and also mixtures of berberine with other chemicals. On page 54 of the study, it discusses how flavonoids present in goldenseal increased the antimicrobial power over a pure berberine solution. Thus, it was determined that the other chemicals in goldenseal had either an additive (the sum of their effectiveness is equal to both solutions effects added together) or synergistic (the sum of the mixture’s effectiveness is greater than the individual effectiveness’ added together) effect. The conclusion of this matter, therefore, is that using goldenseal itself will probably be a more effective antimicrobial than simply berberine alone.

Dr. Junio also cited a study which was conducted with goldenseal, that was published in Microbial Drug Resistance [2009, 15 (1), 11-17]. The study studied several different herbs, of which one was goldenseal. The study used drug resistant Candida (azole resistant to be exact, an example of an azole antifungal would be the drug fluconazole) which is becoming more and more common. The study found that goldenseal would effectively inhibit both drug resistant and drug sensitive Candida.

If you did not know; or maybe you have learned by experiencing no relief from antifungal drugs when it comes to yeast infection; Candida can rapidly acquire resistance to azole drugs. A study demonstrating this was published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy [February 2005 vol. 49 no. 2 p. 783-787]. The study showed Candida glabrata became drug resistant after only 4 days of exposure to these drugs. The isolates of the yeast tested were obtained well before modern medicine introduced azole antifungal drugs. If you’d like to learn more you may find this article interesting: Candida glabrata and fluconazole.

Oregano (Origanum) Leaf Extract and Candida

Oregano oil is an effective treatment for yeast infections.  In addition to being a good at stopping yeast; this natural item is a good antibacterial agent as well.  It is, perhaps, one of the most essential natural medicines to have on hand.
Oregano oil is an effective treatment for yeast infections. In addition to being a good at stopping yeast; this natural item is a good antibacterial agent as well. It is, perhaps, one of the most essential natural medicines to have on hand.

Another ingredient in Fungal Warrior is an extract from oregano leaves. Oregano possesses very powerful antifungal capabilities, and the essential oil is one of the best you can use to treat a yeast infection. If you’d like to know a little more about the proof that this herbal extract can cure yeast overgrowth, you can check out this page: oregano oil for candida infection.

One study that shows how effective a Candida killer oregano extract is, was published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology [vol.41 no.1 São Paulo Jan./Mar. 2010]. The study was conducted with a wide assortment of Candida species to ensure the study discovered how well this herb could be used for infections. In all, sixteen different isolates of Candida were used; the species comprising these isolates included the following:

  • C. albicans
  • C. parapsilosis
  • C. krusei
  • C. lusitaniae
  • C. dubliniensis

The study found that oregano was able to inhibit and kill Candida with ease. The researchers proposed that this medicinal herb could be utilized as an alternative treatment for yeast infections.

Of the many studies conducted on oregano oil and Candida, one also used a wide variety of Candida species with oregano. The study was published in Phytomedicine [2008 Aug;15(8):635-8]. The study showed concretely, that oregano oil was effective at stopping the following species of Candida:

  • C. albicans
  • C. krusei
  • C. parapsilosis
  • C. tropicalis
  • C. guilliermondii
  • C glabrata

Grapefruit Seed Extract for Yeast Infections

Grapefruit seed extract can be used to treat yeast infections.  You may be able to find it in a pill form.  This is a great addition to a natural remedy for Candida.
Grapefruit seed extract can be used to treat yeast infections. You may be able to find it in a pill form. This is a great addition to a natural remedy for Candida.

Grapefruit seed extract is a powerful antimicrobial; killing both pathogenic bacteria and a wide variety of Candida yeasts. One study proves this to be true; it was published in Acta Pharmaceutica, The Journal of Croatian Pharmaceutical Society [2004 Sep;54(3):243-50]. The researchers studied 10 different species of yeast; most of these strains comprised of Candida. The yeast studied were comprised of the following species:

  • C. albicans
  • C. krusei
  • C. tropicalis
  • C. parapsilosis
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Kluyveromyces maxianus

The study found that at a low concentration (about 16.5% grapefruit seed extract) that all yeast and bacteria studied (20 different bacteria were used in the study) were successfully killed at this level of concentration of grapefruit seed extract. Thus, grapefruit seed extract will make a great killer of probably any type of Candida when it comes into contact with it. You could also probably use it well as an antibacterial agent as well.

Conclusion

If you have a vaginal yeast infection, you may be wondering why you need to clear yeast out of your digestive system. The digestive system is where the yeast that infected your vagina probably came from. It is easy for yeast to move from the rectum to the vagina. If you have suffered from recurrent yeast infections, this is probably why you can’t seem to get this problem out of your life. Although you remove the yeast from the vagina, later on they reinfect this area again. The yeast are coming from somwhere; and Candida lives in many people’s large intestine. This is a common reservoir for this opportunistic pathogen. Simply remove the yeast from your gut; and, you may be able to stop Candida at its source (if it is present in the digestive system).

In addition to causing yeast overgrowth, Candida can also release toxins into the body and even make you a little drunk when you eat sugar—if you have enough of it living inside you. The late Dr. William Crook wrote many books about yeast and the many related problems it causes. He has seen men and women with terrible health improve dramatically after undergoing treatment for Candida infection. This is important to understand in the age of antibiotic use. For further reading about this topic, feel free to peruse this article: Yeast Overgrowth and Drunkeness.

If you have a compromised immune system due to HIV, cancer, or any other serious illness, you should deal with your problem right away. Yeast can, in rare cases, infect the blood and become a serious threat to your health. This is known as Candidemia (a.k.a. Fungemia).

Disclaimer

Some websites, material, or products recommended by or linked to by this website may promote holistic medicine. This website is not endorsing or recommending any spiritual practice, yoga, metaphysical thought, or any holistic therapy. These practices merely show up in material discussed or promoted (such as books) on this website, and they can be wrong. If you choose to engage in holistic therapies, that is your decision.

To learn more about how to use the information of this website, you can always view the website disclaimer. Thank you!

SOURCES: