Candida glabrata, although not as pathogenic as Candida albicans, can and does attack individuals regularly. Typically individuals affected by Candida glabrata have some form of immune system weakness that predisposes them to being susceptible to this opportunistic pathogen. This immune system weakness could be due to age, disease, steroid use, or even a lack of probiotic bacteria in your digestive system. Whatever the cause for this weakness, it is important to build your body’s natural strength to keep opportunistic yeast at bay after the episode of infection is done. Using some natural products and bolstering your immune system against future attacks is a great, efficacious Candida glabrata natural treatment.
Natural cures are a great way to fight off Candida glabrata as this yeast can become immune to fluconazole quite rapidly. Multidrug resistant Candida glabrata is not unheard of. If you have had frequent repeat yeast infections and prescription drugs don’t seem to work; you may have a form of drug resistant Candida glabrata. Thankfully, natural remedies have been shown to kill even drug resistant strains of Candida.
Natural Herbal Candida glabrata Remedies
The walnut tree has often been shown to be able to stop yeast. One study in particular, published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (January 2010, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 81-88) used Juglans regia (commonly known as the Persian walnut, English walnut, or in the United Kingdom, common walnut) extracts with several different strains of yeast pathogens. In this study, 48 different strains of Candida were tested. These strains represented 15 different Candida species, one of which was Candida glabrata. The other species tested included C. albicans, C. atlantica, C. intermedia, C. lusitaniae, C. holmii, C. sake, C. kefyr, C. krusei, and C. parapsilosis. Consequently, it was quite comprehensive and should almost certainly apply to the type of Candida that is attacking your body.
The study showed very promising results as the walnut extract was able to inhibit all the different strains of Candida experimented upon. Of the 48 strains tested, only two strains showed a higher tolerance to the English walnut extract; yet even at higher levels the yeast were successfully inhibited.
The renowned herbal expert, Dr. James Duke, recounts, in his book The Green Pharmacy, that black walnut (Juglans nigra) husks were shown to be better at getting rid of Candida than a commonly prescribed antifungal drug. Dr. Duke recommends making a tincture with black walnut husks to help kill a yeast infection. Additionally, as Dr. Duke often advises, he mixes other herbs together to create a synergistic healing effect. For external treatment Dr. Duke suggests adding a tincture of lavender flowers, valerian root, and pau-d’arco along with about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to the black walnut tincture. You can use this recipe externally (tea tree oil is quite toxic if ingested) as a great natural Candida glabrata treatment.
Pau-D’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae) Holistic Remedy
Another herbal remedy you can use to fight Candida glabrata is pau-d’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae). This is a South American tree that has been used medicinally to treat a wide variety of health maladies. Typically, the inner bark or heartwood of this plant is used medicinally. Since about 1873 this herb has had reported medicinal uses. And, fortunately, one of the uses of this natural remedy is as a yeast infection cure.
In the United States, pau-d’arco is usually prepared as a decoction and about one cup of this tea is taken about two to eight times daily. You don’t have to use it as a tea; pau-d’arco can be found in many other forms as well; including: extracts, capsules, tablets, and skin ointments. You should be able to find some preparation of this herb that suits your intended use rather easily.
To naturally cure a Candida glabrata infection you can use pau d’arco tea and drink it, or use it topically. To use it topically, apply the herb vaginally as a douche, or you can use an extract of this herb by soaking a tampon in it and inserting it into the vagina. Note that inflammation may occur in the vagina if you use pau-d’arco extract vaginally.
Dr. James Duke has personally used a pau-d’arco salve to clear up a yeast infection he was suffering from. He states that he would not hesitate to do so again if he was presented with another outbreak. Dr. Duke recommends buying a commercial preparation of this herb and following the package directions to naturally treat a Candida infection.
There are a host of other natural cures for Candida outbreaks on this site if you feel like learning a bit more. If you want, feel free to take a look around and get equipped with powerful treatments that are safe and natural.
- http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10096-009-0824-3 -- Antifungal properties of Salvadora persica and Juglans regia L. extracts against oral Candida strains. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (January 2010, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 81-88)
- Google Books -- Duke, J. A. (1997). The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press.
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pau-darco -- Information on pau-d’arco
- http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1081/E-EDS2-130002071 -- Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements, Second Edition (section on pau-d’arco)
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