There are several medicinal herbs that make efficacious herbal yeast infection treatments. Although garlic yeast infection treatments are some of the best, this page will focus on other herbal remedies for yeast infections. The exclusion of garlic in this list is due to the fact the rest of this site contains a significant amount of information regarding garlic yeast infection treatments. If you wish to get a full overview of how garlic treats Candidiasis, you can take a look at this page on this website: garlic yeast infection remedy.
As mentioned, there are many herbal remedies that can be employed to treat a yeast infection; this page will deal with three: echinacea, goldenseal, and purslane.
Herbal Yeast Infection Treatment: Echinacea
Echinacea is a genus of the daisy family Asteraceae, and contains nine different species. The nine species in the genus of Asteraceae are given the common name purple coneflowers as the flower has purple petals and spiny cone in the center of the flower. The species of echinacea are only found in eastern and central North America.
Echinacea has been purported as remedy for the common cold (Human rhinovirus); however, studies have been inconclusive. And, echinacea’s effectiveness at treating the common cold is under debate. On July 28, 2005, The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study of Echinacea regarding the herb’s effectiveness at treating the cold. The study was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The study found that a 900 mg per day dose of echinacea was not able to allay the common cold; however, critics of the study suggest the dosage was too low to produce any significant results.
Despite the ambiguity surrounding echinacea’s efficacy as a treatment for human rhinovirus, echinacea is able to assist in stopping yeast infections. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, echinacea is possibly effective for preventing vaginal yeast infections when used with the medicated cream econazole. Using echinacea with econazole reduced the recurrence rate of infections from 60.5% down to just 16%.
Dr. James A. Duke, Ph.D., in his book The Green Pharmacy, recommends taking echinacea for treating yeast infections. According to Duke, echinacea’s immune stimulating action helps to cause white blood cells to attack and destroy the microscopic Candida fungi. Duke cites a study done on mice where echinacea successfully protected them from Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for most yeast infections.
Herbal Yeast Infection Treatment: Goldenseal
Goldenseal, also known as orangeroot, is a member of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae; and, is found naturally in southeastern Canada and northeastern United States. Goldenseal is grown commercially in the United States.
Historically, Native Americans used goldenseal for many health maladies such as skin disorders, ulcers, and gonorrhea. According to the NCCAM, there have not been many studies published documenting the safety and effectiveness of goldenseal.
Goldenseal does contain the antibiotic and antifungal berberine. Using goldenseal as a tincture or as a tea are both effective options for treating a yeast infection.
Herbal Yeast Infection Treatment: Purslane
Purslane is a succulent in the family Portulacaceae, and in some regions it is considered a weed. Purslane itself carries several important nutrients that can help the body allay a yeast infection. The vitamins A, C, and E are all found naturally in purslane. Vitamins A, C, and E are some of the best vitamins for supporting the immune system; which is vitally important in the event your body becomes infested with Candida.
Vitamins A and E are two fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin C, is not fat soluble, and helps to stop a yeast infection by keeping white blood cells performing well, and by acidifying the vagina. Make sure you consult a doctor before you take too much vitamin A or vitamin E as health complications can arise through taking excessive amounts of these vitamins.
More Herbal Remedies
If you would like to learn about more herbs you can use to stop Candida, Candida Hub has an entire section on this. The herbs listed on this section have a proven track record for stopping Candida. You can order these herbs online, or just pick them up at your local grocery store. Many are also able to stop certain viruses and bacteria as well! If you want to enhance your herbal medicine, check out this page detailing these herbs: Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infection.
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- Google Books — The Green Pharmacy by James A. Duke Ph.D.
- http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.html treatment for the common cold.
- https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/echinacea_rr.htm — Echinacea for the Prevention and Treatment of Colds in Adults: Research Results and Implications for Future Studies.
- https://nccih.nih.gov/health/goldenseal — Goldenseal. (grown commercially)
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10767672 — Berberine. Alternative Medicine Review. Volume 5, Number 2, 2000. pages 175-177.
- Google Books — Alice Feinstein, Prevention’s Healing with Vitamins. [book edition unknown]