There are many medicinal herbs that can be used to effectively combat an infection of yeast. There are many different herbs that can be used depending upon where your infection has occurred. Some herbs are safe for taking internally, while other herbs are not safe to take internally. If you do not know how to safely employ an herb to effectively and safely rid your body of a yeast infection, make sure you consult a licensed medical professional before you use any herbal remedy your are not familiar with. The herbs which will be discussed on this page are goldenseal, purslane, and garlic. By using these herbs correctly, you should be able to help your body combat an infection of yeast.
Goldenseal Herbal Treatments for Yeast
Goldenseal is an herb that is also known by the name orangeroot and belongs to the family Ranunculaceae. Goldenseal grows in the southeastern parts of Canada and the northeastern parts of the United States of America.
The early Native Americans had several uses for the herb and used goldenseal to treat skin problems and ulcers. Despite the historic usage of this herb, there are not many studies in existence that can prove the efficacy of this herb.
One key constituent of goldenseal is the chemical compound known as berberine. Berberine is a chemical that can kill fungus and therefore can be employed to treat a yeast infection. If you want to use goldenseal in a tincture or in a tea, both should deliver the fungus killing chemical berberine to the infection and start to remedy your situation.
Purslane Treatments for Yeast
Purslane is thought to be a weed in some parts of the world; however, despite some deeming purslane a weed it does contain valuable chemical compounds that help the body combat a yeast infection. These compounds are the vitamins E, C, and A; such vitamins do a wonderful job of bolstering the body’s natural immune system operations. A yeast infection is an infection of an opportunistic fungal pathogen, which means it normally does not cause problems in a healthy host. Opportunistic pathogens require an opportunity to cause an infection, and a compromised immune system is one opportunity yeast can take to cause infection. By consuming enough vitamins to support the immune system, you can help your immune system to actively fight off the fungus responsible for the infection.
Please keep in mind that vitamins A and E are fat soluble. Taking too much vitamin A or vitamin E can cause health complications. Although beneficial to the body in the right amounts, you may want to discuss taking extra vitamin A and vitamin E with your doctor. On the other hand, vitamin C is safer as it is not a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin C aids the body by helping the white blood cells functioning correctly and by also lowering the pH of the vagina. An acidic vagina is less conducive the growth of yeast and thereby will be less likely to have yeast overgrowth.
Garlic Herbal Treatments for Yeast
Garlic is one herb with two powerful anti-fungal constituents: anjoene and allicin. Allicin has been shown to be an efficacious eliminator of a broad spectrum of bacteria. Additionally, allicin has been shown to be able to kill Candida albicans. In regards to anjoene, there was a Japanese study conducted that showed that anjoene was able to kill fungus. Garlic gel with a 1 percent concentration of anjoene was similar in effectiveness to Lamisil.
If you want to take garlic orally to stop yeast infections, you can take up to twelve raw, chopped cloves of garlic. The cloves of garlic can be taken two or three times each day in their juice. Women who have a yeast infection in the vagina can also insert garlic directly into the vagina to combat their yeast infection. To do this you should peel a clove of garlic so that it does not suffer any cuts or damages and insert it into a small gauze sack. You should then bind a string to the gauze sack to make it like a tampon. You can then place the sack with the garlic in it into your vagina before you go to sleep at night and let the sack stay in the vagina while you sleep. You can do this process each night for six consecutive nights.
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.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidiasis -- candida is opportunistic
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin -- water and fat soluble
- The Yeast Connection and the Woman by William G. Crook. (p.99 acidic vagina not conducive to yeast growth)
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