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Herbs for Candida

Natural Herbs for Treating Candida

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There are several efficacious herbs available for the treatment of Candida overgrowth.  Three herbs will be discussed in this article: echinacea, garlic, and pau-d'arco.  These herbs have properties that can help allay Candida overgrowth.  You may wish to take a Candida test first before trying herbal therapies to ensure you actually have a Candida infection.  Knowing for certain you are dealing with Candida is an important step in treating Candida.

Herbs for Candida:  Garlic

Garlic has been used for culinary and medicinal reasons for some time.  Garlic can be used to treat a variety of fungal infections, including thrush, vaginal candidiasis, ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot.  In addition to fighting fungal infections, bacterial infections are also able to be treated with garlic.  To combat Candida with garlic, take a dozen raw, chopped cloves two or three times a day in juice.  

Despite its efficacy against Candida, there are a few potential side effects you may experience if you use garlic as an herbal cure; despite this, garlic is generally safe for adults.  The chemicals present in garlic can give your breath and body odor a malodorous smell.  Having stomach problems, heartburn, and allergic reactions are also possible maladies you may experience when taking garlic.  All side effects of garlic are more likely to occur if you are taking raw garlic.  Because garlic can thin the blood it may not be wise to utilize garlic before or right after surgery.  Consider talking with a doctor about using garlic before you begin a regimen of this herb.  

Herbs for Candida:  Pau-d'arco

Pau-d’arco contains two very important yeast fighting chemicals: lapachol and beta-lapachone.  Lapachol is less potent against Candida than beta-lapachone, but lapachol’s strength is similar to ketaconazole, a prescription Candida infection medication.  You can either use pau-d’arco as a concentrated decoction or you can make a salve with pau-d’arco capsules.  Make sure you consult a physcian before taking pau-d’arco as too much of this herb can be dangerous.

Pau-d'arco is also known as tabebuia and can be found growing as far north as from northern Mexico to southern Florida and as south as northern Argentina.  Pau-d’arco also grows in the Caribbean islands and Cuba.  Most of the chemical research on pau-d’arco has been done on the wood of the tree and not the inner bark.  

Pau-d’arco is commonly purveyed as tablets, dried bark tea, and an alcoholic tincture.  The chemical components of pau-d’arco that are medicinal do not dissolve in water well.

Herbs for Candida:  Echinacea

Echinacea is a genus of the family Asteraceae, and the nine species it contains are sometimes referred to as “purple coneflowers.”  Echinacea is a plant that grows naturally in central and eastern North America.  The name “purple coneflower” was given because of its large purple flower that is shaped like a cone.

One way echinacea helps to mitigate Candida is by stimulating the immune system to destroy the microscopic Candida organisms that are responsible for infecting the body.  Echinacea can do more than just combat Candida, echinacea has been used to fight viral infections like the human rhinovirus and influenza.

There are some side effects that can occur from using echinacea; however, this herb for Candida is usually safe when used on a short-term basis.  Some of these side effects of using echinacea include fever, nausea, stomach pains, diarrhea, headaches, vertigo, insomnia, anaphylaxis (which can be fatal), and others.  If you think you have had an allergic reaction to echinacea, make sure you talk to a doctor.  Additionally, there is not enough known about this herb to be certain it is safe for pregnant women or women who are nursing to use.  A good precaution to consider taking before using echinacea is getting the advice of a doctor.

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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