Candida is a type of fungus (also called yeast), and is only one of a huge number of micro-organisms that exist in a human body.
Normally, in a healthy body, Candida does not cause any problem. However, when the bio-balance is upset by factors such as unhealthy lifestyle, stress, excessive consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrate, chronic use of medications such as anti-biotics, cortisone, the pill, etc, then one finds an overgrowth of Candida in the body.
This can result in toxins being released into the bloodstream and can have many adverse effects on the functioning of the body. The immune system is unable to cope with the continuous release of toxins into the body, leading to dis-ease. Symptoms can include depression, mood swings, sinusitis, headaches, chronic fatigue, joint pain, stomach pain, indigestion, vaginal thrush and other fungal infections, skin rashes and eczema, etc.
Fortunately, Candida can be controlled by means of a balanced diet and by the elimination of certain foods in order to create an internal environment in which the yeast cannot survive. An initial detox diet will ensure, along with a good anti-yeast formula will ensure that the levels of systemic Candida are significantly reduced.
Thereafter, a maintenance program should be followed to keep Candida permanently at bay.
Remember that Candida thrives on all sugars and refined carbohydrates and it is only by controlling your intake of these foods that you will beat systemic Candida.
Herbal Remedies For Candidiasis
Aloe – Fresh juice is used to boost white blood cells which kill yeast cells.
Barberry – Has antifungal properties useful in killing yeast cells.
Cinnamon – A decoction is held in the mouth for treating thrush.
Echinacea – Stimulates macrophages which kill yeast cells.
Garlic – Has anti fungal properties and can be be used liberally in food preparation or taken as capsules.
Lavender – Applied topically or added to bathwater for treating skin infections.
Olive Leaf – Powerful antimicrobial. Capsules or tinctures are taken internally.
Oregano Oil – Has powerful anti fungal properties. Use as directed.
Pau d’ Arco – Anti fungal, antibiotic, used internally to boost immune system.
Peppermint – Anti fungal, used as an infusion. Oil is available in capsules.
Rosemary – Has anti fungal properties useful in killing yeast cells.
Thyme – Oil is an anti fungal which can be diluted and used topically.