CERTIFICATION IN BACH FLOWER REMEDIES OF ENGLAND, Ph.D DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BIOCHEMISTRY, B.S.M.S BACHELOR OF SIDDHA MEDICINE AND SURGERY,
Alternative Medicine Specialist
Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. It can infect the mouth, vagina, skin, stomach, and urinary tract. About 75% of women will get a vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime, and 90% of all people with HIV/AIDS developCandida infections. Oral infections, called oral thrush, are most common in infants, elderly people, and those with a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of candidiasis may include:
• Creamy white patches in the mouth or throat (oral thrush)
• Painful cracks at the corners of the mouth (oral thrush)
• Skin rashes, patches, and blisters found most commonly in the groin, between fingers and toes, and under the breasts
• Vaginal itching and irritation with a white discharge resembling cottage cheese (vaginal yeast infection).
Feel free to include any and all of the food items on this list in your daily diet:
All fresh vegetables (except carrots & beets) and vegetable juices.
All fish (except scavengers and shellfish). Deep sea white fish and salmon are particularly good.
Free range chicken and turkey.
Lemons, limes, cranberries, and Granny Smith apples.
Well–cooked whole grains: millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa. NO WHEAT!
Pasta made from any of the above grains.
Essential fatty acids — 1 Tablespoon per day.
Beans (in conjunction with digestive enzymes).
Raw almonds and seeds.
Chamomile, peppermint, and Pau D’Arco tea.
Green superfoods (such as BarleyMax).
Stevia (used as a sweetener).
Foods to Avoid
To combat Candida overgrowth and promote optimum health, try to avoid the following foods as much as possible.
Sugars — sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, maple syrup, maple sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, date sugar, corn syrup and honey.
Artificial sweeteners (such as Aspartame and Nutrasweet®).
Yeast containing foods — such as breads and pastries.
Alcohol, soda, coffee and fermented beverages (like ciders).
Malt containing products (such as malted milk drinks, creals and some candies).
Condiments, sauces, and vinegar containing foods (such as mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, MSG and pickles). Try to use fresh lemon or lime instead.
Dried and candied fruits (raisins, dates, pineapples, etc.)
Fermented foods (such as soy sauce, tofu, tempeh, and sauerkraut).
All fruit juices.
Fruit (except Granny Smith apples).
— After approximately 20–60 days you can begin adding in grapefruit and kiwi.
— After approximately 4 months on the program you can add in such fruit as bananas, berries, and melons.
Cheese and sour milk products (such as buttermilk and sour cream).
Mushrooms and other fungus. Remember, yeast is a fungus!
All nuts — except raw almonds.
Packaged and processed foods: including enriched flour products.
Alternative therapies use natural antifungals or probiotics ("friendly" bacteria), as well as immune-strengthening therapies, to improve the body's ability to keep Candida in check.
• Probiotics -- Lactobacillus acidophilus (1 to 10 billion live organisms per day) orbifidobacterium (10 billion colony-forming units per day) to help restore normal balance of bacteria in the bowel and mucous membranes.
• Vitamin C (500 to 1,000 mg per day), vitamin E (200 to 400 IU per day), and selenium (200 mcg per day), help reduce inflammation and keep your immune system strong.
• Essential fatty acids -- help reduce inflammation. A mix of omega-6 (evening primrose) and omega-3 (fish oil) may be best (2 tbs. oil per day or 1,000 to 1,500 mg, twice a day).
• B-complex: B1 (50 - 100 mg), B2 (50 mg), B3 (25 mg), B5 (100 mg), B6 (50 to 100 mg), B12 (100 to 1,000 mcg), folate (400 mcg per day).
• Caprylic acid (1 g with meals) is another type of fatty acid that may have antifungal properties.
• Propolis, a natural substance created by bees from pine resin, has antifungal properties according to test tube studies. One study in humans showed that a special propolis preparation got rid of oral thrush in people who had denture stomatitis (mouth sores).
• Avoid overuse of antibiotics that kill the friendly bacteria that normally keep Candida in check. Talk to your doctor about the proper use of antibiotics, when they are needed, and when it may be safe to try alternative remedies first.
• Garlic (Allium sativum) has antifungal properties. Take the equivalent of one clove per day (or one tablet that equals 4,000 to 5,000 mcg of allicin). Garlic may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you also take blood thinners such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), or aspirin. Garlic may interact with a number of medications, including those used to treat HIV.
• The juice of the herb echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) has been shown to help prevent recurrence of vaginal yeast infections. Take 2 to 4 ml per day. People with autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, should not take echinacea. Echinacea may interact with a number of medications, so ask your doctor before taking it.
• Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has antifungal properties in test tube studies. In one study, it was effective in treating oral thrush when used as a mouthwash. Tea tree oil is toxic if swallowed, and should only be used as a mouthwash under your doctor's supervision.
• Pomegranate (Punica granatum) gel was shown to be about as effective as miconazole gel in treating oral thrush associated with denture stomatitis (mouth sores) in one scientific study.
Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type -- your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup.Some of the most common remedies used for candidiasis include:
• Borax -- for bleeding oral mucosa, especially with diarrhea
• Belladonna -- for bright red, inflamed skin that is not raw or oozing, but is painful, especially with irritability
• Chamomilla -- for diaper rash, especially with irritability
• Arsenicum album -- for burning, itching rashes, especially with anxiety
• Graphites -- for thick, cracked skin (corners of mouth or heels)
• Kreosotum -- for leukorrhea that causes itching and swelling