Yeast infection are extremely uncomfortable, and this is so for about one billion women worldwide, this state of discomfort and unease has simply become a reality of life. Many women find it awkward in looking for succour in form of solutions in fighting against that persistent itching that have taken over their nether regions. When they summon courage and visit the doctor or pharmacy, the prescription is always a dose of antifungal cream or antibiotics… well, that does not really treat the problem in the long term.
Why conventional yeast infection treatments often don’t work
The concern with most conventional yeast infection treatments is that they never really solve the problem; the infection is temporarily controlled and keeps coming back, year after year. When you get treated with conventional antifungal cream or antibiotics, the recurring infection is more severe than the last. Let’s briefly examine how the microbiome in your vagina operates (just like in your gut)
Just as it is in the gut, mouth, lungs and even on the skin, millions of symbiotic, commensal and pathogenic microorganisms which consist of bacteria, yeast and protozoa live in the vagina. Under healthy, these microbes live in harmony, even the pathogenic microbes (e.g Candida albicans) plays an important role in supporting critical functions within the body.
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If you are brave enough to examine a vaginal wall with a microscope, you’ll find yourself looking at a shield called a biofilm. The shield is erected by the convergence of microbes (bacteria and yeast) living on the vaginal wall, designed to protect the microbiome (community of microorganism) as a whole in the vagina from attack. What form of attack, you ask? Well, antibiotics, antifungal creams for one.
When there is an exposure to antibiotics, the microbes living in the biofilms cluster together in a dense-like formation thereby increasing the thickness of the biofilm, effectively rendering the antibiotic useless. Regrettably, the pathogenic species like candida live behind the biofilms, while the non-pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms are left out in the cold, totally at the mercy of the antibiotics.
As a result, most antibiotic and antifungal prescription to treat yeast infection fails, it simply encourages the proliferation of the pathogenic yeast species while at the same time wipes out the beneficial microorganisms. This is a vicious cycle of event; it’s a violent picture I am creating here, if you were a microscopic microbe going about your daily routine down there, it would absolutely seem like a war zone had descended upon you.
Fortunately, as we do on herbalpharmal, we have researched some natural remedies to treat your yeast infection.
Natural yeast infection remedies
Every now and then, no matter how healthy you are, without warning a yeast infection strikes. At a certain point in her life, a woman will most likely have to deal with a yeast infection. But before you go in with guns blazing, you should be 100 percent certain that it is actually a yeast infection and not a similar infection like bacterial vaginosis. Self-medication can make the situation worst, so if unsure please consult a doctor.
When you have a positive ID, then it’s time to smash out natural the yeast infection remedies. Below are some of the most popular natural remedies being used today.
If I told you to stick honey in your vagina, would you? Chances are you would possibly pass on that offer. But what if you learn that raw honey through rigorous trials has been proven to treat yeast infections?
In the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2012, researchers found that an “innovative mixture consisting of bee-honey and yogurt” was more effective than a local antifungal in curing yeast infections. Out of a sample size of 82 women, the mixture of honey and yogurt was proven to be more effective; it cured 88 percent of the women, compared to 72 percent who were on the antifungal treatment. Furthermore, the study reported fewer side effects in the group that used the honey mixture, this shows it has no long-term effect on each woman’s microbiome as well.
This is a win-win situation! It’s best when you apply honey to the surface and treat the infection topically, eating honey may lead to an increase in the growth of yeast, as a result of its natural sugar.
Apple cider vinegar
The scientific community is yet to publish any significant results as regards the use of apple cider vinegar for treating yeast infections, although, the informal and unscientific evidence is positively overwhelmingly. And this is highly possible, considering the high levels of acetic and citric acids in apple cider vinegar which have been proven to function as a natural antimicrobial agent, it has also been shown to exhibit antifungal properties against Candida species, commonly implicated in yeast infections.
Having said that, apple cider vinegar also helps in bringing about pH balance within the body and strengthens the immune system. In its raw state, it provides a considerate amount of probiotics that helps to rebalance the gut microbiome, which may be linked to the vaginal microbiome.
To use apple cider vinegar, mix a tablespoon or two in a glass of water and sip in the morning. Alternatively, you may soak in a diluted apple cider vinegar bath or apply topically on a cotton ball.
Coconut oil has been used for a wide range of ailments within the alternative and natural health community, and rightly so. It is a mild antibacterial, and just as in apple cider vinegar, it has been used in the treatment of Candida species and other yeasts. It is made up of three fatty acids; capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. These fatty acids have been shown to directly inhibit the spread and growth of yeast infections.
Most importantly, coconut oil provides the body with essential fats needed by the body to control yeast infections all on its own. For this reason, the first step should be ensuring you get plenty of organic, unrefined coconut oil in your diet. Bake with it, cook your food in it, or simply scoop a dollop straight into your mouth! You can also apply it topically, and by the way, it makes an effective natural lube if you are planning to get frisky between the sheets.