Candida or Thrush Infection is a common fungal infection caused by Candida fungus growth. Candida is present in smaller quantities inside the throat, digestive system and mouth of all the human being. It is not a problem until it changes into fungal form.
These fungal produce rhizoids that can cause spores throughout the intestinal wall. It leaks undigested food into the bloodstream. Candida overgrowth is not difficult to recognize through lab testing. However, the actual diagnosis can be difficult to obtain because the symptoms may be associated with other diseases.
What is Candida?
Candidiasis is a fungal infection of any species from the genus of yeasts. It exists in all human being who are healthy, especially in skin, but Candida growth is limited by the immunity power of the human being.
In ayurveda, Candida is immunity disorder caused by deficiency in OJA. OJA is considered as the immunity power of the body, which prevents the growth of the foreign particles or microbes in the body. The deficiency in OJA is resulted from the poor dietary habits, ill lifestyle, indigestion, poor metabolic power of the body and imbalances in the three humors.
The other cause may be undigested food or AMA (Toxins). The disease may result from the by-products of undigested food. The by-product is then absorbed in the blood stream, creating toxins that will lead to many health issues. As the by-products accumulate in the large and small intestine, it will ferment, inhibiting the normal flora from proliferating.
Thereafter, as per ayurvedic principles, the over growth of Candida fungus will lead to intestinal absorption of the by-products into the liver and blood. It is believed in Ayurveda that once the yeast enters into the blood, it will damage the processing of the seven tissues of the body consisting plasma, muscle, blood, fat, nervous tissue, bone, ovum and sperm.
Symptoms of Candidiasis Fungal Infection
An individual may experience one or a number of symptoms from Candida. These symptoms may include:
Ayurvedic treatment involves the use of remedies that may have digestive stimulant, anti fungal and anti-microbial and immunomodulator actions in the body.
Herbs are very powerful tool for reducing or removing Candida. There are many effective herbal remedies for treating Candida overgrowth. The active herbs mention below when taken in combination is the best herbal formula against any type of candida. These herbs are available at “Pure Ayurved Herbal Clinic” which is run by very experienced and qualified Ayurvedic doctors.
Garlic is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. When garlic is present in the body, Candida struggles to survive for long. Garlic is also beneficial for abdominal distention and indigestion.
A research was conducted by Zafar K Khan and Ratna Katiyar on the antifungal activity of garlic. Fresh extracts of garlic (Allium sativum L.) were used to assess potential therapeutic use of this herb as an anticryptococcal agent. The in vitro antifungal activity in broth showed greatest activity in the aqueous extract compared to the alcoholic, crude or commercial extracts.
Some other researchers have also highlighted the antifungal activity of garlic, some of the prominent researches include the antifungal reports on garlic (Kabelik, 1970; Tansey & Appleton, 1975; Moore & Atkins, 1977; Prasad & Sharma, 1981; Yoshida et al., 1987), especially the report of Davis et al. (1990) who explored antifungal activity in human CSF and plasma after i.v. administration of garlic to some patients with cryptococcal meningitis further validated the anticryptococcal activity in experimental murine disseminated cryptococcosis. This work definitely brings to light the potential of garlic to serve as an anticryptococcal herbal medicine.
Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Neem is well known for its stimulating power of the immune system and fighting with the fungal infection. It works as a detoxifier agent.
The antifungal efficacy of neem was tested by Srinidhi Surya Raghavendra and Ketaki Dattatray Balsaraf. The antimicrobial ability of neem leaf extract, 3% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and 2% chlorhexidine (CHX) against Candida albicans. The results showed that the Efficacy of Neem extract is comparable to 3% NaOCl against C. albicans and it is significantly better than 2% CHX.
Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Giloy is an excellent immunomodulator herb in ayurveda. It boosts immunity power to fight off the Candida infection or vaginal thrush fungal infection in the body.
Dried Ginger powder
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In addition to these, it is also a digestive stimulant and rectifies the digestive juices in stomach. It increases appetite and helps in indigestion. In Candida infection, it reduces fungal growth and reduces Kapha symptoms such as abnormal discharge from the vagina and oral candidiasis.
Olive leaf extract
The extract of olive leaf is used to fight the fungal infection caused due to Candida.
A research was conducted by Z Nasrollahi et al to evaluate the anti-fungal activity of olive leaf aqueous extract against candida albicans. The olive leaf aqueous extracts exhibited antifungal effects against yeast with an MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration) of 24 mg/ml, MFC (minimum fungicidal concentration) of 48 mg/ml, and inhibition zone diameter of 21 mm. The results indicated the sensitivity of Candida albicans (PTCC-5027) to olive leaf aqueous extracts.
Black walnut is a natural remedy that contains tannins. It helps to kill Candida fungus, stops fungal overgrowth and prevents parasitical infection in oral or vaginal cavity.
Natural Treatment for Candida Thrush- Ayurvedic Treatments and panchakarma detox
Triphala powder wash
Trifala consists of three myrobalans. These are Emblica officinalis, Terminalia bellirica and Terminalia chebula. All these three are beneficial for reducing fungal growth. The trifala water is used to wash the vagina and to reduce vaginal symptoms of the Candida.
Kawala is a gargling with herbal water. It is useful in case of oral candida infection.
Yeast Infection or Vaginal Thrush-Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines
The following herbal ayurvedic medicines have been considered very effective to eradicate toxins related to Candida yeast infection or vaginal thrush.
Drinking a lot of water and doing yoga helps in flushing the toxins out of the body. There are different poses of yoga that promote healthy body and mind. The beneficial yoga poses are:
Downward Dog: It is done by getting the heart higher than the head, reversing the pull of gravity that helps in circulation of blood.
Twisting Crescent lunge: After twisting, the digestive organs is flushed with blood that is rich in oxygen and helps improving digestion.
Legs up the wall pose: It helps in circulation of the blood from the feet and legs, stimulating the digestive organs.
Lifestyle changes for Candida Infection
1. Zafar K Khan, Ratna Katiyar, ‘Potent Antifungal Activity Of Garlic (Allium Sativum) Against Experimental Murine Disseminated Cryptococcosis’, Pharmaceutical Biology, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 87–100, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1076/1388-0209%28200004%293821-1FT087
2. Srinidhi Surya Raghavendra, Ketaki Dattatray Balsaraf, ‘Antifungal efficacy of Azadirachta indica (neem) - An in vitro study’, SCIELO, https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1677-32252014000300242
3. Z Nasrollahi, M Abolhasannezhad, ‘Evaluation of the antifungal activity of olive leaf aqueous extracts against Candida albicans PTCC-5027’, Current Medical Mycology, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5490280/
Ayurveda is one of the traditional ways to keep one healthy. Candida infection occurs due to low immune power. Ayurveda has powerful herbal immunity boosters, so contact Gurnam Saini, experienced Ayurvedic doctor in Melbourne.
If you wish to enquire more information on Candidiasis or Thrush Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
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