Candida is a type of yeast and is the most common cause of fungal infections all over the world. Candida exist in low numbers on the skin of a healthy person and Candida albicans is part of the normal flora of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and the genital tract in females. An overgrowth of this fungus can cause superficial infections such as vaginal candidiasis and thrush which is an oral infection.
Generally the dryness of the skin compared to other tissues prevents the growth of the fungus but damaged skin and areas where the skin rubs against skin can promote rapid growth of the fungi. The yeast can even penetrate the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract. Prolonged use of antibiotics weakens the immune system and hence it is unable to control the overgrowth of the candida. People with diabetes, HIV and impaired immune systems are more susceptible to yeast infections. Candida overgrowth can cause many health problems such as weight gain, headaches, fatigue and poor memory.
Commercial antibiotics injure the immune system and impair its function. It is therefore of great consequence to strengthen the immune system and enhance its function so that it can defend the body against all kinds of infection.
Amla is very good for fortifying the immune system and enabling it to function optimally. Cut two amlas into small pieces and crush the pieces finely. Soak the mass into a cup of water for fifteen minutes then drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
Candida infection can produce severe itching, inflammation and redness on the skin and if it affects the gastrointestinal tract it can cause digestive problems, abdominal pain, heartburn and rectal irritation. Take a leaf of aloe vera and remove its skin.
Blend the pulp with a little water in a mixer grinder. Take half a cup of this gooey substance twice daily. You can also smear it on the skin and in and around the vagina to cure skin infections and vaginal infections.
Green tea has potent medicinal values which heal and cure a vast number of diseases and ailments. It is full of powerful antioxidants which remove all the harmful free radicals from the body and detoxify it thoroughly.
Green tea also enhances the function of the immune system and thus curbs the overgrowth of Candida. Boil a cup of water and steep one heaped teaspoon of green tea into it for ten minutes. Strain the tea and drink it thrice daily.
Coconut oil has amazing antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties which successfully destroy the Candida and inhibit its overgrowth. If you have oral infection you can apply coconut oil on the white patches inside the mouth.
Apply it on the skin and in and around the vagina for skin and vaginal infections. Take two teaspoons of coconut oil twice daily to cure the infection from inside out.
Tea tree oil has potent antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Take a glass of warm water and add two drops of tea tree oil to it. Rinse your mouth and wash your vagina with this solution twice daily.
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