| ||Herbal Medicine: Genital Candidiasis||
Yeast infection of the genital tract caused by Candida albicans.
Candida albicans infections are becoming increasingly common, especially in women. Such genital infections usually develop by the yeast spreading from normal skin or intestinal flora, uncommonly from a sexual partner. Two important factors contribute to this increase in cases
- use of wide-spectrum anti-biotics
- women using oral contraceptives
Predisposing factors include pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes mellitus, constrictive clothing, taking immuno-suppressive drugs or steroids.
Candidiasis Candida albicans typically grows in the moist, warm areas of the body, often near mucosal areas such as the mouth or genitalia. Redness, itching, and occurrence of whitish plaques are characteristic. The commonest sites are the groin, armpits, beneath the breasts, and skin folds of obese individuals. Vaginal and oral forms also occur. The finger nail may be involved, causing redness, ridging, and swelling.
Actions indicated for the processes behind this disease
Anti-inflammatories will reduce the inflammatory response.
Anti-spasmodics will alleviate muscular tension developed in response to the pain.
Anti-microbials may help deal with the virus infection, but it is very intransigent.
One possible prescription
equal parts to 5ml of tincture 4 times a day
Broader Context of Treatment
Mentha piperita oil applied topically may reduce the pain through a mild local numbing effect. Do not attempt this if the skin is extremely sensitive.
Colloidal oatmeal powder may be dusted on the effected skin to act as a dry lubricant, hopefully reducing pain from contact with clothes.
Actions supplied by this combination :
- Decrease intake of sugar.
- Reduce stress.
- Increase sleep.
- Insert lactobacillus culture as a suppository (lactinex).
- Wash external genitalia with weak vinegar solution to help with itching.
- Caprylic acid by supplementation can be effective against candida.
- Douching: douche with weak vinegar solution only if necessary 1-2T vinegar to 1 quart water. Appropriate precautions should always be taken when douching:
Never use hand bulb syringes as several deaths have been reported from air embolism after use of bulb syringes.
The douche bag should be placed not more than 2 feet above the level of the hips to prevent high fluid pressure.
The nozzle should not be inserted more than 3 inches into the vagina.
Never douche if membranes are ruptured or, if pregnant, there is any indication of amniotic fluid leaking
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