Candida is the scientific name for yeast and this is cause of fungal yeast infection. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause a fungal yeast infection.
There are plenty of anti-fungal treatments, even special diets that are designed to remove Candida. As with any other herbal program, you should not undertake anti-fungal programs without consulting your doctor.
Although there is limited scientific data on the anti-fungal qualities of herbs, there is plenty of information and reports about which herbs are best at treating fungal yeast infection. The following list has the names of 10 top herbs that have anti-fungal compounds.
If you are taking any prescription medications or are under a doctor’s care for a medical condition, please consult with your physician before starting any herbal program. Although most herbs are considered to be safe, there can be drug interactions that can have severe consequences.
Turmeric is one of the most potent anti-fungal herbs on the planet. The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy published one study that showed that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, stopped the spread and growth of candida. In vitro research showed that curcumin worked better than a prescription anti-fungal drug (fluconazole). Curcumin can be used to treat several types of fungal yeast infection successfully, including athlete’s foot.
2. Olive Leaf Extract
A number of studies give the evidence that oleuropein, the active ingredient in olive leaf extract, is rather effective in fighting overgrowth of fungi. By improving your immunity against such unhealthy invaders as Candida, olive leaf extract decreases blood sugar, thus helping avoid fungal yeast infection to begin with. Another study, which involved a dozen miscellaneous plant extracts, found that olive leaf offered more protection from mycotoxigenic fungi and pathogenic fungi, than any other compound tested.
Garlic has been used since ancient times as a natural means of treating many ailments and health conditions. Garlic is probably one of the most well studied herbs of the past 30 years and there are plenty of results to back up garlic’s claims of being a powerful anti-fungal agent. Garlic also contains anti-parasitic and antibacterial agents. It’s the ajoene garlic contains which gives garlic its anti-fungal agents.
4. Black Walnut
Studies have shown that black walnut can effectively kill canker sores, herpes, and syphilis sores. The husks of black walnuts have potent anti-fungal powers; sometimes more powerful than many prescription drugs. Fungi and parasites thrive in an acidic environment. Black walnuts are alkaline in nature, so they can make the body an unhospitable place for these types of infestations.
5. Tea Tree
Oils from the Tea tree in Australia are studied extensively because they have incredible effects on the body. Numerous research studies show that tea tree oil can successfully treat ringworm, acne, vaginitis, thrush, athlete’s foot, jock itch, and tinea barbae, tinea faciei, and tinea capitis.
This strong smelling spice contains some of the same compounds as oregano oil, which is essential in fighting intestinal and oral infestation of Candida. Cloves can kill toenail fungus and stop athlete’s foot while improving the immune system. One study showed that oil of cloves contained anti-microbial and anti-fungal compounds so powerful that it killed every type of yeast, fungus, and bacteria that it was put up against.
A popular herb that has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years has gained modern day popularity as a type of magic cure-all. Unfortunately, this has created such as demand that goldenseal has been harvested almost to the point of extinction. Goldenseal is great at fighting viruses, bacteria, and fungal yeast infection. Numerous studies show that all parts of goldenseal contain a strong anti-fungal compound called berberine.
8. Oregano Leaf Oil
A diluted solution of oregano leaf oil can stop almost all fungal infections including toenail fungus, dermatitis, and dandruff. The anti-microbial agents in oregano leaf oil, thymol and carvacrol, stop fungus in its tracks both internally and externally. One study showed that oregano leaf oil even stopped fungal infections in baked goods. Read more about oregano oil and its powers.
More than just a flavoring for gum, spearmint, a member of the mint family, has been used for its healing and medicinal abilities since ancient times. Although less powerful than oregano, it still contains effective anti-fungal compounds.
Although little known in America, neem is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Neem stimulates the body’s immune system and helps to fight bacterial infections as well as fungal overgrowth. Neem is also an excellent detoxifiers. Neem oil can be used topically to fight skin and toenail fungus.
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