News headlines have the power to make even invisible monsters frightening. Every summer, a deadly outbreak of e. Coli and salmonella food poisoning occurs. And over the last few years, a trending health topic has made another microorganism seem scary: candida.
Candida can result in a severe quality of life reduction
Candida is not deadly. But it can result in a severe quality of life reduction. The fungal infection is blamed for chronic fatigue, urinary tract infections, digestive disturbances, itchy anus, sinus infections, joint pain as well as the unofficial diagnosis known as “brain fog.”
One might easily think that it’s best to avoid e. Coli, salmonella and candida at all costs. But the reality is that these microorganisms are all part of the human microbiome; these invisible critters are present in the digestive tract. In the case of candida, it only becomes a problem when there’s a proliferation, or overgrowth of the yeast. And when an overgrowth occurs, candida fungus ventures outside of the digestive tract and migrate to various tissues and organs in the body.
What Causes Candida?
One of the major culprits of candida overgrowth (candidiasis) is consuming too much sugar. Certain foods such as candy and other junk with refined sugars are obvious candida proliferators. So, too, are high-carbohydrate foods and drinks, especially those made with yeast. Think: bread and beer. Dairy products can also trigger candida overgrowth because of lactose (milk sugar).
Candida albican yeast (yeast is a type of fungus) feasts on sugars and then releases toxic by-products such as ammonia and uric acid. These toxic compounds can travel into the tissues, including the brain, which is why some people who have candidiasis experience cloudy thinking (brain fog).
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, candida infection is considered a parasite. Of the so-called 6 Evils that contribute to disease, Dampness and Heat are those responsible for the proliferation of the fungal infection. Damp-Heat arises when Spleen Qi is compromised. Spleen is the TCM organ responsible for transforming nutrients into Qi.
Using Chinese Medicine For Candida
When candida albican colonies proliferate, it can manifest as vaginal candidiasis. This condition is characterized by colored vaginal discharge. Our TCM formula, Feminclean drains excess dampness and clears heat below the “belt channel.”
According to an ActiveHerb customer from Austin, TX, Feminclean “Resolved my yeast infection… I started taking it when I was diagnosed with a candida infection. In my younger years, I had chronic candida, so I thought that altering my body’s balance might be a better long term solution than topical anti-fungal ointments. I am hyper sensitive, and only took 3 pills, three times a day, and experienced no side effects, and the yeast has not reoccurred. I am quite happy with the result and will keep this product on hand in case the problem returns.”
Weak Immune System
If you’re frequently sick, it could be an indication that you have excess Heat and toxicity in the body. InflamClear is our immune-supporting formula that clears heat and resolves toxicity after Wind-Heat attacks.
Says a customer from Naples, FL, InflamClear is “Wonderful for skin issues in the lower part of the body and for damp heat in my liver. It’s great for relieving hsv-1 and hsv-2. I am now using this as a daily method for maintaining outbreak free health.”
Urinary Tract Infections
If you’re experiencing frequent urinary tract infections, candida overgrowth could be at least partly to blame. Our formula UTflow is based on a classic formula created nearly a millennium ago. It clears the urinary tract of Heat and Dampness from the bladder.
Can Chinese Medicine Kill Candida?
ActiveHerb Chinese medicines such as Feminclean, InflamClear, and UTflow may help manage or even neutralize candida symptoms. However, they are not formulated specifically to kill candida yeast. Rather, these herbal remedies bring the body’s internal organs and systems into homeostasis, making the holistic environment more difficult for candida to thrive.
Research confirms the potential for TCM in the treatment of candida. For example, a 2017 study in Biomed Research International states “Compounds from TCM might be a potential library for antifungal drug development.” Also, “Crude extracts from a number of medicinal herbs have been shown to exhibit antifungal activities in vitro,” says a review in Advances in Dental Research.
(When candida migrates into the oral cavity, it may create the syndrome colloquially known as thrush, which is why the disease would be the subject of interest in a dental peer-reviewed journal.)
There are obvious signs when candida infection is present. However, the only accurate way to confirm infection is with a blood test. Consult your physician or other health professional for a diagnosis.
Have you used Chinese medicine for candida? Leave a comment.
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