Natural treatments for vaginal thrush have proved to be very effective. People who prefer alternative methods for their health problems value time-tested, non-toxic home remedies for health concerns. There are also all-natural commercial products that are made with herbal extracts or homeopathic remedies.
Since this condition can be extremely uncomfortable, it is worth paying attention to prevention. A diet high in refined carbohydrates – white flour, sugar, soda, candy – feeds yeast and can contribute to an imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract. Candidiasis, one strain of yeast, is usually present in harmless quantities. However, if it becomes the dominant bacteria by crowding out more beneficial types, thrush in the mouth and vagina may result, as well as acne outbreaks, nail fungus, and flatulence.
Preventive measures are always a good idea. If you are taking antibiotics, try to replenish beneficial intestinal bacteria that will be weakened by the medicine by eating plain yogurt and taking probiotic capsules. If you have a favorite immune system booster, take it to buffer your natural defenses against the effects of the drug.
Once the intense itching and discharge of this condition has begun, yogurt applied topically will soothe the area and combat yeast overgrowth. A tampon dipped in plain yogurt gets friendly bacteria into the vagina.
When experiencing this problem, you can apply plain yogurt topically to soothe the itch and burn. To get beneficial bacteria into the vagina, dip a tampon in yogurt. A slightly acidic condition helps to keep yeasts in check, so white or apple cider vinegar is helpful when added to bathwater and used as a tampon dip. Baking soda is another home remedy; it makes the vagina too alkaline for yeast to thrive.
Herbals are known to be effective, especially garlic. It is good to add this herb to your diet, for immune system strengthening, and to use it as a vaginal suppository. A peeled clove can be inserted in the vagina, either as is or wrapped in gauze with a string left dangling for easy removal.
Natural treatments for vaginal thrush include herbals or homeopathic remedies. There are many anti-fungal herbs besides garlic, such as pau d’arco and calendula. Many herbal teas also boost the immune system; drink several cups a day for a week or so. Homeopathic treatment may be a single remedy or a combination of several. These are available at natural food stores and online, and you can usually get information and guidance at both places.