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Kevin Windom, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredCandida is another word for yeast. There are many natural treatments for candida. I tell my patients who have recurrent vaginal yeast infections that they should decrease their carbohydrate intake as well as stop eating any type of simple sugars ( sodas and candy). Yeast grows by sugar, and by decreasing carbs and sugar, this will help decrease the chance of yeast to grow. Other natural treatments are the daily use of acidophilus. Acidophilus is a probiotic that will help increase the natural bacterial flora in the vagina, and the more good bacteria that you have in your system, and in your vagina, will help deter yeast from overgrowing.
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
It takes about 3-5 months to restore balance between the healthy bacteria and the yeast in your body, but most people will be feeling better at about 1 month into using the prescription antifungal "Diflucan."
Here is your "recipe" for treating the yeast:
Avoid sugar (except for dark chocolate, which is a healthy food in moderation). Sugar feeds yeast, so substitute Stevia, a healthy natural sweetener. Sugar free chocolate is also an option.
Take probiotics (healthy bacteria) to fight the yeast for 3-5 months (take as directed). Use the variety advertised as "pearls," as these keep your stomach acid from killing these healthy bacteria on their way to fighting the yeast.
At the same time, begin taking an herbal antifungal mix for 3-5 months (take as directed).
After 1 month on the above, add the medication Diflucan 200 mg a day for 6-12 weeks. Get the generic form fluconazole, as it is much cheaper.
Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND, Naturopathic Medicine, answered
Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Pina LoGiudice discusses some natural treatments for yeast infections.
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