Vaginal thrush is mostly caused by a naturally occurring fungus called Candida albicans. These reside in the human body, especially those areas which most meet the fungus’ needs, i.e. dark, warm and moist areas, such as the vagina, anus, under the foreskin, mouth, etc.
They don’t normally cause any problems because our bodies’ good bacteria helps to keep their numbers down. So they reside in us usually without causing any drama’s.
But (and there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there?) under certain conditions, the Candida fungus is left unchecked and can ‘overgrow’ into a vaginal thrush (also known as Candida, Candidiasis and vaginal yeast infection).
The five main underlying conditions that can trigger this situation are; a lowered immune system, depleted good bacteria in your body, high blood sugar levels, hormonal imbalance, and certain drugs.
This is why, for many women (and men), normal drug-based medications can sometimes not work. These drugs really only target the local symptoms of vaginal thrush, not the root cause(s). And the Candida fungus can eventually build-up a resistance to the drugs, rendering them less than useless.
So this is why so many women nowadays turn to natural ways to help them eliminate vaginal yeast infection. There are just too many to list here, but here are 3 of the most popular and effective in use today…
1. Raw Garlic
This is recognized as a powerful agent in the fight against vaginal thrush because of it’s natural antifungal properties. By consuming raw garlic or high-quality garlic capsules everyday, you are helping to defeat the fungi in your gut, which is important.
You can also press a raw peeled garlic clove into a paste and apply over the affected area to kill-off the Candida fungi in and around the vagina. Also, make a tampon of a peeled whole clove by wrapping it in muslin or similar and leave in overnight to take care of the fungi there.
2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This is a very old home remedy that works by rebalancing the pH in the body (e.g. gut and vagina). This helps to prevent fungal growth from developing.
Drink 3 teaspoons in a large glass of water 3 times per day. Douche the area using 2 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 quarts of warm water. Or, simply add 2 cups to a warm low bath and bathe for about 20 minutes or so. But it has to be un-distilled raw apple cider with no additives.
3. Natural Yogurt
The power of this remedy is that natural yogurt contains active cultures which are beneficial bacteria that can kill-off the Candida fungus. But it needs to be unsweetened natural yogurt with no coloring or fruit.
Eat a tub every day to help build-up your good bacteria in the gut. Spread the yogurt over the affected area to help attack the fungus around the vagina. Coat a tampon in the yogurt and leave in overnight to do battle in your vagina.
Now, whilst these 3 natural remedies are effective, to cure vaginal thrush naturally and permanently you’ll need to consider other things such as diet (e.g. fungus feeds on sugar) and lifestyle (e.g. stress, obesity, sex, etc. are all vaginal thrush triggers), etc. Only in this way can you present yourself with the very best chance of a cure for vaginal thrush that actually lasts.