Candida is currently the most common fungus that affects humans worldwide and will cause a disruption to the intestinal microbiome giving a multitude of problems, including fatigue, oral thrush, recurring urinal infections, gas, cramping and diarrhoea just to name a few, however not all of these symptoms need to be present, nor does it mean that you automatically have candida if you have most of these. Parasites or worms are also a pest, causing symptoms like gas, bloating, cramps, fatigue and nausea.
Your doctor may suggest an endoscopy if candida is suspected, while a stool test is normally ordered for parasites and worms. Neither of these tests however are a 100% guarantee that you don’t have the ailment, so don’t just presume if it comes back negative.
Nevertheless, if you do have candida or parasites there are a number of natural methods of treatment that I suggest to take.
Uva Ursi (Bearberry)
Uva Ursi has a disinfecting property to it and is excellent for urinary tract infections. It clears the tract and promotes urination. It can also be used for digestive tract candida and will help with the symptoms of diarrhoea and cramping. The chemicals within Uva Ursi help to reduce inflammation and fight infection.
Pau d Arco
Pau d Arco is a great all-rounder. It will not only treat parasites but also candida, bacteria and viruses. The South American herb is also an anti-oxidant, strengthens the body and fights disease. It is also used for a wide range of diseases such as arthritis, fever, dysentery and inflammation of the prostate gland. It should be noted that it does interfere with some drugs and therefore you should consult with your practitioner before taking it particularly if you are on any blood thinners.
Wormwood is used for a variety of digestive issues, including parasites, in particular round and pin worms, candida, intestinal spasms and Crohn’s disease. The chemical in wormwood excites the central nervous system and is best known for its use in absinth. Beside these points it can also be used to treat malaria and fights cancer cells. Another all-rounder which nevertheless should be taken under the guidance of your practitioner, especially if you take medication to prevent seizures.
Clove oil have been well researched and proven to treat candida by altering the metabolic function of the fungus. Cloves are a food for life. They are used as a spice in many countries and its use as a medicine dates back as far as 200BC in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Cloves will improve peristalsis, also the immune system and increase muscle strength.
Important to note is a small amount of candida is normal in the intestinal flora so long-term use of clove oil is non-beneficial as it will kill off all he candida. You may also find when doing the cure that you feel unwell due to the chemicals released from the candida as they die off. Do not therefore use high doses and always consult your practitioner before taking clove oil.
Oregano oil belongs to the mint family, it is antifungal and is an antioxidant. It is also beneficial in treating bacterial infections such as staphylococcus aureus and epidermidis. It also treats intestinal bacterial overgrowth and reduces inflammation. Oregano oil is powerful, and should be taken under guidance. It is best diluted and taken for short periods of time. It may also interfere with medication, especially diuretics so consult your practitioner before taking.
Grapefruit Seed extract
Grapefruit seed extract has both antifungal and antimicrobial benefits. Studies have also shown that it can be used to treat antibiotic resistant urinary tract infections. Grapefruit seed extract can be taken in capsule or tincture form and can help to improve the immune system. I have also seen the benefits of the extract in treating skin problems associated with digestive tract damage such as from leaky gut syndrome.
There are many natural remedies out on the market which can help to treat candida and parasites. These are just a few of my favourites where I have seen good results. Do consult your practitioner before deciding on a treatment though, as each also have their risks.