Candida overgrowth is one of the most common types of infections that can affect the female genital organs. In small amounts, Candida is naturally found in a healthy vaginal flora, residing in the mucous membranes without causing infection. If the delicate balance of the body's ecosystem is upset, however, Candida yeasts can multiply, leading to health problems.
Common symptoms include a thick, clumpy but odorless vaginal discharge, accompanied by itching, burning and pain or discomfort during urination and sexual intercourse. In some cases, testing may be recommended to rule out other conditions.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is no formal diagnosis of vaginal Candidiasis. Candida overgrowth is rather a sign of imbalance in the female reproductive system, that can be brought on by :
- Sensitivity to soaps, spermicides and other chemicals ;
- Antibiotics ;
- Hormonal variations ;
- Stress and lack of sleep ;
- Digestive issues ;
- Skin irritation ;
- Lowered immunity.
While rarely serious, the condition can severely impact the quality of life of the women affected. Left untreated, it can take a long time to heal or become recurrent.
To limit candida overgrowth, we recommend that you :
- Avoid using soap and scented products inside the vagina ;
- Use underwear made of natural fibers only ;
- Reduce your intake of sugar, as it can feed the yeast ;
- Avoid processed foods in general.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are particularly effective in the treatment of Candida infections. They can eliminate the overgrowth of Candida, re-balance the vaginal flora, expelaccumulated toxins and strengthen immunity in order to prevent recurrence. At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine, we combine it with naturopathic advice for diet and lifestyle, that takes in consideration each patient's specific symptoms and metabolism.
To learn more, don't hesitate to contact our clinic in Jerusalem for a free consultation meeting.