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Fungal Infection


About
A type of germ that lives in all of our bodies. There are different types of fungi dependent on where on the body the fungal infection is located.


Notes
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  • You can get many over the counter topical antifungal medications, but garlic is believed to work just as well.


Advice
  • An L. bifidus retention enema will help replenish friendly bacteria in the colon.
  • Clean cotton clothing and underclothing is recommended as it allows the skin to breathe better. Clothing and towels should be washed in hot water with chlorine bleach after each use.
  • Crushed garlic helps ringworm as well. Apply to the infection and cover with gauze or cotton cloth. Try to keep the area dry by using only bandages that allow free air flow. Avoid adhesive tape or plastic bandages.
  • Fasting may be beneficial.
  • Fungal infections under the nails can be treated by soaking them in a solution consisting of half white distilled vinegar and half water for 10 to 20 minutes every day.
  • Honey and crushed garlic used alternately on the infected area will help the healing process.
  • If swelling, increased redness, or fever accompany a fungal infection, see your doctor for further help.
  • Infected skin should be kept clean and dry. Keeping it open to air promotes healing.
  • Keep healthy skin away from the infected area as the fungus could spread.
  • Meat, dairy products, and other foods that cause mucus secretion should be avoided.
  • Raw foods should make up 60 to 70 percent of your diet. Fresh vegetables and some broiled fish and boneless skinless chicken are recommended.
  • Ringworm can be treated by applying colloidal silver to the infected area or by soaking the area in the colloidal silver.
  • See your doctors if you are nursing your baby and you experience shooting pain during feedings or if your baby develops thrush. Both you and the baby may need to be treated for fungal infection.
  • Stay away from colas, processed foods, grains, and fried, greasy foods.
  • Stay away from sugars and refined carbohydrates that encourage fungi growth.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Acidophilus
Importance: Very High
Comments: Replenishes friendly bacteria that is usually lacking in those with fungal infections.


Garlic
Importance: Very High
Comments: Counteracts most fungi.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes friendly bacteria.


Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps the body construct antibodies and use nutrients.


Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Emulsion form is recommended to make it easily accessible to the body.


Zinc
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Goldenseal, Bloodroot, Barberry, Oregon Grape, & Yellowroot
Type: Internal
Purposes: A phytochemical that works against fungi is called a berberine. Goldenseal contains berberine and fights against different types if fungi, including candida. Bloodroot is another herb that houses berberine and has been used to treat skin fungi and be used to reduce inflammation. Barberry, Oregon Grape, and Yellowroot round off the list of herbs that also contain berberine and that can treat fungal infections.

Horopito (Pseudowintera colorata)
Type: External
Purposes: Also known as pepper tree. You will need to look in New Zealand for this shrub. One of the ingredients of the pepper tree is polygodial. This has been identified as being an anti-fungal agent. Bruised and steamed leaves can be applied to the outside of the skin to treat such diseases as ringworm. One of the ingredients of the Licaria purchuri-major (comes from the Brazilian rainforest) can actually increase the antifungal activity of polygodial. It will also decrease the chance of infection.

Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: Not only is Pau d'arco very effective in treating yeast infections but it also used frequently to treat fungal infections.
Dosage: 3 cups daily

Pau d'arco & Goldenseal
Type: External
Purposes: To remove unsightly fungus infections of the toes or fingers, you can soak the nails in a mixture of Pau d'arco & Goldenseal. Boil a gallon of water in a pot and add six tea bags. All the water to cool to where you can bear to touch it without burning yourself and then add the insides of four Goldenseal capsules.
Dosage: Enjoy a foot soak (or hand soak) for fifteen minutes twice daily.

Tea tree oil
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: To treat fungi externally, you can apply tea tree oil either full strength or diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Tea tree oil can also be used externally to treat trichomonal vaginitis or vaginal candidiasis by applying a small quantity of drops to a tampon. You can also treat these ailments internally by mixing tea tree oil with water and treating with a douche. Black Walnut Extract can also be used.

Wild Oregano Oil
Type: Internal
Purposes: This is a very powerful natural antibiotic that written up in studies indicating that not only does it have the capability to halt the growth of 25 germs (including staphylococcus aureas & E-coli) but it also has the ability to rid a body of parasites. This herb is rich in minerals and antioxidants and can help to eradicate even the most stubborn of fungi.