Candida albicans yeast is a naturally-occurring intestinal inhabitant. Candida infestation (candidiasis) is a matter of concern only when these beneficial bacteria of the intestinal are covered by the overgrowth of tenacious yeast. When they grow in abundance they can enter the bloodstream through the enteric cycle and ultimately give rise to systemic yeast infection symptoms like low appetite, cough, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, lack of concentration, tinnitus, low immunity, body aches, and digestive issues.
The most common among all the candida manifestations is vulvovaginitis which is a vaginal yeast infection affecting almost 80% of women at least once in a lifetime, especially between the age of 18 to 35. Half of these usually suffer from recurrent and persistent infections. The use of antibiotics, use of dentures, and inhaling of steroid-based inhalers mostly give rise to the second most common candidiasis I.E. Oropharyngeal candidiasis. Skin is another organ that is affected mostly by yeast infection which is a skin fold infection occurring in warm weather and the use of diapers leads to diaper rashes.
Yeast infection recurrence is very common and becomes difficult to
Cure after every successive reoccurrence.
According to ayurveda, some of the causative factors for candidiasis albicans are slow digestion, accumulation of toxins, excess of kapha, kapha increasing diet, lack of immunity, antibiotics overuse, stress, poor sleeping habits, excessive alcohol intake, and consumption of birth control pills.
Signs and Symptoms
The sign and symptoms comprise bloating, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain, sweet cravings, recurring yeast infections and recurring utis, fatigue, anxiety, depression, anger, malaise, sinus infections, allergies, fungal growth on nails, joint pain, tinnitus, sleep disorders, chronic rashes over skin folds and sometimes hormonal imbalances.
Ayurvedic View of Candidiasis
The most common etiological factor for candidiasis is decreased agni (digestive fire). This deficient agni along with improper functioning of samana vayu, (a subdivision of vata dosha) causes malfunctioning in the digestive process. This leads to the production of ama (toxin) (undigested and partially digested food) which gets lodged in the alimentary canal and eventually mitigates to the whole body. Due to the accumulation of ama, the proper nourishment doesn’t reach the tissues, this ama also gets absorbed into srotas (subtle channels of the body) leading to toxicity. This ama accumulates in the small and large intestine which results in the fermenting of the normal flora and changes its normal composition which leads to candidiasis.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Candida
Candida infections can be chronic and stubborn and can spread systemically if they are not treated. The factors which influence the growth are imbalanced digestion, improper agni, low ojas, and excessive use of antibiotics which should be focused on in the treatment of candidiasis. This is improved by a proper and healthy diet and lifestyle changes.
Pranava kerala ayurveda clinic focuses on a holistic approach to restoring balance which includes diet, lifestyle changes, and herbal medication. The treatment requires patience, discipline, and commitment to restore balance to promote health. Treatments focus on promoting and regulating agni and modifying diet by decreasing sugar, yeast, and fermented food intake. Importance should also be given to promoting hygiene and lifestyle issues. The treatment of candidiasis also focuses to reduce an individual’s toxic load and building ojas (immunity) back into the body which enables the body to get rid of pathological yeast permanently. If the patient is not suffering from major abnormalities and is fit for purification procedures then virechana (medicated purgation) should be done as it reduces the concentration of toxins in the system. After the purification procedures, the digestive fire should be regulated and further focus should be given to building immunity.
Diet & Lifestyle Changes
Pranava kerala ayurveda clinic will provide the right custom-made tailored diet and lifestyle guidelines. Changes focus on the ayurvedic diet which should contain turmeric, ginger, cumin, cardamom, and cinnamon. Cold foods or drinks, heavy food, oily, fried food, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, beverages, yeast food products, cheese, peanuts and mushrooms, vinegar, and fermented foods should be avoided.
To find out more about how Ayurveda can help with the above condition, visit Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic or call 0208 907 7902 to book an appointment with an expert Ayurvedic Practitioner.
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