Jul 20, 2016
Treatment of yeast infections with herbal and home remedies can often cure the infection while chronic reoccurrences may necessitate lifestyle changes. Home remedy treatments like yogurt and garlic are inexpensive and extremely effective methods to cure yeast infections.
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a naturally occurring fungus. When something (like antibiotics, stress or diabetes) causes an imbalance between the yeast and other organisms, the yeast multiply, causing the infection with all its burning, itching misery. More than four infections a year makes it particularly important to search for the underlying cause.
Home Remedies for Yeast Infections
Home treatments are directed at instant relief, but a holistic approach involving lifestyle changes and detoxifying the body can give more permanent control. Because an imbalance in the body’s natural bacteria causes the yeast infection, a healthy diet should reduce the frequency of future outbreaks.
Yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium is found in healthy vaginas and kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide. Buy a good quality plain yogurt, insert into vagina and get almost instant relief while it starts to work.
This home remedy works to balance the system and kill the out-of-control yeast fungus. Women take the capsules daily by mouth. Some take the powder out of the capsules to use directly in the vagina.
People with chronic health problem are more susceptible to yeast infections. An anti-candida diet could help by removing sugar, junk foods and food additives from the diet. Antibiotics cause many yeast infections, so becoming healthier and taking fewer antibiotics should mean fewer yeast infections.
Herbal Remedies for Yeast Infections
Many herbal remedies are natural antifungals, making them effective against yeast infections. Garlic is the most commonly used herbal treatment.
Garlic is an herbal treatment successfully used to clear mild to moderate yeast infections because it contains a natural antifungal. A whole, fresh peeled garlic clove (or garlic capsule) is inserted into the vagina.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is used throughout Europe as a natural treatment for yeast infections. This effective antifungal herbal remedy can be used as a douche or directly in the vagina.
This herbal remedy gives cooling relief (after an initial discomfort which quickly goes away). A piece of the leaf without the skin or aloe vera gel is inserted.
The most effective way to use natural remedies to treat yeast infections at home is to start the treatment early. Using a holistic approach by combining home treatments, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes should greatly reduce the frequency of the yeast infections.
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Remedies for Yeast Infections
I have a question. If yeast infections begin with an imbalance of either too much acid or too much alkali in our bodies, how do I know if I should be treat myself with alkali type things like yogurt and soda, or with acidic things like vinegar or caprylic acid? Ive had recurrent yeast infections for 25 years. After doctors over dosed me on Fluconazole, Diflucan, Monistat and such Ive been treating my yeast infections with white distilled vinegar and water douches but they come back more and more often until finally I can no longer have a sexual relationship at all!
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Posted by And12 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) on 12/14/2011
I've had yeast infections a couple of times every year since I was a teenager (I'm in my 20's now). In that time I've seen doctors who tell me to use Monistat or other over the counter antifungals to "fix" the problem. In the past, this has always worked fine... With patience. In an effort to use more natural methods to cure the ailment I tried ACV and garlic and they had some effect, but I ultimately ended up falling back on Monistat because the above mentioned methods take much time and consistency to cure the infection.
Last year I began working in a natural foods store where we emphasize preventative measures in dealing with all health issues. I've learned a great deal about how important probiotics are to balancing not only digestive health, but also in keeping pH levels in check. This morning when I woke up with that all too familiar slight burning/itching feeling, I consulted our selection of acidophilus and found "FemDophilus". The package suggests taking one pill per day for a month to see noticeable results - so I started that. I also inserted two of the "pills" into my vagina and within an hour I feel complete relief. I'm quite impressed with how little time this method took in relieving my symptoms and I will continue to take the acidphilus orally to prevent future yeast infections. This is a great product - whether you use this brand or not, I think using straight acidophilus rather than "antifungals" to cure yeast infections is the way to go for me.
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Posted by Sjj (St. Louis, Mo) on 06/28/2011
The refrigerated acidophilus chews work PERFECTLY for me! They dissolve easily... I don't experience that initial burning and extreme discomfort I feel upon insertion of a Monistat treatment... And relief comes QUICKLY. I insert one and chew one. If I act immediately (the day the little itch n twitch begins)... I'm back to normal in 1 or 2 days. I got mine from Walgreens. One bottle was $11, but they were buy one get one free! Sometimes I still use the external itch cream left over from the Monistat three day pack for immediate relief if I haven't acted right away... I think you can buy the cream separately as well... Hope this helps!
Posted by S.n.b. (Bristol, Ct) on 11/09/2010
Hello everyone im so glad to have found this site.. Ive been reading all the comments for 3 hrs now... Anyway I have recently started to experience excessive discharge as if I was on my period and of course the discharge comes with an odor.. I can smell it when I am sitting down and it makes me very self conscious which is not like me because I feel I am a very bubbly person.... Anyway I actually have my yearly gyn opt tomorrow and I was thinking of telling him about my problem but like most of you, all he did when I was suffering from multiple yeast infections was give me that metrogel and flucazanol and another one that starts with a T that I cant remember.. But honestly I didnt start having this discharge and odor until he perscribed that freakn flucaznol.!!!! .. So I recently have tried the acidophilus and folic acid.. Im not sure the dosage I should take but ive been taking 2 acidophilus and 3 folic acid and have even been taking 1 of the rephresh pills (which I think im going to stop taking those since it has really helped).. I will try inserting the acidophilus up the "twoat"to see if that helps as well.. This is my first post so I will keep you updated.. Thank you all for being so honest.. It really helps because sometimes I feel I am alone with this..
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Posted by tamara (washington, dc) on 07/13/2009
Something I tried for a recurring yeast infection that worked 10 years ago and I never had it again may work for BV but I can't try it because my monthly was not regular and now I don't have one. Take 2 acidophilus pills (normal dose in the bottle)for the 2 nights before your period starts and 2 nights after they end. My doctor told me acidophilus won't work for BV but this is better then inserting them vaginally and bleeding. I don't know how long to take them. I took them for 6 months and it also helped my constipation. Ten years later I am still regular were I never was before. So this will defintely help yeast infections and regularity. My thought is that acidophilus is good for the vaginal flora which SHOULD be good for BV but I can't test it.
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Posted by Juanita Browne (New Orleans, La. USA) on 11/28/2008
I suffered a raging yeast infection after having to take a regime (3 months) of strong antibiotics for a staph infection a couple of years ago. Someone suggested taking Acidophillus... I took 4 capsules of the 8 Billion strength with each capsule as a maintance dose till I finished the antibiotic treatment... However, when I started on the Acidophillus treatment, I needed fast relief from the itching and inserted 2 capsules directly in the vagina 2xs a day... this really helped and gave a jump start to relieving my symptoms! I did this also while taking the capsules oraly.
I don't understand why Doctors are not savvy to this and tell their patients about Acidophillus when they prescribe antibiotics in the first place... maybe to sell higher priced Nystatin drugs thru big Pharmacital corporations!
This site is a blessing... I come here often in search of new remedies and cures! God bless you...
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Posted by Mel (Kobe, Japan) on 08/22/2008
Thanks for this wonderful webiste. Despite reading all the comments for ACV, I'm sorry to report that it hasn't helped me in my battle with Yeast Infections!! I've also tried numerous other methods - Ted's suggestion of Nicaniamide, probiotics etc. I have found some relief with yoghurt though - I make my own with a high bacterial content & insert it into my vagina at night. My husband (graphic as it is!!) then inserts his you-know-what, which pushes it in & around properly i guess. It might be a bit bizarre, but I've tried ALL the remedies & this is the only thing that makes any difference. I feel substantially better, so hope that this helps someone out there!!
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Posted by Mandi (Fort Worth, TX) on 05/30/2008
I've been having a reocurring yeast infection for almost a year and a half now. (A few bouts of BV every now and then as well) I had never had either problem ever until a year and a half ago.. it's so frustrating. The only thing that really worked was taking 9 diflucan pills over the course of 3 months. But, after a few months of relief, i got another yeast infection. and, now since it's summer i guess, i've had a yeast infection since the beginning of may that won't go away. doctor gave me terazol and diflucan, it only got worse.. i tried acidophilus, but i guess i took too many a day because it made my stomach hurt! I just tried yogurt insertion. I hope it works. I don't know what else to do. I'm considering getting off of birth control as well, or at least taking it in a way where i don't get periods. Maybe that'll help. Has getting off birth control worked for many people?
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Posted by Ann (toronto, Canada) on 07/05/2007
I have had a yeast infection for the past 5 years. I tried EVERYTHING. The apple cider vineger douche worked for a couple of days but the infection returned. Then I tried a cure I found for candidia, which I think I have/had, do to the other side effect of dandruff. I ate a section of a garlic clove and took acidophilus tablets. I was on the tablets, 3 a day for about 4 days, then I took a section of garlic before I went to bed on the fourth day. The next day I found that the white discharge I had been used to in my underwear was not there! Gross I know-- but think what a relief that was after 5 years of it.!! I will continue with the tablets and garlic to see if my dandruff clears up. Also I have found since taking the garlic that my tounge getting less of the white stuff (another sign of candidia). Try it! Hopefully it help someone else!
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Posted by Cherryann (Mairetta, GA) on 03/31/2007
I had a girlfriend who got yeast infections every month before her period. Her doctor told her it was hormonal. I did not buy it. I told her body had too much candida and she needed to take a Probiotic daily and that would balance the good bacteria in her system. She didn't believe me. She tried it and the next month, no yeast infection! I take Probiotics often and they help balance the bacteria in your digestive track which helps balance it in your whole body. I use "Garden of Life" Probiotic but there are others out there. You can check GNC as well. The Apple Cider Vinegar is a great "cure." A Probiotic can be used as a preventative supplement that can keep you from developing them later on.
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Posted by Sambi (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/25/2009
I have had reoccurent yeast infections BV for years. I am apparently immune to the prescription drug they give you for yeast and a I am painfully allergic to the otc creams. I read about garlic pessaries before (1 clove tied up in cheesecloth) and it had worked in the past so i tried it again. I was always skeptical of the yogurt thing but in desperation tried it and it worked IMMEDIATELY. so now, 2 acidophilus pills orally, garlic pessaries at night/8-10 HRS and topical and internal yogurt as needed for discomfort. I always hated yogurt but I thank god for it now.
Posted by Lana (Morris Plains, Nj) on 08/26/2009
Yeast Infection: A combination of Acidophilus, vitamin C, and hydrogen peroxide. I took 3 different kinds of Acidophilus on the first day I noticed the infection, each with 2x their normal doses (one full daily dose of each in the morning and evening). I also inserted Acidophilus the first night i noticed the infection, two of the different kinds (capsules) I had on hand. Since one of the three brands was chewable I decided not to use it like that. Then I would insert Acidophilus in both the morning and before i went to bed. I took about 4000 mgs of vitamin C each day. The last thing I did was put Hydrogen peroxide on my labia to relieve the itching. It stings for a minute, but after it is sweet relief. After the first night of this regimen there was about 90% less discharge and much less itching.
I was amazed that i was almost completely cured in just one day.
So, in total the plan is-
1) a double dose of more than one brand of Acidophilus
2) Insert acidophilus twice daily, in the morning and before bed. But I think the gel capsules are best for inserting into the vagina.
3) 4000 mgs of vitamin C each day. I took up to about 8000 mgs a day, but in some people that much vitamin C can give you a stomach ache.
4) Hydrogen Peroxide on a cotton ball swiped over all the itchy parts. I used it whenever I itched and after each time i used the bathroom.
I was about 90% better IN ONE DAY!
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Posted by Hopeful (Orlando, Fl) on 03/03/2013
I recently started back up taking an Acidophilus, Folic Acid, and Vitamin E in the morning, and using a small acidophilus vaginal suppository every couple of days (should probably do it every day).
For the last year especially, I've been battling with burning feeling (feels like a UTI sometimes, but lab tests show no UTI). It was making me irritable, sometimes made me want to cry, and sometimes I stayed home from work because of it. I gave up on going to the doctor since it has been more manageable in the past 3 months.
So, like I said, I've been taking (2 billion) Acidophilus tablet in the morning with Vitamin E and Folic Acid. And I have cut some of the acidophilus tablets into fourths and am using those as vaginal suppositories on occassion. It seems to be managing the problem. I've only been doing this for the past 2-3 weeks and right away I noticed I have less discharge and burning.
I've also been eating pretty healthy for the past 3 months. No real significant change in my diet, other than cutting out candy for the most part. And I make an effort to ensure each meal includes fruit (breakfast) or veggies (lunch and supper). But I make all my meals at home from scratch mostly (even making homemade pita bread! ). I think I've eaten out 3 times in the past 3 months. Maybe this has influenced it, maybe not.
Hope this continues to work. Fingers crossed.