Fungal Infection Treatment: Folk Medicine

Gymnema Slyvestre

Posted by John P (Los Angeles, California) on 06/25/2014

Science Daily article:

From Kansas State University

Treat the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound

"Taking the medicine could potentially help patients control the invasive growth of the fungus and also help bring their sugar levels down." – Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology Govindsamy Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology, noticed that diabetic people in developing countries use a medicinal herb called Gymnema slyvestre to help control sugar levels. He decided to study the microbiological use of Gymnema slyvestre -- a tropical vine plant found in India, China and Australia -- to see if it could treat a common human fungal pathogen called Candida albicans.

The investigation was successful on two levels: Vediyappan's research team found the medicinal compound is both nontoxic and blocks the virulence properties of the fungus so that it is more treatable.

The results are important for human health, biomedical applications and potential drug development. "We have shown that this compound is safe to use because it doesn't hurt our body cells, yet it blocks the virulence of this fungus under in vitro conditions, " Vediyappan said. "Taking the medicine could potentially help patients control the invasive growth of the fungus and also help bring their sugar levels down."

Candida albicans is one of the major fungal pathogens in humans because it lives in oral and intestinal areas as a normal flora, Vediyappan said. But the fungus can overgrow and can cause oral, intestinal and genital infections.

The mortality rates for those with candidemia and invasive candidiasis has been reported to be quite high, and it is a concern among cancer patients -- especially patients with neck or oral cancer -- HIV patients, organ transplant patients and other people with compromised immune systems.

The fungus can grow in two forms: a treatable yeast and a difficult-to-treat hyphal form. Once the fungus transforms from a yeast to a hyphal growth it becomes difficult to treat because the hyphal growth has long filament-like structures that can spread into various organs.

Vediyappan's study aimed to block the hyphal growth form. "Once it gets into the tissue, it spreads like roots and is difficult to contain by our immune system, " Vediyappan said. If the fungus remains in yeast form, it is easy to manage and does not invade tissues. Vediyappan's research team purified gymnemic acid compounds that prevented the transition stage from occurring and stopped the fungus spread. The gymnemic acids come from the leaves of Gymnema sylvestre, a traditional medicinal plant. The research appears in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE in an article titled "Gymnemic acids inhibit hyphal growth and virulence in Candida albicans." Gymnema extract is commonly used to treat diabetes and other ailments because it is a cost-effective treatment, Vediyappan said.

Often, people drink the extract to control their sugar levels or to lose weight. Although Vediyappan's research team is not the first to discover gymnemic acid compounds, the team is the first to discover that the compounds block the fungal transition.

The researchers found that the compounds work quickly, too, which was an important characteristic. The treatable fungal yeast can transition to a hyphal growth within 30 minutes of an infection. When the hyphal transition has occurred, it will grow into branched filaments.

The gymnemic acid compounds are nontoxic, which is especially important for cancer patients and other immunocompromised patients. The gymnemic acids can stop the unwanted invasive infection while preserving important healthy cells. The Candida albicans fungus also makes a biofilm, which is a fungal cell collection that can be difficult to treat. The researchers found that the gymnemic acid compounds converted the biofilm back to treatable yeast cells. "This compound prevents the biofilm formation because hyphae are the major builders of biofilms and biofilms are resistant to antifungals, " Vediyappan said. "Yeast cells by themselves cannot make biofilms and are sensitive to antifungal treatments."

Another interesting aspect: The gymnemic acid compounds also stopped the growth of Aspergillus, another fungal pathogen that can affect heart transplant patients and leukemia patients. Vediyappan plans future studies to research mode of action, potential drug development, diabetes applications and other ways to improve treatment for Candida albicans and other fungal pathogens.


Posted by Mishal (London) on 01/22/2016
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Fungal infection on the scalp:

I have had extremely itchy scalp since being diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis two years ago. It began with taking amoxicillan. The dermatologist prescribed an elocon steroid lotion which I used but it actually didn't help and the side effects worried me. This summer I had the most unbearable itch that would spread to my face. I finally found a cure when I read that applying honey on the scalp will alleviate the fungal infection. After using that method for the three months, the itch has gone and I now just apply coconut oil with vinegar. I urge anyone to try honey as the results are remarkable.

Mix two tablespoons of honey with one spoon of water.

Replied by Badb

Reading all the above - you are all suffering from mold, mold exposure that's why all the fungal infections. Cut out Wheat, Sugar, stay away from antibiotics and pharmacutical medication. Change your diet, get tested for mold exposure, check your homes for any mold, even that so called innocent staining round your sink and bath. Mold is a silent killer.


Posted by Lawrence (Maryland) on 04/21/2016
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Hello, I used iodine on a bad skin fungus infection I had on my right arm. I tried alot of natural remedies...Aloe Vera, Coconut oil, Castor oil, ACV, Tea Tree oil but all seem not to be working as when applied, the virus would just explode and spread further or would scale back in size for a minute but then grow. I tried different things for around 3 months. I then read online - a different website - about iodine and a testimonial, purchased some from Amazon and applied it. It hurt when I applied it, subsided in pain for a while but fluctuated in intensity for a while then ceased. I noticed the infection looked dried and did not explode.

In 3 days I was cured and the infection was healing over. I then continued to apply Castor oil to heal the mark the infection left.

Definitely use iodine if possible to kill a fungus skin infection - avoid the doctor visit and co-payment. Not sure how to use this for a yeast vaginal infection as iodine stains and can be sensitive to a open sore like Tea Tree oil. Great Stuff, I recommend.

Posted by Kristy (London, Uk) on 07/27/2011

A few months ago I scratched my inside vaginal opening with period pad which I was wearing. Next 2 days I saw orangish red blood spots but I ignored it that it will be healed by itself. But as the time passed I found out that particular area getting bumpy, itchy and inflammed. I went to the GP. Fungal infection was diagnosed & hence I was given Diflucan. Ater the completion I was again tested and slight bacterial infection was diagnosed but the doc said it's alright. A month later I had to take metronidazole and I started getting the same fungal symptoms hence I went to a doctor and bacterial infection was diagnosed. I inserted canesten (broad-spectrum antimycotic with fungal action and trichomonacide) 1 vaginal suppository 2 times for 3 days. When my periods date approached (same day when last period started in the previous month) the pad was stained then no periods again for full day. Next day it happened again. Today is 3rd day. I am having period pain. But the periods are still stuck.

Please help with your good suggestion what is it and what should I do in the longer run as well? Thanks.

Replied by Mark
Portland, Or
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Hi, I've had good luck so far with iodine, I would try an iodine/water mix doushe. After the infection is under control I would put yogurt in your vagina to replant with healthy bacteria. You'll have to do some experimentation.

Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil

Posted by Shelby (Evansville, Indiana) on 02/04/2013
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For the past three years I have been suffering from an unknown infection in the corner of my eye. It took a long time to finally figure out it was (as far as I can tell) a fungal infection. I used ACV on it and IT SPREAD EVERYWHERE. I had to be careful because it is very close to my eyeball, but finally found lavender oil and eucalyptus oil. I dilute and wash my face with one drop eucalyptus, 2 drops lavender oil to 1 teaspoon of water a few times a day. So far so good! I will continue until the bottles are empty, probably a few months or so.

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Shelly (Virginia) on 07/19/2020
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Fungal Skin Infection:

I have had a horrible rash in the fold of my skin in my belly for months now.Intially I had it under my breasts too. I went to a dermatologist, who gave me diflucan and ketoconazole. After several months it did go away. Then it came back, but just on my belly fat and around my perineal area. I don't have insurance so I tried many "natural" cures. But nothing is working. My skin is raw, if there is any help anybody can give, I would greatly appreciate it.

Replied by Jim
Frostburg, Md

The comfrey plant has leaves atop long stalks ranging from 6 inches to over a foot. I would find a comfrey plant, tear off a stalk, chew it lightly to break and release the slippery sap therein; then apply the wet ruptured stalk to the rash, giving it a thorough coating. It only takes a minute. Do this twice a day, morning and before bed. You should see an improvement in a day or two.

Continue for a couple of weeks. I once had a pernicious damp-loving rash behind one knee and nothing I tried through many months would rid it. This insidious rash only got worse ...until I tried the comfrey juice. I hope you have some nearby.

Replied by Wendy
Dublin, Oh

I can relate to the "rash" on the perineal area. Also, it was itchy! My Gyn was no help. But, I discovered organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the brand with "the mother"). Within a couple of weeks of drinking the ACV/Baking Soda recipe (, stopping ALL sugar, including white carbs (white rice, white bread), it totally cleared up. Sugar feeds fungus.

In short, take a look at what you're eating that could be contributing to this fungal infection.

Along with drinking the ACV/Baking Soda mixture daily, you could also dilute the ACV with distilled water (easily found in any drug store). In a clean, small container, combine 1 teaspoon of ACV with 3-4 teaspoons of the distilled water. Using a cotton ball or a wadded up piece of toilet paper, moisten the paper with the mixture, then gently apply it to the perineal area. Obviously, if you use a cotton ball, don't flush it, or it will clog your toilet!

NOTE: this might sting; if so, use less ACV or more water. The sting will go away once it starts to heal.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

If it were mine I would probably use coconut oil, it's anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral and anti microbial. I would try to sunbathe those spots 15 minutes each day if possible, the sun heals skin issues and increases hormone . D is hormone . Dhea helps my muscle and fights cortisol overload . My dose is 10 mg every 4 days .I would also try to balance minerals and water for my body to calm down . I also like GABA and occasionally use ashwaganda peaceful. Usually when one gets weighted down, and skin sags into folds it is not necessarily from eating too much but from stress and dehydration which includes mineral balance.The body produces histamine in response to mineral and water imbalance, then all hell breaks loose and you feel awful. Increase MSM and vitamin C for collagen production and also Magnesium for muscle tone. Borax does miracles for all these areas but add stuff slowly.Read a lot before starting any borax. Apple cider vinegar with the mother or veil in it 1 tsp in 12 oz water drink through a straw in morning to improve gut health for digestion . You can't absorb minerals when your gut is out of balance. Most people crave stuff because they are dehydrated or have a mineral imbalance that makes them tired so they run for a lift with coffee cola sugar or choc to make them feel better but none help in the long run. Been there done that.

Go watch Eric Berg on youtube and you will learn lots of insights. I have not done the keto diet and don't recommend it even though he does. It's extreme, and hard to keep it up and most people end up gaining back more than they lose . Moderation is key to joy. I use a large appliance box cut in half on back porch to sunbathe in so no one sees me ....tiny swimsuit and pull up swim top so lower part of breast gets sun and also under the arms and in the pits. This is where most cancers in women begin. If this does not work for you go to the messy stuff, castor oil ( the palm of christ).

One last thing could be diaper rash zinc vitamin D cream or fungal creams for women near pads at walmart. Whatever works for you .Blessings, Charity.

Replied by Cindy
Illinois, Usa
202 posts

I used to get that under the breasts and don't recall what was either petroleum jelly (which the body won't take which is why you use it for cats with hairballs) for smothering and soothing it or a paper towel twisted into like a rope with ACV on it and place it in the fold. I did both. The ACV stung like the dickens at first but then felt SO much better and just as soon as it stopped hurting, I kept it wiped with baby wipes. The first pack I bought was, in itself, irritating so I had to go back and get "unscented" baby wipes.

Since I've been rid of the problem, I keep it at bay in summer by applying a stripe of coconut oil and wiping with a baby wipe. I think it's bacterial and fed by sweat. I don't know that but it's the first thought that occurred to me when I started having the problem.

Tea tree oil was too harsh. Ouch! You can also tuck a wide piece of t-shirt material under the band of your bra. Make several because you don't want to leave sweat dampened cotton on your skin so you'll want to change it a couple times per day in summer. Bacteria loves cotton for some reason and nobody boils their underclothes anymore. Linen would be better but might be too rough, initially.

The best material I've found is Nike's performance fabrics. 4 way stretch, wicking and antimicrobial. SUPER soft and comfortable! I hated to do it but couldn't find that material back then so made shorts of a pair of Nike yoga pants and used the material from the legs. I don't often need them except in summer, these days, but the strips of fabric have lasted for years. They must be 20 years old now. And they hand-wash like a dream. I put them in a big plastic jar with a couple drops of dish soap, a little splash of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one of those rubber dryer balls and shake the heck out of it. Rinse and toss them over the shower curtain rod. That high performance fabric dries very quickly. It also keeps the area cooler somehow, when you're "wearing" one so there's less sweating to start with.

If you use the ACV, be prepared to grit your teeth, at first.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Jim,

I have never used comfrey that way, but will keep it in mind for future! I do love comfrey, my plant is thriving this summer. I use the leaf in smoothies and to make a salve.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Anon

Ted's mange remedy might work better. Soak the bras in it, too.

Posted by Kate48 (Houlton, Maine Usa) on 08/25/2012

I am new here. Neat stuff!! I have had a serious fungal over growth and been helped with Riff techology but still have some resistant yeast or fungus in sinuses and lungs. I have leg muscle and hip, knee and ankle joint pains. Walking is sometimes very painful. I want to get rid of the rest of this. I started taking baking soda in water after getting some info off of YouTube. I was doing it before meals which I am now corrected on. I got a headache with this and I had hoped was die off but probably not. I will follow Ted's formula with lemon or lime juice with water and bs. I want to add borax. Do I add this to the same mix and take after eating?

Also I am getting some relief from transdermal magnesium but would like to take epsom salts and baking soda baths but I have city water which is chlorinated. I saw on one of Ted's replys were he said he added sodium trisulphate to de-chlorinate his drinking water. Does anyone know how much I might need for a bath and what kind of proceedure to use if I find out, so I can soak for an hour with out chlorinating myself?

Also I have had my gallbladder removed and what to know of any precautions I should take with any of the formulas mentioned which I plan to use.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help me figure this out.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Hi from another Maine girl (I'm from Bangor, but live in the lone star state). Coconut oil is perfect for people who have had their gallbladder out, because it doesn't try to initiate a bile response like other fats. It is great for tons of other reasons, but just wanted to give a heads up for coconut oil.

Replied by Misty

I have been reading messages on/about fungal virus, I need to correct a comment if it's acceptable, it seems like people are consuming borax? I read the instructions and it states: Do not take internally. Does anyone read the most important information on the box? Good luck.

Replied by Om

Misty from Usa: please read It helps doing research as in the times we live in dis-information is rampant for reasons of predation on the populace. Om

Replied by Scared
Mo., Usa

I have been drinking 1/4 tsp. Borax with 1 litre water for the last 6 months. After about 2 weeks I felt really bad for a few days but continued drinking it. Those symtoms went away and I feel better than I have in years. I talked to my Doctor and he said it is fine to drink. Borax is a mineral and healthier than using salt. I have what I assume to be morgellons (no Doctor will diagnose it). Borax was the only thing that took away the bugs. My environment still has them, I have found nothing that got rid of them. I now have bug zappers in my home and am making some progress. Sometimes the government while trying to keep us safe overstates the side effects. In the 1800's people drank borax water for a multitude of health issues. Sometimes there is truth to Old Wive's Tales.

Oregano Oil

Posted by Lucy (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) on 12/02/2012
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I contracted a fungal skin infection nearly a year ago, which started as a couple of tiny red areas on my stomach. It quickly spread to become big red patches all over my torso, my back and everywhere that "sweated" like under my breasts and in the skin folds you get when you sit. I was quite horrified as I've never had any skin infections, not even so much as eczema. I tried all sorts of homeopathic remedies and had no luck, I was actually getting really worried as it was still spreading "south" and I really didn't want it in my groin area!

I went to my doctor and she dismissively said "Oh that's really common, I can prescribe you a cream for it but they commonly don't have any effect. In most cases the body will eliminate the infection within 18 months. " I'd already been battling it for 8 months and it was made worse EVERY time I exercised no matter how good I was at washing, staying dry and airing out. It had spread to one armpit and the insane itching it caused all day was almost too much to bear, and nothing I applied topically helped for very long.

I was really disheartened, but I did read on here that Oregano oil was worth a try for some people. I had AMAZING success with it ? I applied it undiluted with a cotton pad, and it was great on the torso area where there was no raw skin. It does burn though, boy does it burn. On sensitive areas like the underarm it honestly will take your breath away like an acid burn, for 20 minutes or so, so I found mixing a few drops with jojoba oil works very well as you can apply this more regularly. It also has the added benefit of eliminating underarm odour! I didn't actually need deodorant when I used this treatment. As long as you don't mind smelling like Bolognese sauce! It took only 3 or 4 days of applying this once or twice, whenever I could practically do it, to get rid of my infection and it hasn't returned. It's completely gone. I was gobsmacked. I am so relieved in every sense of the word! Best remedy for fungus ever in my humble opinion.

Over the Counter

Posted by Theresa (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 06/28/2012
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On June 20, 2012 I started searching on the internet for an alternative treatment for a recurring fungal infection which has appeared on my right hand 3 years in a row. For 3 solid years, this fungus has appeared, lock clockwork, in early summer. I have seen a dermatologist, been prescribed multiple creams and even had a very expensive biopsy done in 2011. Nothing seems to work but time. Meanwhile, I was in misery trying to reapply creams & lotions after every hand washing and wrap my hand up at night so the ointments would stay put long enough to work. It was futile. So last week after reading several posts here about the efficacy of Absorbine Jr. On ring worm, I thought, "why not"? Thank goodness that others took the time to post their results! After a week of use (4-8) times/ day, the fungus is nearly gone. I am going to continue use of Absorbine Jr. For at least another week because I know it will come back due to the nature of fungal infections. Normally it would have taken 3 months and lots of battling to get rid of this stuff. Today, I am itch free and 90% cured! Perhaps it is the fact that Absorbine Jr. is a liquid and can dry on your skin instead of coming off constantly requiring re-application. Or, perhaps it is the ingedients that really work or some combination thereof. Frankly, it doesn't matter. It works.

P. S... When you go to purchase this stuff at your local drugstore, be mindful that it is currently marketed as an arthritis and sore muscle treatment. You will have to read the side of the box to see that it can also treat athlete's foot (fungus) to be assured you're buying the right thing.

Potassium Sorbate

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 09/06/2020
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Potassium Sorbate for Cancer/Fungal Infections

There is a brand of ice tea that contains potassium sorbate that I used to drink when I felt unwell because it made me feel better. It contains potassium sorbate, an additive used to prevent mold.

Sporotrichosis Remedies

Posted by Kater (Ashland, Mo, Usa) on 04/13/2013

My son works on the grounds of his college. Got pricked by a rosebush on left ring finger and it swelled and stiffened to the point of not being able to use it last night. Is better today but in reading, he believes he may have a slight case of sporotrichosis, which is a fungal disease. Since there is no real opening, wondering what would be good to treat internally to make sure to keep the fungus at bay. Any ideas would be helpful.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Kater, he can dunk his wet finger into green clay or any kind of clay or activated charcoal. These things "pull out" junk. Just don't leave it on for too long at a time as it will be too strong for the finger.

Replied by Jshade5886
Middletown, Pa, Us

I am dealing with Sporotrichosis as we speak, symptoms started around May 6th. I have had to do my own research as the local doctors don't seem to know much, only about 250 people in the US get it per year, mostly Men over 50. I'm a 30 year old female, and my case is even more rare as it is throughout my body.

In my research generally if it is localized your son may get away with applying topical Terbinafine Hydrochloride cream. Unfortunately if that doesn't work he will need to insist on a FUNGAL culture as a routine culture will not work for diagnosis, and if positive he will need a regimen of Itraconazole for anywhere from 1-6 months.

Replied by Dennis

I have had sporotrichosis for a few months now. It started with a pronounced bump on the top of my head. Some time after that I was breaking out in sores around my mouth and chin. Next it came out in tracks down my arms.

I started taking liquid potassium iodide over a year ago and it seemed to be working but very slowly. A person in a health food and vitamin store introduced me to a supplement that made from an ingredient from garlic called allicin. It is really working well for me and almost all of my sporotrichosis sores are gone. I take about 10 capsules a day.

Replied by Bl

RE: To Dennis in Ontario

What is the name and brand of the Garlic supplement you take?

Tasting Mold

Posted by Linda (Dublin, Ireland) on 09/21/2011

I hope this doesn't sound mad but the other day I stubbed my finger and straight away stuck it in my mouth but weirdly it tasted of mold. Since then I've noticed it again but it seems to be gone now. I'm madly curious as to why your finger would taste of mold. I dont think I have candida but maybe I do!! . I would love to know-am I alone or does this suggest that I have a fungus or mold problem. Any feedback back would be great. Thanks.

Replied by Sara
The Beach, Canada

I have been doing a candida clean up for the last few weeks, and I am just starting to introduce acidophyllis back to my body plus enzymes, the last few days I have noticed a taste of mold occationally. I too found that weird, but assumed it was part of the prossess because it can take a very long time to be rid of candida. I went the coconut oil and creme of tarter route to cause the die off, lots of skin rashes, but they are calming down now.

Ted's Remedies

Posted by Irene (Sandvika, Norway) on 10/26/2012

Hello Ted: I have written you a mail, but I got no reply which I understand, but please tell me if my treatment plan sounds OK to you, or have I misunderstood anything?

I have gathered information however, that I think is suitable for my treatment (hair loss and fungus (after a trip to India, I slept in a room with mold everywhere for one month):

Iron, even though its low, I should stay away from it because it feeds fungus (actually I get small rash on my hands everytime I ingest iron)

Low copper--> I will take sodium copper chlorophyllin 200-300 mg a day! (everyday for 2-3 weeks) and 2mg normal copper 4 days a week

Zinc: I have sufficient zinc in my hair analysis, but I will take 10mg a day nontheness (3 days a week)

Manganese- I have taken manganese for some time now, off and on, but I will take 15 mg 4 days a day

The B3(bedtime), MSM, BORAX, baking soda with lemon taken internally and b3, msm, borax applied topically also. 1/2 teaspoon of each with 1 tablespoon of water applied throughout the scalp. Overnight. (borax 1/8 in 1 liter of drinking water, and adding a large pinch of borax to the mix of topical application overnight. MSM taken internally around 1000 mg x 4 or x 5 to help kill the fungus)

Vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg everyday for 2-3 weeks, then reduce it to 500 mg

Molybdenum- Cannot find sodium molydate, and I have very low levels of that, but I found ammonium molybdate which I will take 1, 2 mg every day for 2-3 weeks, one day of per week)

Magnesium citrate 500-600 mg 5 days a week, I have very low levels of that as well!

I will try to find cooked liver found in chickens and pork, to get some iron.

Meanwhile, stay away from everything unhealthy! After these weeks, 2-3 weeks, I will only take some molybdenum (400mcg), some manganese (7, 5 mg), magnesium (300 mg), and borax 1 or 2 times a week.

Additionaly I will take some fulvic acid, biotin, PABA and amino acids to help the hair growth. Iam waiting for some of supplements so we will see! I will post the results here after 3 weeks!

What do you think?


Posted by Cc (Congo, Kinshasa ) on 09/14/2011

I got rash all over my body and went to the doctor and she says it is fungal infection and gave me a cream since last year am not feeling better is becoming worst each day. Can I use apple cider vinegar and how? Should I drink or apply it on my skin? Please help

Replied by Rn
Oscoda, Mi
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a similar rash and took turmeric, in the spice section, 1 tsp mixed with water twice a day. The rash cleared up in a week! I posted my story here today.

Replied by Kw221
Tempe, Az

Those rashes are caused by flakes from your scalp. Get some nizoral ad shampoo from wal-mart and let it sit in your hair for 10 minutes every two weeks.

Replied by Deep

Apply apple cider on the affected area. Or take raw turmeric boil it in milk add 2 spoon honey when milk is still warm. Drink it every day in the evening.