Hello everyone! I go back and forth between suffering from BV and yeast infections. The BV is tricker to treat and from personal experience I always had to ask for the prescription since the garlic inserted vaginally didnt help too much.
For yeast, I've had great experience with C------e, enzymes specifically for candida yeast. The product contains enzymes such as cellulase, which kills Candida yeast by breaking down the cell wall of the yeast. The yeast can develop a resistance to the herbal remedies after a while, but not to enzymes. Usually I take 1 pill 3 times a day and within 2 days, I notice relief. You have to take these enzymes on an EMPTY STOMACH. If you don't, they will only dissolve the food you eat (or most recently ate) instead of the yeast. Its good to take an hour before a meal or 2 hrs after. I also take a high Protease enzyme, which dissolves the bacteria and also helps to dissolve the yeast.
I heard rave reviews about Pine Cone Extract. I just ordered a bottle. I read on several message boards that its good for candidaisis and yeast infections. I will start taking this for prevention and will keep you posted.
Enzymes for Candida
A couple of years ago I went to an Ayurveda practitioner because I had been feeling tired, weak, sluggish, etc, for a year or two. The practitioner told me that I had an overgrowth of candida, and he prescribed a candida diet for a month, as well as special enzymes which break down the cellular structure of candida. He told me I should start to feel better right away. He was right!
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to stick to the candida diet, because I had always had a very strong sweet tooth, and I had tried quitting sugar before, but was unable to. However, what I found out was that the enzymes which killed the candida almost completely removed my sugar cravings by the second day. It was amazing. As boring and bland as I found the candida diet, that's how much better I felt each day. I ended up doing the diet for two months because it felt so good; suddenly I had energy again, I lost a bunch of excess weight very quickly, the puffiness of my face disappeared by the second day or so. I ended up staying off cane sugar for about a year. I also avoided other forms of sweeteners, or had them very rarely. I found that sometimes the sugar cravings would come back after eating something sweet, and I would take some more enzymes and presto, the cravings would disappear! I wanted to write and share my experience, because the enzymes made all the difference in the world for me. I don't think I could have done the candida diet without it. When you have candida, trying to stop eating the foods that the candida feeds on can be extremely difficult. I don't know how, but somehow the candida makes you crave the foods that it craves. But if you take the enzyme formula which is specifically made to kill candida, then following the candida diet will be almost easy. That was my experience anyway.
Try the enzymes and the diet together and you should start feeling better on the first day. Within a month or so, you should be free of candida. Keep in mind, if you resume eating a diet high in sugar and gluten, etc, then the candida will probably return. It did for me. Also, what I found was if I ate even a tiny amount of sugar (one french fry dipped in catsup, for instance), I would start having sugar cravings again within an hour or two. So I recomend the enzymes and going totally cold turkey on sugar. Even a small amount will make you crave more.
good luck, and great website!