Aloe Vera for Candida can be a great choice for a natural thrush treatment.
We explore why below. . . .
Most of us know about Candida from having thrush, that embarrassing infection that we get down there from time to time, particularly after wearing wet swimsuits for a while!
It is caused by a type of yeast or fungus called Candida albicans.
But it's not just a vaginal infection. Babies get it in their mouths, and it can cause problems internally if it gets out of control, especially in people with HIV infection or other types of immunosuppression. It is also known as candidiasis, genital candidiasis, or vulvovaginal candidiasis.
Yeasts and fungus like to grow in moist, dark warm places. So you can see why they love to live where they do on our bodies!
Some causes of vaginal thrush may include:
A higher rate of colonisation by Candida albicans was found in the mouths of young people with tongue piercings than without. Read more about this study here.
Obviously some of the causes of thrush are hard to avoid, but you can take some precautions:
It has long been known anecdotally, by naturopaths and ayuvedic medical practitioners that Aloe Vera has anti-fungal properties, but it's now official! A recent study (2011) in India has isolated a protein which they have proved to have potent anti-fungal activity against Candida albicans, the main organism which causes thrush.
This is good news for any of us who have had that awful and embarrassing condition. At the same time, they showed that the same protein has anti-inflammatory activity, which would be excellent for soothing the red and itching skin that thrush causes.
Unfortunately, the medical research world has not got as far as creating a drug from Aloe Vera to treat Candida, though a study in Africa has found that the potent part of the plant is more in the leaf than the gel.
If you prefer using a natural product to the usual anti-fungal creams used for thrush, you might find Aloe Vera creams or gels useful.
For external use only, whole leaf gel may work best in this case. (Beware of using whole leaf Aloe Vera internally, as it can have laxative effects and is not safe for internal use.)
Avoid any which contain alcohol which will dry out the skin, or chemical preservatives.
You can find Aloe Vera lubricants which are more similar to the pH of human skin and which may help prevent infection. Using a lubricant will also help avoid any damage of delicate skin which can encourage infections to arise.
These are some of the products which we recommend for external thrush:
You can use Aloe Vera for other fungal infections too, such as Athlete's Foot, nail infections, rectal itching, and fungal infections in the belly button, under the breasts and in the groin area.
It is also good for dandruff. Read our page about treating the scalp here.
Candida of the mouth and the oesophagus is common in people suffering from diseases causing the suppression of the immune system.
If you wish to take Aloe Vera internally for a candida overgrowth, we suggest you consult your medical practitioner first.
There can be side effects and it is not safe to take without medical supervision if you are pregnant, have diabetes or heart conditions. Please read our page about the side effects of using Aloe Vera internally.