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Yeast Infection

Also indexed as:Candida Vaginitis, Thrush, Vaginal Yeast Infection
Yeast infection means fungal overgrowth. Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common reasons women seek healthcare. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Lactobacillus acidophilus
3 capsules or 1/4 tsp powder, taken by mouth three times daily, or use powder in douche or vaginal suppositories daily3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with probiotics may prevent the overgrowth of yeast organisms.
Boric Acid
Insert vaginal suppositories containing 600 mg twice per day2 stars[2 stars]
Boric acid capsules inserted in the vagina have been used successfully as a treatment for vaginal yeast infections.
Tea Tree
Swish 15 ml of a 5% or less solution in mouth for 30 to 60 seconds four times per day, then spit out2 stars[2 stars]
One trial found that a mouthwash with diluted tea tree oil was effective in decreasing the growth of Candida albicans in people with oral Candida infections (thrush).
Cinnamon
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The essential oil of cinnamon contains various chemicals that are believed to be responsible for cinnamon's antifungal effects.
Echinacea
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Echinacea, which enhances immune function, has been used successfully to treat yeast infections.
Oregano
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Oil of oregano has been shown to effectively inhibit the growth of Candida albicans.

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