What is candida?
Candida lives in everyone and produces no symptoms unless your body is compromised. When the delicate balance of yeasts and bacteria in the body is disturbed Candida Albicans can occur. Yeast grows laying down roots, (mycelial growth), and leads to food and chemical intolerances which put pressure on the body and may suppress the immune system.
Candida symptoms may include:
- Acne, rosacea and skin rashes
- Allergies or sensitivities (eg. food, chemical, smoke etc)
- Athlete’s foot
- Body aches, muscular pain
- Concentration impairment, brain fog, poor memory
- Constipation (leading to haemorrhoids)
- Chronic fatigue, extreme persistent drowsiness; sense of hopelessness
- Depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings
- Diarrhoea (extreme including mucus or blood)
- Ear infections (recurrent); sensitivity or fluid in ears
- Joint discomfort and swelling
- Loss of balance, lack of co-ordination
- Menstrual problems and pre-menstrual tension
- Migraine and headaches
- Numbness, tingling and weak muscles
- Rectal discomfort and itching
- Sore throat (recurrent) and nasal itch or congestion
- Sugar cravings
- Thrush and vaginitis
- Tongue coating, soreness of gums, bad breath, dry mouth
- Weight gain
- Wind, belching or abdominal noises
What causes candida?
In almost every case of candida I treat it is precipitated by stress - generally emotional, exacerbated by lifestyle choices that stress the body.
Leon Chaitow, author of Candida Albiccans highlights the following causes:
- Antibiotics (in factory-farmed food or medication)
- Contraceptive pill
- Drug tetracycline (acne treatment)
- Hormonal changes: pregnancy, menopause or the menarche
- Immune system weakness - influences: stress, nutritional deficiency, pollution, immune suppressing sedatives
- Steroids (in factory-farmed meat and poultry or medication)
- Sugar and sugar-rich foods
- Toxic metals eg. mercury (fillings)
Conventional treatment for candida
Your GP can conduct a blood test for candida.
The doctor's treatment will depend on your symptoms, whether the candida manifests as discharge (commonly thrush), affects your skin, or affects your tongue.
You may be prescribed a pessary, cream such as Canesten, or anti-fungal tablets designed to kill off the yeast overgrowth in your body.
How do I treat candida?
Kinesiology for candida
Muscle testing (kinesiology) will be used to test for candida.
Foods exacerbating the condition will also be tested. I commonly find those suffering with candida will have a sensitivity to:
- Sugar (and anything naturally sweetening including honey, molasses, etc)
- Cheese (blue cheese in particular)
I find the anti-candida diet widely recommended very restrictive, and I am more comfortable making dietary recommendations based on each person. For example, fruit is considered a "no-no", due to it's sweetness. In my experience with support of acupuncture, maybe EFT and some supplements it is not always necessary to give up fruit and some of the other strict guidelines which can make ones diet so restrictive (which can lead to it's own problems).
Kinesiology can identify any supplements which might support the body to build it's strength and immunity to the candida.
Frequency therapy for candida
If candida is found frequency therapy will be used to destroy the candida. This uses sound waves which vibrate at the frequency of the candida to destroy the candida. Similar to the way an opera singer's voice breaks a glass.
The frequency therapy will clear the candida during the treatment, however if the subsequent days are full of stress, or offending foods are consumed it will come back. Overtime, the acupuncture, EFT and supplements strengthen the body, and the candida stays away for longer and longer after treatment.
Acupuncture for candida
Candida is a manifestation of Damp-Heat, and in my experience is a pattern more common to those with Spleen Qi deficiency (in Traditional Chinese Medical terms). Almost always, it occurs during or after stressful periods.
Acupuncture strengthens the Spleen, clears Damp and Heat. Essentially it works on both the physical and emotional disharmony, restoring balance so your body's immune system can naturally resolve the candida.
EFT is great to resolve both physical and emotional issues. For example, we might tap on the bloating and the pain, or the itchy and discomfort, and you will tangibly experience these subside. Equally if the emotions that led to the symptoms can be identified, these can be addressed. A common starting point is identifying an event which causes you to feel strong negative emotions. The EFT can masterfully resolve these so the negative emotions feel neutral.
Effectiveness of treatment for candida
Almost all patients will leave without candida - when muscle tested at the end of the first treatment.
It can return, if you eat a lot of the "wrong" foods (on your "avoid" list) - especially sugar, or if you continue to be under great stress. However, with on-going treatments patients find that the recurrence is less and less frequent, and their symptoms, whether bloating, fatigue, mind fog, thrush, etc are less and less severe. Treatment strengthens the body's immune system, and improves the ability of the individual to handle, so ultimately it can fight off the candida without enduring the repeating symptoms.
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Patients treated for candida
I find it difficult to cite a "typical" candida case study, because the symptoms are so varied. I have treated persistent cystitis, persistent thrush, IBS, diverticulitis, skin problems, low energy, breathing problems, poor concentration, etc. There is no consistent pattern for candida sufferers, although in most cases of candida I have achieved an improvement in symptoms and in many cases a total resolution of symptoms.
Lifestyle advice for candida
Avoid: sugar, honey (and any other natural sweeteners), wheat, yeast, blue cheese, anything with mould on it eg. blue cheese, slightly mouldy fruit, etc
Beyond this, the anti-candida diet is more stringent, stipulating elimination of fruit, nuts, soy sauce, stock cubes, tea, etc, but in general I find the extent of elimination varies from person to person.
Eat lots of fresh vegetables, and avoid processed food.
Add a clove of garlic into a meal, once a day.
Stress reducing tips:
In my experience stress is a big contributor to candida. Without stress many patients are fine, with stress their symptoms arise.
- Get good rest, at least 8 hours a night, the more before midnight the better
- Take a 30+ minute walk in nature: the countryside or a park or other regular exercise
- Try yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi
- Take up meditation
- Soak in a hot bath, with lavender - or a hot bath with a handful of Epsom Salts and half a handful of sea salt
- Engage your creativity: painting, playing an instrument, taking pictures, creative writing (start with a journal)
- Avoid over obsessing about emails, texts and the internet
- Anything to provide balance to counteract a busy life
Ask yourself, what do I do to relax? I hope you have an answer! If so, make time for it. If not - play and find out.
Many swear by probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus, especially after a course of antibiotics. In my experience I rarely see profound results with probiotics, but I don't dissuade you trying these.
Other natural anti-fungal supplements are:
- Caprylic acid
- Oregano extract
- Grapefruit seed extract
For skin problems eg. athletes foot or fungal infections to the nails I recommend Tea Tree Oil, to be used externally on the affected area.