Candida albicans yeast is a naturally-occurring intestinal inhabitant. Candida infestation (Candidiasis) is a matter of concern only when this beneficial bacteria of intestinal are covered by the overgrowth of tenacious yeast. When they grow in abundance they can enter into the bloodstream through the enteric cycle and ultimately give rise to systemic yeast infection symptoms like low appetite, cough, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, lack of concentration, tinnitus, low immunity, body aches and digestive issues.
The most common among all the Candida manifestations is vulvovaginitis which is basically a vaginal yeast infection affecting almost 80% of women at least once in lifetime especially between the age of 18 to 35. Half of these usually suffer from recurrent and persistent infection. After the use of antibiotic, use of dentures and inhaling of steroid based inhalers mostly give rise to the second most common of candidiasis i.e. Oropharyngeal candidiasis. Skin is another organ which is affected mostly by yeast infection which is basically Skin fold infection occurring in warm weather and use of diapers leading to diaper rashes. Yeast infection recurrence is very common and becomes difficult to cure after every successive reoccurrence.
The causative factors are slow digestion, accumulation of toxins, Excess of Kapha, Kapha increasing diet, Lack of immunity, antibiotics overuse, stress, Poor sleeping habits, excessive alcohol intake and consumption of birth control pills..
The sign and symptoms comprises of bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, weight gain, sweet cravings, recurring yeast infections and recurring UTIs, fatigue, anxiety, depression, anger, Malaise, sinus infections, allergies, fungal growth on nails, joint pain, tinnitus, Sleep disorders, chronic rashes over skin folds and sometimes hormonal imbalances.
The most common etiological factor for candidiasis is decreased agni (digestive fire). This deficient agni along with improper functioning of Samana vayu, (a subdivision of Vata dosha) cause a malfunctioning in the digestive process. This leads to the production of ama (Toxin) (undigested and partially digested food) which gets enlodged in the alimentary canal and eventually mitigates to the whole body. Due to accumulation of ama the proper nourishment doesn’t reach the tissues, this ama also gets absorbed into srotas (subtle channels of the body) leading to toxicity. This ama accumulates in the small and large intestine which results in the fermenting the normal flora and changes its normal composition which basically leads to Candidiasis.
Candida infections can be chronic and stubborn in nature and can spread systemically if they are not treated. The factors which influence the growth basically are imbalanced digestion, improper agni, low ojas and excessive use of antibiotics which should be focused in the treatment of Candidiasis. This basically improves by proper and healthy diet and lifestyle changes.
Ayur Healthcare focuses on a holistic approach to restore balance which includes diet, lifestyle changes and herbal medication. The treatment basically requires patience, discipline and commitment to restore balance to promote health.Treatments basically focus on promoting and regulating agni, modifying diet by decreasing sugar, yeast and fermented food intake. Importance should also be given to promote hygiene and lifestyle issues. The treatment of candidiasis also focuses to reduce an individual’s toxic load and to build ojas (immunity) back into the body which enables the body to get rid of pathological yeast permanently. If the patient is not suffering from major abnormalities and is fit for purification procedures then Virechana (medicated purgation) should be done as it reduces the concentration of toxins in the system. After the purification procedures, the digestive fire should be regulated and further focus should be given on building immunity.
Ayur Healthcare will provide the right custom made tailored diet and lifestyle guidelines. changes basically focus on Ayurvedic diet which should contain turmeric, ginger, cumin, cardamom and cinnamon. Cold foods or drinks, heavy food, oily, fried food, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, beverages, yeast food products, cheese, peanuts and mushroom, vinegar and fermented foods should be avoided.