During my final year of studying homeopathy, I completed a dissertation on the naturopathic and homeopathic treatment of Candida overgrowth. Thrush is a common symptom associated with Candida overgrowth.
As a long-term sufferer of Candida myself, I experimented with many of the treatments and products recommended in books and on the internet. From this I devised my own programme which I individualise for each patient and combine homeopathy and NAET with supplements, where appropriate.
I have found that many long-term sufferers have experienced a deep emotional trauma in the past and dealing with some of those issues can be helpful in improving the overall health.
I don’t believe that anyone should feel worse during treatment (many programmes discuss a worsening of symptoms as the yeast overgrowth dies off), so aim for a gentle but effective approach, firstly ensuring that the digestive system, in particular the liver, is performing to an optimal level. This can be achieved through dietary changes, supplements and herbs.
Symptoms of Candida overgrowth
The most common symptoms are one or a combination of, the following:
- Fungal infections – in particular thrush of any type, athletes foot and jock itch
- Digestive problems – most commonly bloating, particularly after eating bread or other yeasty food. Also pains in the abdomen, constipation and/or diarrhoea.
- Food cravings – in particular for sugary and yeasty foods
- Allergies – in particular to environmental factors such as animal fur, hayfever, dust mites as well as various foods
- Menstrual problems, lethargy, joint pain and ear, nose and throat problems may indicate Candida overgrowth if other symptoms are also present.
- Joint pain is quite common in people with chronic Candida overgrowth.
Have I got Candida?
The initial consultation includes a comprehensive case-taking, and this is usually sufficient to assess whether you have Candida. I often use kinesiology to test for food sensitivities or allergies too.
You may also like to try the Saliva Test – click here for instructions. It is not totally reliable, but may indiate whether Candida overgrowth is present.
One of the NAET basic treatments is for yeast and this, sometimes in combination with other NAET treatments, can make a significant difference to symptoms.