Women’s Wellness: Candida
Candida is an overgrowth or imbalance of the flora of the intestine including yeast, mold and fungus.
Several conditions can lead to Candida. Steroid drugs (such as cortisone), birth control pills, and the long-term use of antibiotics. Antibiotics, while effective in fighting infection, can deplete the immune system and over time can reduce the number of beneficial bacteria that normally help to keep the yeast under control.
Poor nutrition or a sluggish immune system weakens the body’s ability to fight off yeast. As yeast thrives on sugar, restricting it from your diet –and eliminating/cutting down any refined carbohydrates and gluten grains– can help the body recover more successfully.
When yeast is in overabundance, symptoms may include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Decreased libido
- Bloating/gas/intestinal cramping
- Rectal itching/altered bowel function
- Bladder infections
- Menstrual complaints
- Depression/irritability/inability to concentrate/mood disorders
- Allergies or food intolerances/chemical sensitivities/low immune function
At Stratford Acupuncture, we know that boosting the immune system is crucial as well as effective against candida. This is why we use both acupuncture as well as Nutrition Response Testing to give your body the best support to successfully fight off candida infections. Along with dietary guidelines and applicable anti-fungal herbal remedies, acupuncture can lead to a successful treatment for extinguishing this condition in the short and long-term.
Schedule your appointment with Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center today and start feeling better!