Treating Vaginitis With
Some naturopathic doctors have described the vagina as its
own kind of ecosystem, and this description is not too far
The vagina contains many different strains of bacteria that
help protect a woman’s body form ‘bad’ forms of bacteria and
other potentially harmful organisms.
Bad bacteria that invades the vagina can cause any number of
very irritating symptoms, including irritation, redness,
soreness, inflammation, burning, swelling, urinary discomfort,
discharge, and pain during sex.
Conventional Western medicine often tries to deal with these
symptoms with prescription drugs and creams. Many of these
prescription medications are necessary to heal severe or
However, herbal therapy is often also used effectively.
Alternative medicine practitioners often prefer to use
herbal-based remedies to help improve the vaginal ecosystem.
The goal of most alternative medicine treatments is to create
an environment where the bad or harmful organisms simply cannot
Many herbal therapies strive to restore the normal pH to the
vagina, decrease irritation and inflammation, and get rid of
infecting organisms. Much of the success of treating vaginitis
depends on first correctly diagnosing the root cause of the
There are two main causes of most cases of vaginitis. Most
problems can either be attributed to bacterial infections, or
to the fungal yeast Candida albicans. Another common root cause
is the protozoa Trichomonas vaginitis.
Before beginning any kind of treatment, a diagnostic test
should be realized in order to identify the infecting organism.
In the meantime, patients with any kind of vaginal infection
should avoid consuming excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, and
alcohol. Here are a few of the most effect herbal therapies
available for most types of vaginal infections.
Garlic: Garlic is known as one of nature’s
strongest fighters of infections. Garlic contains many
important antibacterial and antifungal properties. Garlic can
be used to effectively treat both bacterial infections as well
as candidacies-based vaginal infections.
Most naturopathic doctors recommend consuming a garlic
supplement that is high in ilicit. Choose a supplement that
contains about 5,000 micrograms of alliums, which is the
chemical in garlic that contains the highest infection-fighting
properties. It is recommended that patients consume one to
two garlic capsules each day for until the symptoms
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Goldenseal: Goldenseal is another natural herb
that is rich in immunity-boosting properties. Goldenseal is
rich in a chemical called barbering, which is a chemical that
has been shown to fight off bacteria and Candida fungus that
reside in the mucous membranes of the vagina.
Most naturopathic doctors recommend taking two
500-milligram goldenseal capsules one or twice a day until the
symptoms subside. Tracheal: This is a traditional Ayurvedic
herb that is used to help move toxins out of the body. It is
often used to restore a normal flow of bodily fluids.
Yarrow has been used in the past as an
emergency styptic to stop bleeding.
These days, Yarrow is mostly used to treat
colds and flu's, but it is also used to treat
problems with the circulatory, digestive and
Use this herb by soaking half a teaspoon of
dried tracheal in one cup of hot water and then drink as a tea
before bedtime. If the taste of tracheal does not appeal to you
at all, you can also ingest this healing herb in capsule form.
Take two 500-milligram capsules of tracheal before bed each day
to treat the symptoms of vaginitis.