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Yeast infections are caused by the
microorganism Candida albicans. This form of yeast is always
present, but changes in the body’s environment (acid/alkaline
imbalance, antibiotics, poor nutrition, overconsumption of sugar,
birth control pills, hormonal shifts, or compromised immune function)
often provide a chance for yeast to proliferate. Vaginal yeast
infections are a common problem for women—with itching, burning,
redness and irritation, and a discharge that is usually white or
yellowish. Homeopathic remedies can soothe discomfort and help the
body overcome infection without the use of toxic medicines. If a
vaginal infection lasts longer than a week, has offensive-smelling
discharge, or is accompanied by fever and a deeper feeling of illness,
it is best to see a physician (in case the infection involves some
organism other than simple yeast).
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Borax: Yeast infections of the vagina
with discharge resembling egg white, and a feeling that warm water is
flowing out, suggest the use of this remedy. Vaginitis that responds
to Borax usually appears midway between the menstrual periods.
A person who needs this remedy is often nervous and very sensitive to
Calcarea carbonica: When this remedy
is indicated, burning and itching feelings may occur both before and
after the menstrual period. Discharge from vaginitis is milky and
acrid or thick and yellow. A person who needs this remedy is often
chilly and stout, has a craving for sweets, and is easily tired by
Kali bichromicum: This remedy may be
indicated in cases of vaginitis where discharge is yellow and
tenacious, and makes the vulva itch and burn. Symptoms may be worse in
the morning. The person feels better from resting and keeping warm.
Kreosotum: This remedy is strongly
indicated for vaginitis with watery, thin, unpleasant-smelling, very
irritating discharge that makes the vulva swell and itch. Symptoms may
be worse in the morning and worse when standing up. Infections are
more likely to appear before the menstrual period or during pregnancy.
Natrum muriaticum: Vaginitis with
discharge resembling egg-white, which itches and makes the vagina feel
dry and irritated, is likely to respond to this remedy. A woman who
needs this remedy often seems reserved, yet is very emotional inside.
A craving for salt and a tendency to feel worse from being in the sun
are other indications for Natrum muriaticum.
Pulsatilla: When this remedy is
indicated for yeast infections, symptoms may be changeable. A creamy
white or yellowish discharge appears, which can be either bland or
irritating. The vagina may feel sore, and the labia may itch or burn.
The woman will be moody, possibly tearful, wanting a lot of attention
and affection. This remedy is often helpful for vaginitis during
Sepia: If yeast infections cause
vaginal discharge that is yellow and itchy, or white and curdlike,
this remedy may be indicated. A woman needing Sepia often feels
worn down and irritable, with cold extremities and and a weak or
sagging feeling in the pelvic region. Discharge may be more profuse in
the morning and increased by walking.
Sulphur: Discharge that looks
yellowish, is offensive-smelling, and causes great burning and itching
brings this remedy to mind. Symptoms may be aggravated by warmth and
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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