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Approximately 75 percent of women will experience a vaginal infection at least once in their lifetime. The culprit in 90 percent of these cases is the Candida albicans fungus. Conventional medicine typically uses the pharmaceutical remedy clotrimazole to treat these infections.
The listed side effects using clotrimazole include redness, blistering, peeling, stinging, swelling, itching, hives, or burning if topically applied. The side effects become more serious if administered orally and can include increased liver enzymes, painful urination, upset stomach, vomiting and depression. Clotrimazole is a drug and like any antibiotic, must be metabolized in the liver where it causes cellular damage. Other side effects, while unpleasant, are less damaging than those of the liver.
The more progressive alternatives to clotrimazole are increasingly being employed by physicians with good results. These are all-natural alternatives like oregano oil, caprylic acid, anise seed, black walnut hulls and wormwood. They represent the leading anti-fungal, anti-viral choices nature provides and have been used by many different cultures for centuries to address fungal infections. All have a long list of studies showing their effectiveness.
Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS), as it is also known, can be very challenging to get under control. The list of ailments from COS is not confined to just vaginal infections, they can include:
One main benefit of using solutions from nature in addition to getting rid of COS, is that natural alternatives haven’t been found to cause any of the side effects that clotrimazole or similar drugs do.
This ensures proper liver health, which is important for one major reason; when Candida albicans die-off they release over 70 endotoxins and exotoxins into the body. The liver is the organ filtering and hopefully processing these toxins to remove them from the body. Without a high functioning liver removing candida will cause damage in other parts of the body as well and is not a good choice for overall health.
When given a choice, physicians are making some smart moves away from drugs and towards these effective alternatives.