Home Remedies for Vaginal Yeast Infections

Have you experienced the symptoms before — the annoying vaginal itch and thick, milky discharge? Was that first attack irritating, maybe even frightening? If you’ve suffered through just one “yeast” infection, you certainly don’t want to go through it again. So, why not have a look at some home remedies for vaginal yeast infections?

Some Helpful Tips

Unfortunately, half of all women have more than one infection in their lives. But don’t despair. While there is no permanent cure, there is good news.

First-timers, see a doctor.

You may have heard that itching and discharge signal the start of infection. But did you know that some women also experience soreness or rashes in the vaginal area, even pain during urination or intercourse?

And did you know that other, more serious conditions, like sexually transmitted diseases, can have some of the same symptoms?

Don’t make the mistake of self-diagnosis when those first symptoms appear. You could be headed for trouble if you’re treating the wrong disease.

See your doctor. Remember, it often takes laboratory tests to know for sure.

Understand your risk

What are your chances for a yeast infection? To get some idea of what puts you at risk, you need to understand how and why a very small “yeast” can become so much trouble.At any given time, different areas of your body may be harboring colonies of Candida, the tiny fungus cells responsible for yeast infections.

Usually, that’s no problem. When you’re healthy, your body’s various defense systems are quite capable of handling these little organisms.

But when your immune system is weakened, fungus cells can quickly launch an invasion, especially in the genital tract, where there’s plenty of warmth and moisture.

Stress, both mental and physical, hormonal changes from pregnancy or birth control, diabetes, common viruses and HIV are just a few conditions that can put your immune system “out-of order.”

Even the medication you took to cure another infection may be a problem. Some antibiotics are so strong they destroy both “good” and “bad” bacteria in your body. And you need those good bacteria. They’re the first line of defense against fungal growth.

Keep yourself “cool”

Sometimes you can’t avoid the problems that leave your immune system vulnerable to infection. But you certainly don’t need to make it easier for yeast to take hold.

A yeast cell in your vaginal tract will thrive with extra heat and moisture. And unless you take a few precautions, you could be providing a very “warm welcome” for the next fungal invasion.

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Blow it dry

Keep the area around your thighs and crotch as dry as possible. Take extra time to towel off after a shower, especially in the summer.

You may want to use your blow dryer on a low setting to help dry your genital area after you bathe or shower.

Change out of that damp bathing suit as soon as possible too. If you don’t, you are inviting trouble.

Dress loose and cool

Try to avoid fabrics that keep moisture trapped against your skin. Summer or winter, the right clothes can make a healthy difference. First, wear cotton panties.

Second, don’t wear pantyhose or tight clothes every day. Synthetic fibers in pantyhose and underwear, even the heavy fibers in very tight-fitting jeans, won’t draw dampness away from your body. Loose, cool and dry — that’s the prescription for smart dressing.

Wipe from front to back.

Wiping front to back when you use the toilet will help keep the bacteria in your rectum away from your vagina.

Don’t douche

And don’t use feminine hygiene sprays, deodorant sanitary pads or tampons, bubble bath, or colored or perfumed toilet paper. All of these products can change the acidic environment in your vagina, and that allows the yeast to grow.

Eat yogurt to ward off bacteria

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just take a “spoonful of medicine” to stop yeast growth be fore the infection ever got started? Unfortunately, experiments taking this approach have had limited success.

However, some studies suggest that eating live bacteria found in yogurt might ward off fungal growth.

Buy an over-the-counter anti-fungal medicine

But for now, your best answer is medication that you apply after the symptoms appear. Inexpensive, nonprescription anti-fungal drugs usually destroy most yeast cells in just a few days.

To make sure the infection is really cleared up, you should use the full supply of medicated inserts or suppositories as directed.

And always heed the manufacturer’s warnings — if the symptoms don’t improve within three days, see your doctor. Don’t let the problem drag on.

It could be a lot more serious than a yeast infection…

Acupuncture Meridian System

The Theory of traditional Chinese meridians of acupuncture mentions that on the surface and inside the body there is a network of channels called meridians through which the vital energy chi or qi flows.There are twelve paired main channels or meridians and two central unpaired channels. There are also six extra-ordinary channels or meridians but they are not commonly used for diagnosis or treatment.

Twelve paired channels are-six in the upper extremities or arms and six in the lower extremities or legs. Out of these six paired meridians in the arms, three are yin and three are yang meridians. In the same way, in the legs also there are three yin and three yang meridians. In the arms the three yin meridians are called lung (L), pericardium (P), and heart (H) meridians from thumb side to the tittle finger side. They are located on the palmar surface of the arm. On the dorsal or posterior surface of the arm there are three yang meridians. Exactly opposite to lung meridian on the thumb side is the large intestine (LI) meridian. In the center is located triple warmer (TW) or Sanjiao (SJ) meridian which is exactly opposite to the pericardium meridian, and similarly exactly opposite to the heart meridian on the little finger side on the dorsum of the hand is the location for small intestine (SI) meridian.

On the inner side of the leg and thigh there are three yin meridians. They are spleen (Sp), liver (Liv) and kidney (K) meridians. Spleen is on the frontal aspect of inner side, liver in the middle while the kidney meridian is located on the back part of the inner side of the leg. On the front and outer aspect of the leg and thigh three yang meridians are located, out of which stomach meridian is on the front and first on the outer aspect in order. It corresponds to the spleen meridian on inner aspect. Behind the stomach (St) is gall bladder (GB) meridian. It is located in relation to fibula bone and corresponds to the liver meridian of inner aspect. The third one is urinary bladder (UB) meridian which runs on the middle of the back of the thigh and leg.

There are two different channels or meridians through which energy flows. There are two central unpaired channels or meridians. In the midline on the front side is conceptional vessels (CV) meridian also called as Ren meridian which is a yin meridian and on the backside just along the vertebral column in the center is the unpaired meridian called governing vessels meridian (GV) or Du meridian.

Each meridian starts from or ends into a particular internal organ and runs on the surface and makes a complete inner and outer circle to maintain the flow of energy through the particular channel. For instance the lung channel originates from lung and comes on the surface at chest wall and runs on the arm till the tip of the thumb and becomes internal route to get conception with the internal organ and completes the circle. There is also internal connection between the two channels to maintain the energy flow. The yin and yang channels of the same level on the arm or leg have this type of connection and are called ‘coupled or paired channels’.

Thus:

  • Lung (L) and large intestine (LI)
  • Pericardium (P) and triple warmer (TW)
  • Heart (H) and small intestine (SI)
  • Spleen (Sp) and stomach (St)
  • Liver (Liv) and gall bladder (GB)
  • Kidney (K) and urinary bladder (UB)

are coupled or paired meridians.

Unit of Measurement Used in Acupuncture

Unit of the measuring system used by an acupuncturist is t-sun or cun and it is expressed as a ‘unit’ in proportion to the patient’s body itself. One t-sun is defined as the distance between the palmar creases over the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints of the middle finger of the patient. Breadth of the thumb at its interphalangeal joint is also considered as one t-sun, The combined breadth of the index and middle or the ring and little fingers is 1.5 t-sun. The combined breadth of the four fingers held adjoining is 3 t-sun, the measurement being taken at the level of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the little finger. One Fen is equal to 0.1 t-sun and eight t-suns make one Fu. Because t-sun, Fen and Fu are the terms used in relation to the patient’s own body, the acupuncturist must first compare his t-sun against the patient’s and make proper adjustments in measurements before localizing the points on the patient’s body.

T-Sun Measurement Unit in Acupuncture

List of Acupuncture Meridians