Naturopathic Approach to Candida
Candida is one of the more common health afflictions seen throughout the US, with an estimated 40,000 cases reported each year. Candida, also known as Candidiasis, is a fungal infection caused by yeast overgrowth that usually reside in the intestines and can also spread to the skin, mouth and throat. The overgrowth of this yeast can lead to an array of symptoms depending on where the dysbiosis is occurring, and can include fatigue, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, rectal itching, bad breath, white coating on the tongue (called “thrush”), frequent vaginal yeast infections or symptoms of vaginal itching, burning or discharge, cystitis, anxiety, depression, sinus issues, skin itching or rashes, and cravings for sugars and carbohydrates. All of these symptoms are not specific to candida alone, and also present as a result of a number of other imbalances, and with a naturopathic perspective, we look at the symptom picture as a whole, and look for other contributing factors that may lead to the root cause of a candida overgrowth.
There are several reasons why candida may present in the body, and some people may be more susceptible than others for this to occur. Some of the main causes of yeast overgrowth include underlying blood sugar dysregulation, antibiotic and steroid use, infections, heavy metal toxicity, imbalanced immune function, inflammation in the gut or gut dysbiosis as a result of antibiotic use, and underlying food intolerances. Diet plays a huge role in both the manifestation of candida and also in its successful eradication, and paying close attention to foods is a major area of focus for naturopathic practitioners and nutritionists when addressing a candida issue. Not surprisingly, candida is a complicated and intricate thing to treat, and often requires an in depth look into lifestyle, past medical history, nutrition inputs and blood sugar balance to create a therapeutic and sustainable plan. That’s where working with a naturopathic doctor and nutritionist can be extremely beneficial.
At Richmond Natural Medicine, our practitioners take a holistic and thorough approach in dealing with the presentation of candida. Candida is almost always a symptom of another underlying imbalances, and addressing those underlying imbalances is where our practitioners will target their therapies. Their treatment plans usually consist of determining underlying food intolerances, optimizing digestive function, improving gut, skin and vaginal flora (probiotics), using appropriate topical treatments when necessary, formulating custom compounded herbal formulas, biotherapeutic drainage, and incorporating in homeopathic remedies. The presentation of symptoms is often different for each person, therefore the treatment plans will vary depending on the individual.
Is this an area where you may need some support? Dr. Mandy Reckers, Dr. Taylor Pagano and Lindsay Kluge all work with candida and are accepting new patient appointments. Please contact our office at (804) 977-2634 to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners.