Gymnema Silvestre-Cure a Yeast Infection “Naturally”?
In my reading on the subject of new yeast infection cures I can across another potential way for how to cure a yeast infection naturally. It seems to be more geared towards reducing the desire to eat sweets and sweet foods-obviously useful to diabetics and pre-diabetics- but it seems to have application to yeast infection sufferers as well.
A microbiologist from Kansas State university has discovered a herbal fungal treatment that has been described as a breakthrough treatment for a human fungal pathogen that lives in most people. The microbiologist, Vediyappan by name, noticed that in countries like India and Sri Lanka people with diabetes often used a medicinal herb called Gymnema sylvestre to help control sugar levels.
So he decided to study this vine plant, found in the above-mentioned countries and also in China and Australia — to see if it could be beneficial as a Candida albicans treatment. The investigation had some positive results:the research team discovered that the Gymnema slyvestre was nontoxic and also that it halted the virulence of the fungus, making it more treatable.
Obviously this has good implications for treating yeast infections, not to mention medical applications. “(It).. is safe to use because it doesn’t hurt our body cells, yet it blocks the virulence of this fungus under in vitro conditions. Taking the medicine could potentially help patients control the invasive growth of the fungus and also help bring their sugar levels down.” Mr Vediyappan said. Candida albicans is a fungal pathogen in humans. It lives in oral and intestinal areas as a normal flora, Vediyappan said. But the fungus can overgrow and cause infection in the mouth, stomach and genitals. The fungus can be fatal, especially in patients with low immunity.
There is the yeast form of the fungus , which is treatable but also there is a harder to treat systemic or hyphal form. Mr Veddiyappan’s research aims to arrest or block the hyphal growth form . “Once it gets into the tissue, it spreads (and)…is difficult to contain by our immune system,” Vediyappan said. The fungus remains easily manageable in its yeast form apparently, and does not invade tissues. In this article in PLOS One entitled “Gymnemic acids inhibit hyphal growth and virulence in Candida albicans.” his research is described. Mr Vediyappan said that Gymnema extract was often used to help treat diabetics and those with other aliments because it was so cost effective.
Gymnema Sylvestre Side Effects/Warnings
Webmd gives the following precautions: It says that: “Gymnema appears to be safe when used appropriately for up to 20 months.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the safety of using gymnema during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Gymnema can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood pressure and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use gymnema.
Surgery: Gymnema might affect b lood glucose levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop using gymnema at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.” In the future Vediyappan plans to research more into how this compound can help in the fight against diabetes and other ways to improve Candida albicans treatment -so this is good news for yeast infection sufferers and diabetics.
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