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    Genital Candidiasis (Upaplutha)

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    Genital Candidiasis - Ayurvedic Treatment, Causes, and Symptoms

    What is Genital Candidiasis?

    Genital Candidiasis or Thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida yeasts, most commonly Candida albicans. It often affects women, but it can occur in men, too. 

     

    In women, Candida is part of the normal flora in many women and is often asymptomatic. Although candida vulvovaginitis is more common in women who are sexually active but there is no evidence that candida infection is sexually transmitted. In patients with vulvovaginal candidiasis, the vaginal pH is less than 5. 

     

    According to Acharyas, Vata is the main dosha responsible because the reproductive system is considered as the site of Vata. So, chikitsa sutra (treatment principle) involves vata shaman (vata pacifying) therapies along with controlling the infection without causing any side effects.  

    Causes of Genital Candidiasis

    In Ayurveda, the organism itself is not considered to be the root cause of the illness and its classic symptoms. The root cause of candidiasis infection is mandagni or low digestive fire as low digestive fire leads to incomplete digestion of food leading to ajeerna. Incomplete digestion of food, in turn, causes the production of Ama which is the residue by-product of improperly digested food. 

     

    Ama is then absorbed into the bloodstream leading to the formation of Amarasa and Ama is predominantly redistributed to the viscous and moist tissues of the body such as: oral cavity, intestines, skin folds, reproductive organs, etc. due to the affinity for its Kapha qualities such as snigdha (unctuous), guru (heavy) and pichila (slimy). 

     

    This Ama further putrefies and ferment and inhibits the growth of healthy bacterial intestinal flora and disrupts tissue immunity and permits Candida overgrowth leading to infection.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Genital Candidiasis

    Ayurvedic Reference of Genital Candidiasis

    Symptoms of Genital Candidiasis in Males

    In males, it affects the head of penis whose symptoms are:

    • Itching and soreness
    • Dull red skin with a glazed appearance
    • Blotchy rash with white patches 
    • Thick, white, or lumpy discharge under the foreskin or in the skin folds

    Symptoms of Genital Candidiasis in Females

    • Vaginal discharge is typically thick and adherent or with excoriations
    • External dysuria
    • Vaginal burning and itching
    • Dyspareunia
    • Swelling

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    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
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    Diet Management in Genital Candidiasis

    Do’s (Pathya)

    • Consume fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Regular physical exercise.
    • Maintain personal hygiene.

    Don’ts (Apathya)

    • Intake of Kapha aggravated foods such as: madhur (sweet) and guru (heavy).
    • Excess milk and milk products.
    • Lack of personal hygiene.
    • Excess day sleep.
    • Lack of physical exercise.

    Yoga Therapy in Genital Candidiasis

    • Yoga Asanas such as
    1. Bhujangasana,
    2. Uttanasana etc. are very beneficial.
    • Pranayam such as Kapalbhati is very effective.

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Genital Candidiasis

    IAFA provides successful management for genital candidiasis for both males and females. Ayurvedic treatment by IAFA offers a natural, safe and systematic approach that works on the root cause to inhibit Ama formation and bring the vitiated doshas back into equilibrium.

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    Dosage / Usage

    Purificatory Therapies

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Powder: IAFA AF – 7 Powder can be used in the form of paste or can be used for washing purposes as well.

    For Paste: Apply externally as a water-based paste for 15-20 minutes. For making a paste, take 3-5 grams of IAFA AF – 7 Powder in 20 ml water for paste.

    OR

    For Wash: For washing, take 5 grams of IAFA AF – 7 Powder in 1 lt. water for the washing process. The liquid can be made to room temperature before washing. 

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Bar: Use it as a regular bathing bar. Apply IAFA AF 7 Bar on the whole body during the time of bathing. After application, wash with light warm water.

    For External Application

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Cream: It can be applied directly on the skin. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day.

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Oil: Apply 3-5 ml on the affected part and allow it to get absorbed for 45 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cotton cloth. Apply it thrice in a day for best results.

    For Internal Use

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet: Take 2 tablets twice a day. 

    6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea: ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea to be taken twice a day. 

    7. Chandraprabha Vati: Take 2 tablets twice a day.

    Products Description

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Powder

    IAFA after years of research has manufactured AF – 7 Powder which is quite effective in the treatment of fungal infections caused by Candida albicans. This powder is a combination of the following 7 ingredients: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Triphala (Compound drug), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), and Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa).

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Bar:

    IAFA AF-7 Bar cleanses, moisturizes the skin, and can be safely used by anyone of any age group as it is free from chemicals, preservatives, and artificial fragrances. It is beneficial for various infectious conditions such as Genital Candidiasis. It is carefully infused with 7 antimicrobial and antifungal Ayurvedic herbs such as: Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Darvi (Berberis aristata), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Chakarmard (Cassia tora), Rakta Chandana (Pterocarpus santalinus) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Cream:

    IAFA AF – 7 Cream is anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anthelmintic in nature which acts as a natural anti-fungal for the yeast flora. It reduces inflammation, redness, and itching when applied externally. Potent antifungal herbs used to prepare IAFA AF – 7 Cream are: Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sigru (Moringa oleifera), Senna (Cassia angustifolia), Chakarmard (Cassiatora) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera). 

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Oil:

    IAFA AF – 7 Oil is a proprietary herbal oil is a unique formulation of herbs that are carefully chosen to deal with genital candidiasis effectively. It relieves pain, swelling, inflammation associated with genital candidiasis. This oil is a mixture of herbs such as: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Triphala (Compound drug), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus), Kamal Kesara (Nelumbo nucifera), Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides), Sarjarasam (Vateria indica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Dadima Patra (Punica granatum), Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophyllum), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Saindavam (Rock Salt) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet:

    IAFA AF – 7 tablets is infused with 7 anti-fungal herbs along with the goodness of Trifla (compound drug). These herbs are: Khadira (Acacia catechu), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Tvak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum) and Chakarmard (Cassia tora). Regular use of this tablet helps in boosting immunity and is useful in the management of genital candidiasis which is one of the most common infections affecting individuals with weak immunity.

    6. IAFA AF – 7 Tea:

    IAFA AF – 7 tea is an herbal preparation consisting of Pitta pacifying action. This tea balances the aggravated Pitta dosha and treats all kinds of fungal infections and its regular consumption enhances the luster of skin. Composition of IAFA AF – 7 Tea is as follows: Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Pada (Cissampelos pareira), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Khadira (Acacia catechu) and Chirayata (Swertia chirata).

    7. Chandraprabha Vati:

    Chandraprabha Vati is an Ayurvedic formulation available in classical vati form. It helps in treating a wide range of genitourinary disorders by alleviating the aggravated doshas and aids in purification. 

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    Dosage / Usage

    Purificatory Therapies

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Wash: Method of Usage: Dispense 3-5 ml IAFA AF – 7 Wash and lather softly in the palms of hands. Cleanse the genital area gently and rinse thoroughly twice a day.

    For External Application

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Cream: It can be applied directly on the skin. Apply 1-2 gm of the cream on the affected part twice or thrice a day.

    3.  IAFA AF – 7 Oil: Apply 3-5 ml on the affected part and allow it to get absorbed for 45 minutes and wipe it off with a dry cotton cloth. Apply it thrice in a day for best results.

    For Internal Use

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet: Take 2 tablets twice a day. 

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tea: ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea to be taken twice a day. 

    6. Chandraprabha Vati: Take 2 tablets twice a day.

    Products Description

    1. IAFA AF – 7 Wash:

    IAFA AF – 7 Wash is a 100% herbal-based intimate cleanser that helps in maintaining normal pH, relieving itching, and cleansing away odor caused due to yeast infection. It has 7X herbal formula with Panchvalkal kwath (group of 5 astringent barks) and herbs such as: Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Trifla (Compound drug), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Darvi (Berberis aristata), Nimba (Azadirachta indica) and Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck).

    2. IAFA AF – 7 Cream:

    IAFA AF – 7 Cream is a proprietary mixture of all anti-fungal herbs that work in a synergistic manner to provide relief in symptoms such as itching, soreness, redness, etc. associated with genital candidiasis. The antifungal herbs used to prepare IAFA AF – 7 Cream are: Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Sigru (Moringa oleifera), Senna (Cassia angustifolia), Chakarmard (Cassiatora) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    3. IAFA AF – 7 Oil:

    IAFA AF – 7 Oil is a powerful blend of herbs that has been used for centuries to treat fungal infections. This oil has a potent anti-inflammatory and antifungal action. It contains herbs such as: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Triphala (Compound drug), Asana (Pterocarpus marsupium), Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Sariba (Hemidesmus indicus), Kamal Kesara (Nelumbo nucifera), Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides), Sarjarasam (Vateria indica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Dadima Patra (Punica granatum), Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophyllum), Sirisa (Albizia lebbeck), Saindavam (Rock Salt) and Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera).

    4. IAFA AF – 7 Tablet:

    IAFA AF – 7 tablets is infused with 7 anti-fungal herbs along with the goodness of Trifla (compound drug). These herbs are: Khadira (Acacia catechu), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Tvak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), and Chakarmard (Cassia tora). By the regular use of this tablet, the immune system is also rejuvenated. IAFA AF-7 tablet helps in genital candidiasis by purifying the blood and expelling toxins. 

    5. IAFA AF – 7 Tea:

    IAFA AF – 7 tea is an herbal preparation that pacifies the aggravated Pitta dosha naturally and gives good relief in infections. This tea can be consumed in place of regular tea/coffee. Composition of IAFA AF – 7 Tea is as follows: Katurohini (Picrorhiza kurroa), Pada (Cissampelos pareira), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Khadira (Acacia catechu) and Chirayata (Swertia chirata).

    6. Chandraprabha Vati:

    Chandraprabha Vati is an Ayurvedic classical preparation that has 42 ingredients. This medicine is quite effective in treating fungal infections of the genito-urinary system.

    References

    1. Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Fungal Infection Chapter No. 41, Page No. 249.
    2. Shastri S Satyanarayana., editor. Charak Samhita of Agnivesha. Reprint edition. Chikitsa Sthana. Chapter 30, Ver. 21-22. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; 2003. p. 852.
    3. Database on Medicinal Plants used in Ayurveda & Siddha. Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha. Reprint edition. Vol. 3. Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI; 2005. p. 206.
    4. Shastri AD, editor. Sushruta, Sushruta Samhita, Sharira Sthana. Reprint edition. Ch. 3, Ver. 16. Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; 2013. p. 31.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What causes Genital candidiasis?

    Answer: The fungus Candida albicans is responsible for genital candidiasis. The balance of natural microbial flora is disrupted.

    Question: Is Genital Candidiasis an STD?

    Answer: Genital candidiasis is not an STD. It is not contagious but sexual contact sometimes leads to yeast infections.

    Question: Can genital candidiasis be treated in Ayurveda?

    Answer: Yes, genital candidiasis can be successfully treated in Ayurveda.

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