How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Yeast Infection Correctly

{flickr|100|campaign} More and more women (and men) are discovering the benefits of natural remedies for yeast infection. Usually these are people who have tried and failed with mainstream drug-based treatments that only address the symptoms, not the root cause of yeast infection. And, of course, the drugs can eventually become useless when the Candida fungus, that causes the symptoms, builds-up a resistance to them.

One of the most popular that you may have heard about is apple cider vinegar for yeast infection. But what do you do with it? And how does it work?

Let’s first look at how it works its magic. It is believed that apple cider vinegar can help relieve your yeast infection by rebalancing your body pH. When your pH is out-of-balance, the Candida albicans fungus causing your symptoms can grow. But, in balance, the fungus has less chance of over-growing into an infection.

Now let’s go take a peep at how you would use apple cider vinegar for yeast infection correctly. You can use it both as a drink and as a topical application…

As a drink, just mix 3 teaspoons of the vinegar in a large glass of water and drink a glass 3 times a day. In this way the vinegar is helping to fight the fungus that is in your gut that can eventually break through into your bloodstream. Add a little honey if the taste is too harsh for you. But not sugar as this feeds the yeast!

Topically, you can douche the affected area with a sponge or similar. Or, better still, make up a low bath with apple cider vinegar and warm water and sit in it for about 20 minutes. For the douche, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar in 2 quarts of warm water. For the sitz bath, add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar into a low warm bath. The apple cider vinegar works in the same way, but this time, by attacking the fungus locally.

The important thing with apple cider vinegar for yeast infection is that it must be the raw, unpasteurized, un-distilled kind that has the sediment still in the bottle. Only this will do. Any other kind will probably have additives that can actually make your yeast infection worse. You would expect to get the correct raw apple cider vinegar for your infection in a health food store.

Now, whilst raw apple cider vinegar for yeast infection can be very effective, there are still many other issues you have to address for a proper cure. You see, although the Candida albicans fungus causes the symptoms, there are other things that actually trigger its overgrowth in the first place.

Without addressing these as well, your chances of success are greatly diminished. These are things such as; a lowered immune system, overuse of antibiotics and / or steroids, bad diet, stress, some drugs, etc.