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Candida is a yeast normally found in the body, and it is the common culprit behind vaginal yeast infections and oral thrush. Signs of candida may include itching, burning, weight gain, depression and confusion. As of 2011, more people have become increasingly interested in natural remedies for health issues like candida. Many believe that using aloe vera for candida is an effective treatment. Although some research suggests aloe vera may be useful in relieving symptoms, traditional medicine should be used as the official cure for candida.
Several people believe that using aloe vera to treat candida is an effective treatment since the plant is widely known for its anti-fungal properties, which may supposedly stop the candida from growing and kill the yeast that is present. To use aloe vera for candida, it is recommended to use it both orally as well as topically depending on the nature of the infection. The gel form of aloe vera may be applied to the outside of the vagina, and juice may be extracted from the plant and drunk at least one time daily until the infection disappears.
What is known about the properties of aloe may suggest it is highly effective in relieving certain signs of candida. The soothing properties of the plant suggest that using aloe vera for symptoms like the itching and burning associated with infection may prove useful for many people. This may be particularly true for vaginal infections.
Although taking aloe vera for candida is not recommended as a sole treatment, it may be suitable as a complementary treatment. Generally, it is recommended to speak to a healthcare professional about the benefits and risks of aloe as a remedy. It must also be taken into consideration that as of 2011, there is little research studying aloe vera use for candida. Therefore, it is not considered an official remedy for candida and is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Before attempting to use aloe vera for candida, it is typically recommended to seek medical advice. Candida is commonly confused with other types of infection that may require antibiotics and may worsen without the proper treatment. Certain people should avoid using aloe vera for candida. Pregnant women are recommended to avoid topical use of aloe for vaginal yeast infections as it may cause uterine contractions. Both the elderly and the very young are also recommended to avoid aloe vera use. Excessive oral use of this plant may result in adverse effects, such as diarrhea.