Thrush is one of the most common afflictions affecting women – with most women reporting an outbreak at least once a year.
Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the candida organism, a yeast that naturally occurs in the vagina. When an overgrowth of candida occurs we get a thrush infection. Candida overgrowth can be caused by a diet too high in sugars, yeasts, and simple carbohydrates, hormonal imbalances, stress, and digestive imbalances. Naturopathy works to address thrush with the use of herbal medicines which reduce this overgrowth, topical preparations, and dietary modifications. Katherine likes to treat thrush by looking at the bigger picture. If there is an overgrowth of candida in the vagina then it is also likely that it is in high amounts in the digestive tract. Treatment of vaginal thrush alone may provide fast relief but will most often lead to re-occurrence due to the systemic nature of the overgrowth. If you have severe thrush it can take some time to resolve it completely. Using naturopathy to slowly eradicate the body of the overgrowth is a very effective way to help prevent further outbreaks.