[Natural remedies for vaginal infections]

Sidahora. 1995 Winter;40-1.
[Article in Spanish]


AIDS: Vaginal infections, affecting half of all women, are more severe in women with AIDS. The infection vulva vaginitis, caused by candida, may require medical attention. The doctor performs a pelvic exam and examines vaginal fluids under a microscope. Antibiotics, diet, or a suppressed immune system can increase candida yeast presence. Sweets should be avoided, as well as foods high in leavening, such as bread, cheese, fruit, or alcoholic beverages. Vegetables, grains, rice and wheat can be added to the diet. Eating a half-cup of yogurt daily will help maintain a proper level of yeast. Acidophilus capsules can be taken two or three times daily to relieve digestive problems. Raw or cooked garlic can be used as a vaginal suppository at night. Pau D'arco, the bark of a South American tree, is also anti-yeast. Boil for ten to twenty minutes, and take a teaspoon two or three times a day. Tea, or vinegar and water, can be used as a douche. Some women get relief by adding a half-cup of white vinegar to their bath. Do not wash genitals with soap and do not use sanitary napkins or tampons. Visit a doctor if the condition persists.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Newspaper Article

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / complications*
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / microbiology
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / physiopathology
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / therapy
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Vaginal Smears