Unforseen circumstances have a way of lurking in the shadows and throwing spanners in the works. But some spanners may leave a sweet taste in the mouth. Thus, we come to yet another but definitely final week of this series. On which the curtain would have fallen last week, all things being equal. Woman know best where theshoes” of Candidiasis pinch most. For many of them, it is not in the nose where many men are hardest hit. For those women, it is in the virginal vault.

Quite often, women contract vaginal infections which they underplay as “toilet infection to distances their affliction from sexual promiscuity to which many men easily link disorders in a woman’s secret place. It is, therefore, not surprising that some woman who have followed this series religiously, waiting for special attention to b accorded the vagina and candida,believe, and I agree, that the column need to run for one more week.

Like beautiful hair, face, skin, bust-line and nails, or like buxom buttocks, another part of the female anatomy women give priority attention is the vagina. I like to call it the “secret place” because, even in these days of fashion drunkenness, when it is said most women begin to dress up (in nightgowns) when they are going to bèd, it is about the only part of their bodies that they still treat with some respect during the day. The reasons are obvious. If this place is unclean or filthy, it is so messy that it discharges foul-smelling matter, it easily loses its charm and power of coquetry over men. Besides, this place is the gateway to the womb and other organs, such as the fallopian tubes, which are crucial for reproduction. Like the penhant to attract and keep a man or men, every rational woman wishes to have a baby and are easily scared by thoughtsthat a vaginal infection may damage these other reproductive organs and ruin their chances of becoming mothers or of having as many babies as they wish to have. In response to their requests for more information about how to protect the secret place against the ravages of candidiasis, this final section of the series will mention some of the medicinal supplements available for this purpose on the Nigeria market today.

ALOE VERA

For centuries, women have used Aloe Vera for beauty and health purposes. It keeps dandruffs out of the scalp and hair. It promotes exfoliation (removal) of dead skin cells, thereby revealing the younger and more beautiful skin below. Beyond these, it supports regeneration of damaged cells. Taken internally, it helps to heal ulcer and offers antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial help. On the Nigerian market, it comes in various forms….. But, soft gel, fluid gel, powder, tincture or fluid extract. When the mother of one of my colleagues in the office had a burn on the breasts about 15 years ago, I gave her the gel of the mature Aloe leaf to massage on the wound. But doing so always gave her pains. She had tripped on a saucepan of hot palm oil on a high flame stove. So, I suggested ALOE FIRST made by forever living products (FLP) which we had earlier avoided to save cost.  Aloe first comes as a liquid spray. It heals surgical wounds almost without any trace of the knife.

It healed the burned breasts remarkably. I once suggested it to a woman who had a bad vaginal burn from local spicy materials introduced into her body, as she was informed, to help her rid her uterus fibroids. It had a cooling, almost sedative effect, on the burned and inflamed tissue.

The gel of the Aloe leaf may be pulped into the vagina over which a menstrual pad may be worn before a woman retires for the night. Alternatively, she may insert a soft gel of Aloe.

According to Kristen Douglas in www.lifestrong.com:

“Aloe Vera can help with dryness of the skin, including in the vaginal area. Vaginal dryness is a common and irritating problem, especially among women who are experiencing menopause symptoms. While there are some medicinal ointments and lubrication options, you might prefer using more natural substances such as Aloe Vera. According to Women’s Health specialist, applying Al Vera gel to the dry or inflamed skin in the vaginal area can be helpful in alleviating the dryness. Aloe Vera gel, says Women’s Health specialist, can help to alleviate dryness. Break a piece of the Aloe Vera plant off and use a knife to cut through the outer layer of skin’ the plant. Take the gel from inside the skin and apply directly to the dry or inflamed part of the vagina per home remedies for you, an alternative health website a popular natural beauty site, taking Aloe Vera alternatively along with saffron and winter cherry can increase vaginal lubrication. Mix Aloe along with the saffron and winter cherry in a glass of milk and drink it before bedtime.

“Educators at power surge.com, a popular women’s menopause and education site, recommend mixing Aloe Vera with Slippery Aloe powder to not only moisten vaginal tissue but to sooth inflammation and itchiness. Users should mix enough of the powder into the Aloe Vera to make a viscous paste, and apply inside the lips of the vaginal area as well as in the vagina. The results are reported to be very soothing. The feminist Women’s Health center also recommends this treatment. According to Health Library, Aloe Vera showed as effective in a double blind study to sooth genital herpes and clear the herpes sores more quickly. The study found that cream made from Aloe Vera was more effective than when taken directly from the plant in gel form. Dr Michael Hakey gives Aloe the thumb. Since healed his hand burns, he has been recommending it to his patients. Writing in www.aloe1.com Dr. Haley says: “infections are maddening. They itch, the burn and cause a discharge, caused by a fungus called candida albicians cause, (also called candidiasis), genital candidiasis, or vulvo candida candidiasis (DVO). Nearly 75 percent of all adult women have at last one genital yeast infection in their lifetimes. Yeast infections happen when something disrupts the balance of fungipresent in the vagina, causing the yeast to grow out of control. The primary cause.Is over use of antibiotics which kill not only the bad bacteria in the body but the good as well. Yeast infections should be immediately treated as it can spread to other parts of the body, including skin, mucus membrane, heart valves, esophagus and other areas. Further, in people with weakened immune defences, pregnant women, those who are HIV positive, have diabetes, or are taking steroids it can cause life threatening system infections. And, through not a sexually transmitted disease, some men would develop symptoms such as itching and penile rash following sexual contact with an infected partner.

“You can treat a vaginal infection naturally with Aloe Vera, proven to help clear up candidiasis and to prevent recurrencies due to its anti-fungal properties. Moreover Aloe Vera here rarely causes an irritation. When it does, it is most likely due to addictive use in some Aloe Vera products and especially creams.

In Nigeria, the natural medicine network NUTURE’S GIFT FOR LIFE sells the product ALOE FEMALE HYGIENE which has been of help to many women who experience vaginal questions. They find it very effective especially if, prior to the use, they had inserted Golden Seal root capsules overnight for one week, followed with the use of Aloe female Hygiene. This product is Aloe get in tube which is pumped into the vagina. Aloe destroys the germs causing trouble and rehydrates the tissue, even helping to generate the cells. Two tubes are recommended by Nature’s Gift. I would suggest the insertion of Vitamin E soft gel after the two day therapy on Aloe female Hygiene.

BEAUTIFUL LIFE/GUFEIBAO

This is a Chinese vaginal insert sold world – wide under different brand names. England, it seals as Beautiful life in Nigeria, the name is Gufeibao. It is inserted in the vagina on the second day after the menstrual cycle and left on for four or five days. It is well described in www.usabeautifullife.com  which says:

there tampons are manufactured in China for the purpose of treatment and as a preventive measure for the conditions mentioned above. The manufacturing process of tampons is based solely on the holistic ingredients of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been around for more than 5,000 years. There ingredients have been derived from Tibetan homeopathic recipes and represents of the synthesis of the ancient holistic knowledge and modern biotechnology. There are a few dozens of Chinese herbs and other holistic components. In these tampons that support proper female reproductive organ functions, and prevent the development of more serious gynecological ailments, these ingredients regulate the function of endocrine gland secretions, normalize blood circulation, improve facal skin complexion / wrinkles / hyper pigment. They also treat the following gynaecological ailment:endometriosis, cervical erosion.And dysplasia, pelvic inflammatory disease, hemorrhoids (aids in wound healing sensation removal of nodules). Numerous laboratory test and research have proven safety and efficacy of the ingredients in the tampons “It is a fact that dead cells that have collected inside the uterus, cervix and vagina, in the presence of warm temperature and moisture, create favourable conditions for breeding multiple viruses and bacteria. Such viruses and bacteria are capable of colorizing and causing numerous diseases such as inflammation of the uterus/ cervix, cervical erosion, pelvic inflammatory disease and other inflammatory conditions in the pelvic area. These tampons are used for prophylactic treatment of the above – mentioned inflammatory conditions, and disease. The ingredients are listed as stemonasessilifoliamiq, miq,   kochiascoparia, mother work, Rhizomasmilacisglabrae, Angelica,Rhizomachuianxiong and borneol.

The manufacturers indicate beautiful life for the following conditions

“Prophylactic cleansing effect; bacteria is excreted from the body (as a preventive measure), inflammation of the uterus, cervix and endometrium are reduced due to the presence of powerful healing herbs, cervical erosion and dysplasia, pelvic inflammatory Disease (PID) / Adnexa, yeast infection, Hemorrhoids, urine incontinence, cystitis and other inflammatory conditions in the pelvic area, The uterus and vagina are cleansed of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, Genital itching.

DIRECTIONS:

“Thoroughly wash your hands and open the pounch containing one tampon, pull out the string of the tampon, insert the tampon inside vagina approximately 7cm deep, you must remove the tampon 3 days later, one pill can be used for 3-5days Rinse (douches) your vagina with a chamomile tea, insert next tampon 24 hours later after removing the first one, used for health care for the perineum.

Welcome to BEAUTIFUL LIFE. On its label are the following promises: “it is in bended for Genital itching Abnormal leucorrhea. Tubal Blockage uterine Tumours etc.

Garlic Oil

Many women hate the odour of garlic. But it may be their best friend when yeast strikes in the vagina. Listen to Jennifer Rosenberg in www.midwifery.com:

“Garlic kills yeast. Those who bake bread know not to add garlic while the dough is rising or it will kill the yeast. Instead, garlic is added to the dough after it has risen, just before baking in the oven. A fresh garlic clove can easily cure a yeast infection. The trick is to catch the infection early. A woman who suffers from frequent yeast infection knows the feeling well. The first day, she feels just a tickle of itchiness that comes and goes. The next day, or sometimes two or three days later, the vaginal discharge starts to look white and lumpy like tiny bits of cottage cheese. By this time, she has a full blown yeast infection and the lips of the vagina are often red and sore. If a woman can pay to the first tickling of the yeast infection, she can use the following treatment. Take a dove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural white paper shell that covers it, leaving the clove intact. As bed time, put the clove into the vagina. In the morning, remove the garlic clove and throw it in the toilet. The garlic often causes the vagina to have a watery discharge. One night treatment may be enough to kill the infection, or it can have to be repeated the next night. Continue one or two days until all itchiness is gone. The reason that the treatment is done at bedtime is that there is a connection between the mouth and the vagina. The moment the garlic is placed in the vagina, the taste of the garlic travels up to the mouth. Most people will find this strong flavor annoying during the day, so the treatment is recommended for night time. If the infection has advanced to the point that a woman has large quantities of white discharge and red, or labia, it can still be treated by garlic but with a larger dose. Use a dry tissue to remove some of the discharge, then take a clove of garlic and cut it in half. Put it in the vagina at bed time and repeat this for a few nights. If there is no improvement, you may consider a conventional over – the – counter treatment. Remember that a woman should never douche during a vaginal infection. Yeast loves water and any water will make it grow faster. Any cut in the clove makes the activity of the garlic stronger. Thus, the more of the inside of the clove that is exposed, the higher the dosage “Each woman should learn the dose that links best for her”

As many women may desert raw garlic, they may find garlic oil perles preferable. This therapy may require is the insertion of one or two garlic oil perles in the vagina at bed time. The perle soon burst, releasing its garlic oil contents wage war on the yeast infection.

Cranberry

Known more for treating Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Cranberry juice clear yeast in the mouth (thrush, those white patches on the tongue), intestine and the vagina. It corrects the pH of urine, making it more difficult for yeast to exist in the urinary tract and bladder. The berries of Cranberry contains chemicals which prevent germ adhesion to tissue. But sweetened cranberry should not be taken because sugar fuels the growth of candida and other yeast.

Probiotic

This is the region of friendly bacteria. In some studies, orthodox pharmaceutical drugs were administered and then supplemented with Lactobacillus Acidophilus, a member of the probiotic family. Test tube studies have shown that Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacellus  Rhamnosus inhibited the growth of Candida albicans. In some human studies, it was shown that many of the infected subjects were deficient in these probiotic. There are conflicting reports on whether the Lactobacillus strain actually does the work ascribed to it. But majority of studies would have us believe it does, the therapy involves oral (mouth) intake of probiotic supplemented with vaginal a insertion of probiotic tablet or capsule in the vaginal at bed time.  It may be helpful to crush the tablets and then apply the powder deep in the vault. The capsule may be unscrewed and the contents similarly applied.

Others

In Europe where Yorghurt is frequently used that is because this milk product is high in Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Nigerian yorghurt is not. There is also frequent mention of Tee Tree Oil.