Vaginal Yeast Infections – Can Ozone Help?
Genital/vulvovaginal candidiasis is also known as a “yeast infection,” is a common worldwide disease among females. It occurs when there is overgrowth of the normal yeast in the vagina known as Candida. This infection is relatively common and nearly 75% of all adult women have had at least one ‘yeast infection’ in their lifetime. Candida is always present in and on the body in small amounts. However, when an imbalance occurs, such as when the normal acidity of the vagina changes or when hormonal balance changes, Candida can multiply.
Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection:
– Pain in the vagina (can occur during sexual intercourse or urination)
– Vaginal discharge
– Vaginal itching
– Vaginal inflammation
– Vulval inflammation
Under normal circumstances, Candida albicans is a harmless aspect of the body, and for women, part of the vaginal mucosa. However Candida cells can multiply rapidly, and if your system is out of balance from eating unhealthy foods, taking certain prescription drugs, fighting an illness, changes in vaginal pH, and many other reasons, it can flourish out of control. Impaired immune systems are common in women who suffer from vaginal yeast infections.
Women who experience hormonal changes for instance during pregnancy, if they suffer from diabetes, use antibiotics/corticosteroid medications are especially vulnerable to yeast infections. Once the bodies’ defense mechanisms are lowered the vaginal environment is the ideal environment for fungi, yeasts and bacteria to multiply out of control.
Genital infection is mostly treated with antibiotics, leading to an imbalance in gut flora due to prolonged use of antibiotics. Therefore, it is necessary to discover safe and efficacious alternative treatment strategies for patients with genital infection.
Over the counter medications and anti-fungal creams work by reducing and making the symptoms disappear however these creams only treat symptomatically. The underlying issue for the yeast infection/overgrowth is not addressed.
This is also a major reason for recurrent vaginal infections. Recurrent vaginal infections can produce other symptoms of Candida overgrowth including, chronic fatigue, weight gain, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, PMS, cancer and more.
How does Ozone work?
One of the great advantages of ozone is that it kills damaged, infected, unhealthy cells and pathogens while supporting healthy cells. Ozone (O3) works by eliminating pathogens, activating the immune system, increasing blood circulation and oxygen thereby activating proliferation of cells and starting the healing process.
Ozone has a very strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal action even at low doses.
In an original research study the effects of ozonated olive oil and clotrimazole the anti-fungal drug were compared in the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis. The results of the study concluded that both reduced the symptoms significantly and led to a negative culture for vaginal candidiasis. Therefore the efficacy of ozonated olive oil in clinical treatments for patients with vulvovaginal candidiasis is a viable option. Ozone possesses efficient, rapid and broad-spectrum anti-septic qualities and has a key role in destroying pathogenic microorganisms. Vaginal ozone administration allows the normal growth of vaginal bacteria and inhibits the growth of anaerobic bacteria due to the influx of oxygen.
Ozone is efficient in destroying the resistance of high vaginal swap (HVS) isolated bacteria to some antibiotics. Subsequently ozone makes antibiotics more susceptible to antibiotic resistant strands.
To detect the effect of ozone on normal vaginal flora and pathogenic bacteria Electron Microscope imaging was done in a study. When bacteria were treated with 60mg/l for 30mins, there was severe cell rupture and destruction. The mechanism of ozone action on bacterial cells disrupts the integrity of bacterial cell enveloped through oxidation of phospholipids and lipoproteins.
Method of Administration
Starting with vaginal instillations of 100ml ozonated water (administered via a sterile syringe) – this is extremely important and must not be forgotten.
After each water flush, it was followed by insufflation of the oxygen-ozone gas mixture with a concentration of 23 mg/l for 5 mins with a continuous flow of 1/2 liters/minute.
Application of ozonated oil – however this can irritate the tissue and therefore is not always recommended.
At the end of treatment the patients vaginal flora was repopulated Lactobacillus via tablets for 7 days. The intestinal flora was also repopulated with lactobacillus probiotic tables orally for 1 month.
The results were positive and 85% of the patients responded to treatment.
The patient can place a towel on your lap, which will absorb the excess ozone. Additionally, either wear a mask or put a fan in front of you. Open a window and make sure there is enough ventilation in the room!
Prevention & Additional Treatment for Vaginal Yeast Overgrowth
- Reducing sugar and high carbohydrate intake. Sugar is the main fuel source for yeast.
- Not using antibiotics, as this kills off both the good and bad bacteria.
- Exposure to environmental toxins, which lowers the immune systems ability to keep candida in check.
- Not taking other medications, such as birth control pills, corticosteroids etc.
- Reducing chronic stress, which impacts your immune system.
- Taking adequate nutritional supplements if any deficiencies are present to build up the bodies overall health and constitution.
- Increasing probiotic (good bacteria) intake either through supplementation or by eating cultured and fermented foods.
- Alternatives to fight the infection and reduce itching include using tea tree essential oil (apply to pad and wear at night), tea tree in coconut oil (coconut oil is also anti-microbial).
- Organic plain yogurt can be applied topically to the vagina and internally via a tampon. The active probiotics in the yogurt help restore balance.
- Not using perfumed or harsh feminine products, but using organic and natural products.
- Wearing loose fitting clothing and preferably 100% organic cotton underwear to promote oxygen flow, reduce warmth and sweating (as warmth promotes growth).
- A significant sign of Candida overgrowth is the developed craving for sugars and carbohydrates (as this is the main fuel source for yeast growth).
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The O3 Power Bundle is the ideal kit which provides you with everything you need. Open the box, connect your oxygen bottle and you are ready to start. With this bundle, you can make ozonated water, oxygen-ozone gas for vaginal insufflation, and it comes with ozone oil which can be used topically. Many other treatments can be done through this device such as rectal insufflations, oil bubbling etc. to improve your overall health.
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