Homeopathic Treatment for Yeast Infection on Skin

Joy Borthwick
Alternative medicine

There are twenty different species of Candida yeasts according to the CDC. Candida, or yeast, is a fungal infection and is common in cases of compromised immune system. It occurs internally and externally and needs a warm moist environment to thrive. The good news is that homeopathy can help.

Oral Single Substance Remedies

There are a number of homeopathic remedies that work to treat yeast from the inside out.

Silicea

Also known as silica, the homeopathic version is extracted from flint. It expels foreign objects from the body including fungus. It protects nerves, which helps support the immune system. According to Disease Models and Mechanisms, "Alterations in the state and function of the nervous system influence the immune response."

  • Dosage is three to five pellets of the sixth to thirtieth potency. The sixth potency is best for chronic or mild to moderate ongoing infection, while 30th would be best for severe or sudden onset infection. ABC Homeopathy recommends opting for a lower potency when in doubt.
  • Cautions - Encyclopedia.com cautions that if you have implants or artificial body components, you should avoid silica. It has the action of expelling foreign objects from the body.
  • RXHomeo sells silicea in both tablets and pellets with the dosing directions on the label. Number of tablets and pellets vary, but prices run from $6 to $32.

Sulphur

Sulphur is generally prescribed for an itching, burning red rash. According to Dermascope, sulphur is toxic to fungus and is key to maintaining skin. A publication from University of Toronto Health Science Center supports the antifungal properties of sulphur.

  • Dosage: Generally, you should take a low potency of 6X if you do not know your homeopathic sensitivity. Three to five pellets are generally recommended for all levels of infection.
  • Cautions: Do not take without consulting a homeopath if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. As with most homeopathic remedies sulfur is generally thought to be safe. Avoid taking the remedy if the seal has been broken.
  • Homeopathy for Health sells sulphur online. Prices run between $20 and $30, and they have a number of different remedy choices.

Graphite

Graphite is generally prescribed for jock itch, genital candida infection, and toenail fungus. This remedy is made from pulverized carbon. Graphite is excellent for skin conditions according to Herbs2000. The Akram Homeopathic Clinic refers to graphite as antipsoric, which means it is a remedy for itchy skin eruptions. It is best used for treating thickening cracked skin.

  • Dosage and potency are the same as above for sulphur and silicea. Graphite is good for all levels of infection.
  • Cautions: Do not take without consulting a homeopath if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take the remedy if the seal is broken.
  • Calibex sells Boiron graphites online from $9 to $35.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

There are a number of over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic remedies for yeast infections. When doing your research, make sure to investigate all ingredients.

Candida Ease

Dr Dale's Wellness Center offers an ingested homeopathic remedy for candida. It contains:

  • Arsenicum album for burning and itching
  • Homeopathic fungus and mold ingredients because like cures like in homeopathy. These include aspergillus niger fungus and mucor racemosus mold
  • Borax for skin eruptions
  • Calcarea carbonica to revitalize a sluggish system
  • Several homeopathic strains of candida because like cures like. These include candida albicans, candida parapsilosis, candida torresil, and candida tropicalis
  • Ingredients for skin eruptions, including conium maculatum and kreosotum
  • Lycopodium clavatum for soft tissue and circulation
  • Phosphorus for anxiety
  • Pulsatilla for herpes zoster bacteria
  • Sepia for rash
  • Sulphur for itchy irritated skin

Don't be put off by the inclusion of candida in the cure. Homeopathy works on the basis of like cures like. This remedy is available for around $30.

  • Dosage instruction are to take this remedy internally on an empty stomach with five drops, following a schedule of five days on and two days off. This dosage indicates that this remedy is best for chronic conditions.
  • No cautions are listed.

Newton Labs Fungus Fighter

Amazon carries a full line of Newton Labs homeopathic remedies. The fungus fighter contains a number of recommended homeopathic ingredients for fighting yeast, including:

  • Antimonium crudum for itching skin and rashes
  • Arsenicum album for burning and itching
  • Candida albicans, which uses the principle of like cures like
  • Sepia for ringworm-like rash

This remedy is available for around $16 and is also available directly from Newton Labs for the same price.

  • Dosage on the package label suggests taking six pellets orally as needed or as prescribed. Homeopathic remedies are best taken under the tongue or dissolved in a small amount of water.
  • Cautions: Consult a homeopath before taking if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Zeta Clear

Toenail fungus may be caused by yeast, and some remedies aimed at minimizing nail fungus contain homeopathic remedies. ZetaClear is a topical solution and sublingual homeopathic spray. To use it, apply the topical solution to the area affected and use the homeopathic remedy under the tongue. This remedy was created by a company called Health Buy. It is available from Amazon for about $60. Since it is a dual treatment, that works out to $30 per included remedy.

Although there are a number of dubious claims about the effectiveness of this treatment, their claims actually have a homeopathic basis. The ingredient list is backed up by both Dr. Shirin Wadia and Dr. Naheed Contractor in their article on Fungal Infection of the Nails. They recommend both Antimonium crudum and Thuja. The list of ingredients below includes what they are used for in this remedy.

The combination of essential oils in the topical solution includes tea tree oil, which is recommended for athlete's foot and other skin issues. Homeopathic ingredients include:

  • Sulphur for itchy irritated skin
  • Antimonium crudum to dry up excess moisture and relieve itching and redness
  • Arsenicum album to treat the whole body and revitalize tissue
  • Mancinella to relieve swelling of inflamed tissue of the fingers and toes
  • Thuja occidentalis to relieve infection
  • Nitricum acidum to restore healthy circulation to nail beds

WebMD states that food amounts of one of the main ingredients, thuja, are likely safe and then goes on to say that it interferes with auto-immune diseases and can cause seizures. See a medical professional prior to using this remedy.

  • Dosage information included with the packaging calls for two sprays of the homeopathic remedy under the tongue three times daily for people age 12 and over. For topical use, apply three brush strokes three times per day.
  • Warnings: The best non-affiliated review of ZetaClear is posted on the Global Nail Fungus Organization website. The reviewer's credentials include 35 years as a Registered Nurse and a PhD in natural medicine. She mentions a concern that anyone with allergies to any of the ingredients should not use ZetaClear.

Curing Skin Yeast Infection

Yeast or fungal infections can occur in any moist area on the body. The success in treating them depends on diet and treatment. Some will take longer than others, and some may reoccur. If you take an OTC homeopathic remedy, and the symptoms last after 10 doses, make sure you consult a homeopath. As with all alternative remedies, discuss homeopathy with your doctor before treating yourself.

Homeopathic Treatment for Yeast Infection on Skin