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Nº 58. Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Garlic against vaginal infections

In folk medicine, garlic is considered a natural remedy, effective to treat vaginal infections caused by yeasts (candidiasis).

Garlic has well known antifungal properties. Hence, it is believed that garlic can control the growing of Candida albicans, the yeast (a kind of fungus) responsible for the disease called candidiasis or vaginal infection caused by yeasts. However, this has not been demonstrated scientifically.

The way garlic is commonly used against vaginal infections is as follows. First, a garlic clove of regular size is peeled. Then it is introduced in the vagina before going to bed and left there overnight. The next morning, the garlic clove is removed and the vaginal area is rinsed with lukewarm water.

This procedure has to be repeated every single day until the infection disappears. If the infection does not recede within a few days, it will be better to finish the treatment.

Folk medicine also recommends eating garlic to fight vaginal infections. Indeed, it is believed that eating raw garlic daily or using it cooked in meals can help combat the fungi that cause vaginal infections. It is well known that eating garlic results in the release of some of its components through the skin (carried by sweat, for example). However, science has not proved that the release of these compounds through the skin can cure the vaginal infections caused by yeasts.