Wormwood for Candida
Wormwood for Candida
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is an antiquated herb with a reputation for removing parasites (worms) from the body.
Hence the name - wormwood.
The well-known alcoholic drink absinthe, popular in 19th century Europe, contained an extract from wormwood that gave it its distinctive flavor (and its notorious effects on the mind).
Wormwood is poisonous to parasites, but its poisonous tendencies affect people as well. In other words, it can make you ill in addition to killing off the candida. Wormwood is part of a very aggressive approach to ridding the body of systemic yeast. So use this herb with caution if you decide to try it as a treatment for candida.
Wormwood for Candida Warning: It is advised that you consult with your medical practitioner before trying any of the cures and remedies listed on this website or otherwise.
It is said that wormwood can dislodge and kill candida, or yeast, even after it has "taken root" in the gut. Candida can, in fact, get to the point that it produces rhizones, or roots, which it uses to attach itself to the intestinal walls. Once it gets to this stage, it can be difficult to eradicate. Wormwood is said to do the job.
In addition to killing parasitic organisms, wormwood is a digestive tonic. It contains bitter constituents that stimulate the appetite and enhance digestion. In fact, these properties of wormwood have led to its use as an anorexia treatment.
Wormwood is generally taken in capsule form. It is very bitter, making it unpleasant as a tea or tincture. The capsules are best taken on an empty stomach. When taken before meals, wormwood capsules stimulate the appetite and have a chance to reach the intestines before any food matter.
It is recommended that wormwood, like any herbal candida treatment, be taken in conjunction with an anti-candida diet. It also needs to be taken for some time to rid the body of candida, usually at least 2 weeks and up to a month.
While anti-yeast drugs are readily available, candida has become resistant to some of them. But wormwood, despite centuries of use, does not cause the candida to become resistant.
This is greatly in its favor, because the over-prescription of anti-yeast drugs, like the over-use of antibiotics, can create "super-bugs" that are truly the stuff of nightmares.
As cases of candida overgrowth, or candidiasis, continue to increase, even medical doctors may begin turning to wormwood as a way to fight this unpleasant fungus.
It is best to work with a qualified natural health practitioner or herbalist if you decide to try wormwood. This herb should never be taken during pregnancy.
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