Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of an organism called Candida. These organisms are sometimes present in the vagina in smaller numbers without any symptoms, but occasionally a change in their environment gives them a chance to multiply and grow out of control. Yeast infections can occur due to increased sexual activity, infections, colds, and tight clothing. They may also be passed from partner to partner and affect both genders.
This type of infection can target men, women and in some cases even babies. Those men with weak immune systems are candidates for male yeast infection. Men who eat sugary foods or baked goods are also possible candidates. People taking strong antibiotics, especially for a long period of time are also at risk. Antibiotics kill bacteria, which can alter the balance of microorganisms in the mouth, vagina, intestines and other places in the body and result in a proliferation of yeast. However women are more prone to this type of infection due to triggers such as hormonal changes during menstruation, menopause and pregnancy.
Many people who suffer from yeast related illnesses are frustrated with their inability to prevent recurrences of the yeast infection. It's possible that an immune system boost could help to get rid of yeast infections much more easily. In terms of repeated yeast infections and Candida problems, the immune system is a direct link. If the immune system is unhealthy, Candida problems are able to develop, and if one already has Candida problems, it can weaken the immune system. It can become an endless circle of illness and troublesome symptoms.
Because acupuncture provides a great boost to the immune system, it can help to fight off the bacteria living in the body. There are many case studies showing fewer cases of yeast-related health problems after an acupuncture treatment. Medical studies and clinical tests have already been conducted to provide medical support for acupuncture as effective, natural treatment for boosting immune system. The results of the clinical studies undertaken by the medical researchers of the University of Bergen in Norway revealed that acupuncture was highly effective in treating infections of 75% of the women who participated in the clinical studies.
Research and scientific studies have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture for everything from pain relief to stress reduction to a boost to the immune system. Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventive medicine. Recent research has now verified that acupuncture stimulates immune function that increases the resistance to bacterial and viral infections. Acupuncture can dramatically increase overall vitality and energy. Many people find that a regular monthly acupuncture tune-up is the best medicine to ensure continuing good health.
In collaboration with the AIDS Bureau of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, an observational assessment was conducted among 115 women receiving acupuncture. Following treatment of a minimum of 3 months, 69% of 39 women reported improvement in yeast infection and other gynecological symptoms such as menstrual irregularities and cramps.
While there are many Western medications to treat this kind of infection, acupuncture is increasing in popularity as part of a holistic approach to getting rid of unhealthy Candida bacterial levels. This kind of treatment is drug free, safe and without any side effects.