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Aloe Vera Juice & Yeast Infections

By Jennifer Smith

Aloe vera may help reduce symptoms associated with many different ailments. Using the gel or juice from this plant may help reduce symptoms of yeast infections. The itching, burning and infection itself may be reduced by applying this product topically or consuming it regularly. Though there may be benefits to using this plant and its byproducts, it should never be considered a cure for any ailments. The FDA has not approved aloe vera juice for this purpose.

Definition

According to Kids Health, a yeast infection -- also known as candidiasis -- affects women more often than men. It's most often caused by anything from stress to pregnancy and illness that affect the immune system. Yeast is able to grow and multiply in this instance and typically thrives in warm, moist areas. Areas such as the mouth and vaginal area are extremely susceptible to candidiasis. The gel and the juice from an aloe vera plant may be helpful in relieving the symptoms of a yeast infection but should not be considered a cure.

Considerations

Aloe vera gel and juice comes from the inside "meaty" part of an aloe vera leaf. For centuries it has been used in alternative medicine to treat things such as wounds, infections and burns. Whether you use the gel topically or consume the juice, it may help reduce symptoms of a yeast infection. However, it shouldn't be used to replace modern medical treatment.

Treatment

To use aloe vera and obtain its maximum benefits when treating a yeast infection, you may find that using both the juice and gel of the plant works best. To obtain the gel of the plant, cut off a section of a leaf and squeeze the gel out of the center. Apply it to the affected area. To use aloe vera as a juice, squeeze the leaf and add the gel to a glass of water or juice. Discuss the option of using aloe vera gel and juice with your physician before use.

Benefits

Lisa Geary, a health researcher for Yeast Infection Answers, says that because yeast infections are made up of fungal bacteria, aloe vera juice may assist with the treatment of this condition. Aloe vera has antifungal properties that can help attack the bad bacteria. Aloe vera gel, when applied topically, may also help because it calms irritated skin. Very few studies have been done on the healing potential of aloe vera, so it's hard to say whether it is truly beneficial when used for this purpose.

Warnings

According to the Mayo Clinic, topical use of aloe probably won't be harmful during pregnancy or breastfeeding. But it says oral use is not recommended because it can stimulate uterine contractions. It also says it's uncertain whether active ingredients of aloe may be present in breast milk, and that breastfeeding mothers shouldn't consume the dried juice of aloe leaves. Children and senior citizens should also avoid using aloe vera because it can have adverse effects. Consuming aloe vera more than twice daily can result in stomach and diarrhea. If you are allergic to any products containing aloe vera or any part of the plant, don't use it for any purpose. Contact your physician if you notice any side effects and discontinue use.

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