I would be interested to learn of any studies examining the effects of long-term antibiotics/steroid use contributing to Candida and Leaky Gut, etc.
Approximately three years ago my doctor was prescribed a course of antibiotics and steroids to treat a relatively minor fungal nail infection. Regretfully, I continued to take this medication for over a year. The condition of my nails did not improve significantly.
I have a read a number of articles online that discuss the harmful effects of long-term antibiotics use, usually recommending alternative treatment such as Chinese/Japanese herbal medicine. However, there doesn't appear to be a great deal of information regarding if/how these therapies can be used to correct the imbalances within the body, allowing it to heal and overcome the harmful effects of the antibiotics.
If anyone has any useful information or advice, especially relating to Chinese/Japanese acupuncture or herbal medicine, I would be most grateful. While I believe I am doing all the right things to help my body (sugar-free candida diet, variety of antibacterials, parasite and candida cleansing, trying to exercise every day, etc.), perhaps the addition of an alternative therapy may also be beneficial.
Many thanks in advance!
EDIT: The following article is very well written, and contains recommended TCM treatments:
Anti-bacterial? But the beneficial bacteria is what you need to recolonize to be healthy. I'm not sure that all these different "treatments" are necessary, though I'm sure they're nice if you can afford it! :-) We all got in this boat by either taking antibiotics or eating antibiotics in our factory farmed meat and dairy, eating a crap diet of Sugar junk and booze, and not eating naturally probiotic fermented food like kefir and kraut that would give us a steady dose of the good guys. Or all of the above if you're me. Especially the booze.
I'm not sure how getting acupuncture is going to correct a gut imbalance. Look at the science. You must change your diet, kill the candida with antifungals, and repopulate with real probiotics. Popping a few pills here and there will not help, and taking antifungals without dietary change is futile and a waste of money.
Let's not forget that there is a multi-billion dollar "natural" industry out there aggressively marketed to vulnerable people just like us.
BUT if anyone out there has been cured by herbal medicine do tell and I'll happily eat my words (and some herbal medicine)! haha! :-)
Please do not underestimate the human body's remarkable ability to heal itself. Yes, dietary changes are important, as is consuming antibacterials to reduce the canidasis and probiotics to rebuild the 'good' organisms responsible for digestion. However, I also believe that treatments such as acupuncture, that serve to rebalance the flow of energy within the body, should also be part of one's treatment plan.
Herbal medicine can also be very effective in treating illness with the body, and can often be taken without the negative side effects of conventional medicine. Traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Ayervedic remedies have been used for centuries - if they didn't work, herbalists would no longer be practising today.
I wasn't trying to be offensive to anyone who uses these practices. I'm confused as to why you are asking for scientific case studies on one topic, and then defending acupuncture, which has no scientific basis (that doesn't mean it isn't effective!). Do you base your treatment method on Science or traditional medicines or meridians or all of the above? :-)
The human body can absolutely heal itself, but only if it is in good enough shape and given the proper nutrients to do so. A sick person can't go get acupuncture and miraculously be healed.
I guess my stance is that you can BELIEVE in treatments all day long, but how effective is it in treating candida? Has an actual person out there that suffers from candida been helped by this?
Again, no offense, I like to see the data on paper, but as you stated there must be something to it if it's been around for thousands of years!
PS - I make home made kefir with ancient kefir grains from the Caucasus mountains so I'm not completely devoid of traditional methods. :-)
Admittedly, my original post was a little confused...my apologies. ;(
However, I would still be interested to learn of case studies and research - scientific or otherwise - that examines the use of traditional medicine to treat leaky gut/candida etc.
The article I linked to contains a considerable amount of information, and is clearly written by a practitioner with considerable knowledgeable of his field. As noted previously, I believe a holistic approach that draws upon several different approaches and forms of treatment is the the best way to heal the body (or should that be allow the body to heal itself?).