Last night before bed I inserted a clove of garlic into my vagina. It’s kind of a long story.
One of the main reasons I started this blog is because I believe food is medicine. Over time, Western culture in particular has lost touch with this fundamental idea. Everyday, we put all kinds of things into our bodies without considering the consequences (positive or negative). One of these things is medication and one of these things is food.
I know a lot of people who take pills for various reasons and I want to make it clear that I am not opposed to medication. I am not a doctor or a medical practitioner of any kind. If your doctor prescribes you a medication I believe you should take their professional opinion into consideration. Above all, you should always listen to your body. If you’re currently on medication and it feels right for you then that’s great! However, if you are taking pills for a chronic health issue and you’re not entirely happy with the results then I encourage you to think more about your food.
Plant foods are a wonderful source of healing and have many medicinal properties that can be used in combination with Western medicine or simply on their own. Take garlic, for example, it has been known to ward off the common cold, decrease your risk of colon cancer and treat fungal infections— which brings us back to my vagina.
I suffer from chronic yeast infections. For a long time, I was led to believe this problem was normal and that I should just spend $24 on a pill every single time my nether regions became a raging-itching-inferno. One male doctor who I consulted about this issue responded to my concerns by explaining to me that young women who had multiple sexual partners were prone to yeast infections. He offered no further advice. Um, what?
Another male gynecologist prescribed me an anti-fungal medication that was no longer on the market. Apparently, he was really good at his job in the eighties. I diligently went out and threw my money away time after time but the pills didn’t seem to help for long. Eventually, the issue became so pervasive the skin in and around my vagina was tearing open. These small paper-cut like tears are referred to as vaginal fissures and they cause a lot of discomfort. A dozen or so doctors later, a female doctor prescribed me anti-fungal medication. I began taking the pills and they helped to relieve my symptoms but I had already begun my search for an alternative course of treatment.
Long story short, my yeast infections disappeared whilst I was on the medication. Now that I’ve come off, however, the itch has returned after only a month. Of course, I didn’t even bother going to the doctor I just dragged myself to the pharmacy where I bought myself that pricey little pill for the millionth time in the hopes it would help. It didn’t help. My yeast infection only got worse over the next 48 hours.
Feeling discouraged, I crawled into bed sans-pants and began doing research for natural ways to deal with yeast infections. This is a hobby of mine. I research yeast infections like it’s my job. Yet, I’ve always been too afraid to try anything too hippie-dippy or DIY. Shouldn’t we always listen to our doctors? Last night, I was desperate to relieve the symptoms. So I turned to garlic. Apparently, it’s not just for seasoning.
I thought the idea was ridiculous. I mean I was standing half-naked in my kitchen making myself a homemade garlic tampon by sewing a piece of thread through the centre of the clove so it didn’t get lost up there.
When I woke up this morning, I didn’t notice anything aside from garlic breath. Yeah. That’s not a joke. You can taste your vagina. Wait. I didn’t notice anything except for garlic breath? That’s right. My breath may have been bad but my vagina felt a whole lot better! I wouldn’t say it’s completely cured but it was recommended that for severe infections you insert garlic before bed a few nights in a row. I’ve done two nights of this treatment and the itchy-burning feeling is gone. The fissures still need time to heal though.
We cannot discount the fact that I took that little pill. Perhaps, it’s working in tandem with my garlic or perhaps not. This isn’t good science according to Will. I cannot prove or even heavily imply that garlic cured my yeast infection. But I’m sharing this information on the world-wide-web because I know what it’s like to suffer from a chronic health issue. I know what it’s like to be in pain, to feel desperate enough to try anything, to feel isolated and depressed because your body won’t function the way it’s supposed to. It’s also hilarious that I put garlic in my vagina. On the off chance you suffer from this kind of infection I wanted to let you know that I haven’t died yet and my symptoms have improved. Whether it’s the garlic or not I can’t confirm but my vagina thinks so.
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