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by Dr. Mecherl Lim

MD (MA) Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology

Vaginal candida (genital candidiasis, or thrush) is an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast-like fungus that affects the area in and around the vagina, vulva and rectum.  In severe cases, the rash can spread to the thighs and buttocks.  About 30 percent of reproductive -age women have some candida in the vagina but only half of them have symptoms and around five percent have recurrent problems.


The early symptoms are redness, swelling and irritation.  In severe cases, the rash areas can become cracked, itchy and burning,m with a whitish or slightly yellow discharge and occasionally a sour milk odour.  There may be pain when urinating and during intercourse.  Men often carry the infection on the penis but may not have symptoms.  Symptoms in men usually include soreness, redness, itching and fissuring of the penis.


A doctor takes a swab which is then examined in a pathology laboratory.  There is an also a medical blood test to see if the candida has spread throughout the body (known as systemic candidiasis) but my experience is that this test  is not conclusive and candida fungi may live in the human body without causing any apparent problems.


The cause is primarily an overgrowth of Candida albicans, and it’s an increasing problem, with significantly more case caused by other species of Candida.

Conditions associated with candida include diabetes, pregnancy, suppressed immune function and the use of antibiotics or cortisone drugs.  Hormone changes tend to make women more susceptible to infection, which explains why candida occurs during pregnancy and with some oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy Temmerman  MI, Nelis HJ, ‘Prevalence of vulvovaginal candidiasis and susceptibility to fluconazole in women’ American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 187: (2002): 569-74.

Candida seems to occur more frequently among wearers of pantyhose and those who use marijuana, malnutrition, alcoholism, bath additives and vaginal deodorisers may increase the risk.  Sometimes women seem to get candida when they are severely stressed, depressed or not eating properly.  I have seen cases that may link to antacids and antidepressant drugs.

You can pass on the infection to your partner and this may cause him to reinfect you, even if he doesn’t appear to have any symptoms. Condoms should be used when infections are present.

Various resistant strains may result from the increasing use of short course antifungal medications, but I don’t know if resistant strains occur as a result of ineffective natural treatments. See your practitioner if you are experiencing side effects from any treatment or if the condition is worsening, otherwise, it’s generally advisable to complete the prescribed course.


Medical/pharmaceutical treatments include over the counter and prescribed topical antifungal creams pessaries and ovules. Oral antifungal pharmaceuticals are prescribed when topical remedies have not been successful but these may not give a permanent “cure” in the majority of recurrent cases.

Boric acid pessaries. Basically, the treatment is 600mg of boric acid in a size of 0 gelatine capsule inserted in the vagina last thing at night for 10 to 15 days.  This treatment is 80 percent successful in eradicating Candida glabratta, a resistant strain.  Boric acid is a lethal poison at a dose of 15-20g and is never taken orally.  You absorb a little through the vaginal wall.  A pharmacy may be able to order in a course of boric acid pessaries.  This treatment  may irritate the area around the vagina and you may need to apply a soothing cream or almond oil externally just after inserting the pessary.


First, get a medical diagnosis, because some similar symptoms occur in eczema and various infections.

  • Oral, antifungal medicinal
  • Oregon grape herbs
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Pau d arco
  • Goldenrod
  • Thuja
  • Myrrh
  • Echinacea
  • Aloe
  • Green Walnut Hulls
  • Goldseal
  • Corn Silk
  • Olive Leaf

Herbalists generally prescribe a selection of these and may include herbs to strengthen the immune or nervous systems, such as astragalus, cats claw or ginseng.


Various natural pessaries and ovules are available, including tea tree oil, golden seal, calendula or lactobacillus.

Caution: Topical medical and natural remedies can aggravate, so always test everything- first on the inside of the elbow and, if this is OK, apply a tiny portion around the vaginal area. I don’t recommend douching because this depletes natural vaginal secretions and may upset the bacterial balance. Do not persist with natural therapies if they don’t work within one week because, aside from the pain and stress, you develop a secondary infection.


Candida feeds on sugars and like warm, dark, moist places.

  • Avoid all refined sugars and obviously high-sugar foods such as cakes, fruit juices and dried fruits.
  • Wear cotton undies and avoid tight jeans and trousers.  Very tight trousers cause heat and may rub the vaginal tissue, causing slight damage and making it more prone to infections. (Very tight clothes can also cause a backache and may contribute to pelvic congestion and varicose veins.) Perhaps at home wear a skirt and no undies to keep the area reasonably cool and reduce sweating.
  • Wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.
  • Urinate before and after sex.
  • Use minimal soap in the vaginal area, buy a product that is unscented and ph balanced.
  • The incidence of candida is higher in the tropics, so perhaps plan cool climate holidays.
  • If you are taking antibiotics ( a common cause of candidiasis), use Dr Mecherl PROFLOR A, contains Lactobacillus GG, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, & Rhamnosus LGG, Colostrum.because these strains seem to work more effectively to offest antibiotic side effects.  I suggest two or three doses daily of the Proflor A as far away in time as possible from the doses of antibiotics. The will ensure that a least for part of each day you have some healthy bacteria in your system. Continue with the Proflora A for a week after you finish the antibiotics.  One trial indicated that Lactobacillus was not effective, but this is not my experience and it may depend on the strain.  Two trials have indicated plain yoghurt may be helpful as preventive but check the labels for sugar content.


Some of my patients advise they have overcome recurring vaginal candida by following a strict diet that avoids not only sugars but also all the following foods.

  • All yeast bread, rolls, doughnuts and any product or supplement that contain yeast.
  • All cheese, including cottage, ricotta and soy cheese
  • Pickled and smoked foods, including corned beef and bacon
  • Beer, wine, ginger beer, sherry, port
  • Vinegar and any food that contains vinegar
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy sauce, tamari, miso, tofu
  • Vegemite, Marmite, Bonox, stock cubes
  • Dried and canned fruit
  • Melons and peanuts (because of their natural moulds)
  • Leftover foods.

However, this dietary program doesn’t make sense to me because there’s no evidence that one particular fungus, mould or fermentation process will cause a detrimental overgrowth of another fungus. In fact, some practitioners recommend yoghurt, miso, a little vinegar, olives and traditional coleslaw as part of a preventive program.  However, if you are desperate you may want to try this avoidance program for one month, evaluate, and then reintroduce the items one at a time in small quantities. Some women report they can tolerate some of these foods in small quantities.


  • Use whole grains because these are not readily converted to glucose and have other advantages: rice fibre, for instance, contains gamma-oryzanol, which is somewhat antifungal.
  • Some culinary herbs have antifungal properties, so use these generously in your cooking. The list includes cinnamon, thyme, turmeric, rosemary, garlic, mustard, oregano, lemongrass and winter savoury.
  • Foods in the cabbage family are recommended.


For persistent or severe vaginal candida get practitioner help because the infection needs to be eradicated.

Dr Mecherl Lim

An Intuitive Medical Practitioner in Alternative Medicine (MD) (MA), Naturopath (ND), Holistic Kinesiology (HK), and Functional Medicine (FM)

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Stem Cells

By Professor Melissa Little

Theme Director of Cell Biology and heads the Kidney Research laboratory at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Researchers move one step closer towards functioning kidney tissue from stem cells.

Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) are one step closer towards making human kidneys from stem cells that they one day hope can be used to treat kidney disease!

This research, led by MCRI’s Professor Melissa Little in collaboration with The University of Melbourne and Leiden University Medical Centre is part of a regenerative medicine project in which human stem cells are used to develop kidneys with functioning tissue as an alternative for renal replacement.

In 2015, Prof Little and her team grew kidney tissue from stem cells that can be used in drug screening and disease modelling. Researchers across the globe now use this method.

In this new research, scientists transplanted the stem-cell derived kidney organoid under the protective layer surrounding the kidney of a living mouse. They were able to see blood flow through the filtration units of the human kidney organoid by making this tissue using gene-edited stem cells lines of different colours. After four weeks of transplantation, the kidney tubules and blood vessels showed evidence of fully developed adult kidney tissue.

“The fact that we can make kidney tissue from human stem cells and have this develop into mature kidney tissue after transplantation is a very promising step towards developing this further for treatment,” said Prof Little. “There is a long way to go to make the tissue large enough for treatment, but knowing that it will begin to function is an important step along the way.”

Convenient Confinement Care

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Becoming a mum is indeed a beautiful and unforgettable experience, but with it also comes a new life and some challenges.

Business partners and mothers, Nicole Pay and Shirley Ho understood the crucial importance of postpartum recuperation and nutrition, but were concerned that many new mums in Australia did not have the support to care for themselves after giving birth.

Coming from a South East Asian background, Nicole and Shirley wanted to help women understand the importance of postpartum confinement with an emphasis on nutrition, so they started importing Taste For Life (Zi Jin Tang 紫金堂) from Taiwan to Australia, a range of pre-packaged confinement soups and herbal teas specially formulated by a panel of TCM doctors and nutritionists.

“Traditional herbal soup usually requires long hours of brewing since they consist mostly of dry herbs. Our concentrated soups are already pressure-cooked using HPP (High Pressure Processing) methods and packaged individually using premium quality pouches to ensure all nutrients and vitamins are retained. Each meal takes less than 10 minutes to prepare,” explained Shirley, who markets the business while Nicole, who has an International Maternal and Infant Health Care Certificate, handles its operations.

They started Taste For Life in late 2016 and are the sole distributors for Victoria and South Australia. “This is a brand which we trust wholeheartedly in terms of industry reputation and product quality; the central kitchen in Taiwan is accredited with double verification of HACCP and ISO22000,” said Nicole.

The business duo holds monthly workshops in both English and Mandarin hoping to share science based information on postpartum care and nutrition, and participates in most pregnancy and baby expos in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Visit Taste For Life’s stand at the Pregnancy Baby and Children Expo on 19-21 October 2018. Meet Nicole and Shirley in person for a free consultation on postpartum diets plus a free tasting on selected soups and herbal teas.



Li Guo Soup with Pork Kidney and Chinese Vermicelli (Mee Sua)


  • 1 serve of Mee Sua (Chinese Flour Vermicelli)
  • Ghee Hiang Sesame Oil
  • 1 portion of pork kidney (can replace with pork liver or lean pork)
  • A few slices of old ginger
  • 1 egg, fried (optional)
  • 1 packet of Taste For Life Li Guo Concentrated Soup
  • 200 ml Taste For Life Glutinous Rice Water


  1. Wash the mee sua and cook it in boiling water for 30-45 seconds or until mee sua loosens. Do not overcook.
  2. Add a dash of Ghee Hiang Sesame oil into serving bowl.
  3. Drain mee sua and mix it well together with the sesame oil. Set aside.
  4. Fillet the pork kidney into half and remove the veins. Cut the pork kidney into chequerboard patterns and slice thickly.
  5. Add sliced pork kidney into ice water.
  6. Slice a small knob of ginger into pieces.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of Ghee Hiang Sesame Oil into a frying pan and fry the ginger slices. Add egg if using.
  8. Fry egg till well cooked. Remove the egg and place it on top of the mee sua.
  9. Add Li Guo soup pack and glutinous rice water into the same pan, cook until boiling.
  10. Drain the pork kidney and add into the soup. Pork kidney is cooked when it starts to curl.
  11. Remove the pork kidney and place them on the mee sua.
  12. Add the soup into the mee sua and finish with a dash of Ghee Hiang Sesame Oil.

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