What is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is an infection of the mucous membranes. It is a type of yeast infection that is not uncommon among infants. The name comes from the white spots that form on mucosa appearing like the white spots on the breast of the thrush bird. The spots start small and grow as the infection increases, become larger and cover a wider area.
The fuzzy-seeming spots can be scratched off; leaving a red area that may have some bleeding. Removing the spots does not remove the infection. Thrush can also appear in other areas of the body, including the vagina. Prolonged or repeated attacks of thrush can be a sign of a more serious disease, such as AIDS. A diagnosis is important before beginning treatment. Once a diagnosis has been made, a Chinese medicine treatment for oral thrush can be decided.
Natural Chinese Medicine Treatments
The following are the most common Chinese medicine treatments for oral thrush:
• Radix Scutellariae
• Rhizoma Coptidis
• Flos Lonicerae
• Borneolum Syntheticum
• Fructus Gardeniae
• Radix et Rhizoma Rhei
• Galla Chinensis
• Gypsum Fibrosum
These herbs are effective in treating thrush in both infants and adults. Used in combination, tests by Chinese doctors found them to be highly effective. Each of the herbs removes heat and dries unnatural wetness where the infection thrives.
The length of treatment time depends on the severity of the attack and the age of the patient. It must be noted that serious illnesses can first show themselves with an episode of thrush infection. Continuing attacks should be checked by a physician in order to make sure the root cause isn’t something more serious, such as HIV AIDS.
Chinese herbal medicines have no side effects and are generally less expensive than the pharmaceutical type of medicine. For most of their recommended uses, the cure is as rapid and complete as centuries of use have made it. Thrush responds especially well to Chinese herbs, clearing it up quickly. It can be a painful and unsightly nuisance, but one that is easily removed from both adults and infants.
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