Ear Infections Fungal - McDowell's Herbal Treatments


Herbs have traditionally been used to assist a person to come back to a healthy state of well being. Individual herbs, specifically prescribed for a particular situation may assist the body to come back into balance, thereby allowing a healthy homeostasis to be reinstated as nature intended. The herbalist looks to the whole person, their values and attitudes as well as their circumstances and physical condition along with other aspects of their individuality. This is in marked contrast to the allopathic medicine approach.

Below you will find an example of selected herbs for a particular condition. Herbal support can take a variety of forms and combinations, so it is vital that each person consult directly with a qualified holistic practitioner to gain the full benefit of immunity and health building support.

Infections in the external ear canal are not common if we have not had surgery as in grommets being placed in our ears as children or a history of inner ear infections.

The exception is where people have been swimming in fresh water either in rivers, lakes or dams that are contaminated with bacterial or fungal matter while at the same time having some sort of irritation in the external ear canal. Fungi cannot live on healthy skin but can colonise skin that has somehow been weakened. Some people weaken the skin in the outer ear canal because they seek to clean wax out of their ear frequently and scratch and irritate the skin while doing so.

Finger nails and pointed objects should never be used to relieve an itch in the ear as this can irritate the skin and provide an ideal environment for a fungi to set up a colony. Once infected it is almost impossible to completely get rid of it because fungal infestations thrive in moist, warm and protected environments and the ear canal is just such a suitable situation for them.

Further a typical fungal ear infestation will, while active, further irritate the skin of the inner ear to provide a larger environment in which to thrive.

People who have such an infestations go for long periods without much irritation and times where the fungi are very active. The active times normally correspond to the occasions when the ear has been exposed to fresh water. This rejuvenates the fungus which lies inactive if the canal is dry or even if the exposure has been to salt water which does not promote fungal growth.

The ideal combination to force the fungi into dormancy is a combination of Cider Vinegar with Alcohol and a herb called Thuja along with the Bach Flower Remedy Crab Apple.

In combination this mix will dry out the canal and leave a fine layer of acetic acid (from the Vinegar) on the skin of the canal along with a residue of this herb (Thuja). This situation is definitely not conducive to fungal growth so it becomes dormant and can remain so for years. Every time you get some fresh water in the ear you can repeat the treatment for a few days and drive the fungal back into dormancy.

This treatment is a highly reliable one, one which involves no risk, drugs or danger to your health and one that is simple and inexpensive.

Don’t let your Doctor prescribe drugs or ear drops with antibiotics or steroids to combat an infection, they will not work nearly as well as the Alcohol and Vinegar Mix.

Chronic Inner Ear Infection

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