Natural Remedies for Curing Ringworm
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The term "Ringworm" is used to describe a disease that is not caused by any worm but by a fungus which is very minute part of vegetable plant life that grows on the skin. This disease is not so dangerous but it is more annoying. It takes a serious phase only when the skin breaks up due to scratching and this leads to secondary infection.
The most common areas of ringworm infection are the body, the scalp, the nails and the feet.
Children are more prone to the ringworm of scalp because of the lack of protective fatty acids in their scalp. These fatty acids are produced in adult life which makes the scalp of adult persons more resistant to ringworms.
Ringworm of the body mostly affects the face and the neck. Ringworm of the feet also known as the 'athlete's foot' is more common in summer. This infection spreads from one person to another through swimming pools, bath mats and bath tubs.
The fungus which causes ringworm grows easily in the moist and warm parts of the body and thrives between the toes. Ringworm infection is passed from an infected person to a healthy one by contact. Use of articles such as towels may also spread it fast. Many times it is also contracted by domestic pet animals such as cats and dogs.
Natural Cure for Ringworm: The use of skin lotions or ointments for treating ringworm may offer a temporary relief but it does not remove the root cause of this problem. The best way to treat this disease is to clean the blood and the body. The patient should first begin with a treatment of all fruit diet for about three to four days. He should take fresh juicy fruits such as papaya, orange, pineapple and pomegranate during this period. This helps in eliminating the morbid matter from the body and leads to significant improvement. During this period a warm water enema if possible may be administered to cleanse the bowels. The patient can thereafter switch to a diet of salt free, raw or steamed vegetables with whole meal chapattis and fruits. Nut Milk may also be added to the diet after a few days. Normal diet can be started by the patient thereafter. More emphasis should be placed on lightly cooked vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grain cereals. This diet may be supplemented with yeast, cold pressed coconut oils and honey.
Foods such as tea, coffee, white flour products, condiments, flavoured dishes, meat, tinned or bottled foods and denatured cereals should be avoided by the patient.
Certain home remedies have also been found to be effective in the treatment of ringworm. One such remedy is the use of mustard seeds. The skin should first be thoroughly washed with warm water and after that a paste made from mustard seeds should be externally applied over the area affected with ringworm.
The use of raw papaya has also proved to be very beneficial in the treatment of ringworm. Areas affected with ringworm should be rubbed twice daily by a few slices of this raw fruit. A paste made from papaya seeds can also be applied on the patches and it is also equally effective. In case of ringworm infection of the scalp, use of castor oil proves to be a very useful remedy. This oil should be rubbed liberally on the affected area. Noticeable improvement will be visible in two to four days. Raw vegetable juices especially spinach juice in combination with carrot juice have proved to be very effective in the treatment of ringworm. A proportion of 200ml of spinach juice and 300ml of carrot juice to make combined 500ml juice are beneficial for this purpose.
The patient should drink 10-12 glasses of water daily to flush out the system and also take a bath twice daily. The skin with the exception of parts affected by ringworm should be rubbed vigorously with the palms of the hands before taking a bath. Above all the patient should expose himself to fresh air as much as possible.
Coconut oil also proves to be very soothing and softening when applied externally to the portions affected by ringworm. It helps in reducing itch and keeps the skin supple. Mud bath and sun bath are the other alternatives which can also be resorted to by the patient. The early rays of the sun prove to be very effective and are a good source of Vitamin D.
A light mudpack applied over the sites of the ringworm is also helpful. This pack should be applied twice daily for about half an hour.
Thus it can be concluded that various natural and home remedies prove to be very beneficial and effective in the treatment and cure of ringworm.
A BIG DISCLAIMER!
Keep in mind, I’m only telling you what my experience and what other people have reported works for them. You may have a different condition all together, you may need a different treatment all together, and if your doctor tells you to do something different, you should probably listen to them and not me. Or do your own research to figure out what is the best option for you; don’t blindly follow my advice or anyone else’s. Also, sometimes a fungal infection can turn into a secondary bacterial infection, so you may need other treatment for that as well.