Turpentine as Effective New Candida Treatment?
Turpentine and Kerosene have been used medicinally for hundreds of years. According to Walter Last these spirits have also been used in ancient Babylon to help people with stomach problems, inflammation and ulcers (source: http://www.health-science-spirit.com/kero.htm). Today the medicinal use of turpentine and kerosene is predominant in Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
What does it do?
Apparently it is highly effective at treating infections and removing pathogenic microbes and parasites from the blood and bowel. Doctor Paula Ganner even claims to have cured cancer patients with it.
The revolutionary Turpentine Candida treatment that has come to my ears was introduced by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD, who gives her patients sugar cubes soaked in Turpentine initially daily and then twice a week for several weeks until the Candida issue is resolved.
Contra using Turpentine when you have Candida
Naturally the idea to consume sugar when you have Candida sounds counter-intuitive because sugar not only is known to feed Candida, but it also severely undermines the immune system and causes cavities.
Not to mention that drinking turpentine is only one step away from drinking petrol which doesn’t appear to be the healthiest practice. It seems a little weird to nip into an art supply store to buy a bottle and then start taking it by the spoon full!
Scientific Studies about the Effectiveness of Turpentine and its Safety
But according to this scientific study small doses of turpentine and kerosene can be used safely as long as it is 100% pure gum turpentine.
Pro using Turpentine/ Kerosene to cure Candida
I can imagine that the oil would have a strong laxative effect and that in itself would help expel parasites, and with the added antifungal benefits from the essential oils of the pine tree that the oil is derived from it would naturally also have a disruptive effect on a fungus like Candida.
My own two cents…
I’m not entirely convinced that the oil wouldn’t impact the balance of good microbes as well, and how can you be sure it even gets to your intestines and not just your stomach?
That said I do believe in the healing effect of castor oil for instance, so perhaps one could draw a parallel there. But I only ever used it externally to draw out toxins via a heat pack strapped around your belly and back for an hour during my Candida cleanse.
Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable drinking turpentine in the hope it can cure Candida, especially not administered with sugar. But who am I to judge – I tried the most obscure Candida treatments in my time, so why not add turpentine to the list, hah!
Luckily there are other effective Candida treatments readily available that can work for you — and they even come in traditional pills form, they are easy to swallow and they don’t even send you running to the toilet 😉