Borax or boric acid is a white crystalline solid which is slightly acidic in nature. It is derived from the chemical element, Boron. Boric acid is made by combining borax and sulfuric acid. It is normally used as an insecticide, fire retardant, and in manufacture of glass and ceramics. It also acts as a mild colon cleanse and more specifically acts against yeast infections. Boric acid combined with water is a very mild antiseptic. It has a very low acid content and has been used for a century to ease burns, scrapes, and all types of skin irritations. It cleanses wounds and speeds healing. Borax helps restore alkaline pH in the vagina and skin surfaces, which inhibits yeast infections.
The yeast, Candida albicans is a part of the normal flora of the human body and lives harmlessly in small numbers along with other bacteria like Lactobacillus, which keeps the Candida under control. Change in balance of the Lactobacillus and Candida causes overgrowth of Candida leading to yeast infection. Despite the availability of antifungal medications for treatment of yeast infections, many doctors prefer borax in conjunction with standard drugs. Many over-the-counter creams used for Candida infection e.g. Vagisil contain borax as the active ingredient. Many homeopaths too prescribe borax especially for vaginal yeast infections where the discharge resembles egg white and usually appears midway between menstrual periods. It is used in very high dilutions at which negative effects are not possible. Borax powder inserted into stockings and socks is used to prevent athlete’s foot.
While borax vaginal suppositories are available in pharmacies, they can be made at home too by filling 00 capsules with boric acid. They are inserted deep into the vagina twice a day for five to seven days to get rid of vaginal yeast infection. Potential side effects like excessive vaginal discharge, discomfort, and burning in the vaginal area may be seen in some women. Studies showed borax to have higher or comparative cure rate than either itraconazole or fluconazole. It has been also shown to have a success rate of 77% for Candida glabrata as against 50% with topical and oral antifungal medications.
Boric acid is toxic and should never be taken internally or placed on open cuts or wounds. It should not be used for a prolonged period of time and that too within amounts recommended. It should not be used by pregnant women or applied to the skin of infants or children.
Borax and other antifungal medications will only get rid of the symptoms not the yeast infection. To prevent recurrent episodes of yeast infection it is an excellent option to see a holistic practitioner. He will help you understand why the yeast infection occurred in the first place and how to develop health so that yeast and other pathogens will not cross your path again.