Fungal Infection

A fungus is a microscopic plantlike organism that likes to take up residence on the human body.

It’s not surprising that you developed this problem after joining a gym—you probably picked it up in the shower or in communal dressing areas. There are a few herbs that can help strengthen your resistance against fungal infections. Oregano oil is one of them. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and reduces inflammation. Take up to 6 capsules daily until the fungus is cured. Pau d’arco is another herb that may help. Studies show that this South American herb has antifungal, antiparasitic properties.

Take 3 capsules daily. Garlic can also help your body ward off these trouble­some pests. Take 1 to 3 odorless garlic capsules daily. To relieve the dry, itchy feeling, use an ointment containing tea tree oil, a natural fungicide.

Keep your feet as dry as possible and change your socks often. Some herbalists recommend sprinkling a mixture of gold­enseal powder and talcum powder on your feet to absorb moisture and kill the fungus. Fungal infections are very persistent, and it may take several weeks (or even months) before you get relief.