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How to Cure Athlete's Foot Using Natural Remedies

Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection of the skin around and between the toes.There is scientific evidence that natural athlete's foot remedies or herbal products work in the treatment of some types of fungal infections. Some natural products work to destroy the types of fungus that cause athlete’s foot. However, you should be careful about what advertising claims you believe and how long you give a product to work before trying something more powerful, such as a prescription or over-the-counter medication.

Four recent scientific studies suggest a benefit from natural herbal products in the treatment of skin fungus:

1. In 2000, a group of scientists from the University of Allahabad in India published the results of tests they conducted on the essential oil of Eucalyptus pauciflora. First they determined that the oil killed fungus in the test tube. Then, they tested a 1% ointment on 50 volunteer patients who had been diagnosed with fungal infections of the skin or nails. At the end of the study, 60% of the patients had been cured, and the other 40% showed some degree of improvement.

2. In 2003, researchers at Kaiyuan Municipal People’s Hospital in China published the results of their study of a composite formulation of 5 Chinese herbs. They demonstrated that their recipe inhibited 7 types of fungus. They also treated patients with the Chinese medicine alone and in combination with Western medicine. The results showed benefit of both approaches, but the combination was more effective than either alone.

3. Scientists at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, in the United Kingdom, conducted a systematic review of previously published clinical studies of herbal medicines for the treatment of fungal infections. Their results were published in 2004 and suggest a beneficial effect of tea tree oil, extracts of Solanum species, and oil of bitter orange. The authors of the published report suggest that it would be worthwhile to conduct further controlled clinical trials of herbal remedies for fungus infections.

4. Finally, in January of 2008, researchers at Lanzhou University in China reported positive results with the essential oil of Tibetan herbal medicine Dracocephalum heterophyllum Benth. This essential oil was composed of more than eighty compounds, and demonstrated activity against several species of both fungi and bacteria.

As with all health-related products, it is important to do your homework, and watch out for unexpected problems with a product you have never used before. It is also important be aware that health products unregulated by the FDA attract the attention of people willing to commit fraud to generate a profit. However, with strong scientific evidence that some natural products are useful against fungi in certain circumstances, it is important to factor this option into your overall decision-making process as you take steps to get athlete’s foot under control.

CURE ATHLETE'S FOOT IN SEVEN DAYS is an excellent resource for beginning your athlete's foot cure.

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