Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had tinea corporis for quite a while and cannot find any type of cream to make it go away. What do you suggest as I’m very conscious of the way it looks on my arms and legs?” — Sue K., Monroe, LA
A. Dear Sue, Tinea corporis, more commonly known as ringworm, is a common fungal infection that develops on the top layer of the skin. It’s characterized by an itchy, red circular rash with healthy-looking skin in the middle. Ringworm gets its name from the characteristic ring that can appear, but it has nothing to do with an actual worm under the skin. Ringworm is closely related to other fungal infections, including athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) and jock itch (tinea cruris).
In the case of fungal infections, I highly recommend concentrated plant oils.
When it comes to plant oils, I suggest using a formula that features the concentrated plant oil of Ravensara. This oil is pressed from the fresh leaves of the Ravensara aromatica tree. It is known in its native Madagascar as the “tree with good leaves” because of its many health supportive benefits. When combined with myrtle (Myrtus communis), thyme (Thymus satureioides), and bay (Laurus nobilis) oils, this formula is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 200 mg four times daily for up to 10 days, then reduce to 200-400 mg daily. Stay on 200-400 mg daily for a week or two, and if necessary, do an additional 10 days at the higher dosage.
I would also suggest you use a highly concentrated, encapsulated form of Moroccan oregano oil. This rare form of oregano has been used traditionally for generations. Research shows that the powerful plant phenols in Moroccan Oregano (Origanum compactum) show antioxidant activity and are also known for their antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. I recommend 300 mg of oregano oil daily.
Be sure to choose formulas which feature concentrated plant oils that have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally