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, “Help! I have terrible jock itch. I shower 2-3 times a day and then powder heavily with a mixture of corn starch and medicated powder. It stops itching for 2-4 hours, but then it starts itching again. Do you have any suggestions?” — Paul, Omaha, NE
A. Dear Paul, Jock itch, otherwise known as tinea cruris, is a common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. Jock itch is usually triggered by friction from wearing tight clothes for extended periods (like bathing suits), or prolonged wetness in the groin area, such as from sweating or hot and humid weather. People who have certain health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, or other diseases that cause problems with the immune system, are also more likely to develop it.
In the case of fungal infections, I highly recommend concentrated plant oils.
When it comes to plant oils, I would first look for a formula that features the concentrated plant oils of Ravensara, Myrtle, Thyme, and Bay. This combination is extremely potent in ridding the body of pathogens. I recommend taking 200 mg three 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.
To the first plant oil combination, I would also suggest you add 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.
When looking for concentrated plant oils, 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.
I also think you would benefit from a combination of elderberry, along with vitamin (A, C, and D) and mineral (zinc, calcium, and magnesium) ingredients. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties that will help boost overall health and immune system function. I would recommend taking 2 tablets of this blend three times daily. You can reduce the dosage later, as desired.
Terry . . . Naturally