Yeast Arrest is an over the counter treatment for yeast infection which used to get rave reviews from its many fans on Amazon.
Unfortunately, for some reason Vitanica have changed the formula and it is now a homeopathic remedy rather than a boric acid suppository - which is what it used to be in the "good 'ol days". The boric acid component of the insert is now diluted to a tiny portion of what it was.
The good news is that it does still cure some women! There are current reviews where women are saying they love it.
The bad news is that many women that used to find it effective no longer do so.
When you read the reviews at Amazon keep in mind that basically, if the review is before the begining of 2009 then they are talking about the old formula. If the review is from 2009 then the review is about the new formula. Hopefully, that will help you evaluate the reviews so that you can decide if Yeast Arrest is right for you. Read other women's experience with Yeast Arrest at bottom of this page.
Against several species of Candida, boric acid suppositories are more effective2 than conventional treatments. Boric acid is also very effective against chronic yeast.1 Recurrent yeast infection (vaginal thrush) can indicate that your infection is being caused by one of the lesser know strains of Candida and in that case this product is a good choice.
This is an over-the-counter treatment from your drug store but you can also buy Yeast Arrest online.
However, if you want a genuine boric acid based insert you are now forced into having to make it yourself. You can learn exactly how to make boric acid capsules here.
Lots of you are interested in what exactly are the ingredients in the different forumlas.
Calendula flowers - the flower of calendula (Calendula officinalis, pot marigold) does have antibacterial ability3 although there does not appear to be any hard evidence out there of its use against vaginal yeast infection. It does however have a long and well documented history as a herbal healer.
Orgeon grape root - (Mahonia aquifolium has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties4.
1. Secondo Guaschino, Francesco de Seta, Andrea Sartore, Giuseppe Ricci, David de Santo, Monica Piccoli, Salvatore Alberico. Efficacy of maintenance therapy with topical boric acid in comparison with oral itraconazole in the treatment of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. American Journal of Obstretrics and Gynecology, Volume 184, issue 4, March 2001, pages 598-602.
2. Ray D, Goswami R, Banerjee U, Dadhwal V, Goswami D, Mandal P, Screenivas V, Kochupillai N. Prevalence of Candida glabrata and its response to boric acid vaginal suppositories in comaprison with oral fluconazole in patients with diabetes and vulvovaginal candidiasis. Diabetes Care 2007 Feb; 30(2):312-7.
3. Radioza SA, Iurchak LD. Antimicrobial activity of Calendula L. plants. Mikrobiol Z. 2007 Sep-Oct;69(5):21-5. (translated from Ukranian)
4. Dattner AM. From medical herbalism to phytotherapy in dermatology: back to the future. Dermatol Ther. 2003;16(2):106-13.