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How to Naturally Recover from Toxic Mold Exposure

Two Methods:Using HerbsEating a Cleansing Diet

Health issues resulting from mold exposure is a growing problem that many people are still unaware of. However, environmental health experts are finding more and more people with various symptoms that are directly associated with exposure to mold. This has also led them to propose a new term "mixed mold toxicosis" to describe this syndrome. Luckily, there are some helpful natural measures you can take to recover from toxic mold exposure.

Method 1
Using Herbs

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    Understand that herbal remedies can take time to take effect. Unlike allopathic or chemical cures, herbal cures work in a natural, organic and gentle way. Do not expect miraculous results within a week. Also keep in mind that you have to use them day after day in order to see any benefits - you cannot use them sporadically.
    • Ideally, it would take no more than two months for any evidence of fungal/mold infection to disappear, however you can continue using the herbal remedies after this point, as they will continue to strengthen your immune capacity and the resistance level of your skin.
    • If you are worried about any herbal contraindications or interaction with a specific drug that you are taking, you should consult your medical practitioner to discuss the matter.
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    Eat a fungicidal herb such as garlic. Garlic possesses powerful anti-fungal properties and can kill fungi, molds and yeasts. While garlic is most commonly used to cure Candida yeast infection, this herb may also help you in the days after exposure to mold. Garlic is one of the most powerful anti-fungal herbs available.
    • Garlic is effectual in curing ear infections resulting from the Aspergillus fungus and is often used in the form of prescription anti-fungals. For patients who suffer from Candida yeast infection, garlic is effective in removing bad fungi while preserving the good bacteria in the system.
    • You may take 2 to 4 grams of fresh garlic per day or opt for garlic tablets (600 mg to 900mg daily) or make a garlic infusion by infusing 4 grams of fresh garlic in 150 ml of water.
    • Patients who suffer from hemophilia or platelet dysfunction and those who have undergone surgery are advised against taking garlic supplements as it has blood thinning properties.
    • Some other powerful anti-fungal herbs that can be effectual in minimizing the effects of mold exposure problems include clove, thyme and Pau d'Arco.
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    Take immunity boosting herbs such as echinacea. Certain herbs, such as echinacea, can be effective in protecting and boosting immune function. echinacea also can help to accelerate healing from viral infections such as flu and cold, in addition to clearing fungal infections.
    • Echinacea stimulates polysaccharides and forms immune stimulators that boost the immune system and help it to manufacture more T cells. Echinacea is comprised of antimicrobial compounds which support the function of the immune system by combating infection and swelling.
    • Add 1 to 2 grams of dried echinacea to a mug of tea and drink this three times a day. Alternatively you can apply a liquid tincture of echinacea to the affected area.
    • Cordyceps, oil of oregano and garlic are some other popular herbs that can help to stimulate the immune system.
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    Consume a detoxifying herb such as dandelion root. Detoxifying herbs can be used to cleanse the organs and bloodstream of harmful substances. Dandelion root, in particular, acts by enhancing the flow of urine, sweat, tears and other body secretions to detoxify the body.
    • Dandelion root is regarded as an effective detoxifier as it helps drive out germs and impurities from body. Vitamin C rich dandelion is a mild herb and can be consumed daily without fear of side effects.
    • Chopped dandelion can be mixed in a salad or drink and consumed. If dandelion is not locally available then buy capsule supplements and consume a 2 gm capsule daily.
    • Following a case of mold exposure, milk thistle may also prove to be effectual, though animal research done on the drug is inconclusive. However, you could try taking 420 mg of milk thistle extract daily in form of a tablet for anti-fungal benefits.
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    Try herbs that restore brain function, like gingko biloba. Exposure to certain kinds of mold can give rise to nervous system damage or cerebral allergy. Therefore, herbs which safeguard the function of the brain - such as ginkgo biloba - are considered helpful for recovery.
    • In order to enhance cognition and memory, ginkgo biloba can be useful as a supplement. It acts by boosting circulation, leading to an increased supply of oxygen to the brain. ginkgo acts directly on the brain by boosting the blood supply. As a result, the brain sends stronger signals to the immune system which helps to fight off fungal reactions.
    • Take 2 to 4 mg of ginkgo biloba herbal extract daily with your tea. You can also consume it in the form of a capsule.
    • As ginkgo biloba has blood thinning properties, it should not be consumed by post operative and pregnant patients.
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    Take adaptogens like Siberian ginseng. Adaptogens work to normalize bodily functions and help the body to achieve homeostasis, or a state of balance. Most of these herbs also protect the immune system and can be used for their ability to restore the kidneys, adrenal glands and other organs to their original healthy states.
    • One commonly used adaptogen is Siberian ginseng. This herb, when consumed over a long time, can help your body to adjust to exposure to toxic substances such as molds, physical injury and other things that cause stress.
    • Ginseng comes in a powdered form and you can take 2-5 gm daily, depending upon the intensity of the fungal infection.
    • Maca, astragalus and rhodiola rosea are some other adaptogens that produce similar effects to gingko biloba.

Method 2
Eating a Cleansing Diet

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    Take artichoke leaf extract. According to research published in the "Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry" in 2004, artichoke leaf extract helps to cancel out the effects of many kinds of fungi, including yeasts and molds.
    • Artichoke extract can be found in capsule form. Take one capsule containing a 320 mg dosage twice a day.
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    Consume foods high in omega-3 fats. These are a mixture of animal and plant sources. Krill oil, salmon and tuna are the best animal-based sources of omega-3, while avocado is a good source of plant-based omega 3.
    • Alternatively, you can take an omega-3 dietary supplement. Take one 500 mg capsule of omega-3 fatty acids daily.
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    Increase your vitamin D intake. According to research, Vitamin D may be useful for preventing mold allergies. Therefore, you should ensure that the levels of vitamin D in your body are optimal.
    • To do this, you should eat more cheese, fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel and tuna,) beef liver, egg yolks etc.
    • If you choose to increase your vitamin D intake using supplements, take one 600 IU tablet daily.
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    Eat more foods that contain glutathione. Glutathione is referred to as the "master antioxidant" due to its ability to optimize the activity of every other antioxidant present in the body.
    • The ideal way to boost your level of glutathione is to take a high quality whey protein supplement. You can also eat lots of asparagus, avocados, walnuts, tomatoes and broccoli.
    • The recommended dosage of glutathione supplements is 250 mg once per day.
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    Cut down on your sugar intake. Fungi, which include molds and yeasts, require the presence of sugar for survival. Therefore, it will be beneficial for you to remove or significantly cut down on your intake of sugar.
    • For quite some time now, low-sugar diets have been popularized in an effort to fight candida infection. It is a sensible idea to cut of the food supply for the fungi in order to put an end to fungal yeast or mold infections and regain health.
    • If you have diabetes, it's important to ensure that your blood sugar levels are under control, otherwise it could make the mold exposure much harder to get rid off.


  • The easiest cure for toxic mold exposure is to venture outside and breathe in the fresh air to get some pure oxygen into your system. The entry of pure oxygen will dampen the toxic symptoms of the molds.
  • If the toxic mold problem is within your home or office, you should get the assistance of a mold inspector for advice on how to get rid of it.

Sources and Citations

  • Abba I Terr, Are indoor molds causing a new disease?, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 113, Issue 2, February 2004, Pages 221-226.
  • Stephen J. Genuis, Clinical medicine and the budding science of indoor mold exposure, European Journal of Internal Medicine, Volume 18, Issue 7, November 2007, Pages 516-523.
  • Robert K. Bush, Jay M. Portnoy, Andrew Saxon, Abba I. Terr, Robert A. Wood, The medical effects of mold exposure, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Volume 117, Issue 2, February 2006, Pages 326-333.
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