Healing Systemic Candida Set Me Free - The Spiritual Root Cause of Candida

I spent a lot of my life feeling afraid and disempowered. I’ve written a lot about it, and I’ve always focused on the emotional aspect of it along with the trauma trigger that precipitated it. I did not realize that there was a spiritual root cause of my candida, not just my body responding to physical symptoms.

The primary focus of my healing work with myself and with others is to find the underlying limiting belief and/or pattern that is creating the undesired outcome (whether emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical) and then focus on how to shift the patterns and behaviors so that we may find a way to present ourselves in the world that feels more in alignment with who we truly are. Determining who we really are is often a part of the journey as well.

For me, one of the physical manifestations of disempowerment that I experienced was a serious candida overgrowth. As a result of it, I spent years in a foggy, confused, depressed and anxious haze. Towards the end of it, my system began to reject foods and I was experiencing extreme discomfort in the form of constant bloat, acne, and achiness. As an intuitive, I suspected that the cause of a lot of my physical symptoms stemmed from being raped and the subsequent years of alcohol and drug abuse mixed up with fear and feelings of victimization, but I didn’t fully understand the complexity of what was happening to my body.

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The more it lingered, the worse I got. I often refer to those years in my mind as “the dark years.” When I look back on them, it’s like there is a veil of sticky, dark energy hanging over my entire being and I felt trapped and victimized by my circumstances.

I did a lot of self-healing and I also worked with other healers to start pulling back the layers of self-hatred and fear. As I started to gain more clarity, and I began to feel a little stronger in my sense of self, I got to a point of actually believing that I deserved to feel better. This was a huge turning point for me! A part of me had truly believed that it was just my lot in life to be tired, depressed, and disempowered.

I did a lot of research and came across information on candida, and I knew immediately that I was suffering from an overgrowth. I didn’t even hesitate to start the diet, despite the fact that I was going to have to make drastic changes in the way that I was eating and living.

I experienced immediate relief from my symptoms and I thought that I was “cured.” I went back to my regular life, and things moved along smoothly for a while. I was feeling pretty good. My ex-husband and I had separated and I was optimistic about my future. I felt like I had moved into brighter and better days.

I moved back to the States from Costa Rica and I soon stepped into old patterns of behavior that included drinking and disempowered and co-dependent relationships. I was dropping into depression again and I was at a complete loss with respect to how to manage it. I quit drinking; I changed my diet. I tried supplements. Nothing was working. In a moment of desperation, I stumbled upon a Nutritional Response Therapist and I went to him for testing. My system was crashed and my diet included foods I was sensitive to. Underneath it all: candida.

Again I treated it and coincidentally (or not so coincidentally), I began to shift the dynamics of my personal relationships and my life. My candida cleared again.


Could there really be an emotional and spiritual root cause of my candida?


spiritual root cause of my candida

It wasn’t until I facilitated a remote healing session with Elicia Miller that I understood fully what had happened, though. I was engaged in my healing process throughout my experience with candida, so even though I didn’t catch the direct connection to it, I was doing the right things to eradicate it. I was stepping through my fears and eliminating toxic relationships. I was making strides to leave a profession that felt stifling to me and moving into full-time healing work. I was learning to take care of my emotional needs.

What Spirit shared with us during that session was the emotional/psychological component that allows candida to flourish within our system. I was able to understand why my candida had returned and what work I need to do to keep my system in balance. I still have a few food sensitivities, but I can consume fruits and chocolate and grains and tea. I can indulge in a dessert and not worry that my symptoms will reappear. It’s been completely liberating.


spiritual root of candida

When Elicia expressed interest in hosting a retreat to help others work through the core issues of their candida overgrowth, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Her tagline is: Your symptoms are a gift.

 Through all the work I’ve done with clients that are experiencing some sort of physical imbalance or dis-ease, I’ve learned that our symptoms are the doorway to growth.

We get the opportunity to know ourselves better, to clear patterns and express ourselves in a new way. If we treat the symptoms but ignore the root cause, the inner expression of imbalance will, without a doubt, find another way to express itself, either through a relapse into the same illness or through another.

Ultimately, treating the symptoms but not the core issue is another way of numbing what really just wants to be known.


Elicia miller

“After 1.5 years on the strict candida diet and another 1.5 years of deeper healing, I felt healed from candida. I then got into an old relationship pattern with a man and my wounds were triggered. My bloat came back with a vengeance and I got a yeast infection.

spiritual root of candida

That's when I reached out to Janet for an intuitive energy healing to see if my Candida symptoms were emotional and what I needed to do. Janet saw my inner child sitting cross-legged, knocking to let her out, to let all of the repressed anger, sadness and even joy that was still repressed out.

I did my inner child work and emotional releasing, and I took care of my emotional needs by ending the relationship. That was three years ago and I haven't had any candida symptoms, cravings, or emotional eating since. I can eat what I want, I married my soul mate, and I live fully empowered from my heart's desires. Through Janet's work I discovered the root cause of Candida and have created a course, programs, and retreats to address healing all aspects of candida to be truly free.” –Elicia Miller

Leave a Reply 19 comments

Sara Gorrod - November 1, 2018 Reply

I am suffering with candida at the moment. I have probably had it now for a good few week, maybe longer as last time I had it a few months back I had absolutely no symptoms. The medication worked for a little while I am assuming, but it’s definitely back again!
Your article resonates with me on every level as I cried reading it. I also have fibroids, irregular bleeding/periods and a lot of cramping, so down below is a place I feel a lot of anger and sadness is stored. Your story has giving me hope that I can heal myself as at 32 I don’t want to feel like
giving up hope completely of ever being free from pain. 🙏💛💜💚💙

    Janet Raftis - November 1, 2018 Reply

    Hi Sara, you absolutely can heal it! Much love to you!

SJSB - February 11, 2019 Reply

Does this apply to getting yeast infections after every sexual intercourse unprotected? Husband has been tested and doesn’t have anything.

    Janet Raftis - February 12, 2019 Reply

    Yes, it does. Typically when it’s recurring it’s actually because it’s systemic. It’s more like it’s being reactivated to flare up after sex.

    Simon Olson - February 16, 2019 Reply

    I would say that the underlying issue would be that every time you associate yourself with SEX, your childhood traumas come up (emotionally/spiritually) and that creates a feeling of being “attacked” or something along the vicimization lines and from that the yeast infection gets triggered again! Best of luck! I do believe as Janet wrote, that we need to do the inner child work to become completely free. ^^

Simon Olson - February 16, 2019 Reply

Thank you so much for sharing this. I have candida and I also suspected the reason was due to being raped as a child! Everything you write here just clicks and I am forever grateful that you shared your story! <3 One Love. :') <3

    Janet Raftis - March 12, 2019 Reply

    Simon, there is such a huge correlation between candida and sexual violation. Love and healing to you

bree - March 10, 2019 Reply

is there a way to get in touch with you, I want to get to the root cause of why I get yeast infections. I’m only 24 and have had them since high school on and off. it interferes with my relationship since I’m scared of a flare up or being uncomfortable during and after sex.

    Janet Raftis - March 12, 2019 Reply

    Hi Bree, yes, you can email me at janet@janetraftis.com. I can help you to understand that. Love to you

Kayla - April 19, 2019 Reply

Thank you for sharing your inspiring words. I have candida and other health imbalances I’m trying to heal and am struggling with finding my way. How can I work with you to heal myself? I am very interested in spirituality and have recently immersed myself in it.

    Janet Raftis - April 24, 2019 Reply

    Hi Kayla, I’m sorry to hear about your health imbalances. There are many different ways to work with me, depending on what you are looking for. You could start here: https://janetraftis.com/healing-services/ and there are other services offered throughout my site. Sending you love. xo

Elizabeth - May 30, 2019 Reply

I did a root self healing and then got my first yeast infection ever in my life (44 yrs) followed by my period. Is this a good sign I’m hoping?

    Janet Raftis - August 7, 2019 Reply

    Without knowing more, I can’t really say, but oftentimes after a healing there can be a surge of symptoms for a variety of reasons.

Nicole - June 2, 2019 Reply

Yea im pretty sick of dealing with this.

    Janet Raftis - August 7, 2019 Reply

    It is usually necessary to do deeper healing work related to releasing repressed emotions and trauma in order to move past it.

Lisa McGee - June 3, 2019 Reply

Hello there….
I’ve suffered w yeast/ viruses / fungus for about 4 years on and off….
I know now that the root cause is emotional and spiritual which is likely why I had such difficulty sharing it. I’d like to know more about curing it for good and also of course that I can take so that I can how to cure others of systemic diseases. Can you help me?

    Janet Raftis - August 7, 2019 Reply

    Hi Lisa, please email me at janet@janetraftis.com and I’ll provide you with more information. Thanks!

Speakingmytruth888 - August 11, 2019 Reply

This was a beautiful what you shared. It helped me on my new journey alot hearing this. It’s always good to know you don’t ever have to face anything alone. I suffered from a few things you have mentioned. Thankfully I am recovering and starting my cleansing process right now. I hope to find a wonderful intuitive energy healer near me. Because I am highly sincitive to people. I know that I may be an empaths for this reason. Doctors tried diagnosing me a s a introvert at a very young age. I just always knew it was something special about me.

    Janet Raftis - August 13, 2019 Reply

    I’m so grateful you are recovering and wish you the best in your recovery. There is something special about you 🙂

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