Vampire Fungus: Natural cure for nail fungus, athlete's Foot, ringworm and jock itch

Progress in the field of natural healing is often slow and help sometimes comes from places you would least expect: Biological agriculture.

Biological farmers are always looking for natural methods to keep pests in check and a most interesting way to do this is by means of a special fungus that eats other fungi. Those fungi are called "mycoparasites", they parasitise on other fungi. There is a mycoparasite of the Oomycete family in the kingdom of Chromista - Stramenopila. It is called Pythium oligandrum, and researchers in Eastern Europe recently discovered in medical trials on humans that it is highly effective against Dermatomycosis: Fungal infection of the skin - especially Athlete's foot. Clearly Pythium oligandrum has a healthy appetite not only for harmful plant fungi, but for disease-causing fungi in humans as well!

The medical doctor that coordinated the trials is MUDr. Karel Mencl, CSc., Laboratory of Medical Mycology, Dept. of Microbiology, Pardubice Hospital, Czech Republic.
Our translation of the results can be found here.

He got good results with nail fungus (Onychomycosis) as well (16% cured and 2/3 got very significant improvement), but most spectacular were the results with Athlete's foot (Tinea pedis). 83% of patients got fully and permanently cured of their infections and the remaining 17% of patients improved greatly. The trial was done on 58 patients. "Permanently rid" means no reoccurrence after a whole year. Jock itch and ringworm are caused by the same fungus as athlete's foot and the results are comparable.

Pythium oligandrum can also treat Vaginal Candidiasis with a sit bath. It also works well against jock itch, ringworm and Tinea interdigitalis (fungus between the fingers), when the area is kept wet with a spore solution overnight. Fungi killed by Pythium oligandrum are:

Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, Microsporum gypseum, Microsporum canis, Trichosporon sp., Candida albicans, Candida parapsilosis, Alternaria alternata (Dematiaceae), Phoma sp. (Sphaeropsidales), Cladosporium cladosporioides.

How does the "vampire fungus" work?

pythium-oligandrum1This is part of a time-lapse sequence where a harmful fungus (Botrytis cinerea) gets killed by Pythium oligandrum. Pythium just sits there like a "land mine". The harmful fungus grows toward Pythium. This goes very quickly - fungi grow fast, that's one of the reasons it's nearly impossible to get rid of them.

pythium-oligandrum2Times are shown as minutes, seconds and tens of seconds. The fungi have been cultured in a Petri dish on a thin film of water agar. The hyphal tip of the harmful fungus contacts the hypha of Pythium after 1 min., 14 sec. Within minutes, we will witness a fascinating effect take place.

pythium-oligandrum3After touching the Pythium, the harmful fungus continues to grow for a while, but Pythium oligandrum has already sensed its prey and immediately starts producing a substance that dissolves the cell wall of the other fungus. This way, Pythium acts as a "booby trap" to fungi that come into contact with it.

pythium-oligandrum4This is right before before the "explosion" - Pythium oligandrum acts like a landmine against harmful fungi. From here on, the prey fungus is doomed. Its protoplasm flows out and there is nothing it can do to avert the ugly fate in store for it, a fate that will arrive in minutes.

pythium-oligandrum5The start of the destruction of the hapless fungus is now visible. It will not take long before there is nothing left but dead debris, and even that will be absorbed by the Pythium oligandrum. Many medical trials have been performed and there has not been a single case of allergic reaction.

pythium-oligandrum6After half an hour, Pythium oligandrum has produced many hyphal branches that grew into the spilled protoplasm ot the other fungus, using the spilled content as a nutrient source. This sets into motion an unstoppable avalanche-effect of ever growing Pythium and ever diminishing other fungi, until the only fungus left alive is Pythium oligandrum, a totally harmless fungus for humans - which subsequently dies of starvation because it can not survive in or on the human body without fungi to feed on. The body's normal microflora then re-colonizes the skin and natural equilibrium is restored.

We sell Pythium oligandrum spores online. This is the product invented by Dr. Dasa Vesely, used medically in Eastern Europe. This product is so safe that it is especially recommended for treatment of babies with fungal rashes or sores. Our sales page explains in detail how to use the spores to heal the various fungal problems.

Dasa VeselyPythium oligandrum was discovered by accident. A female colleague in Phytopathologist Dr. Vesely's lab got some spores in her shoe and noticed that her athlete's foot was cured some days later. It took Dr. Vesely's team 30 years of research, medical trials, patent applications, official approval and development of production methods for the fungal spores to become commercially available. He has been interviewed by the BBC.

1.  Sara    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Do you think this could be used on the scalp>

2.  Sarah Vaughter    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sure - use a bathing cap on top of wetted scalp & hair.

3.  Cyndi V    Monday, April 24, 2017

When I dump the spores into the Ziploc bag for my messy toe nail fungus treatment, how to I separate the spores from the silica? Do dump the spores into a bowl or cup, then scoop out the spores into the Ziploc bag, and then stir?

4.  Sarah Vaughter    Monday, April 24, 2017

The silica is very heavy and will settle immediately to the bottom. You stir and then the spores are dissolved in the water, and a minute later all the silica lies on the bottom. You can simply poor the solution off, carefully.

5.  Cyndi V    Monday, April 24, 2017

Thank so very much for your replying! Have a blessed day!

6.  Kārlis KrÄ“Ä·is.txt    Saturday, June 10, 2017

I bought one package , 6 grams, I have athlete foot and nail fungus. Is it enough to heal. or I should buy another package from You? Thanks! Karlis

7.  Sophie    Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sarah, I think I have a fungal infection in my armpits. If my self diagnosis is wrong, would applying this treatment do me any harm. From the literature you provide, I expect the answer is, "No, it would not cause you any harm." but I'd like some added reassurance please.

And any suggestions on how to apply it in that area would be much appreciated.

Thank you.

8.  Sarah Vaughter    Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sophie: We do not sell harmful products because we're a UK/Czech company and thus very easy to sue if we harm our customers. Suggestions on how to use our products, made to a specific individual, constitute, in our jurisdiction, the prisonable offense of practicing medicine without a license so we unfortunately are unableto answer, even if we'd know the answer. The latter also is our response to Karlis.

9.  Elita    Friday, November 17, 2017

I just want to thank you so much for this AMAZING product! I went to two different dermatologists for my toe nail fungus that I contracted from a nail salon. Neither prescription drugs I was given worked (which were expensive!). Not to mention, I couldn't cover the toenail with polish while using the treatment, which I was told could take three months or longer to be effective. I live in a warm climate, so I am often in open toe sandals and couldn't bear the sight of my ugly toenail. In just one treatment application, your "vampire fungus" cured my problem! I am truly AMAZED that a natural product, that is so inexpensive and easy to use worked so well over the expensive prescription drugs! THANK YOU!

10.  Jamie    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

How would I treat a finger nail?

11.  Sarah Vaughter    Wednesday, June 27, 2018

With a finger cot.

12.  Jamie    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Is it possible to use method 2 with a fingernail or should I stick to method 1?

13.  Sarah Vaughter    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Both should work.

14.  Meredith Spruill    Sunday, January 20, 2019

How long after using Pythium for toenail fungus should nails look normal?

I assume the infected nail will have to grow out so it might not look normal for a while.
Thanks for your answer.

15.  Sarah Vaughter    Sunday, January 20, 2019

The affected nail will look even worse than before so it will take months, until the old nail has grown out and has been removed.

16.  mary    Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hello, could these be taken internally to fight systemic fungus/mold?

17.  Sarah Vaughter    Thursday, March 14, 2019


Pythium will die inside your stomach.

18.  Jo    Saturday, May 4, 2019

Can the Pythium treatment be used during pregnancy?

19.  Sarah Vaughter    Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sure. It's an external treatment that does not get absorbed by the skin.

20.  Varg    Saturday, May 4, 2019

I'm struggling to find conversations about P. Oligandrum on any big online community. Nothing on Reddit, nothing on WebMD message boards. Can you point out any independent online forums or review sites with discussions. I'd love to try it.

21.  Sarah Vaughter    Saturday, May 4, 2019

You're free to try it even without online discussions and post your experiences online :-) This treatment is extremely well-known but only in the country where it's invented. The product is not available outside Czechia and I'm not even sure it is PERMITTED to be used anywhere else but in Czechia (as an approved medical treatment). Every pharmacy here in the Czech Republic carries it. At a much greater cost than we sell it for, because we sell it unbranded, unpackaged and we buy it via gray channels in bulk, very much to the dismay of the manufacturer.

22.  Allison    Thursday, May 9, 2019

Can this be used for widespread skin tinea versicolor? If so how would you recommend?

23.  Sarah Vaughter    Thursday, May 9, 2019

Yes, it can but how exactly you bring and keep the skin into contact with the product is a problem to be solved. Some people with Psoriasis take regular baths in the product, several times/day. The product would have to be made anew the next time. (I mention Psoriasis because some people with that diagnosis achieved a full cure, meaning "Psoriasis" may be a collection of afflictions, one of which being a fungal infection.)

24.  CUJO    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hi, I purchased this product. It says, I cannot find instructions anywhere on your website. I just need instructions on what the powder is mixed with, not how to use it. I know that would be medical advice. Thanks.

25.  Sarah Vaughter    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 links to, which very clearly has a link to where you'll find all product instructions. Those instruction PDF's are literally everywhere - from our front page on to the store menu at, and of course in the store article page itself and of course on the sales page of the product. So that's four different places. No, wait - five places: Also at our support page.

We mention in several places that the spores are mixed with Silica powder.

26.  Sarah Vaughter    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

I added a 6th place: My forum signature. Here are our instructions:

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