Home Support and Alternative Treatments for Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. It can be transmitted to both sexes, but it can cause damage to a woman’s reproductive system and affect chances of future pregnancies. It increases the risk for an ectopic pregnancy (occurring outside the womb).

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If you have chlamydia while pregnant, your child may be infected during the birth. In rare cases, it can prevent a man from having children.

The infection is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person, no ejaculation required. Having it once does not make you immune.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • There may be no symptoms (more common than having symptoms)
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain and swelling in the testicles
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Rectal discharge
  • Rectal pain
  • Vaginal discharge

PREVALENCE

NCBI reports prevalence among women worldwide is 2.4% to 6.9%. There are over 1.5 million cases reported annually in the US.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection and treatable with antibiotics, for you and your partners. Commonly, it is a 7-day course of medication with abstinence, although there is a single-dose option.

SELF SUPPORT

The only way to know for sure if you have chlamydia is to have a lab test. While it’s treatable with antibiotics, how would we know if natural remedies can cure it unless people refuse conventional treatment, treat it on their own at home and then get retested? Furthermore, for there to be any reliable statistics on whether or not home treatment would work as a cure, you’d need a large number of people to participate in a controlled trial, so you’d have to find many people willing to risk their health and fertility for some length of time in order to test the theory, and scientists willing to risk subjects’ health.

Research has shown promise with polyphenols, lipidic compounds and proteinaceous compounds to fight the infection, but it would almost certainly require medicinal doses. Scientific focus is usually on isolating natural compounds that work and then producing them synthetically in a lab. It’s particularly important to find alternatives to antibiotics because pathogens evolve to survive antibiotics, which then are ineffective. However, while there are many antimicrobial and antibiotic plant substances with which you can support your health, it is unlikely that, today, you can cure yourself of chlamydia with a cup of tea.

To make matters more complicated, there is some evidence that early antibiotic treatment may actually interfere with the natural immune responses and make those who are treated more likely to be re-infected, and some women have experienced spontaneous resolution, which suggests that their immune responses were able to deal with the infection. There isn’t enough research evidence to explain re-infection statistics easily, however, as it could be simply that those who are re-infected are those who are re-exposed, or that one bacterium survived the treatment. If that’s not enough confusion for you, most, but not all people are successfully treated with antibiotics. The cure rate is in the high 90’s but it is not 100%.

There is one claim that a 2-week herbal regimen cured 73.44% of women (in a trial?). The only support for that statement was a non-working link, and the author referred to Homeopathy and Ayurveda treatments, but again, there was scant information. The website is linked below under Ayurveda as an alternative therapy. More promising is an article about Homeopathic treatment, which I’ve linked below in the Alternative Therapies section. There is also a post about Chinese Medicine, which claims a cure. Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Chinese Herbal Medicine all require a good practitioner for the best chance of success.

The suggestions below include foods and substances known to contain antibiotic and antibacterial properties.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against bacterial infections. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Black currants
  • Black grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Bone broth
  • Broccoli
  • Cherries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chicory
  • Coco
  • Curly kale
  • Eggplant
  • Fermented foods
  • Fiber-rich foods
  • Parsley
  • Plums
  • Red cabbage
  • Soy milk
  • Soybeans
  • Yellow onion

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Anything that adversely affects immunity
  • Alcohol
  • Cured and smoked meats
  • Food additives
  • Smoking
  • Sugar
  • Trans fats

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Black tea
  • Green tea

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera
  • Cat’s claw
  • Chinchona bark
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Indian gooseberry
  • Lemon mint
  • Mint
  • Neem seeds
  • Red Clover
  • Sage
  • Turmeric

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Oregano

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Baicalin (flavonoid)
  • Cat’s claw
  • Colloidal silver
  • Combination of colloidal silver, oregano oil and olive leaf extract
  • Corn mint extracts
  • Luteolin
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Oregano oil as a supplement (not for pregnant women or those who are nursing)
  • Probiotics
  • Quercetin (in some studies, yes; in others no)
  • Red thyme extract
  • Saw palmetto

HYDRATION

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health and immune function is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupuncture for pain
  • Ayurveda (Vaidya A. Reverse pharmacological correlates of ayurvedic drug actions. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2006 [cited 2018 Mar 10];38:311-5. Available from: http://www.ijp-online.com/text.asp?2006/38/5/311/27697)
  • Chinese Medicine (http://global.fuyanpills.com/DT/Chlamydia_Infection/2012/0924/316.html)
  • Homeopathy (http://www.interhomeopathy.org/chlamydia-trachomatis-clinical-observations)
  • SCIO (http://www.quantumscio.co.za/what-can-it-treat.html)
  • org (https://www.watercures.org/sea-salt-cures.html)

CAUTIONS

  • For more information on possible activities that can spread the infection, see http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/chlamydia/
  • Sexually active women of childbearing age should be tested at least once a year.
  • Since an infected person may be asymptomatic, it would be wise to test after any unprotected sex. Damage can occur without you knowing you are infected.
  • Untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Use latex condoms
  • Insist on tests for partners.
  • Follow up testing after treatment

RESEARCH

  • https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/508071/
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