STDs – short for sexually transmitted diseases – are primarily infections that develop due to unsafe sex. The infections turn into diseases when symptoms appear. Some of the most common of STDs are gonorrhea, chlamydia, AIDS/HIV, HPV (human papillomavirus), genital herpes, etc.
Increasingly, doctors are prescribing herbal remedies for the treatment and faster healing of STD symptoms. These herbal and other natural remedies need to be taken alongside conventional medications. Here are some of the best natural cures for STDs.
Natural Ways To Cure STDs
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is recommended for the treatment of STDs because of its antibacterial properties. Its effectiveness in healing wounds, scars, etc. real fast makes it a suitable remedy for STD symptoms that include sores in the genitals. Apply some aloe vera gel to the affected part and let it remain there till the gel dries up. Repeat this process at least twice every day. This would make the scabs fall. Make sure not to apply aloe vera gel on open sores. Also, wear gloves while applying the gel to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Garlic contains allicin that has strong antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. These properties alleviate symptoms of most STDs. The simplest way of using garlic as a remedy for STDs is to chew a raw garlic clove every day. Garlic supplements or capsules are also available over the counter.
3. Tea Tree Oil
It has strong antibacterial properties that act against the bacteria causing STDs especially syphilis and chancroid. Both these diseases are accompanied with terrible pain and tea tree oil helps relieve the pain. Apply some tea tree oil on affected area with cotton ball and repeat the process for few weeks. Otherwise you can also add few drops of tea tree oil to the water for bathing. Tea tree oil can also be applied to the genitals directly for relief from symptoms of chlamydia and trichomoniasis.
Tea is a widely recommended natural remedy for STDs because it contains tannic acid that offers relief from various genital issues like burning, itching, etc. Take a tea bag, brew it in boiling water and let it cool down for some time. Place the cold tea bag on genitals affected with sores and inflammation to treat the symptoms of STDs, especially genital warts and herpes. Make sure that you do not use the same tea bag the next time since it may spread the infection.
Since ancient times, turmeric has been used to treat various viral and bacterial infections. Turmeric’s effectiveness in treating such infections including STDs comes from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hence, turmeric alleviates itching, burning or pain in the genitals caused by STDs. It inhibits growth of bacteria and viruses. Since it is a natural antioxidant it prevents free radicals from damaging the cells and prepare the body to fight further infections.
6. Baking Soda
Easily available at home. baking soda proves to be a potent natural remedy for STDs. This is because topical application of baking soda on affected parts brings relief to itching as well as inflammation caused by STDs like genital herpes and syphilis.
Antibiotics – the most commonly prescribed drug for treatment of STDs – kills good bacteria along with the harmful ones. But the good bacteria are seminal for proper digestion. So, people suffering from STDs should supplement their diet with yogurt that contains probiotics. Probiotics help the healthy bacteria to grow in the body. Probiotics also boost the immune system so that your body fights bacterial and viral infections on a regular basis.
This particular herb is popular among herbalists owing to its amazing antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Besides, it strengthens the immune system against viral and bacterial infections that may result in STDs. Echinacea is available in the form of tinctures as well as capsules. Up to 500mg of echinacea is recommended for the treatment of chlamydia and other STDs.
This particular herb is recommended for treatment of STDs primarily because of its excellent antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening properties. Hence, goldenseal not only relieves symptoms of STDs but also enables the body to fight future infections.
Vitamins fortify your immune system and aids the body in recovering from the ill effects of STDs. Daily intake of essential vitamins such as folic acid and vitamins C,E, and K would ensure further prevention from infection from bacteria and virus carrying STD. Some good food sources of folic acid are spinach, turnip, asparagus, citrus fruits, beans, peas, etc. Foods rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits, capsicum, and peppers. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, and peanuts. Those rich in vitamin K are dark leafy greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc.