Most youths think having an STD is the worst thing that can happen to them. What about you? Why are you here reading about herbal remedies for STDs/STIs?
If you have been diagnosed with an STD, it`s truly a cause for alarm. Because an STI can be fatal if left untreated. That still doesn`t mean you should go at great length searching for a cure. There are many herbs that can come to your rescue.
But before showing those herbs, let`s talk about the symptoms of STD. This is to make sure you have really contracted an infection before using those herbs.
Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
- Rashes at the private part; If you have rashes at your private part, that is mostly as a result of std. Especially when it’s itchy
- Genital sore; An open genital sore can also be a clear sign of sexually transmitted infections.
- Genital discharge; A yellowish or milky discharge from the private part can be a warning sign when they are accompanied with a foul smell.
- Menstrual irregularities; changes in the menstrual cycle can also signify the presence of an infection
Be sure it is an STI before Treating
If you have those signs and symptoms that suggest you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is often important to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. A laboratory test can detect the infection, co-infections you might have, and possibly the cause.
Here are some of the tests that can be carried out;
- Blood tests—This is the easiest method of confirming the presence of an infection. Especially HIV or later stages of syphilis.
- Fluid samples—Some STIs can be confirmed with the fluid samples from a genital sore
- Screening—You can use this method even if you have no symptoms of a disease. Though it is not part of a routine health checkup.
- Urine sample—You can prefer to use a urine sample for the test.
- Saliva test—Just like urine, some prefer their STI to be confirmed with a saliva sample
When to go for a test
There is no suggested number of STD tests or screenings for everyone. You might need to check yourself more frequently than me. Or the other way round. Some have higher risks of contracting an STI more than others.
Those who are at high risk are;
Very sexually active persons—People that often have unprotected sex from different partners. If you are in this group, you should test for STI every six months
People with hepatitis c— Hepatitis C and B are not sexually transmitted diseases. But it increases the risk of contracting one. People with hepatitis C/B should have regular STI tests- At least once per year.
Women above 21 years of age—Experts suggest that women age 21 and above take the pap test once every three years. The Pap test screens for cervical abnormalities, precancerous changes that are often caused by human papillomavirus (HPV)and even fibroid.
Gays—Homosexual men are at a higher risk of contracting STI when compared with other groups. Many health groups suggest that men in this group should take regular tests for STDs. They recommend annual or more frequent tests for this group.
Especially if you recently contracted the infection.
Herbal Remedies for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
These herbal remedies for STIs apply to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) caused by bacteria. It can help in managing viral infections but not cure. If you are an infected pregnant mother, getting treated right now can prevent or reduce the risk of transferring the disease to your baby.
Here are some herbs that can help in treating STDs;
Suma is a medicinal root mostly found in Latin America. It has antibacterial properties and can be used to strengthen the immune system. It is an important herb used in treating many STIs especially gonorrhea and syphilis. Suma also ward off other potential illnesses.
How to use Suma to fight STDs
Boil the roots, bark, and leaves and drink the concoction. Or, eat the fruits of the tree.
- Tea Tree Oil
Just like suma, tea tree oil also has rich anti-bacterial properties. It helps in easing pains caused by STDs. It soothes the pain caused by Chlamydia, chancroid, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
How to use Tea Tree Oil to fight STDs
Add the tea tree oil to your bath water and bathe with it for a few weeks. Or, apply the oil to the affected area with a clean cotton wool.
Vinegar helps in providing relief caused by STDs- Especially genital warts.
How to use Vinegar to fight STDs
Dab genital warts with cotton wool dipped in vinegar
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic. It also has some antifungal and antiviral properties. It prevents the buildup of bacteria and other pathogens which helps to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
How to use Garlic to fight STDs
Chew a clove of raw garlic daily
Have you heard of Anthocleista djalonensis? The roots of this medicinal plant can be used to treat many forms of STDs. It also brings down the pain caused by syphilis.
How to use Anthocleista to fight STDs
Get the root of this plant. Thoroughly wash and boil them in water for about an hour. Take one glass daily for a few months. In case you can`t find the roots, use the bark and leaves. You can even eat the fruit raw as it also helps.
- Aloe vera
This plant from north Africa is a rare gift from God! It has more than 100 benefits known to man. In case syphilis left you with some scars and wounds, aloe vera can help in healing the scars or wounds.
How to use Aloe Vera to fight STDs
Apply the thick layer of aloe vera gel to the wounds or scar. Leave it for at least 20 minutes before washing it off. Do it twice daily until you get cured.
Note: Always wear a glove before applying the gel to prevent spreading the disease to other areas. And don`t apply gels to an open sore.
Other Home Remedies for STDs
Use ice cubes to bring instant relief from pain resulting from genital herpes and warts.
How to use ice for STI treatments
Crush and wrap an ice cube in a plastic bag and apply to the sore and inflamed genital. You can do it several times in a day but don`t overdo it to avoid harming the tissues.
Cornstarch can reduce itching and inflammation caused by syphilis and genital herpes
How to use Cornstarch to fight STDs
Just sprinkle cornstarch on the sores and ulcers
Increase your intake of these three things;
Increase your intake of foods enriched with vitamins B, C, E, K, and folic acid. According to the mayo clinic, these help in faster recovery of the body from any disease
Most of those herbs listed above are antibiotics. They kill both harmful bacteria and good ones. Eating yogurt every day will replace the good bacteria killed by the herbs. In this way, your body does not lose good bacteria which can aid digestion and keep you healthy.
- Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking lots of water will help flush out toxins from your body, keep you healthy, and boost your immune system.
Things to keep in mind while fighting STDs
Consult with a health care professional before taking any medication (INCLUDING THESE HERBS). Avoid having sex for the period of the treatment. Maintain good personal hygiene.
Practice safe sex with your partner. Inform your partner immediately you are diagnosed with an STI. Don`t have multiple sexual partners. Abstain from homosexuality.
Take action now!
If you leave sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) untreated, it can lead to serious complications and even death.
It can lead to infertility, severe pelvic pain, cervical or penile cancer, arthritis, or it can even cause birth defects. In case you are not experiencing any symptoms now, know that most of the STIs are asymptomatic in their early stages.
So it`s essential that you screen yourself now to avoid complications.
As you already know, prevention is better than cure. Prevent getting infected from sexually transmitted diseases. It can help you to learn how to enhance your sexual performance. But in the case you already have it, use those herbal remedies for STDs above along with the prescribed medication as recommended by your doctor
Which other natural treatment for STI do you know? Please leave a comment and share it.