The disease known as chlamydia is one of the most widespread among the sexually transmitted diseases-STDs, around the world. Because of the fact that its symptoms are so mild and because it may even be non existent in some cases-it is often left untreated for long periods of time which is why it is a major cause of infertility in many women. Symptomatic treatment of the symptoms when present can preclude the appearance of chronic problems and the infertility related to pelvic inflammatory disease, which is often associated with the condition. Physical symptoms of the disease in a woman may include bleeding between periods and abnormal discharges from the vagina, any type of pain in the pelvic region as well as pain during sexual intercourse are also secondary symptoms, additionally symptoms related to a bladder infection are also often present in the affected woman.
The appearance of symptoms is more apparent and evident in men affected with the condition. Symptoms are intense in the mornings and are caused by the development of an inflammation in the urethra which causes a discharge to seep out causing great discomfort and pain. While the man is urinating, the discomfort and itching can be extreme in the affected area. In men sometimes the condition causes epididymitis leading to pain and swelling in one testicle which can be very uncomfortable for the person. Chlamydia infections can also bring about Reiter's syndrome, which is a combination of severe arthritis, urethritis and conjunctivitis in the affected person.
The causative agent is neither a bacteria nor a virus, indeed chlamydia is considered to be a unique microorganism. Once a person is infected, it may take a week or sometimes one month for the symptoms to begin manifesting themselves, the transmission of the disease is only through close sexual contact between one person and another. Indiscriminate partners and sexual promiscuity increases the risks of infection, similar to other sexually transmitted diseases-thus sexual behavior plays a major role in the transmission of the condition. The ease and likelihood of an infection increases if the person has been using contraceptive pills over the long term as such pills lower the resistance to the organism and the pathogen may actually find it easier to gain a foothold in the body. The risk of infection is significantly reduced through the use of latex condoms while indulging in sexual activity. The risk of communicating the disease as well as the chances of developing the more serious condition of pelvic inflammatory disease increases the longer the disease and its symptoms go untreated.
Supplements and herbs
Medical treatment if the usual way through which the infection is stopped but the use of nutritional supplements should be done along with the allopathic medical treatment to bolster the immune system and to support the body in fighting off the infection. The medical treatment must not be supplanted by these nutritional supplements at any stage-these supplements are meant only to aid in the fight against the disease. Very severe and unpleasant results can ensue if any sexually transmitted disease is allowed to progress unchecked-this includes chlamydia as well.
Supplements of friendly bacteria such as the Lactobacillus acidophilus and other species is an essential step in boosting the fighting capabilities of the body as these replenish the population of healthy bacteria residing naturally in the bowels and other intestinal regions of a person. Resistance to the chlamydia organism is also believed to be increased by the use of minerals like zinc and through added supplements of the vitamin E. The infection must also be treated through regular use of substantial amounts of vitamin C along with naturally occurring compounds known as bioflavonoids.
The use of the following herbal remedies can be done to support the allopathic medical treatment without the fear of any side-effects whatsoever. These herbal remedies bolster the immune system and help in the rapid elimination of the condition.
To treat an eye infection caused by chlamydia, berberine eye drops may be used on a regular basis. The chlamydia parasite is eliminated by the berberine compound which is itself an active constituent of the goldenseal herb; the compound stimulates some parts of the immune system and helps bolster the defense system of the body. To prepare the eye drop, add five drops of berberine tincture in half a cup of hot water, let the water cool down and bathe the eyes using this solution or drop it into the affected eye with a dropper. Alternately you can consume about ten drops of a tincture made using the goldenseal herb mixed in some water thrice every day. The body's own defense to infections of all kinds from different pathogens can be improved through regular use of the root of the Echinacea herb in tincture form. The herb can be consumed in the form of a tincture-about 20-30 drops of the tincture in some liquid taken every two to three hours on a daily basis, alternately three 200 mg capsules of the herb taken up to three times every day during the acute stage of the infection can also provide relief. To enhance the performance of the Echinacea herb, about 5 to 10 drops of an herbal goldenseal tincture can be added. This solution must not be taken continuously for more than a week in a stretch. If you find the need, the treatment using this herbal remedy can be repeated after a two-week break. The antiseptic properties of the saw palmetto berries have particular relevance to the treatment of urinary related issues. Prepare this herbal remedy by mixing a tbsp. of the berries in two cups of water to make an herbal decoction; alternately you can take 10-15 drops of the herbal tincture thrice every day. The immune system is stimulated and healing is quickened through the careful and regular application of warm herbal packs along the lower abdominal area, these applications also increase circulation to the affected area and help bring about a reduction in the inflammation.
- Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids, 1,000 mg.
- Vitamin E, 400 IU 1 - 2 times a day.
- Zinc, 30 mg, with three mg of copper.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus combination, three capsules or one tsp.
Other beneficial herbs