STDs are treated medically, no doubt. Antibiotics and antiviral drugs are strongly recommended to get rid of or to manage these diseases. Furthermore, there are steps to take in order to recover fully, and also to complement the synthetic medications as well as to have damaged tissues healed and to boost one's immunity against subsequent infections or reinfections.
One such vital steps is taking natural products and organic extracts from plants. Some of those items are discussed on, below:
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is a clove, rich in allin. It is commonly acclaimed as a curer of many diseases. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties, to mention a few. It is an immunity booster. When chewed, chopped or mashed, allin is broken down into allicin wherein the properties of garlic lie. Garlic helps to heal wounds and sores. It can be used in food preparation and can be taken as daily supplements. It can also be eaten fresh.
Oil of Oregano
It is a derivative from the leaves and shoots of the Oregano plant. Oregano is a Mediterranean food ingredient whose oil has been noted to be antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic. The oil helps to boost the immune system against infections and can be applied on the skin or ingested. It is diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil, or with water before being used. People allergic to mint, basil, sage or lavender, pregnant women, nursing mothers, babies, and children should not take Oregano or its extract.
Goldenseal (Hyrastis canadensis)
This herb is native to southern Canada and the eastern United States. Goldenseal heals vaginal pain and vaginal swelling. It can be applied topically on sores and blisters caused by genital herpes and can be used as a mouthwash to fight sores in the mouth. When taken with Echinacea, it helps to strengthen the immune system. It can be drunk as a herbal tea. Goldenseal has severe side effects when taken raw and fresh. It is not for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, newborn babies, and children.
Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana )
The purple mangosteen is an evergreen tree that originated from Malaysia and Indonesia. It can be used topically to treat skin infections including those caused by the herpes simplex virus, Neisseria gonorrhea, and Chlamydia trachomatis. Eating mangosteen can boost the immune system.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Found in the eastern and central North American countries, Echinacea belongs to the group of herbaceous flowering plants of the Asteraceae family. When taken orally with Goldenseal, Echinacea boosts the immune system. It can be taken as a daily supplement to reduce pains from inflammation, itching on the genitals, and for the healing of sores and blisters.
Yogurt is a protein-rich food gotten by the bacterial fermentation of milk. The bacteria used in fermenting milk for yogurt are called yogurt culture, consisting of Lactobacillus bulgarius and Streptococcus thermophiles. Yogurt is a probiotic; when eaten daily, it can help get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis by restoring healthy bacteria needed to keep the vagina in good health. It is also an immunity booster.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is an extract from fresh Aloe Vera leaves. When applied to an ulcer, it brings relief and healing by combating the organism that caused the injury. However, applying the gel should be done with gloved hands to avoid further infections.
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda is a white, odorless fine powder primarily used in baking and in tenderizing meat. But those are not the only uses of baking soda. For STDs, this powder can be sprinkled on sores from syphilis and herpes to relieve itching, pain, and inflammation.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
A common evergreen herbaceous plant, lemon balm can be used in healing blisters and sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. It can be ingested to maintain the body's immune system. Lemon balm can be applied topically as a cream or as a tincture on sores and blisters, or taken as lemon balm tea many times daily.
Apple cider vinegar
It is a liquid usually for salad dressings and as a food preservative. Though it has no nutritional value, it can be used in wounds and sores as a bath, to alleviate pain and inflammation. Its diluted form can be dabbed on wounds with a cotton ball.
Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)
Neem oil, an oil derived from the seeds of the neem tree can be used on itchy genitals to relieve itchiness. It is used with a carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Neem leaves, when taken as a tea, can provide the body with protection against STDs caused by a virus. The neem leaves can be made into a paste used for the treatment of lesions from genital herpes.
Other steps needed to be taken alongside the natural therapies to ensure complete recovery and protection from recurring infections are:
- Eating healthy
- Drinking lots of water
- Maintaining good personal hygiene and,
- Getting tested routinely
Finally, getting treated contributes a lot to one's safety from complications brought about by STDs. Consequently, completing the treatment and abstaining from sexual intercourse until you are tested free from the disease are crucial recommendations to adhere to.