Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is named after a class of microorganisms that target the genitals and the lymph nodes that surround them. Chlamydia is the most common form of sexually transmitted disease, with as many as 8 million new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. Overall, chlamydia affects women more often than it does men, and the health risks posed by chlamydia are also typically more serious for women, as well as for babies born to mother affected with the disease.
Note: Chlamydia in both men and women should be treated immediately. Because of the many variables and potential problems associated with any type of STD, a trained health professional should be consulted if infection is suspected. In the case of any STD, it is important to determine if antibiotics or other pharmaceutical drugs are necessary or if natural remedies alone will be effective.
The primary symptoms of chlamydia are lesions that occur on the genitals and accompanying inflammation in the lymph nodes that surround the genital area, including the inner thigh region. However, in many cases, chlamydia does not result in noticeable symptoms. This poses a particular health risk to women and new born children born of mothers with chlamydia. Left untreated, chlamydia can result in infertility and tubal pregnancies, as well as premature birth and even death of newborns. Newborns and infants can also develop pneumonia, ear infections, and eye infections as a result of chlamydia.
Although Chlamydia can infect a woman’s cervix, urethra, eyes, and throat, it typically attacks the upper genital tract. This area includes the fallopian tubes, endometrium (lining of the uterus), and pelvic peritoneum (lining of the pelvis). So it is not surprising that one of the most common symptoms of chlamydia is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In the U.S. each year, chlamydia causes approximately 50 percent of the estimated annual cases of PID. Symptoms of both chlamydia and PID include vaginal bleeding or discharge or bleeding, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, changes in urination, and fever. Such symptoms can range from mild to extremely painful.
Caution: Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can be severe and even life-threatening. Therefore, proper diagnosis and medical care are essential.
In men, chlamydia primarily affects the urethra and the epididymis, which is part of the excretory duct of the testicles. Chlamydia is the number one cause of urethritis, the most common STD affecting men. As in women, chlamydia often presents no symptoms and is therefore difficult to treat. When symptoms are present, they include discharge from the penis, urethral itching, and/or changes in urination. Chlamydia that affects the epididymis is usually characterized by pain in one side of the scrotum, as well as swelling. The pain can range from mild to extremely severe.
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response to chlamydia is prevention. To avoid chlamydia, do the following:
- Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.
- Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.
- Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.
- Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.
- Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious micro-organisms.
- Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.
- Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.
- Have an annual check-up to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.
- If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.
Chlamydia is usually transmitted through intimate sexual contact but it can also be transmitted without sex, such as from an infected mother to her newborn child.
During the initial, acute phase, as well as periods of severe pain, a light diet consisting primarily of fresh organic fruits and vegetables is recommended. In addition, drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Follow this diet for at least three to five days.
Afterwards, emphasize fresh, organic foods, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and free-range, organic meats and poultry, as well as wild caught fish that are rich in essential fatty acids, such as sardines and salmon. Also be sure to minimize your alcohol intake to no more than one glass of red wine or beer per day.
Avoid all commercial and processed foods, as well as caffeine, salt, unhealthy fats, sugars, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, as well as wheat and wheat products. Also be screened for food allergies, as these can reduce immune function.
For the complete whole foods eating plan we recommend to heal and eliminate all imbalances and disease, connect to the full article: Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet.
- Allicin C – 3 capsules three times a day for 4 weeks
- Vitamin C – 3 packs, three to four times a day www.livonlabs.com
- Half a bottle of Zamu juice a day www.amazonherb.net
- Vitamin D – Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for a period of up to 4 weeks.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc are effective due to their proven ability to boost and maintain optimal immune function.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
In Ayurveda there are many natural antibiotics. These are very effective and have no side effects. Always consult a licensed practitioner. You may wish to discuss the following:
- Neem – This a tree from India which is popular for its antibiotic qualities. Chew neem leaves in the morning. Drink neem juice every day. Neem is a universal antibiotic which is effective on many bacteria strains.
- Lemon Drink Lemon juice daily two times a day. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C . It helps in increasing body’s immunity. It helps in speedy recovery.
- Yoga helps in increasing body’s immunity and fight with any type of infection. It is highly recommended.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Consult a licensed practitioner who may wish to discuss Schizandra sinesis – This herb is a powerful native ingredient from China. Schizandra is also used to assist the body in its capacity to regulate and maintain healthy energy levels and to routinely protect against toxins and cell damage. It is effective in helping the body to perform its natural function of regeneration of damaged liver tissue, while promoting improved overall regulation of physiological processes.
Acupuncture and acupressure may also be suggested as both are beneficial.
Visit a licensed practitioner. Essential oils which will prove beneficial are:
- Lavender – calming, soothing, antiseptic and emotional balancing, antibacterial
- Tea Tree – antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, particularly good for genital infections
- Cajeput – urinary antiseptic
- Niaouli – healing antiseptic, good for urinary infections
- Geranium – anti-inflammatory
- Parsley – antiseptic, good for infections of the urinary tract
- Patchouli – antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, good for fungal infections
- Sandalwood – antiseptic, beneficial for all urinary disorder, anti-bacterial properties
- Thyme – antibiotic, disinfectant and germicidal. Particularly good for urinary infections
Pulsatilla and podophyllum are helpful homeopathic remedies.
The most effective herbal remedy for treating chlamydia is goldenseal. Berberine, goldenseal’s active ingredient, has been found effective for killing chlamydial parasites without further outbreaks or occurrences even when conventional drugs fail to do so. In addition, goldenseal can enhance the effectiveness of drug treatments when they are necessary. Other useful herbs for treating chlamydia include chimaphilla, cranberry extract, Echinacea, horsetail and saw palmetto berries. Consult a licensed practitioner who may also wish to discuss:
- Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) – Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated a significant increase in the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.
- Agothosma betulina (Buchu) – This is a urinary antiseptic and possesses diuretic properties. Buchu has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries and assists the body to rid itself of toxins by stimulating the secretion of retained water.
- Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) – This herb contains a compound called oleuropein acid that is effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens (germs). The positive effects of Olive leaf have recently been demonstrated in a variety of clinical studies
For Vaginal Discharge:
- Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) – The name stems from the medieval alchemists’ fascination with the plant. They collected the dew from the slightly concave leaves and called it heavenly water and had a belief that it had magical powers. The tannins present in it make it a great astringent. Put 1-2g of dried herb plant into a litre of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes and strain. Add the infusion to a bath. Bathe twice daily to bring relief to your vaginal discharge.
The juices of apples, carrots, celery, cranberry, cucumber, grapes, parsley, pomegranate, and watermelon are all recommended. Juices made from green vegetables are also highly recommended.
McCoombs’ Candida Cleanse: www.mccoombsplan.com
Preventing chlamydia naturally: www.naturalnews.com/035102_urinary_tract_infections_remedies_cranberries.html
Coconut and chlamydia: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/07/28/coconut-health.aspx
The healing properties of Neem: www.killzrx.com/neem-leaf-extract.html
Yoga for improved sexual health: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE2t1Fdyfec
Ayurvedic home remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SXzFrZ1w70
Coloidal Silver benefits in treating chlamydia: www.naturalnews.com/010038.html
Link between chlamydia and ectopic pregnancy: www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/213387.php
Male fertility damaged by chlamydia: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/85553.php
Further Information (links and books)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, King K. Holmes; Color Atlas and Synopsis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, H. Hunter Handsfield; The Complete Guide to Natural Remedies for STD STI (Natural Health & Wellness Series) by Balthazar Moreno, Trixie Joyce Burce, Danica Niña Louwe and Neo LothongKum; Mind Your Body: A Sexual Health and Wellness Guide for Women, Beth Howard.
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