Herbal chlamydia trachomatis treatment. Different communities all over the world have practiced the use of herbs to treat various diseases and ailments. The parts of plants that have traditionally used as medicine include the leaves, bark, fruit, and the roots.
There are specific plants that have proved effective in the treatment of chlamydia trachomatis. These include:
- Saw palmetto – This is a fruit extract of the serenoa plant that is mostly found in the Americas. Apart from using it as food, the American aborigines used it as traditional medicine to treat urinary and reproductive diseases. Liquid obtained from the boiling of the plants leaves was used as a remedy for coughs. From research conducted on the plant, it has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties capable of combating chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. Saw Palmetto may cause allergic reactions, gastrointestinal disturbances and hormonal effect. Saw palmetto should not be used in combination with other drugs of anti-bacterial properties, as drug interaction is possible. To reduce the effects of its side effects, it is recommended to be used immediately after eating food.
- Goldenseal – Goldenseal is a herbal plant that is common in the US and Canada. It has been used for a long time as a topical application for microbial infections. It has been established to contain other powerful anti-bacterial properties effective in the treatment of chlamydia trachomatis. It is commercially available in salve, tablet and tincture forms. Goldenseal should be used with care, as it can be toxic if taken in overdose. It is not recommended for use by pregnant women and children. Goldenseal should not be used in combination with other medication drugs such as warfarin, ciclosporin and protease.
- Berberis – The berberis plant is a good source of berberine, an ammonium salt that is commonly used in the drying of wool, apart from other uses. Berberine is effective in the treatment of fungal infections including yeasts, parasites and candida albicans. It is also an effective anti-bacterial and anti-viral herbal medication. It is presently a formulation in some eye ointments meant for the treatment of trachoma.
- Echinacea – Echinacea is a herbaceous flowering plant native to America. It has many varieties and only one variety is used for medication. Echinacea is an effective immunostimulant, able to stimulate the body’s immune system to ward off all kinds of infections. It also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that are effective in the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections, including those caused by chlamydia trachomatis. The use of Echinacea should not exceed 10 days, as it can be toxic. It is also not suitable for use by children below the age of 12 years as it can negatively affect their immune system. Its general side effects include allergic reactions, asthma attacks, abdominal pains, nausea and dizziness.
The use of herbal formulations, just like conventional medications, should be with a lot of care to avoid incidents of overdose and drug interactions. Herbal formulations are readily available in pharmacies and online stores and are effective if used according to instructions.