Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that arises due to the transfer of bacteria during intercourse. In the USA, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections alongside Gonorrhea. Its symptoms include vaginal discharge and bleeding after sex in women whereas men may experience a burning sensation while urinating, pain in the abdomen, discharge from the penis, and swelling of testicles (1).
The disease can be prevented by avoiding sex, using condoms, having sex with only one person, etc. Chlamydia is not a serious disease and can be treated with certain antibiotics, but if the disease is overlooked, it may result in chronic health problems like pelvic inflammatory disease and female infertility.
If you are also suffering from the symptoms mentioned above, you can get it tested by a urine test or a swab test before it’s too late. People suffering from this disease often wonder that how long it takes to get rid of chlamydia. Well, it does not take a long time to heal if you take precautions and religiously follow the remedies. In most of the cases, the infection is cured within 2 weeks. Let’s check out some simple home remedies to get rid of chlamydia.
Natural Remedies for Chlamydia
Garlic, being antibacterial, bestows you with innumerable health benefits (2). It is a potent tool against infections like chlamydia. In order to get rid of the disease, consume raw garlic in salad or soup. Many of us eat it in a cooked form, but it loses its healing properties after cooking. Chlamydia patients are also advised to drink garlic juice.
- Alternatively, if the pungent taste of the herb is unbearable for you to ingest, take garlic supplements.
Note: Consult a dietitian before taking garlic doses.
2. Proper Diet
Eating the right kind of diet is a great way to treat chlamydia. The beneficial aspects of fiber in treating this disease can’t be ignored. 80% of your diet must consist of alkaline and fiber rich food. Apple, being loaded with fibers, is good at fighting the infection (5). Besides that, other nutrients found in the fruit are also good at restraining virus and bacteria. Whole beans and grains are some other food items enriched with fibers.
Including yogurt in the diet boosts the immunity, providing the body with friendly bacteria that empowers the immune system to fight against the harmful bacteria. Its intake increases the probiotic concentration and guards you against bacterial infections. A study has shown that Lactobacillus species extracted from yogurt is great at inhibiting the entry of pathogens, protecting the body from any such infection (6). A cup of yogurt should be taken two times a day when infected.
Vitamins are essential for carrying out body functions properly. Vitamin B is very important for maintaining cells and repairing the nerve structure. On the other hand, vitamin C is a great antioxidant that regulates white blood cell function. The absence of the vitamin reduces the ability of the body to sweep away infections (7).
Chlamydia is a painful situation and the inconvenience caused by it can be reduced by taking a sitz bath, using aromatherapy essential oil. The oil best suited for curing the inflammation is tea tree oil. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of this oil cure the infection (8). Some other oils are also recommended, such as lavender and myrrh oil.
6. Stay Hydrated
Water cleanses the body by removing toxins, poisonous metabolic waste, and harmful substances (9). Add a quarter teaspoon of salt to the water to make it more effective. It is recommended to drink a minimum of 12 glasses of water every day to flush off toxins from the body.
Eating an avocado every day can be an effective chlamydia cure. They are enriched with nutrients and vitamins that protect our system from foreign bodies. Avocados contain folate, glutathione, and vitamin E (10). These antioxidants inhibit the infection and make the body healthy. The anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit reduce the pain and swelling felt during chlamydia.
Lemon is used for treating chlamydia, owing to the abundance of vitamin C in it. The vitamin strengthens the immune system to curb the inflammation (11). Just squeeze a lemon in a glass of water and drink it.
Herbal Remedies for Chlamydia
9. Green Tea
Green tea is packed with a lot of antioxidants like polyphenols that keep the body protected from chlamydia infections (12). Boil some water and put the leaves in it. After 10 minutes, strain the concoction, add a teaspoon of honey to it and drink it.
10. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is a potent remedy to cure chlamydia. It is used to cure several infections. Thymol is the main component of the oil, which is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant (13). It protects the body by removing all sorts of toxins.
Take a cup of water and add a few drops of the oil to it. Stir the mixture so that the oil gets mixed in the water and then, consume it.
- Apart from that, you can apply the oil directly to the infected area.
Note: Do not consume large quantities of oregano oil, as that may prove to be detrimental to health.
11. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is majorly used for enhancing the texture of the skin and hair. The plant is anti-inflammatory and antifungal. The polysaccharide compounds of aloe vera boost the immune system. It is also great for detoxification and healing (14). Along with that, it is rich in vitamin C, E, and B-complex.
Apply aloe vera gel on the infected area directly or you can ingest it by making a delicious smoothie of it.
Usnea is also known as old man’s beard. It is antimicrobial in nature, potent enough to cure the infections (15). The herb being a blend of moss and algae is highly antiseptic (16). These properties of the herb enable it to be used in treating chlamydia. It protects the body from HIV and fungal infections, as well. The herb also boosts the immune system that may have weakened due to continuous infections.
This herb is effective in treating infections occurring due to the microorganisms. It exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that impart strength to the immune system for fighting against such infections (17, 18). Along with that, it provides relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of the disease.
Echinacea can be consumed by making a tea with some sugar and milk. A regular intake of this tea helps getting rid of the infection. The herb is generally available in the form of powder and can be easily purchased.
The herb is used for treating a variety of problems related to sexual organs from ancient times. Sage tea, made by infusing sage leaves in boiling water, is powerful in curing the infection. According to a study, sage is antimicrobial and antioxidant that eliminates the undesirable substances from the body (19). The patients are advised to drink 4-5 cups of sage tea every day for some time to completely cure chlamydia.
The herb consists of berberine, a powerful component effective in killing bacteria and other germs (20). Berberine possesses the ability to energize white blood cells, empowering the immune system (21). Douche made by goldenseal is effective in eradicating the bacteria and providing relief from the painful symptoms of the disease.
The douche can be prepared by adding 3 tsp of powdered herb to 8 ounces of warm water.
- Alternatively, you can make a paste of walnut hull powder, Echinacea, and goldenseal. Apply the paste on the affected area. Wash it off after some time.
- Or, goldenseal tea made by dissolving a tablet with ¼ tsp salt in a cup of warm water should be taken twice a day for 10 days to cure the disease.
16. Cat’s Claw
Cat’s claw is used in treating many sexually transmitted diseases and bacterial infections. The herb, in combination with gentian herb, turns out to be a powerful remedy for treating the disease. It is good at curing viral infections and makes the immune system stronger so as to fight back the infections (22). Take 500 mg capsules of cat’s claw, thrice a day for a week to get the desired result.
1) This herb may prove to be fatal for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.
2) Those who have recently undergone an organ transplant must not consume the herb.
3) People who are taking anticoagulant medications are not advised to consume the herb.
17. Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is great for healing infections. Being a diuretic, it removes the harmful bacteria from the body and helps tissues heal faster (23). The antiseptic properties of the herb play a major role in treating the diseases related to sexual organs and stimulate the immune system.
Note: Consuming the herb in large quantities may result in diarrhea.
18. Indian Lilac
The herb is anti-inflammatory and possesses antifungal properties (24). Be it the leaves or its bark; all of them are antibacterial in nature. The oil of the herb or the crushed leaves can be applied to the infected area. Indian lilac is also an active ingredient in creams for allergies or infection.
19. Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract consists of oleuropein, a strong component that exhibits antimicrobial properties (25,26). Olive tree extract is available in the form of powder, salve, capsule, dried leaves, or a liquid concentrate. The extract can be consumed orally or applied to the infected area to reduce the inflammation. In both the ways, it benefits the body. The antibacterial properties heal the body by killing off the bacteria. The extract should be taken, twice a week.
The root of the plant (dried for 4-6 years) is used for curing the disease. Astragalus is rich in amino acids, flavonoids, and trace minerals. The herb being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory stimulates the immune system (27). It works as an energizer, rejuvenating the body. The root can be taken in the form of supplements.
- Alternatively, tincture of the herb can be consumed 2-3 times a day (3-5 drops at a time).
Note: People suffering from fever are advised to refrain from the herb.
The root of this herb is used as a medicine. The herb acts as a natural antiseptic and anthelmintic. Gentian is extensively used in ancient Chinese system to treat sexually transmitted diseases. According to a research, gentian tea is anti-inflammatory & antimicrobial and works as an effective antioxidant (28). Just boil the root in water and strain the liquid. Dip a cotton ball in this liquid and apply to the infected area.
Use of turmeric as an antiseptic agent dates back to the ancient times, which makes it an effective herb for the treatment of infections and speeds the healing process of the inflamed tissues (29). It is also widely used in cooking. The presence of curcumin makes it a great antioxidant, as well (30). Therefore, it can counteract free radicals, the conspirators of the infection. Incorporate turmeric in your diet or drink turmeric milk, twice a day. It also boosts the immune system.
- Get yourself tested after you practice sex with a new partner or without any protection.
- Go for monogamous relationships.
- Reduce the intake of food like butter, alcohol, caffeine, red meat, and whole-fat dairy products.
- Go for regular check-ups.
- Include fiber-rich foods like beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds in your diet.
- Barley grass, wheat grass, and alfalfa must be incorporated in the diet.
- The most effective way to avoid any complications is to refrain from any oral or anal sex act during the treatment.
- Avoid any sexual contact without using a proper protection.
- Ignore sexual activities during teenage, as it may lead to the development of this disease due to girls having an immature cervix.