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AIDS, Candidiasis, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea,
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PID, STD, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis

 
Description

There are numerous diseases that are transmitted either exclusively or primarily through intimate sexual contact. In the past, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) were termed venereal diseases. Recently, new communicable diseases have been added...and they are on the rise. These include trichomoniasis, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, AIDS, genital candidiasis (yeast infection), and syphilis.

 


 
Symptoms and Signs:

 
Candidiasis

Candidiasis (yeast infection) presents with thick, odourless, pasty discharge in women and intense itching (in either sex).

 
Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis presents with heavy, yellow or green, frothy, and foul smelling discharge, "flea bitten" or "strawberry" cervix, pain in the vagina in women; males are often asymptomatic or may have a clear urethral discarge. Often self-limiting in males.

 
Chlamydia

Chlamydia may present cervicitis, burning on urination, white vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese, painful intercourse, and itching in women. For men, a clear, watery urethral discharge occurs. Often, however, there are no symptoms at all.

 
Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea in women presents with frequent and painful urination, a cloudy vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, inflammation of the pelvic area, rectal discharge, and abnormal uterine bleeding. In men, there may be a yellowish, pus-filled urethral discharge. There may also be no symptoms at all, especially in women.

 
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women usually presents with a pus-filled vaginal discharge with fever and lower abdominal discharge.

 
Syphilis

There are three distinct stages in the development of syphilis. Primary syphilis presents within three weeks as a sore on the genitalia (chancre). Secondary syphilis presents six weeks after primary syphilis with a rash on the hands and feet, patches of flaking tissue, fever, sore throat, sores in the mouth or anus, flat-topped growths (condyloma lata), pain in the joints, and headaches. Tertiary syphilis occurs up to ten to twenty years after the initial infection and presents with large, destructive lesions anywhere in the body, most notably the nervous system. There may also be neurosyphilis that affects the posterior portion of the spinal cord.

 
Genital Herpes

Genital herpes usually presents with many small blister-like eruptions on the penis, cervix, or vagina. There may be itching, pain on urination, headache, and pain in the anterior thighs.

 
Genital Warts

Genital warts are soft, cauliflower-like growths that may be pink, elongated, or pointed, appearing either singly or in clusters in and around the vagina, anus, penis, groins, and/or genital area. The warts may be itchy. The causative organism is human papilloma virus (HPV). Genital warts are also called "condylomata acuminata" or "venereal warts".

 


 

Causes:

In each case, specific causes depend on the disease. All STD's are transmitted primarily (but not exclusively) via unprotected sexual contact.

 
What to Expect:

Outcomes vary with different conditions; some are minor and resolve quickly with appropriate medical care while others such as herpes are lifelong and recurrent. Yet other STD's, such as syphilis, may result in serious consequences.

 


 

Remedies

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Amino Acids

Amino acid complex is needed for tissue repair. The free-form amino acids are recommended for enhanced absorption. Take as directed on the label.

L-Lysine may be helpful in preventing herpes eruptions from occurring. The effects are enhanced when there is a reduced intake of arginine in the diet (see Foods, below). Lysine has also been found to have anti-viral properties. Ideal sources of lysine include amaranth, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, lima beans, milk, red meat, potatoes, soy, yeast, and all protein-rich foods. Lysine is also found as part of a multi-amino acid complex and protein powder supplements. Depending on the country in which you live, lysine may also be available as an isolated supplement in capsule or tablet form. You may require a prescription.

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Aromatherapy

Bergamot has an affinity for the urogenital system; however, the essential oils of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree are very effective in treating the blisters that result from the herpes virus, particularly if applied immediately at the first sign of an eruption. If there are blisters, diluted lavender oil may be used to promote healing. It is important to dilute the oils greatly.

An alcohol preparation may be used to dilute the oils: add no more than 6 drops essential oils to 5mL alcohol. This solution may then be dabbed on the affected area. Also note that genital herpes are more likely to erupt when you are under stress, so massages and baths with distressing and antidepressant essential oils can help.

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Foods

Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties as a result of its incredibly complex molecular structure. It is also an immune system stimulant. Allicin is considered the active ingredient in garlic. You can increase the content of allicin in garlic by crushing the buds and leaving them out for five minutes or more. The oxygen in the air facilitates the conversion of alliin to allicin. Take at least two cloves daily. If supplementing, take 400 to 500mg up to three times daily. You may also consider looking for supplements with a high alicin content.

Avoid foods that are high in the amino acid arginine, such as chocolate, peanuts, seeds, almonds and other nuts. The herpes virus requires the manufacture of proteins rich in arginine and arginine itself is suggested to be a stimulator of the herpes virus replication. You may want to increase lysine rich foods in the diet. Good sources of lysine are most vegetables, legumes, fish, turkey, and chicken.

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Herbs

Kelp is very high in essential vitamins and minerals. Take 1,000 to 1,500mg daily.

Alfalfa is a good source of vitamin K, which is necessary for healing and tends to become depleted by antibiotics. Sprouts can be put on anything from sandwiches, to soups, to drinks. To prepare an infusion, add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water and allow to infuse 5 to 10 minutes.

Echinacea, goldenseal, pau d'arco, and suma may also alleviate symptoms. You may want to alternate among two or more of these herbs to maximize effectiveness. Consume 3 cups of herbal tea daily or take as directed on the label. NOTE: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for longer than 7 consecutive days or use during pregnancy. Avoid it entirely if you are allergic to ragweed.

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Homeopathy

Certain remedies can be used in acute situations if your symptoms fit the symptom picture of the remedy. For dosages, see the dedicated section on Homeopathy. Consult your homeopath or naturopath to determine your constitutional remedy: the remedy that best fits you as a whole person. Your homeopath or naturopath will take a complete case history considering all of your mental and physical ailments and match these symptoms with the symptom picture of the remedy.

Arsenicum album: Syphilis, destructive type lesions or chancres, livid hue, intense burning, even sloughing; gonorrhea of females with smarting, gnawing discharge causing soreness of parts it contacts; in males, tearing deep in the urethra.

Aurum metallicum: For secondary syphilis with headaches, sinusitis, and heart disease. In men, aurum metallicum is good for pain in the epididymis and especially the right testicle. Often, there is a high sex drive.

Aurum muriaticum: For syphilitic gonorrhea, chancres on the prepuce, scrotum, anus and tongue; bubo in the left groin; condylomata on the prepuce, anus and tongue. Also for secondary syphilis, chancre in the urethra; gonorrhea, stricture of the urethra in males, vesicular eruption in the perineum in females, and indicated for herpes lesions.

Calcarea carbonica: Small, soft, round, smooth warts, maybe inflamed or with discharge. There is often increased libido.

Calendula: Warts on the cervix

Calotropis gigantea: Primary anemia of syphilis and sensation of heat in the stomach.

Cannabis sativa: Acute gonorrhea, burning with urination, burning and pain extending to the bladder, urine scalding and walks with legs apart.

Gelsemium: Gonorrhea; at the initial stages of urethritis; whitish discharge; or little pain with much heat, burning when urinating; urine voided in sufficient quantities, frequent urination.

Lycopodium: Split and furrowed genital warts surrounded by a herpetic lesion with bran-like chafing. There may be painful urging for urination and a desire for sexual promiscuity. In men, there may be impotence and premature ejaculation. Lycopodium is also the remedy for herpes that is right sided and extends down the thigh.

Jacaranda gualandai: Chancre or red chancroid-like lesions around the penis; balanorrhea

Kali iodatum: Considered a main remedy for syphylis in any stage; syphilitic iritis; pain in the urethra; atrophy of the testes.

Mercurius solubilis: For the second stage of syphilis with anemia, rheumatoid pains, ulceration of the mouth.

Natrum muriaticum: For chronic genital warts with cutting pains, painful intercourse, vaginitis or vaginal dryness.

Nitricum acidum: Destructive syphilitic chancres; ulcers in the urethra with purulent, bloody discharge; moist cauliflower-like condylomata; gonorrhea with chancres and warts, vaginitis with itching and worse after intercourse, discharge sometimes bloody; urine has odor of ammonia or "like a horse's urine". Genital warts on the glans and genital-anal surface; warts are large, jagged, hypersensitive, bleed easily, sphincter-like pains; moist, oozing; often emitting a fetid discharge. Remedy for genital herpes and ulcers of the genitals. Often there is an increased sex drive.

Oleum santali: Gonorrhea; thick, yellowish discharge with pus and mucus; gleet with profuse thick discharge; frequent burning, smarting, swelling, and redness of the meatus.

Petroselinum: Gonorrhea; sudden, irresistible desire to urinate; intense biting, itching deep in the urethra or bladder; milky discharge.

Piper methysticum: Early stage gonorrhea with severe acute angulation of the penis.

Phosphoricum acidum: Genital warts on the prepuce, glans; rugged, indented. STD with milky urine or with whitish curds at the end of urination. There may be impotence or seminal emissions without erection.

Sabina: Genital warts with numbness and burning that bleed easily, warts on the prepuce.

Sepia: Gonorrhea; chronic mucous discharge without pain or burning on urination; milky, yellowish, burning or offensive discharge; urine turbid and offensive. Genital warts on the margin of the prepuce, horny-shaped outgrowths in the center of the wart; burning and stitching pain; inflamed. Herpes of the genitalia or perineal and perianal area. There is aversion to sex or touch; impotence; premature ejaculation; homosexuality (as a characteristic, not a disease). There may be urinary frequency and sudden urging.

Staphysagria: Genital warts that are fig-shaped or have a stalk-like structure. There is high sexual desire in both men and women, sometimes promiscuous; atrophy of the testes; impotence.

Sulphur: Horny-shaped genital warts, genital herpes around the genitalia. There may be either increased or decreased libido; impotence; burning in the prostate or urethra; urethral discharge; offensive urination; vaginal itching; yellow and offensive leukorrhea; offensive perspiration in the groin.

Thuja: Genital warts or warts in the anus; herpes. There may be a forked stream of urine; pain in the urethra with recurring discharge; uterine polyps; profuse, greenish discharge. Sex drive is generally high.

Tussilago petasites: Gonorrhea; yellowish, thick discharge.

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Lifestyle

Use latex condoms for any sexual activity until the infection has cleared completely. These diseases are highly contagious. In fact, before there are any visible signs there exists the risk of contagion so it may be best to protect yourself or others by using the barrier method. Be aware, however, that condoms do not guarantee protection against STD's and abstinence is the only way to avoid any risk of transmitting the infection.

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Minerals

Zinc is important for the health of the reproductive organs and immune system. The mineral also promotes wound healing and boosts immune function to fight a broad range of disease-causing microorganisms. Raw pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of zinc. Other sources include mushrooms, seafood, spinach, sunflower seeds, whole grains, soy beans and legumes, lamb chops, pork loin, chicken, eggs, milk, fish and liver. If supplementing, take 30 to 50mg daily with meals. Do not exceed 100mg daily from all sources.

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Miscellaneous

Acidophilus and bifidus are essential in re-establishing the normal flora or the "friendly bacteria" when the balance has been disrupted by genital candidiasis or antibiotics, which are usually prescribed for STD's. It is essential that these bacteria be restored to the body, particularly after the use of antibiotics. Look for a dairy-free formulation with at least 2.5 billion viable cultures per capsule and keep refrigerated. Take 2 or 3 capsules daily before meals, preferably in the morning. Supplements with Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) provide a beneficial "bed" and initial food source for the bacteria. If dairy allergies have been ruled out, you can also eat yogurt that has had either bacterial culture added.

Raw thymus glandular is rich in biologically active molecules necessary for the proper function of the thymus gland, thereby enhancing immune system function. The thymus gland plays an important role in developing immunities against disease. Take as directed on the label.

Colloidal silver is an antiseptic that rapidly reduces inflammation and promotes healing of lesions. A variety of companies suspend varying amounts of silver in solution; anywhere from 5 parts per million (ppm) to 30 ppm. Read the label before using. Colloidal silver should be taken on an empty stomach thirty minutes before a meal. A number of preparations suggest varying amounts of solution to be taken. Again, read the label for direction. Some sources maintain that it is best to place the solution under the tongue for optimal absorption if taking internally. Colloidal silver can also be found as a nasal spray to be inhaled, or a salve for topical application.

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Vitamins

B-Complex is necessary in all cellular enzyme system functions. Take 50mg three times daily.

Vitamin C boosts immune function and is considered an anti-viral agent. Take 750 to 2,500mg four times daily. Start at the lower dosage and increase up to bowel tolerance.

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Actions and Remedy Listings

Alfalfa

Amino Acid Complex

Apple Cider Vinegar

Arsenicum Album

Aurum Metallicum

Aurum Muriaticum

Bergamot

Bifidus

Burdock

Calcaria Carbonicum

Calendula (Homeopathy)

Calotropis Gigantea

Cannabis Sativa

Celandine

Corydalis Formosa

Echinacea

Eucalyptus

Garlic

Gelsemium

Goldenseal

Horsetail

Jacaranda Gualandai

Kali Iodatum

Kava Kava

Kelp

Lavender (Aromatherapy)

Lycopodium

Lysine

Marshmallow

Mercurius Solubilis

Natrum Muriaticum

Nitricum Acidum

Oleum Santali

Oregon Grape Root

Pau D'Arco

Petroselinum

Phosphoricum Acidum

Piper Methysticum

Pipsissewa

Pterocarpus Marsupium

Red Clover

Sabina

Sassafras

Sepia

Staphysagria

Sulphur

Suma

Tea Tree Oil

Thuja

Tussilago

Use Latex Condoms For Any Sexual Activity

Uva Ursi

Yogurt

 

 


 

See also

AIDS, Candidiasis, Warts