Chlamydia is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted disease amongst the younger adults in US. It is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis that is transmitted through contact with infected individual’s mucous membrane of genitals, rectum and oral cavity. On occasions, it might be transmitted to a newborn by an infected mother that can cause eye and lung infection. In about 50% men Chlamydia is asymptomatic, but when symptoms are present they vary from mild to severe dysuria, abnormal penile discharge, inflammation of the penile head, rectal pain or bleeding and in some cases testicular enlargement. It can cause pharyngitis in cases of oral sex. Generally Chlamydia is treated with a course of antibiotic treatment, but some individuals prefer home remedies to cure their infection due to myriad of reasons; the most common being side-effects of antibiotics.
Home Remedies for Chlamydia in Males
The various home remedies for Chlamydia infection in men are:
Garlic is considered a powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is advised to eat around 3 to 4 cloves of garlic before/during a meal for the prevention and treatment of infection. Its anti-inflammatory effect will also help with swelling around the penis and testicles.
Usnea is also known as Old Man’s Beard and is considered antimicrobial that is found helpful in treating Chlamydia. It can be consumed in the form of tea or capsules daily. Sage is a herb with antibacterial properties. It is consumed in tea form without milk and sugar 2 to 3 times per day.
Turmeric also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are known to combat Chlamydia infection along with alleviating pain and burning sensation around genitals. Turmeric is taken along with warm milk twice daily for the infection.
Diet modification is also helpful in getting rid of Chlamydia infection. Foods rich in fiber, whole beans and grain, avocados, yogurt, vitamins and alkaline foods will stop the growth of bacteria. Alcohol, junk food, fatty food, caffeine, red meats should be avoided.
Echinacea is also considered a powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory that boosts immunity. It is taken in the form of tea without milk and sugar. It is also available as tinctures and capsules taken 3-4 times a day for 10 days.
Green tea is considered a powerful antioxidant as it contains polyphenols. It will help with reducing penile discharge along with relieving dysuria. It is advised to drink around 3-4 cups of green tea on a regular basis.
Aloe vera has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory property that helps in removal of the infection. Aloe vera can be used by rubbing the gel at least 2 times daily in/around the inflamed portion of the penis to get rid of itching and burning. It is also advised to drink aloe vera juice daily.
Goldenseal is also another strong antibacterial and antimicrobial along with great immunity booster. It is available in powder, capsule, extract and leaf form. It can be applied directly to the affected area mixed with water.
Olive oil extract that contains oleuropein has strong antibacterial property as well as it boosts immunity. It is available in the form of leaves, powder, capsules, extract or salves. It can be taken/applied 2-4 times daily.
Saw Palmetto is another touted herb that is found helpful in urinary infection due to its antibacterial properties.
Tea tree oil has been found useful in the treatment of Chlamydia infection due to its antibacterial property. Tea tree oil should never be used in concentrated form, but should always be diluted with water to be applied in the genital area.
Oregano oil is also believed to help with Chlamydia infection. 1-2 drops of oregano oil in warm water is consumed to fight off infection.
Cat’s claw is a Chinese medicinal herb that is known for its antimicrobial and antibacterial property and taken 500 mg 3-4 times daily for 10 days.
Along with the above home remedies astragalus, neem, lemon grass, lemon juice, Indian lilac, gentian and colloidal silver have also been found helpful in getting rid of Chlamydia infection. It is; however, advisable to consult a doctor before trying any of these home remedies and to try them along with antibiotic treatment.