Receiving a positive result on an STD test can bring about a lot of unexpected anguish. Whether you have contracted chlamydia, herpes simplex virus, human papilloma virus (HPV), gonorrhea, or some other sexually-transmitted disease, once you come to terms with the fact that you have contracted an STD, you have several decisions to make. Some of the most common questions that holistic-minded people ask themselves are:
- Should I take antibiotics (or antivirals) or should I continue with my holistic, natural approach to wellness and try to treat this STD naturally?
- Do natural remedies play a role in addressing STDs?
- If so, can they be used as a stand-alone therapy or should they only be used as adjunctive therapies?
These are fundamental questions and knowing the answers to these questions is critical to adequately addressing STDs and preventing future complications.
Should Natural Remedies Be Used to Address a Positive STD Test Result?
People have used natural therapies to address bacterial and viral illnesses for centuries, and research shows that natural remedies do exhibit antimicrobial effects on STDs. For example, Hydrastis Canadensis, also known as Goldenseal, contains an alkaloid known as berberine which has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of chlamydia. Additionally, evidence shows that lysine, zinc, and herbs like Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) and Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) have at least some benefit in the treatment of genital herpes. A variety of other herbal and natural therapeutics have been shown to exhibit antimicrobial activity against the pathogens that cause STDs as well.
Are There Any Precautions That Need to Be Taken When Using Natural Therapies?
When choosing to address a positive STD test result using natural remedies, it is vital to ensure that your therapies are effective. This may include retesting for the STD after your course of treatment is completed, which will prevent complications from an improperly addressed infection. For example, if a person contracts chlamydia, decides to take antibiotics, and discontinues the course of antibiotics prematurely (e.g., after symptoms resolve, but before the bacteria is wholly addressed), the incompletely-addressed infection can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and other complications. These complications can also come up through an ineffective natural remedy.
Natural remedies are a viable solution to address a positive STD test result. However, if you choose the holistic approach, it’s essential that you use an evidence-based natural therapy and retest after you’ve completed the treatment, to make sure you appropriately eradicate the pathogen.