Trichomoniasis, sometimes shortened to ‘trich’, is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite known as the trichomonas vaginalis. The infection is passed to an uninfected person when they have sexual intercourse with an infected person. In men, the most common part affected is the urethra located on the inside of the penis. For women on the other hand, the different parts of the lower reproductive tract are affected. These include the urethra, the vagina, the vulva and the cervix. It is unusual however, for the parasite to cause the infection of other body parts such as the anus or mouth.
Some of the symptoms that develop when a man has trichomoniasis include irritation inside the penis, a burning sensation when urinating and a slight unusual discharge. Women will experience a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, pain during urination as well as intense irritation of the vagina. A number of women will also experience pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Symptoms typically appear between 5 and 28 days after exposure. Medical diagnosis of the condition involves physical examination and a number of laboratory tests. Positive diagnosis allows for medical treatment which involves the administration of antibiotics. Failure to get adequate medical attention increases the risk of premature delivery in women, and is known to predispose one to HIV infections in future.
Left untreated, the STD causes complications in the infected persons. There are some home remedies that may be used for the management of the condition’s symptoms. Note that these remedies must not be used as a substitute for medical intervention; instead, they are to be used as an adjunct form of therapy in addition to the prescribed medication. In case of any concerns, or if the symptoms do not subside after using the medication and home remedies, it then becomes important to consult your doctor. Note that because of the application method, many of the remedies below are more relevant for women.
1. Tea Tree Oil:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of tea tree oil, cotton wool and 1 tablespoon of preferred carrier oil (almond, olive or jojoba oil work well).
Tea tree oil is one of nature’s most effective home remedies for the natural management of the symptoms associated with trichomoniasis. The oil’s antimicrobial and antibiotic properties not only destroy the parasite, they also help shorten the recovery period for the disease. The most important thing to look out for when using tea tree oil is that it is extremely potent, and must therefore be diluted prior to remedy application. The perfect solution to this is the use of gentle carrier oils such as almond, jojoba or olive oil for dilution purposes. Follow the simple directions below to help you manage the condition.
- Mix equal amounts of the tea tree oil and the carrier oil.
- Soak some cotton wool in the oil mixture and dab on the lower reproductive tract.
- You may feel a slightly burning sensation, but this should ease after a couple of minutes.
- Alternatively, add the tea tree oil to some warm bath water and use the resulting solution to douche.
- Repeat this remedy twice daily until you notice an improvement in the condition.
- Use tea tree oil to alleviate the symptoms of trichomoniasis.
2. Raw Garlic:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Clove of raw garlic daily and 1/2 cup of lemon juice (optional).
Use raw garlic to treat trichomoniasis and shorten the period it takes to make a full recovery. Garlic, just like tea tree oil, is laden with antimicrobial properties that help get rid of the causative parasites. What’s more, the garlic’s antibiotic properties make a big difference in the intensity of the symptoms, and helps manage the condition’s discomfort. For many people, the characteristic smell of garlic makes it a little tricky to use the remedy. This, however, is a small price to pay for nature’s healing properties. To counter the lingering smell of raw garlic, simply rinse your hands and mouth with some lemon juice.
- Peel the garlic and wash well before consumption.
- Chew on the garlic to release its active ingredients. Garlic’s healing properties can never be experienced unless the garlic is crushed, in this case by chewing, and the active ingredients released.
- When done, simply rinse your mouth and hands using lemon juice to get rid of the garlic smell.
- Repeat this procedure thrice daily to help treat trichomonisasis.
3. Colloidal Silver:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 10 Drops of colloidal silver and cotton wool.
Colloidal silver, just as the name suggests, constitutes of suspended silver colloids. Research shows that the colloids tend to attach themselves to the structure of the parasites, effectively leading to their inefficiency. The mode of action relies on preventing cellular respiration in the parasite, and this renders it inactive. This is particularly helpful for those suffering from trichomoniasis. Additionally, colloidal silver is a known anti-inflammatory compound, thanks to its ability to reduce the pain and inflammation as well as enhance cell recovery. Follow the remedies below to get the most out of this remedy. Colloidal silver is available at different health stores and chemists.
- Place 10 drops of the colloidal silver on sterile cotton wool and allow it to soak up.
- Dab the wet wool on the lower section of the reproductive tract and let it stay a while longer to get rid of the parasite and alleviate the symptoms of trichomoniasis.
- Use this remedy once daily.
NOTE: You should not use colloidal silver for more than 2 weeks consecutively to allow for optimal metabolic reactions in the body.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of warm water and cotton wool.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most amazing home remedies for the natural treatment of a number of conditions, among them, trichomoniasis. Apple cider vinegar, abbreviated ACV, helps to flush out toxins from the body, and this contributes to a shorter recovery period for infected persons.In addition to getting rid of the parasites, ACV also creates a hostile environment that prevents the progression of the infection. These acidic properties prove very helpful for the natural management of trichomoniasis. Follow the simple steps below to prepare the ACV; you need to dilute it prior to application to prevent skin irritation especially because the part of the body on which the remedy is applied is very sensitive.
- Add the ACV to the water and stir to mix well.
- Use the dilute ACV solution to soak the cotton wool and proceed to use it to wipe the genital area.
- You may incorporate this routine into your bath routine severally each week to cleanse and restore the normal pH of the affected region.
5. Probiotic Yogurt:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Cup of probiotic yogurt and cotton wool (optional).
Probiotic yogurt is best known for its healthy bacteria that help maintain the optimal function of the reproductive organs especially in women. The reason for this is that the yogurt is rich in a type of bacteria known as the lactobacillus. These bacteria not only help increase the natural population of the good bacteria in the reproductive tract, it also helps eliminate the parasite that is responsible for trichomoniasis. The advantage of using yogurt is that it may be taken both orally or applied topically. For the latter however, this may not be applicable in men as it is a little difficult to reach the urethra where many of the condition’s symptoms manifest.
- Simply take 1 cup of yogurt twice daily.
- You may also consider applying the yogurt topically to alleviate the symptoms of trichomoniasis.
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Glass of warm water and 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, both properties which come in handy in the natural treatment of trichomoniasis. The ground turmeric reduces the burning sensation and overall discomfort caused by the condition. Additionally, curcumin present in the ground herb has been shown to purify the blood and eliminate any toxic substances present, and this is inclusive of the parasites. Prepare the remedy by adding the turmeric to warm water as outlined below.
- Place the turmeric in the glass and pour in the warm water.
- Stir the water to mix well and drink twice daily.
7. Preventive Measures to Reduce the Recurrence of Trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis, if not well managed, may recur in days after the first infection. To avoid recurrence, it is important to put in practice the preventive measures below:
- Since trichomoniasis is sexually transmitted, the golden rule is to practice safe sex, especially for those whose partners are infected. Wearing a condom is the most basic of these preventive measures.
- Maintain good hygiene. Take a bath prior to and after sexual contact.
- Avoid sharing items of personal nature as research shows that the parasite that causes trichomoniasis may survive outside the body for up to 45 minutes.
- Lower the amount of processed foods and sugary products in your diet as these are known to compromise the immune system and make it harder to recover. In the same breath, it is important to increase the amount of Vitamin C present in the diet.
- Vitamin C is an immune booster that strengthens the body’s response to fighting off the causative parasite. Some of the foods rich in Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, broccoli and lime. In the absence of these Vitamins, supplements work well; just make sure to consult with your doctor.
It is important to remember that these natural remedies should be used as a second line of defence after prescribed medication. Most importantly, for pregnant women, it is critical to get a medical appointment. If untreated in expectant women, trichomoniasis may cause premature births and other associated complications. Other effects of the untreated condition include abnormality in the structure of the cervical cells.