Information on Chlamydia
Notes, Nutrients, Herbs/Supplements, and Advice
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A sexually transmitted disease (STD). The most common sexually transmitted bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis) that infects the reproductive system. The infection is frequently asymptomatic (i.e., shows no symptoms), but if left untreated, can cause sterility in women.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.
- More information on this subject can be obtained by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National STD Hotline
- People that have had more than one sexual partners and are under thirty-five should seriously consider being tested for Chlamydia on a yearly basis.
- The same bacteria that causes the disease chlamydia can lead to reactive arthritis in young women. Results of a study discovered the microorganism in the joints of nearly half of the patients with unexplained arthritis.
- At the present time the FDA has approved the following three methods for testing for chlamydia: Direct fluorescent Antibody Test - A sample is taken from either the eye, cervix or penis and antibodies that have been chemically linked to a fluorescent dye are added to the sample. The specific microorganism is indirectly identified by the presence of fluorescence when examined under a special microscope. Enzyme Immunoassay - Specialized laboratory equipment is not needed to do this test. The data is processed quicker than with the more traditional cultures. Urine Sample - Most accurate test and not as invasive as a genital sampling.
- Even if only one of the sexual partners shows signs of this disease, both must be treated or the disease will just continue to be retransmitted back and forth. Men and women can both have similar discharges and having sex during this time is thought to spread the disease. Chlamydia is easily treated and cured with antibiotics. Tetracycline and doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin, azithromycin, and others) destroy the disease. A single dose of Azithromycin is one of the most common antibiotics used at this time. The single dose of Azithromycin is quite expensive, but to some patients it may be worth it.
Antibiotic. Promotes healing.
Vitamin B complex
Promotes healthy liver and gastrointestinal system.
Boosts immune system. Promotes healing. Buffered form is recommended.
Keeps red blood cells healthy. Boosts immune system.
Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.
Strengthens the immune system by increasing white blood cell production and boosts antibodies and the body's own antiviral agent.
Do not take Goldenseal if you have any of the following: heart disease, diabetes, or glaucoma without a doctor's supervision. Goldenseal should not be taken if you are pregnant. Goldenseal is not to be taken for more than one week at a time.
- Acidophilus will provide friendly bacteria your body needs.
- Beverages include herbal tea, steam-distilled water, and sugar-free juices.
- If signs of infection occur, see a doctor immediately. Delaying treatments can cause further problems.
- Stay away from junk food, fried food, processed foods, and chicken.
- The following should be part of your diet: turkey, white fish, whole grains, raw seeds and nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and brown rice.