Can garlic cure chlamydia? (+7 home remedies)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can garlic cure chlamydia?”, and what is chlamydia?

Can garlic cure chlamydia?

No, garlic cannot cure chlamydia. It can only be employed for its anti-bacterial properties to relieve the symptoms of this infection. It can be used along with a treatment to speed up the cure but it cannot be relied upon solely to treat this infection.

See a doctor immediately when you start noticing the symptoms of chlamydia to avoid any serious consequences. 

The active compound in garlic, allicin, has excellent anti-bacterial properties. Other than this, garlic also has exhibited anti-fungal properties. These anti-microbial properties of garlic make it a suitable candidate as a home remedy to treat chlamydia.

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that spreads through unprotected intercourse or exposure to infected genital fluids including semen and vaginal discharge. It spreads by

  • Unprotected intercourse(vaginal, anal, or oral)
  • Using infected sex toys
  • Contact of genitals (no penetration or ejaculation involved)
  • Contact of infected genital fluid with your eyes

Symptoms

Chlamydia often does not have any symptoms. According to research conducted by the CDC, 75 percent of women and 50% of men never realize they have the infection. In women, chlamydia is characterized by 

  • Difficulty in urination
  • Pain in the lower belly
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Nausea 
  • Fever
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Lower back pain

In men, this infection shows the following symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in testicles
  • Pain during urination
  • Cloudy discharge from penis
  • Eye infection
  • Sore-throat
  • Pain, bleeding or discharge of fluid from the rectum

Treatment

Chlamydia is treated with anti-biotics. If left untreated, it can become savere by taking the form of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease(PID)

The recommended treatment  fro chlamydia is as follows:

  • Take 1g azithromysin orally only once per day
  • Or take 100mg doxycycline twice per day. Continue taking this for 7 days.

In order to prevent it from spreading, the infected person should not have intercourse until the infection is completely treated. This will take 1 or two weeks. An infected person and their partner, both should ungerdo the treatment for this infections even if the partner is asymptomatic.

Side -effects of prpecribes anti-biotics for chlamydia

Doxycycline

The side effects of this medication incklude upset stomach which reflects in bloody diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and nausea. Severe conditions may lelad to extreme dehydration, anemia and high blood pressure. In some people, headaches , rash and sun insensitivity are also observed.

Azithromysin

The side-effects of this medication include overall weakness, loss of appetite and swelling of mouth, face and throat. It may also lead to an upset stomach characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain.

It may also disrupt the heart beats and cause trouble breathing. Dark colored urine and pain skin and eyes are also observed.

Home remedies that work

Olive tree extract

Olive tree or olive leaf extract is available in the form of capsules. The active compound in olives is oleorupin that has proven anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatry and anti-cancerous properties. Due to immense health benefits, it might be used to relieve chlamydia along with the treatment. Eating olives or using olive oil is also helpful.

Goldenseal

The anti-bacterial properties of Goldenseal have been found to be helpful in treating chlamydia and gonorrhea. There are not enough evidences to support this claim. However, goldenseal is helpful in treating respiratory infections and canker sores.

Turmeric

The active compound present in turmeric, curcumin, has excellent anti-inflamamtory properties. It may be taken in appropriate amounts along with the treatment for speedy recovery.

Echinacea

Echinacea extract has been found to possess anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflamamtory properties. It has been found to relief pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis.

It has been commonly used to fight colds and flu by boosting immunity.

Diet

Chlamydia diets have been making rounds on the internet which are high in fruits and vegetables. These claims can somewhat be validated. Because eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with antibiotics will help boost immunity and combat infection.

Oil of oregano

Medicila oregano is filtered and percolated in an essential oil to make oil of oregano. Thermol and carvacrol are the bioactive compounds of this oil. Thes ecompounds possess proven anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume this oil.

Probiotics

Eating foods rich in probiotics help restore gut health by providing food to the beneficial gut bacteria. This helps boost immunity to fight infections. These foods include kefir, kombucha tea, yogurt and goat milk. Eat along with the treatment for chlamydia.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can garlic cure chlamydia?”, and what is chlamydia?

References

https://www.healthline.com/health/sexually-transmitted-diseases/home-remedies-for-chlamydia#home-remedies

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/health/article/2001253816/5-home-remedies-for-chlamydia

Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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