Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted infection that is caused by a single-cell protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis.
Trichomoniasis is the most common curable STI and about 3.7 million people in the United State have this infection. However, most people who have the parasite do not know they have it.
Trichomoniasis in men may manifest as; discharge from the penis, burning sensation when urinating, itching or irritation inside the penis. On the other hand, trichomoniasis in women may manifest as; change in vaginal discharge with a fish-like smell, pain during urination, irritation, and soreness in the vagina.
Here are some good practices and tips to bear in mind in order to prevent being infected with trichomoniasis;
- Reduce your consumption of sugar as sugar tends to weaken your immune system.
- Be cautious when sharing personal fabrics and wears, such as swimsuits and towels, as the parasite can survive outside the body for more than 45 minutes.
- Maintain a good hygiene. Wash your body before and after intercourse.
- Eat foods and fruits rich in vitamins and minerals to strengthen your immune system.
- Trichomoniasis is an STI. As such, wearing a condom during sexual intercourse is recommended to prevent getting infected.
- Always shower after leaving a public pool.
Below are 15 home remedies and natural treatments for treating trichomoniasis;
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a proven home remedy for trichomoniasis. Thanks to its antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties that relieve itching and discomfort. A regular use will help in checking the progression of the infection by killing the bacteria in an effective way. Wash your genitals with water and apply coconut oil with the help of a cotton ball. Let it stay for 3 hours and wash it off with lukewarm water thereafter. Do this once every day to get rid of the infection.
Yogurt is one of the best natural ingredients to eliminate Trichomonas vaginalis as it improves the presence of good bacteria in the vagina while fighting the infection. The lactobacilli present in yogurt maintains the pH balance of the vagina.
Consume a cup of yogurt with your meals to combat the condition. Yogurt also contains proteins and minerals that boosts immunity and helps in eliminating the bacteria from your body. Plain unsweetened yogurt can also be applied to the affected area for instant relief from the burning sensation.
The antiseptic and antimicrobial nature of garlic works well against Trichomoniasis. It inhibits the protozoan parasite, causing the trichomoniasis, and provides relief from itching and discomfort. Garlic is readily available and can be taken raw, used in cooking or applied topically to the problems area.
The best way to combat the condition is to take 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic and crush them to form a paste. Then, take a glass of water and put the crushed garlic in it. Mix the solution and bring it to boil for 10 minutes. Cool it and strain the liquid. This liquid is basically garlic tea. Add some honey to enhance the garlic tea’s taste and drink it to get rid of the infection. Do this every day for a faster result. Avoid drinking garlic tea if you have peptic ulcers.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works well in reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria and parasites in the body. When used near the genitals, it effectively kills bacteria and parasites thriving in your body and flushes out the infectious discharge from the vagina. Simply add 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of lukewarm water and douche your genital with it daily for 10 days to eradicate the infection. Alternatively, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water and raw honey and consume it.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used, in diluted form, to get rid of trichomoniasis. It provides a quick relief from the associated itching and discomfort. It also helps in reducing the bad odor arising due to the infection from the genitals. Put 2-3 drops of the oil in a glass of lukewarm water. Rinse the affected area with this solution. Repeat it 1-2 times daily for at least 10 days to ward off the infection. Avoid using tea tree oil in an undiluted form on your skin as it may cause irritation.
6. Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver is a potent remedy for treating thrush and trichomoniasis. Colloidal silver has commendable healing and antibacterial properties, especially on soft tissues. Before applying colloidal silver, wash the affected areas thoroughly with warm water and dry it completely. Now add a little colloidal silver in a douche and rinse your genitals with this solution. Although it is an effective remedy for trichomoniasis, it can cause skin discoloration. Consulting your doctor before using it is recommended.
Echinacea helps in strengthening your immune system. Weak immunity allows the microscopic parasites, viruses, and bacteria to attack and thrive in your body. When you have s strong immune system, your body naturally fights with the germs and parasites to prevent various diseases and infections caused by them. Echinacea is one such natural ingredient that helps in elevating your immunity to fight the infection more effectively.
Take a glass of hot water and steep echinacea leaves for 10 minutes. Strain it and drink this tea while it is warm. You may also take Echinacea capsules and tablets to reap the benefits in a hassle-free way.
Besides being a natural deodorant, bergamot oil is a great antiseptic agent. Its antispasmodic action soothes the irritated skin and relieves discomfort. Add a little bergamot essential oil in your bathtub and soak yourself in it. You may also prepare a douche by adding some drops of bergamot essential oil in water and rinsing your genitals, with the water, to get rid of the infection.
9. Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are crammed with vitamin C essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. It can work wonders in treating infections of the body. Consuming citrus fruits and juices is known to work well in fighting trichomoniasis. Include citrus fruits like oranges and lemons in your daily diet until you start seeing improvements. You may also drink citrus fruit juices with some honey to boost your vitamin C levels.
10. Fenugreek Seeds
Consume fenugreek seeds to get rid of trichomoniasis. Fenugreek also helps in boosting the immune system. Take a cup of fenugreek seeds and soak it in water overnight. Drink the water, in the morning, on an empty stomach. You may also consume the soaked seeds mixed with yogurt to boost your immune system fighting the infection.
11. Goldenseal Tea
The medicinal properties of goldenseal plants help in fighting the parasitic infection and promote fast healing. Goldenseal contains a compound called Berberine that wards off trichomoniasis effectively. Mix goldenseal herb with water and heat it to make a tea, strain it and consume it to get rid of the symptoms. You may also add the herb in water to make a solution to douche your genitals for a quick relief from discomfort.
Chamomile will soothe and relax the irritated skin and provide a great relief from the discomfort associated with trichomoniasis. Simply take some hot water in a cup and put a Chamomile tea bag in it. Keep it for a minute. Take the used bag out and refrigerate it. Later, put the cooled tea bag in your vagina and press a little to allow the liquid present in the tea bag to go into the vaginal opening. Do this twice every day to get rid of the burning sensation and itching.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent that alleviates the burning sensation and itching caused due to trichomoniasis. This is due to turmeric’s potent bioactive component called curcumin. Turmeric is readily available and can treat the infection effectively. Simply take a glass of water and add powdered turmeric to it. Drink it twice every day to ward off the infection. Also, incorporate turmeric in cooking to reap its benefits.
14. Chinese Gentian
Chinese gentian is a potent herb that checks the progression of the infection and eliminates it effectively. It soothes the skin to provide a quick relief from the burning discomfort while relieving the itching sensation. Take a teaspoon of the herb and add it to eight ounces of water. Simmer it for about 20 minutes. Strain and drink the tea to get rid of trichomoniasis. If the fresh herb is not available, you may use the dried herb.
Myrrh has healing properties and has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for many years. It has powerful antibiotic properties that kill the bacteria and alleviates the symptoms effectively. Take half teaspoon of myrrh extract and mix it with an equal amount of goldenseal and some water. Heat this mixture and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Then, strain the mixture and leave it to cool. Use this solution to wash the affected area twice daily for 15 days.
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