Thomas Edison said that “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
With the rising costs of healthcare, unwanted side effects and adverse events of treatments has led many Americans to seek out alternative medicine to help prevent and treat illness and disease.
Research on the benefits of alternative therapies to treat STDs is on the rise. There is emerging evidence that show encouraging results. There are some CAM therapies that are used in conjunction with conventional medicines, to prevent infection, to boost the immune system, or to reduce certain complications, such as arthritis from gonorrhea or infertility from Chlamydia. CAM therapies can also treat specific STDs that including the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) uses many herb combinations to strengthen and tone the immune system, and to fight viruses. One formula that a TCM practitioner may recommend for herpes is really a kudzu decoction, a well-known formula which includes licorice, peony, ginger root, jujube and cinnamon. In TCM terms, this formula is fantastic for delivering infection, based on the late Phyllis A. Balch, licensed diet consultant and author of “Prescription for Herbal Healing.” Balch notes that in a single Japanese medical trial, the kudzu decoction appeared to safeguard your body tissue from damage that the herpes simplex virus causes if this reactivates.
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It works to restore the flow and balance to the qi (energy) in the body. In 2005, at a meeting of the International AIDS Society study presented on acupuncture for easing side effects of AIDs drugs had found acupuncture relieved bloating, cramping and appetite loss among HIV-infected people taking potent drug cocktails to keep the virus in check.
Qi Gong has repeatedly demonstrated a role in strengthening the immune system, fighting fatigue, and inducing a sense of well-being. It is an important adjutant modality for patients diagnosed with HIV /AIDs.
Herbs have played a major part in medicine for thousands of years. The use of herbal supplements has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. The use of herbs in the treatment of STD’s is becoming quite popular especially with the high cost of pharmaceuticals. One such herb is green tea (Camellia sinensis), in the form of a topical cream called Polyphenon E ointment which has been approved by the FDA for the topical treatment of genital and perianal warts caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Olive leaf has been found to inhibit acute infection and cell-to-cell transmission of HIV-1. Siberian ginseng orally seems to reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of herpes simplex type II infections. Other herbs used to treat STD’s include tansy as an antiviral treating the herpes simplex virus, berberine a chemical found in several plants including European barberry is an effective treatment for genital chlamydia infections.
Nutritional supplements matter to your health when you have an STD. Multi-vitamins may fight HIV progression according to a study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that multivitamins with selenium showed around a 50% reduced risk of disease progression, ill health or death. Vitamin C can delay progression or improve survival in people with HIV is based mainly on the test tube studies demonstrating its anti-HIV effects. Garlic is considered an effective treatment for STD’s due to its antiviral and antiseptic properties that help clear the system of infection. Other supplements include Echinacea, zinc and vitamin C.
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Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Ayurveda medicine promotes the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. Ayurveda medicines are diuretic, anti-bacterial, alkalize the system, strengthen potassium levels and increase testosterone. One such medicine is chopchinyadi churna and is used to treat of syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes and other venereal diseases. Another treatment used is Tinospora cordifolia, a shrub native to India. In Ayurveda medicine the shrubs root, stems, and leaves are used. This herb can help to treat hepatitis, gonorrhea and syphilis. The herb also aids in boosting the immune system.
Certain foods are strongly recommended: choko, watermelon, cooked asparagus, carrots, beetroot, celery and green apple juice all help to lessen the chances of infection. Bitter melon is also used to treat viral infections such as HIV, herpes and hepatitis.
We all know diet and nutrition plays a role in chronic diseases but it also play an important role in sexually transmitted diseases. A plan and bland diet is recommended for gonorrhea. Elimination of spices helps to prevent irritation and inflammation. Other recommendations include eliminate as much saturated fat as possible. Avoid deep-fried foods, baked foods, and dairy products with higher fat, fatty meat sources, or any additional saturated fat such as butter or cheese. Add low fat grain and nutritious foods that contain a high amount of water such as oats, apples, berries, watermelon, and grapes.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, consuming a diet high in lysine may potentially lower the frequency of genital herpes and cold sore outbreaks. Research shows consuming one to three grams of lysine daily can significantly reduce the severity and duration of outbreak.
For syphilis you should consume foods in which boost your immunity such as citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Consume vegetables that come from the cabbage family that contain vitamin B, C, and beta-carotene.
When it comes to diet and HIV consume a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes and choose lean, low-fat sources of protein such as beans, lean meats and seafood. Include carbohydrates, and a little good fat in all meals and snacks such as olive oil , peanut butter and nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews).
About complementary and alternative therapy
Most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) fields are not standardized or controlled by any Western medical guidelines. You should consult your physician before beginning any complementary or alternative therapy, as some therapies may interfere with standard treatment.
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