Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that occurs in both men and women. In most cases, notes MayoClinic.com, this infection targets your throat, rectum or urethra, although women may also develop this infection in their cervix. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the bacterium responsible for this condition. Herbal remedies may best be used as an adjunct therapy in treating your gonorrhea. Discuss dosage, treatment duration and other herb-specific topics with your physician before using these substances.
Signs and symptoms associated with gonorrhea are often mild in women, notes the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and appear between two and 10 days after contracting the infection. Early symptoms in women include bleeding during intercourse, burning when urinating and yellow vaginal discharge. Men experience symptoms more frequently than women when infected. Common gonorrhea signs and symptoms in men include pus from the penis, penile pain, burning when urinating, and swollen and painful testicles.
Herbal remedies used in treating gonorrhea should always be used as an adjunct therapy. Other, more conventional therapies may have higher efficacy in treating this condition. The herbal approach to treating gonorrhea, notes certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," is similar to the approach used in treating other sexually transmitted infections and involves the use of the following herbs: alfalfa, echinacea, goldenseal, hops, pau d'arco, red clover and suma.
A Helpful Botanical
Pau d'arco may be a helpful botanical remedy in the treatment of gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections, as it possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and lymphagogue properties. A lymphagogue is a substance that enhances the activity of your lymphatic system. Pau d'arco is commonly used to support your immune system during infections, treat various skin infections and fight bacterial and viral infections, states naturopathic doctor Sharol Tilgner, author of "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth." The inner bark of the tree contains medicinal ingredients and is used in herbal supplements.
Gonorrhea is a serious health problem that requires the management of a trained health care professional. Herbs may be a helpful adjunct therapy in treating this condition, although not all herbs are appropriate in treating gonorrhea, especially if you have certain allergies or other health problems. Herbs should always be used with caution and under the care of a skilled health care practitioner such as a naturopathic physician or a medical doctor trained in botanical medicine or clinical nutrition.
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Gonorrhea
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010
- "Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth"; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.; 1999