How to treat trichomoniasis with tea tree oil


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Posted by Chelsea (Charlotte Nc) on 07/22/2013

Metronidazole Vaginal Gel: I had sex for two days while taking it but I only used it for a day, the metronidazole. Can I start it back soon to clear an std I have called trichomonas and I also have gardnerella.

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Posted by Shena1 (St. Louis, Mo) on 02/12/2013

I had been raped in November and then at the end of the month I got tested at my Obgyn. The results came back that I tested positive for chlamydia and trich so she gave me more than one prescription to take all at once with food the prescriptions were metronidazole 500 and azythromicin so a couple weeks later I went back for a follow up and I tested positive for trich again but the other std was gone so she prescribed me tinidazole and I decided to go to the std clinic five weeks afterwards and when I went they told me I had no stds or infections then the day after I went there I had my follow up appointment at the Obgyn, so she calls me today and tells me that im still testing positive for trich, but somebody help me out here, how is it that I tested negative at the VD clinic and now she just prescribed me a high dose of tindamax, I need somebody's opinion, I don't know what to do or who to believe can anyone relate, I have been single and abstinence for 3 months.

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Posted by Bobbie (Washington, DC) on 01/23/2009

I don't know whether or not you have looked into this, but there is another vaginal infection that plagues many women. It is called Trichomoniasis, or Trich for short. It is more prevelant than Bacterial Vaginosis. And much more dangerous. Can you include that in your remedies? Maybe someone out there has a remedy for it. It is another infection that doctors prescribe Flagyl for and the infection usually comes right back.

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Herbal Treatment

Posted by Victoria (San Diego, Ca) on 12/02/2014

I thought I'd add my proverbial 2-cents... I have been battling trichomoniasis for several months now. It has been misdiagnosed as UTI at first and treated (repeatedly) with Ciprofloxacin which helped for "entire 5 minutes" wrecked havoc with my body. I attributed the itch and discharge that inevitably followed to "antibiotic damage" and would throw Monistat on it, which only helped until the next period. After a few miserable cycles and some internet research I went back to the doctor who, unsurprisingly so, finally diagnosed trichomoniasis. I was adamant not to take any more antibiotics, especially after all I've heard about Flagyl and Tindamax and several hours of research later I Googled this wonderful book, which I highly recommend to all fellow sufferers: "Women's Herbs, Women's Health" by Christopher Hobbs & Kathi Keville. It offers tones of helpful, practical advice on home-made douches and salves/suppositories, herbal tinctures, teas, supplements, diet, etc. for the whole list of complaints involving "trouble down below" and ranging from hormonal imbalances/PMS, through all kinds of STDs, to menopause and osteoporosis.

One thing to mention re: fighting trich is that the right recommended approach is to treat it internally as well as externally (topically), which for me involved a course of Berberine Sulfate tablets (2 x 200mg twice per day) for 2 weeks, followed by a general anti-parasite preparation (I chose Para-Gard) and strict no-sugar/low carb diet with daily probiotics, fresh garlic, oregano oil capsules and cranberry pills. Externally - twice daily douches with goldenseal followed by 2 x day home-made suppository (organic extra virgin coconut oil with tea tree, cinnamon, lavender, thyme and rosemary essential oils) and a garlic clove suppository to boot. It sounds like a lot of work and hassle, but watching the diet was honestly at times harder than all the douches and messy suppositories combined. A month later I am symptom-free. Now waiting to see the good doctor and take the test to confirm.

Good luck to you, do read the book, I would recommend it any woman whether symptomatic or not.


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Posted by Kale (England Uk) on 08/26/2017

I had trichomoniasis twice in the space of 2 years and I cured both my self successfully I used hydrogen peroxide 3% 10 vol (make sure it is this one and not a higher dose) I diluted half or a quarter of the bottle with water and a few drops of tea tree oil. I inserted with a syringe and left in my vagina for about 3 minutes repeat this 2 times a day until symptoms clear.


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Posted by Zen Flower (Cary, Nc, Usa) on 10/19/2010

I was horrified after discovering that I had contracted trich from my boyfriend (now ex). I was very irritated down there and noticed a strange smell which seemed stronger at different times of the month. I went straight to earth clinic and was disheartened by so many people saying they had tried many remedies to no avail. For many weeks, I tried to ignore the problem hoping my body would eventually fix it.... Of course, that didn't happen. Then I tried douching with h3o2, and it helped with the smell for a few days but then came back. I remembered a friend of mine telling me that people in India use Turmeric for many ailments, as it has powerful anti viral/bacterial properties. Now, I tried several things for about 3-5 days so I'm not sure if it was one thing or the combination that did it for me. But this is what I did:

For 3 days I used a tampon lightly sprayed with h302 and gently press turmeric powder all over the tampon. Insert, and leave in for about 2 hours. (do this once a day). It does burn a bit, so be mentally prepared :-)

I also did a couple of douches with h302 after the 3 days. Furthermore, for about 5 days, I took Golden seal and echinacea tablets, and probiotics. It has been over a month since I have done this and THANK GOD, I no longer feel I have any irritation or smell. Blessings.

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Posted by Oregano (North York, On, Canada) on 07/06/2013

What my wife found best for trichomoniasis is pomegrante peel. She took it with water in a powder form. Please share all your remedies so we can help each other. God bless this site.

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Posted by Tam (Omaha, Ne) on 03/12/2010

Bacterial Vaginosis/Trichomoniasis

Everyone, I just found out that bacterial vaginosis or leuchorrea are often misdiagnoses for a parasitic infection called trichomoniasis.

After being diagnosed with leuchorrea and being told to take a dose of 10 billion probiotics daily (this didn't work, but helped a little) I went to another doctor and was told that I had BV. I was then prescribed an intra-vaginal gel which worked for probably less than a week before symptoms returned. I have been investigating ever since (3 years). I have taken everything I can get my hands on.

Garlic helps. Folic acid helps only slightly (be careful here... Large amounts of folic acid taken daily can be dangerous if you do not take other B vitamins with it!)

I have FINALLY found something that seems to be working. Because I cannot use the product name, I'm going to give you a list of what is in it. If you pull this up on an internet search you should find the product. This is a cleanse, and I found relief from symptoms almost entirely after 6 days. I am on this formula now and will continue until my bottles are gone. I wish you all the best. I know this is horrible. YOU CAN FIND THIS PRODUCT AT MOST HEALTH FOOD STORES and if they do not have it ask them to order it for you. I work in one so I know.

Ingredients in Cleanse:
CANDIDA CLEANSE WITH BLACK WALNUT AND COPTIS

WHILE YOU ARE CLEANSING TRY TO AVOID SUGAR AND CARBS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. EAT AS MANY VEGGIES AND YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. LIMIT MEAT CONSUMPTION AND DO NOT EAT A LOT OF FRUIT. EAT YOGURT EVERY DAY.

the good thing about this cleanse, is that coptis (and many other ingredients in it) has been proven to help cure bv, leuchorrea, trichomoniasis and yeast. So no matter what your condition is, you will probably benefit here and it may just cure you.

Good luck everyone.

ps: wash your underwear, towels and washcloths (anything that touches the area) with bleach/detergent. Trichomoniasis can live outside of the body and will likely spread to others using your towels etc. Also, please have your partner take this cleanse as well, as they are likely infected if your fluids have been mixing during intercourse. No one wants to talk about this condition, but it is essential to your relationship that you let your partner know what is going on. Be honest and open. Drink lots of water.

peace.

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Posted by Mrs Andrews (London, Uk) on 12/28/2012

I have been diagnosed with trich 5 months ago and I took one dose metrozadiole, which took the feeling of trich away immediately, however since then my vag has never felt normal after sex. Either my partner still has it or the antibiotics didnt treat the problem completely. I've just applied a home made balm that I made from organic virgin coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil, be careful with how much you put of the tee tree though, as it can burn, put small amount first, see how it feels. I put half a teaspoon of coconut oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil, I've applied this on the labia which feels swollen and just a bit on the inside, but not all the way up. I'm feeling a lot better already actually. I'm eating live yogurt as well, as garlic tablets, echinacea, and I want to try taking some apple cider vinegar as well. But this tea tree balm is helping a lot so far, fingers crossed I can get rid of this trich for good. Bless x

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Posted by Traveler (Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa) on 04/30/2010

trichonomoniasis

In mid-march (five weeks ago) I started having an off-feeling in my vagina, along with burning while urinating, and a smell. Assuming that this was BV, but also having some D-Mannose on hand for UTIs, I took the D-Mannose, and used probiotics, garlic, and hydrogen peroxide treatments. However, while it improved, it stuck around and got worse everytime I had sex with my boyfriend. Thinking it was an offsetting of my pH, I continued to work with the hydrogen peroxide, and occasionally stuck some virgin organic coconut oil up into the vaginal tract when it was really irritating.

Finally, last night I considered that I've continued to have symptoms of off-ness for over a month even though the smell is gone. I figured that since the symptoms don't match a yeast infection, and seems to line more up with bv but isn't responding-- then it must be trichomoniasis. I read on here to try tea tree oil with a carrier oil or water and shoot it into the vaginal tract.

Well this morning I had sex again, and by this evening I was feeling more off again with a slight itch/ache/burning about an inch up my vaginal tract and a feeling like my vaginal and urethra muscles were locked into a pushing position to push something out. That's another of my symptoms, that even when I'm focusing on other things, my vagina is stressed out and while it's not physically debilitating, it is very draining to feel something off and not be able to get rid of it.

So this evening I went and picked up an ounce of pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil for $10 at CVS, and got a 10cc needle-less syringe. I pulled up 3 cc's of tea tree oil, and heated up some coconut oil on the stove-top and filled the remainder of the syringe, about 7 cc's worth. I mixed it up in the syringe so that the tea tree oil would not irritate my vaginal tract, sat back on the couch with a towel and pillow propped up under my hips, and emptied the syringe into my vaginal tract. I stayed this way for ten minutes before I had to get up and go get my dinner, so I evacuated my vaginal tract by pushing down and emptying the oil into the toilet. I immediately felt a very cooling sensation from the tea tree oil, and minutes later I also felt as if the inside of my vagina was more moisturized--which is a strange thing to describe. It didn't feel as if it was lubricated, it felt as if the coconut oil was actually being soaked into my sensitive parts down there.

A few hours later on, my vagina feels pretty normal, and that's been an unusual feeling to have for any period of time--though I have felt it a few times in the past few months. I'm hoping to treat my boyfriend, and also hope to use the tea tree oil/coconut oil mixture one more time in a few days.

I just have to hold off and not do it several days in a row as much as I'm tempted to, unless I feel irritated down there, rather than trying to pre-treat it.

I hope this works long-term, and if it does, thank you original poster of the tea-tree oil idea.

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Posted by Abimbola (Jos City, Plateau, Nigeria) on 02/09/2015

I need you to help me. Please explain how people use the tree tea oil cause I found where to get it... I had this trich for almost a year now and all antibiotics are not working on me, I need your help.

EC: You will find information here: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/tea_tree_oil.html


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Posted by T. (Charlotte, North Carolina) on 04/19/2013

Yellow vaginal discharge. Thought b.v. so tried boric acid inserts. Didn't help. Tried coconut oil with eucalyptus oil. Helped with itching but not discharge. So maybe it's trich?

Just started using the tea tree oil with coconut oil as a carrier. I scraped the cold oil into flakes into a small glass bowl, added a several drops of tea tree oil. Let it sit for a while. Used two cotton balls to scoop up the concoction and inserted into my vagina for a few hours.

Will repeat later tonight and again two or three times a day for a few days. Will report results as I go.

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Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Courtney (Wheat Ridge, Co) on 09/01/2012

So, I recently tried the advice of Lulu on here to treat the trich with tea tree oil and diluting it in a douche. Oh lord am I in pain. It is burning horribly... Is this normal?

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Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Wyo Gal (Cody, Wy Usa) on 07/12/2011

Hi there. I am greatly interested in a natural cure to Trich do to E.R. visits to the hospital from an allergic reactions to Metronitazole. I'm deathly allergic to it after 4 tablets. I have to find a solution to this problem.

I have tried silver solution mixed with pure aloe vera gel and a strong dose of tee tree oil mixed together and used a needleless syringe to half way and insert vaginally. I wear a pad and let it absorb through the night. After 3 months I went back to my gyno and she said it was much smaller and fewer were seen under the microscope.

So I have to continue with this exhausting remedy :( I also eat yogurt and silver solution 3x daily. Silver solution has a 4 hour kill time and does not kill the good bacteria.

P. S. I also put the tee tree oil in my lubricant and I think it helps some for my partner too.

Hope this is also helpful info to you all

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Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Kaite (Omaha, Ne) on 03/12/2010

Tea Tree Oil for Trich: OMG! Please do not EVER use tea tree oil topically without first diluting it! You can burn your skin. Please use one of these methods for dilution instead:

Add 1 ounce pure tea tree oil to 2 ounces vegetable glycerin. Shake Well. Add 1 ounce water. Shake well again.

OR

Add 2 Tbs of tea tree oil to 2 Tbs of water SHAKE WELL & apply immediately.

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Home Treatments for Trichomoniasis: Do They Work?

Trichomoniasis isn’t a new infection — people have spent centuries attempting to treat it. To date, antibiotics remain the most effective treatment for trichomoniasis.

Black tea

Researchers in a 2017 study tested the effects of black tea on trichomonads, including the parasite that causes trichomoniasis. Black tea wasn’t the only herb they studied. They also used green tea and grapeseed extracts, among others.

The researchers exposed black tea extracts to three different parasite types, including the one that causes the STI. They found that black tea extract stopped the growth of the three trichomonad types. It also helped to kill off antibiotic-resistant strains of trichomoniasis.

However, the study results were obtained in a laboratory and haven’t been replicated in humans with trichomoniasis. More research is needed to understand how much black tea is needed and whether it’s effective in humans.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural antimicrobial that some people use to prevent infections. Some Internet searches suggest that hydrogen peroxide may be able to treat trichomoniasis.

However, research hasn’t proven this is the case, according to an article in Clinical Microbiology Reviews.

Participants in a research study used hydrogen peroxide douches, but these didn’t treat their infection.

Also, hydrogen peroxide has the potential to irritate delicate vaginal or penile tissues. It can also kill off healthy bacteria that may otherwise protect you from other infections.

Garlic

Garlic is for more than just adding flavor to food. People have used it as an herbal remedy for centuries.

A 2013 study observed different garlic concentrations and their power to kill off parasites that cause trichomoniasis. Researchers found that various garlic concentrations help to stop the movement of these parasites, killing them off.

The study was done in a laboratory and not on people, so it’s hard to know if garlic could have the same effects in practice. More research is needed to figure out how to use it effectively in humans.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has natural antimicrobial properties. People have tried everything from apple cider vinegar baths to soaking tampons in apple cider vinegar to try to cure trichomoniasis.

However, there’s no evidence that any of these remedies work. Plus, apple cider vinegar is very acidic, so it’s best to keep it away from sensitive genital tissues.

Pomegranate juice or extract

Pomegranates are flavorful, red fruits that also have medicinal properties. A 2011 study found that extracts of the pomegranate (Punica granatum) fruit helped to kill the parasite that causes trichomoniasis.

However, this parasite-killing ability depended on the pH of the environment. Because pH can vary in infections, it’s hard to say if a person has the right body pH to kill off the infection.

This remedy was also not tested in humans, so more research is needed to manage effectiveness in people with trichomoniasis.

Myrrh

Myrrh is a plant that has been used in medicine since ancient Egyptian times. It’s more technically called Commiphora molmol and is touted for its power to treat anything from worms to stomach pain with its anti-inflammatory properties, among other useful attributes.

A study on antibiotic-resistant trichomoniasis identified myrrh as a possible treatment. Women who did not clear their infection using oral and topical medications were given 600 milligrams of myrrh (in the form of a pill called Mirazid) for 6 to 8 days. Of this group, nearly 85 percent did respond to the Mirazid.

The sample size for the study was quite small at just 33 women, only 13 of which were actually treated with myrrh. More research is needed to support myrrh as an effective option.

Zinc sulfate douche

The inherent antimicrobial properties in zinc sulfate make it a possible treatment for antibiotic-resistant trichomoniasis. One study evaluated this compound when used as a douche for vaginal infections.

Participants were treated with a douche that contained 1 percent zinc sulfate. Nearly all women — 87 percent — were cured of their infection using this treatment method.

While these results are promising, the sample size in this study was small at just 8 women. The study also took place over the course of several years and some women used the douche in conjunction with the medication tinidazole, making it difficult to attribute the effectiveness to the douche alone.

Ginger

Ginger is yet another plant commonly used in herbal medicine. It is an antioxidant that earns high marks for its anti-inflammatory, antinausea, and even anticancer properties.

Researchers studied ginger ethanol extracts as a possible treatment for trichomoniasis. The results showed that ginger was effective at treating infection some 17 to 100 percent of the time, depending on the concentration of the herb (the most effective was 800 micrograms per milliliter).

It’s important to note that this study was performed on mouse macrophages (cells). Research on human subjects is needed before recommending ginger as a suitable treatment.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a polyphenol with many qualities, including being antiparasitic. This compound is found in a variety of foods, including red wine, grapes, and berries.

Researchers performed an in vitro study on resveratrol and its potential as a treatment for Trichomonas vaginalis. Their results showed that this compound can effectively eliminate parasites at various concentrations.

More research on living subjects is needed before declaring resveratrol a useful treatment for trichomoniasis.

Basil

There are a variety of other herbs traditionally used to treat sexually transmitted infections. The basil leaf, for example, is known for being a “strong microbicide” which can kill off fungus and bacteria.

A recent in vitro study showed that basil, lemongrass, and eucalyptus essential oils showed antiparasitic action when exposed to Trichomonas vaginalis after just 12 to 24 hours.

More research is needed on these herbs in a real world setting before it is recommended as an alternative to standard antibiotic treatment.

Tomato

You may love the taste of summer tomatoes sliced in your salad. Did you know they hold a concentrated compound called tomatine that has antimicrobial properties?

Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture have examined tomatine and its possibility as a therapy for Trichomonas vaginalis and Tritrichomonas foetus. They suggest the compound has “potential value” as an ingredient to use in an alternative treatment for the STI in humans, cows, and cats.

This research is still in the theoretical stage and no specifics for how to use tomatoes is yet available.

Verbascum thapsus

Verbascum thapsus (also called great or common mullein) is a plant that harbors anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used to disinfect or heal skin as well as to treat diarrhea and urinary infections.

An in vitro study shows that Verbascum thapsus ethanol extract may also slow the growth and movement of trophozoites (parasites) in mouse macrophages.

The researchers conclude that this compound should be considered for future research but do not state it is a suitable treatment as of now.

Nigella sativa (black cumin)

Another herb called Nigella sativa or black cumin has been used traditionally in both food and medicine in India and the Mediterranean. Like other herbs on this list, it is credited with having anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic qualities, among other properties.

In a review on herbs to treat Trichomonas vaginalis, researchers share that — after just 24 hours of exposure to the infection — black cumin extract in a concentration of 2 milligrams per millileter may be as effective as metronidazole, the go-to medication.

The authors of the referenced study explain that more research is needed before recommending a standardized dose of black cumin to treat infection.

Boric acid

Boric acid is both antiviral and antifungal. For this reason, it is sometimes used to treat stubborn yeast infections.

Researchers set out to support the topical use of boric acid to treat Trichomonas vaginalis. They claim its effectiveness on yeast infections makes it a possible help for antibiotic-resistant infections. Their preliminary work shows that boric acid can slow the growth of parasites in a lab setting.

These findings are still theories and merely lay the groundwork for future in vitro and clinical studies on boric acid as an alternative therapy.

Manilkara rufula flavonoid and tannin extracts

Like other plants and herbs on this list, the extracts from the Manilkara rufula plant (a type of tree) have powerful antitrichomonal properties.

A study on these extracts as a treatment for Trichomonas vaginalis yielded some encouraging results. Not only do the flavonoids and tannins appear to kill off parasites through damaging the cellular membrane, but they also do so without toxicity.

This study was yet again performed in vitro, meaning it was on cells and not humans. More research on these extracts and their specific concentration and application is needed before using it as a treatment method.

Antibiotics, which your healthcare provider can prescribe, are the most effective and reliable treatment for trichomoniasis. In many cases, you’ll just need a single dose.

Some strains are harder to kill than others, so your healthcare provider may have you come in for some follow-up testing to confirm you don’t need additional treatment.

Since trichomoniasis has a high rate of reinfection, especially in women, it’s important to get retested after treatment. There are at-home tests available (from Everlywell, LetsGetChecked, etc.) if you would rather not be re-tested at your doctor’s office.

You should also recommend that all of your sexual partners be tested. You should abstain from sexual activity until all partners have been treated and the infection is resolved.

Left untreated, trichomoniasis can cause inflammation that makes it easier for viruses, such as HIV, to enter your body. It can also increase your risk of other STIs, which can have lasting effects without prompt treatment.

If you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to get tested and treated. Untreated trichomoniasis can result in preterm labor and low birth weights.

There’s aren’t any proven home treatments for trichomoniasis. Plus, this STI often doesn’t cause symptoms, so it’s hard to gauge whether home treatments are effective.

It’s best to err on the side of caution and see a healthcare provider for any potential STIs. In many cases, you’ll just need a quick course of antibiotics.

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The effect of lavender

May 15, 2007, 00:00

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Tatyana YURIEVA

Recently, Canadian doctors conducted a special study, the results of which showed that various smells can be recommended as an anesthetic. In particular, rose and almond aromas effectively relieve headaches. Aromatherapy really helps to improve well-being, it fights stress, p

Domestic experts believe that aromatherapy is a serious alternative to pills and various medical interventions. With the ephemerality and lightness of odors, they can seriously affect the human body. Most aromatic oils have a beneficial effect on the nervous and immune systems, normalize blood circulation and the digestive system, and restore hormonal imbalance.

Almost all aromatic oils are excellent antiseptics that have a detrimental effect on fungi and protozoa, inhibiting the growth of staphylococcus, tuberculous microbacteria, dysenteric amoeba and Trichomonas. Tea tree oil, for example, is a hundred times more active than the most powerful chemical antiseptic - carbolic acid.

Fragrances are a delicate matter

Today, about 3000 essential oil plants are known, from which more and more essential oils are produced every year. As a rule, a specialist appoints a patient three or four, less often five, for a course of treatment. Their selection is a delicate matter. It all depends on what kind of ailment a particular patient suffers, as well as on his individual characteristics.

The smell should evoke positive emotions in the patient. After all, healing the body in aromatherapy sessions is combined with healing the soul. The more positive emotions, the greater the therapeutic effect.

There are many varieties of aromatherapy options. You can take an aromatic bath (after diluting a few drops of essential oil in a tablespoon of honey or shampoo), you can do aromatic inhalation or massage. But still, the most popular method of aromatherapy is the use of an aroma incense burner. Recently, these clay, porcelain, glass containers have become an integral element of home comfort and warmth.

Information from NI

Extracts from herbs and natural oils are traditionally used in Tibetan and Indian medicine. However, for Europeans, aromatherapy dates back to 1928. French doctor Rene-Morris Gettefoss, helping his father-perfumer in his work, received a severe burn. Almost instantly, he plunged his injured hand into a container of lavender oil. Imagine, pretty quickly there was no trace of the burn. And Dr. Rene-Morris Gettefoss dedicated his life to the study of aromatherapy. Today, odor treatment is officially recognized in different countries, a unique science is taught in medical institutes in Germany, England, Switzerland, the USA, Canada, and Japan.


Safety Rules

Just don't overdo it. Even in a field as practically harmless as aromatherapy, there are safety rules that must be followed just as much as when taking medicines.

To begin with, it is better to coordinate the oil dosage with a specialist. The iron rule at the same time is better less, but better.

When starting an aromatic massage, it is better not to apply essential oil on the skin in a pure, undiluted form (the only exception is lavender). Do not allow aromatic oils to get into your eyes.

Particular care should be taken when dealing with children and pregnant women. If aromatic oils are recommended to them, then half the adult dose.

Before using a new essential oil, check to see if it is an allergen for you. To do this, apply a drop of odorous substance to the inner surface of the wrist. If within twelve hours no suspicious changes appear on the skin, then everything is in order.

Meanwhile, the healing properties of natural essential oils have been known since time immemorial. Ancient Egypt is considered the cradle of aromatherapy, where extracts of aromatic substances were widely used both during religious holidays and religious ceremonies, and in healing the sick. Avicenna devoted his works to the healing properties of some aromatic oils. The great Hippocrates wrote that the path to health lies through the daily intake of aromatic baths and aromatic massages. Aromatherapy was very popular in medieval Europe: essential oils were recognized as an excellent remedy against infections and epidemics.

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Treatment of chlamydia, ureaplasmosis and mycoplasmosis. | Online Clinic

Why are these diseases dangerous?

Why is it so difficult to treat them?

Is it bacteria or viruses?

There are many sexually transmitted infections, but we will now pay special attention to Chlamydia, ureaplasma and mycoplasma. Since in the body of each person these infections are in a latent state, and often the onset of the disease passes without any pronounced symptoms. Therefore, women learn about the disease quite by accident when they seek treatment for complications caused by these infections. Meanwhile, without treatment, these infections lead to serious complications and worsen the quality of life.

To this day, scientists argue about the role of these infections in the etiology and pathogenesis of diseases of the urogenital tract. In Soviet times, ureaplasmosis and mycoplasmosis were not recommended for treatment before pregnancy. In recent studies, the authors point out that it is chlamydia, mycoplasmosis and ureaplasmosis that are a common cause of adverse pregnancy outcomes, exacerbate the risk of preterm birth and death of very premature babies. (Rumyantseva, Tatyana "Ureaplasmosis" is a diagnosis that does not exist. Rumyantseva, MD obstetrician-gynecologist, Ph.D. (September 18, 2018). Date of access 29October 2019.).

The main way these infections enter the body of men and women is sexual intercourse. At the same time, barrier methods (condoms) do not protect 100% - infection often has extragenital forms (chlamydial conjunctivitis, pneumonia, for mycoplasma and ureaplasma, there is also damage to the pharyngeal mucosa, placental form of penetration into the body).

Chlamydia (chlamydia) is a sexually transmitted infectious disease caused by chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis). According to statistics, every year 100 million people fall ill with chlamydia in the world, and the number of people infected with chlamydia around the globe, according to the most conservative estimates, reaches one billion. According to WHO and numerous domestic and foreign researchers, urogenital chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. According to various sources, from 5 to 15% of young sexually active people are infected with chlamydial infection.

Chlamydiae are classified as bacteria, but they have features similar to viruses. A distinctive feature of chlamydia is that they can infect body cells and multiply directly inside them. That is why primary infection often goes unnoticed. Bacteria are very resistant to various adverse effects. Introducing into a living cell, the bacterium is endowed with the ability to divide and grow in this cell, reliably protected from the human immune system. After the formation of new chlamydia cells, they leave the host cell and it dies after a while. This process of reproduction and division continues for 2-3 days, and chlamydia begin to look for new victim cells. In the absence of treatment, or incomplete treatment, the disease always becomes chronic and there is a lesion of both the lower and upper parts of the genitourinary system.

Method of infection. The entry of bacteria into the body can occur during anal, vaginal and oral sex, and even through household items and in utero: from mother to child. With intrauterine infection in children, chlamydial conjunctivitis and pneumonia are noted.

Very often, chlamydial infection coexists in the body with mycoplasmas, anaerobes, gonococci and other infections, because defeat by chlamydia reduces the protective ability of the human body.

Symptoms: Pain in the lower abdomen, discomfort in the groin and perineum, scanty discharge from the vagina and urethra, burning and itching in the vulva and urethra.

Complications. In women, chlamydia leads to the appearance of sactosalpinxes - adhesions in the pelvis, and, as a result, tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy. In men the disease can affect the epididymis, seminal vesicles and prostate.

Ureaplasmosis is described as a disease caused by opportunistic microflora - mycoplasmas of Ureaplasma urealyticum and Ureaplasma parvum species. Ureaplasmas are widespread (10–80% among different population groups) and are often found in people who do not have clinical symptoms, along with Mycoplasma hominis, they are detected in the genitals in 5–20% of clinically healthy people.

Most often, ureaplasmosis occurs without symptoms in a chronic form, and patients do not suspect that they are ill. Only the appearance of symptoms similar to "thrush" is noted. Ureaplasmas are considered opportunistic pathogens, and in some women they are part of the normal microflora of the vagina.

There are several types of ureaplasma. The most painful variety is Ureaplasma urealyticum. It is localized mainly on the mucous membranes of the genitourinary system, but sometimes on the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and pharynx. Ureaplasmosis affects both men and women. Ureaplasma urealyticum actively affects the environment, quite easily breaks down urea with the removal of ammonia. This leads to an extensive inflammatory process and the accumulation of uric acid salts in the kidneys. Which, in turn, can lead to painful urination, cystitis, fluid retention in the body.

Ureaplasma parvum less aggressive type of infection. It provokes an inflammatory process only with a general decrease in general and local immunity in women. For example, if there are other infections in the pelvis, during pregnancy, after medical intervention (hysteroscopy, abortion, biopsy), with cervical erosion, etc., the bacterium has a weakly expressed membrane and easily penetrates into the mucous membranes of the genital organs and urinary tract. During pregnancy, Ureaplasma parvum becomes aggressive and dangerous, maybe. May cross the placenta and pose a threat to fetal development.

Method of infection. Placental, can be transmitted from mother to child, get into the genital tract of the newborn and remain there throughout life, being in an inactive state. With vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Risk factors. Frequent change of sexual partners, prolonged use of antibiotics (latent forms are activated due to a decrease in immunity), the presence of other infections, temperature changes.

Symptoms. Discharge from the urethra after urinary retention, burning during urination and during intercourse, pain in the lower abdomen, abnormal vaginal discharge, ammonia smell, pulling pain in the bladder and kidneys.

If untreated, prolonged and indolent infection can cause serious complications. The bacteria can infect the testicles and prostate in men, and the appendages, uterus, and vagina in women. Lack of treatment leads to the development of prostatitis, adnexitis, endometritis, colpitis and cystitis.

In case of deep damage by ureaplasma to systems and organs, treatment is long and not always effective.

Mycoplasmosis is a chronic disease caused by small bacteria parasitic in the human body - mycoplasmas. Mycoplasmas are microorganisms that occupy an intermediate position between bacteria, fungi and viruses. Typically, mycoplasmas attach to epithelial cells, the mucosal lining of the intestinal, respiratory, and urogenital tracts. They parasitize in host cells. Among a fairly large number of mycoplasmas found in humans, only 4 species can cause disease under certain conditions.

Mycoplasma is dangerous because when certain conditions are created (decrease in general and local immunity), it activates the inflammatory process in the small pelvis and causes the development of such a pathology as mycoplasmosis. This disease without treatment is actively transmitted sexually and can cause serious complications in both men and women.

Mycoplasma can be classified as either a virus (due to its size) or a bacterium (due to its structure). Like viruses, mycoplasma lacks a cell wall, and it can easily invade and parasitize cells of the body.

Method of infection. The main route of infection is sexual contact, but in rare cases, the household route, placental, can be transmitted from mother to child.

Incubation period 3 to 5 weeks.

Symptoms. In men discharge from the urethra, discomfort during urination, in women white, yellow or transparent discharge from the vagina, pain, burning during urination and intercourse, redness of the genitals.

If left untreated, symptoms worsen. Men may experience pain in the scrotum, rectum and perineum, and women may experience discomfort in the pelvic area and lower back.

Women may develop chronic endometritis after an illness. During pregnancy, microorganisms can be transmitted from mother to child, which often causes miscarriages in the first trimester, and in the last weeks of pregnancy - premature birth. In children, mycoplasma provokes the development of pathologies of the respiratory and genitourinary systems.

Diagnosis and treatment. These diseases cannot be ignored. It is necessary to treat mycoplasma, ureaplasma and chlamydia in both partners at the same time in order to exclude re-infection. Diagnosis takes 2-3 days. It is necessary to conduct a PCR study of discharge from the genital organs in women (make a smear from the vagina and cervical canal). Before the analysis, preparation is needed: sexual abstinence on the eve of the study and “reasonable” hygiene. "Reasonable" - refuse to douche with antibacterial agents the day before and on the day of the test. (Note About the training of men read the article " The Hidden Threat: Sexually Transmitted Infections ").

Treatment of diseases such as ureaplasmosis, mycoplasmosis and chlamydia is a rather lengthy process. But the doctor's recommendations should not be neglected, because without treatment, or with incomplete treatment, serious complications of the disease may develop (See the article " Causes, symptoms and methods of treatment of endometritis ").

World medical practice shows that getting rid of these infections in one course of drug treatment is quite problematic, because. most often, due to the latent onset of the course of the disease, patients turn out of time. After a thorough examination, doctors select a course of drug therapy, but the best results are obtained by an integrated approach: physiotherapy with topical drugs. Many doctors believe that when eliminating such infections, it is important not to harm the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract, so the treatment should minimize the impact of potent drugs on the body. Because with a decrease in immunity, these diseases begin to actively multiply in the body. This means that it is better to undergo a course of treatment in a medical center where there is ultrasonic sanitation with drugs (GINETON), laser therapy, magnets, electrical stimulation (BTL) and intravenous laser immunocorrection (ILBI).

In the treatment of ureaplasmosis, chlamydia, mycoplasmosis, it is necessary to refrain from drinking alcohol-containing drinks, from sexual activity, spicy, fatty and sweet foods. It is fundamentally important to prevent infection with microorganisms that cause the development of genital infections.

IMPORTANT! Because Chlamydia, ureaplasma, mycoplasma, due to their dual structure, are able to penetrate into living cells, remaining invisible to the human immune system for a long time (without symptoms) important: take a PCR test for these infections once a year, even if there are no symptoms, check and treat both partners at the same time, undergo a full course of treatment - at least 10-14 days, a drug course in conjunction with physiotherapy, as the dosage of drugs is designed to treat these infections and fix result, i.e. impact on infections in the active phase of reproduction and in the latent (intracellular).

Prevention of chlamydia, ureaplasmosis and mycoplasmosis. First of all, you need to give up casual sex and undergo regular tests for sexual infections. Prevention of sexual infections includes an increase in the body's defenses (general and local immunity) and the preservation of normal microflora in the genitals.


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