How Can Alternative Therapies Help Treat STDs?
STDs are highly infectious diseases that are spread through sexual contact. With over twenty types of STDs, they are the most common type of infectious disease in the world today. Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, HIV and syphilis are the most common of the STDs.
The costs of health care are on the rise and many people are increasingly interested in alternative therapies to help prevent and treat illness and disease. The world of complementary medicine is also beginning to take a more holistic approach to STDs. This results in a treatment of the patient as a whole rather than just the specific disease that they have.
The research on the benefits of alternative therapies in treating STDs is still in a very early stage. There is much anecdotal evidence to show encouraging results. Complementary medicine should not be used as a complete replacement of conventional treatments for STDs.
This is a gentle, holistic method of healing that is suitable for people of all ages. Homeopathy has been in use for hundreds of years and focuses on treating the individual from both a physical and emotional perspective. There are many homeopathic remedies for STDs although none have yet been scientifically evaluated.
Your homeopath will try and treat the disease with remedies that are closest to the symptom picture of your disease. It follows the theory of treating "like with like".
Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. It works to restore the flow and balance to the qi (energy) in the body. Tiny needles are inserted along meridian lines to help achieve this. Acupuncture is believed by some to be effective in treating the symptoms of STDs and improving immunity. Results of a recent research trial show that acupuncture can help to heal herpes lesions and reduce recurrence of the infection.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown it to be helpful in preventing cellular damage from chlamydia when used alongside antibiotics.
Acidophilus is also recommended to help restore normal organisms in the body that get stripped by yeast infections or antibiotic use.
When suffering from an STD, it is important to eliminate the foods that can suppress the immune system. In addition, it is good to avoid processed foods, caffeine and alcohol.
HIV And AIDS
Many sufferers of HIV and AIDS look to Chinese medicine and homeopathy to help them boost their immune systems. Specific natural herbs can be used to fight infection or act as natural antibiotics.
The use of yoga, massage and visualization techniques are helpful in strengthening the body and reducing stress.
Many doctors in mainstream fields now acknowledge the potential benefits of treating STDs with alternative therapies. A lot of HIV clinics now offer alternative therapies alongside classic drug therapies. It may not provide an easy cure for STDs but can potentially help with symptoms and reoccurrence.