Is trichomoniasis a sexually transmitted disease? Most conventional clinics define it as such.
It can be very bothersome, with pain and itching - along with foul-smelling discharge.
This is a condition I don't find specifically in various books on health care, although Paavo Airola's Every Woman's Book has extensive information on venereal disease.
This valuable, though somewhat outdated book, has great information for both sexes.
The front cover and inside cover have the additional title Dr Airola's Practical Guide to Holistic Health.
Venereal disease is a term not used much anymore. Instead, the letters STD, or sexually transmitted disease are used.
Trichomoniasis is not a condition limited to women - though men can be carriers without experiencing the symptoms.
That's conventional wisdom, found in many places, but I wonder whether women can also harbor the microbe without having symptoms.
If there are no symptoms, is there a problem?
The symptoms for men are similar to those for women. Intense itch followed by burning pain.
Apparently this condition is caused by single-celled protozoa.
Many victims of trichomoniasis are eager for the quick fix and find it quite discouraging that the condition often returns within weeks of treatment with prescribed medications.
Judging by the contents of several blogs, women often find that the only way to get rid of trich permanently is to get rid of certain foods in their diets and adopt a much healthier diet permanently.
Natural cures are usually the only real cures. Medicines deal only with symptoms.
Doctors usually prescribe a drug called Flagyl, or Metronidazole or in some cases, something stronger.
It's not uncommon for the protozoa to develop resistance to the common drugs used in the treatment by medical doctors and clinics.
Meanwhile, the medicine has some serious side effects.
They are dizziness, headache, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, unsteadiness, seizures, mental or mood changes including confusion, numbness or tingling of hands or feet, painful urination.
Use of the drug on a prolonged basis or for repeated uses may result in a new vaginal yeast infection.
In rare and extreme cases, more serious side effects can include rash, itching and swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
The usual medically indicated cause is to simply call trichomoniasis a sexually transmitted disease. It's typically indicated that men can be symptom-free carriers.
Men sometimes do exhibit symptoms. Some sources say it's true more often with uncircumcised men. Symptoms are usually milder for men.
If you have reason to believe you have trichomoniasis or some other form of infection with vaginal or penile symptoms including severe irritation and yellow-green discharge, you will probably want to see a doctor or P.A. and get a prescription.
Some tricho patients have had excellent success using non-medical treatments.
The non-medical treatments include eliminating high carb foods from the diet - especially sugary foods and white flour products.
Fresh cranberries or fresh cranberry juice can work wonders.
Eating fresh garlic and drinking tea made from Echinancea, goldenseal and milk thistle will also be very helpful.
Women can benefit from the use of a peeled garlic clove inserted into the vagina. Evidently the antifungal and antibacterial effects of garlic may clear up trichomoniasis and other forms of vaginitis in a couple of days.
Some women have indicated relief from itching within minutes.
Any number of nutritionists and alternative healers offer the above information, including the late Paavo Airola, whose Every Woman's Book also recommends the use of large amounts of the B Vitamins along with Vitamin C and E.
If you use the prescription medication, changing your diet as indicated here will help minimize side effects and speed your recovery.
In his Every Woman's Book, Dr. Airola left some excellent information about the use of douches using only natural ingredients.
The most common and probably the simplest one is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 1 quart of warm water, twice each day while symptoms are present.
The book also lists herbs which can be very effect in douches.
They are golden seal, squaw vine, bayberry, blackwillow, beetroot, bilberries and slippery elm.
To make the douche, add 1 pint of boiling water to 1 ounce of cut or powdered herbs, steep for 14-20 minutes, strain, and put the mixture in a douche bag when it's lukewarm.
Since herbs have no side effects, you can use them separately or as a mixture determined by you.
From what I've read about water, drinking distilled water rather than tap water would make a lot of sense. Try to get distilled water from a trusted source - preferably your own distiller.
Avoid distilled water stored and sold in plastic bottles.
Drinking only distilled water will also improve your immunity and overall health.
The scary stories on the internet and elsewhere about dangers of distilled water are nonsense being dispensed by folks who want to sell expensive water ionizers or their favorite bottled water products.
We've been drinking distilled water for more than 30 years. We know of others who have used distilled water for 50 or more years. Only beneficial effects have ensued.
Minerals from water are not ingested by humans or other animals. But they are deposited and stored and become a threat to good health.
Minerals in water often include arsenic, lead, fluoride, and chlorides - along with other minerals dangerous to human health.
Permanent immunity against trichomoniasis and all other diseases is possible through taking steps to purify your body from the inside out.
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