A widespread, gonorrhea-like venereal disease caused by a bacterium
(Chlamydia trachomatis). It is believed that 3 to 10 million
sexually active teenagers have contracted this disease. It is not
known how many adults have Chlamydia.
See also Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
No symptoms are found in 10% of men and 70% of women. When symptoms
do occur, they include genital inflammation, vaginal and/or urethral
discharge, difficulty urinating, painful intercourse, and itching
around the inflamed area. If untreated, inflammatory disease and irreparable
damage to reproductive system can occur, resulting in infertility.
Hysterectomy may be required, complications grow as time passes, so
treatment by a doctor should not be delayed.
In males, prostatitis and inflammation of the seminal vesicles may
be caused by Chlamydia; symptoms include pain on urination and/or
watery mucous urethral discharge. Chronic prostatitis and infertility
may result without treatment. Both sexes have similar discharges,
and it is this discharge that sexually transmits the disease. Both
partners should be treated so that the disease is not passed back
See a doctor. He or she will diagnose and most likely prescribe an
antibiotic. Persons under 35 who have more than one sexual partner
should be tested every year.
Acidophilus, 3 capsules or 1 tbsp. liquid 3 times a day, is important
when taking antibiotics. Garlic capsules, 2 capsules 3 times daily,
is a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulant. Should be accompanied
by Doctor's advice. Vitamin C, 3,000 - 10,000 mg. daily (divide into
4 doses per day), helps immune function and is an antiviral agent.
Zinc, 100 mg. daily, helps healing and the immune function. Kelp,
6 tablets per day, supplies balanced vitamins and minerals. Vitamin
B complex, 50 mg. daily, is necessary in all cellular enzyme system
function. Germanium, 100 mg daily, speeds healing and reduces pain
or discomfort. Multivitamin and mineral complex, as directed on the
label, promotes immune function. Vitamin K, 100 mcg. daily in tablet
form, is necessary for blood clotting. Alfalfa is a good source.
- Golden seal
- Pau d'arco
Any of these may alleviate symptoms. Alternate teas and consume
three cups daily or take in capsule or extract form.
- Bistort root
- Blazing-star, rough
- Burdock, great
- Cubeb berries
- Dock, yellow
- Gale, sweet
- Gentian root
- Gumweed (rosinweed)
- Horsetail, field
- Lily, wild pond
- Maple, striped
- Myrrh gum
- Quinine, wild
- Red root
- Strawberry, common or Virginia
- Willow, black
This disease is highly contagious. The Journal of the American Medical
Association suggests that you protect yourself with condoms. Condoms
should be used, but they are no guarantee of protection against venereal
diseases! Check with your doctor!