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Syphilis

(See also Sexually Transmitted Diseases)



Definition

Sexually transmitted diseases are those that are transmitted during sexual intercourse or other intimate contact with the sex organs.

Syphilis is an infectious venereal disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema pallidum) and usually is transmitted by sexual intercourse, or acquired congenitally. Syphilis, however, can be contracted through other physical contact such as kissing. If untreated, it can ultimately lead to the degeneration of bones, heart, nerve tissue, etc.


Symptoms

In the first stage a sore or chancre appears, in the second stage a rash and patches of flaking tissue appear in the mouth, anus and/or genital area. If the disease progresses to the third stage, which is rare today, brain damage, hearing loss, heart disease, and/or blindness can occur.


Treatment

See your doctor for treatment.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
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Ayurvedic Formulas


Nutrients

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.


Herbs

  • TB
    • Echinacea
    • Golden seal
    • Pau d'arco
    • Suma
    Any of these may alleviate symptoms. Alternate teas and consume three cups daily or take in capsule or extract form.
    • Alder, smooth
    • Aloe
    • Ash, prickly, bark
    • Barberry
    • Bayberry
    • Bitterroot
    • Bittersweet
    • Bloodroot
    • Boneset
    • Bugleweed (for syphilitic sores)
    • Bull nettle root
    • Burdock seed
    • Calomelas
    • Cardinal Flower
    • Ceanothus
    • Clover, red
    • Couch grass
    • Dock, yellow
    • Echinacea
    • Elderberry
    • Elm, slippery
    • Eryngo
    • Eucalyptus
    • Flag, blue
    • Gentian
    • Golden alexanders
    • Golden corydalis
    • Gotu kola
    • Guiacum
    • Hibiscus flowers
    • Horsetail
    • Iron weed
    • Lambkill
    • Lobelia, great
    • Milkweed, swamp
    • Oregon grape, wild
    • Palmetto
    • Parilla, yellow (American sarsaparilla)
    • Parsley
    • Pine, white, bark
    • Pipsissewa
    • Plantain
    • Pleurisy root
    • Poke root
    • Poplar
    • Red root
    • Rock rose
    • Sanicle
    • Sarsaparilla
    • Spikenard
    • Stillingia
    • Sumach, leaves or berries
    • Thuja
    • Turkey corn
    • Twin leaf
    • Violet, blue
    • Walnut, black
    • Yellow dock
    • Yerba mansa


    Recommendations

    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! For early cases of syphilis, present for less than a year, one injection of penicillin is usually adequate for a complete cure; if the disease has been present for over one year, three or four weekly injections are usually adequate.

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