Jul 19, 2016
While a variety of sexually transmitted infections are common, trichomoniasis is categorized by specific symptoms and characteristics. Treating trichomoniasis first requires an accurate diagnosis. Following diagnosis, however, several natural supplements can be used to help treat and eliminate the condition.
What is Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection that is characterized by a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, genital itching and painful urination in women. Additional symptoms in women include the appearance of a white to yellow or green discharge, genital redness and inflammation and painful intercourse. The condition typically causes no symptoms in men; however, some men experience painful urination.
Also called trich, the condition is caused by a one-celled protozoan that travels between individuals during sexual intercourse. The infection may manifest anywhere from 5 to 28 days after exposure.
Natural Remedies for Trich
Eliminating infection and relieving pain are the main focus of treatments for trichomoniasis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Natural remedies are able to effectively achieve these results and eliminate the condition. Hydrogen peroxide, turmeric and tea tree oil are among the most effective treatments for trich.
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural germicidal agent composed of water and oxygen. It functions to kill disease by oxidation, making it one of the most effective natural sanitizers. Used as a douche or mild cleansing agent, hydrogen peroxide eliminates infection associated with the condition.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. The curcumin in turmeric supports effective circulation, which reduces inflammation and treats infection. Turmeric also helps to filter the blood to remove any infection or toxic substances in the body.
Tea Tree Oil
As both an antiseptic and antifungal agent, tea tree oil is particularly effective for treating trichomoniasis. The natural chemicals in tea tree oil kill bacteria and fungus and reduce inflammation. The oil should be applied to the affected area rather than ingested orally.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect both men and women. If left untreated the condition can become very painful and may contribute to more serious complications. Several natural remedies, however, effectively treat the condition and prevent further progression of the condition.
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Remedies for Trichomoniasis
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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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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.
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 H2o2, 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 H202 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 H202 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 Tam (Omaha, Ne) on 03/12/2010
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.
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Posted by Traveler (Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa) on 04/30/2010
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: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/tea_tree_oil.html
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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Posted by Lulu (Nyc, Ny) on 11/05/2009
I was diagnosed with trichomoniasis back in december of 2008, and was extremely fraustrated when was diagnosed with it again earlier this year. my gyn prescribed flagyl the first time, which temperarily cured it, but when he prescribed it the second time i decided to look for a natural remedy because i was afraid that my body would have built an immunity to the flagyl. i reserched and found that tree tea oil was proven to remedy trich. i purchased a twin pack of feminine douche and i filled 1/4 of the bottle with the tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water. i did the douche once and then i waited 5 days and did it again. i waited a week and then i went to my gyn to see if it had worked. my test came back clear, and i asked my bf to use some and i have not had an issue since.
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Posted by Earthhealer (Sacramento, California) on 10/01/2013
Trich is a parasite that cannot live in an acidic environment. Internal treatment is not enough. For women, daily douching with 1/4 cup white vinegar in water plus 6-10 drops of tea tree oil does wonders to kill the itch and pain. Douche 2x daily for 1st couple days, 1x daily for next week, every other day second week & 3rd week. Mix 1 tsp coconut oil with 4 drops tea tree and rub all over surface and especially infected areas. will burn for a few minutes but relief comes fairly quickly.
For men: soak 2x daily in strong infusion of pau d'arco (mix 4 T herb into 1 cup boiling water. remove from heat and steep with lid on for 15-20 min}.
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