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Herbs and STDs

by Kent McGroarty
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jan 2, 2008

There are many herbal treatments that have proved very helpful in treating sexually transmitted diseases. There are even studies claiming particular herbs will kill viral STDs. While there are unfortunately many STDs in this day and age, and many herbs for the treatment of such diseases, this article will focus on herbs for the treatment of herpes, HIV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

Antioxidants are important for the treatment of HIV. It has been suggested that those with HIV are "under chronic oxidative stress" and can therefore benefit from antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Green Tea is also considered helpful in the treatment of HIV. It contains an ingredient called Epigallocatchin-3-gallate which has been found to have "anti-viral activity." Ginseng, particularly Korean Red Ginseng, "maintains or even increases" the LD4 + T cell count of HIV-1-infected patients. The herb Olive Leaf has "anti-HIV activity" as does Rooibos Tea and the Amazonian plant Catuaba. Licorice is also helpful. Zinc is beneficial for children infected with HIV, as its use is considered a safe way to reduce illnesses caused by HIV such as diarrhea.

Prunella Vulgaris is an herb that has been called "the Herbal Herpes Cure." For centuries this herb, a common weed, has been used both internally and externally for treatment of assorted wounds. A cream "made from the constituents in Prunella Vulgaris" may reduce the number of lesions and outbreaks in herpes patients. Prunella Vulgaris has also been referred to as "all heal" and "self heal". It has been used in the treatment of many illnesses due to its anti-viral properties.

For treatment of herpes eruptions, zinc sulphate ointment can be effective. If used repeatedly on a daily basis over an extended period of time, this ointment "will enable the body to defeat all infections of herpes." Careful application of the essential herbal oil combination of Rose oil and Melissa oil is helpful in the treatment of herpes simplex lesions. This oil combination even claims "complete remission" of such lesions! Those with herpes can also try inhaling essential oils like Lemon, Geranium, and Eucalyptus to prevent symptoms and flare-ups. A tea made up of one and one-half teaspoons of equal parts Siberian Ginseng, root of Echinacea, Nettle, and Goldenseal root "can be taken three times a day to boost the functioning of the immune system" of herpes patients.

Numerous herbs are beneficial in the treatment of both gonorrhea and chlamydia. Arjuna is one such herb, as it contains luteolin which kills the bacteria in both of these diseases. Taking 500 mg capsules every eight hours is the recommended dose. Astragalus tincture helps protect the immune system and also aids in the healing of these two bacteria infections. Barberry, Coptis, Goldenseal, and Oregon Grape Root tincture kills gonorrhea and chlamydia bacteria. Echinacea and Red Clover also aid in healing.

In addition, many Chinese herbs are beneficial in the treatment of all STDs. Dong Quai, Gentiana Longdancao, and Aloe Pills are all traditional Chinese herbal formulas that treat "gonorrhea and chlamydia with accompanying herpes infection." Peony and Licorice Decoction is another traditional herbal formula "that treats gonorrhea and chlamydia complicated by cramping and abdominal pain or pain around the anus."

These are just a few of the wide variety of herbs available for treatment of STDs. Do the research to see which herb(s) are best for you keeping in mind that some herbs are more effective for some people than for others. Check out General Nutrition Centers, your local health food shop, or online herb stores to purchase the herbs you need.

Kent McGroarty is a freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor to EDGE’S Style, Travel, Health, and Fitness channels. Contact her at


  • Kiara Mont, 2010-02-24 01:57:33

    HIV/AIDS epidemic is primarily attributed to pre-natal infections. HIV/AIDS exists in both urban and rural populations (and on or near tribal lands); however, many of those with HIV are not aware of their status. Statistics show the risk factors and missed opportunities for screening illuminate the need to go beyond raising awareness about HIV and begin active integration of initiatives that will help routinize HIV services. If we do not stop this virus it will eventually mutate again and could very well kill more victims. In some nations the problem is out of control and the percentages of those infected so high that the entire human population in these countries is on the verge of collapse. source:

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