Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is relatively easy to treat,1 so if you or someone you know is diagnosed with it, you can recover from the disease, provided you take the necessary measures.
Physicians usually prescribe antibiotics to chlamydia patients given that this STI is caused by bacteria. These include azithromycin, which is taken in a single large dose daily for up to five days, and doxycycline, taken twice per day for a week.2
Other antibiotics can also be suggested by your physician, but the rule of thumb for these medications is to ensure that dosage instructions are followed carefully.3
The problem with using antibiotics is that this class of medicines is known to destroy beneficial bacteria residing in your gut, leading to disruptions in your gut microbiome. This results in problems such as obesity, impaired metabolism and increases in your ghrelin (“hunger hormone”) and leptin levels and body mass index (BMI).
However, if your case really calls for antibiotic treatment, make sure to take a probiotic supplement along with it.
A high-quality probiotic supplement can help digest food, maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora in your gut, boost B vitamin synthesis and calcium absorption, and sustain proper function of your immune system.
Aside from antibiotics, there are other natural remedies that you can use to treat chlamydia, such as:4
- Goldenseal: this usually comes in capsule form, and is taken once or twice a day. Some of its benefits include enhancing the immune system that would improve your body's defenses. Goldenseal also has anti-bacterial properties, making it effective in fighting chlamydia-causing bacteria, as well as anti-inflammatory and astringent capabilities.5
- Echinacea: this herb can be consumed via a capsule or tincture, and has antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. Echinacea can relieve pain, reduce inflammation,6 and strengthen the immune system by making the immune cells more effective at combatting bacteria and viruses.7
- Garlic: arguably the most well-known among these three chlamydia herbal remedies, garlic can be eaten raw, added to another dish, or taken via capsules. Allicin, a compound responsible for garlic's unique smell, is responsible for garlic's numerous health benefits.8
While garlic is known to have antiviral and antibacterial properties, this vegetable can also lower inflammation, enhance immune system function, heart health, and circulation, and fight 14 kinds of cancer cells.