Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are named so because they usually are transmitted from one individual to another via sexual intercourse. However, STDs can also spread orally or through poor hygiene. According to the WHO, there are more than 30 STDs which are caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites. Some of these can be transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy or child birth, and via tissue and blood transfer.
Common causative agents of STDs
Common bacterial infections include Treponemapallidum, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae,etc; and common viral infections include Human papilloma virus, Cytomegalovirus, Herpes simplex virus type 2, Human immunodeficiency virus, etc; and parasite infections include Candida albicans, Trichomonasvaginalis, etc.
Symptoms of STDs
Some of the common symptoms exhibited by STDs include discharge from genitals; bumps or sores on the genitals, oral or rectal area; swelling in the lymph nodes in the groin; and burning or painful urination. The manifestation and severity of these symptoms will depend on one’s immune system.
Harmful effects of STDs
STDs can have an adverse effect on the female’s health. If left untreated, these can lead to complications in reproduction, maternal health, or new-born health. Undesirable pregnancy outcomes such as premature deliveries, spontaneous abortions, perinatal mortality, eye infections in newborn, etc can also result. In the worst cases, STDs can even cause ill-effects such as cervical or genitalia cancer in women.
Ayurveda and STDs
Ayurveda believes that diseases get transmitted sexually owing to low immunity. It is true that very healthy individuals do not contract STDs even after intercourse with an infected partner.So, Ayurveda treats STDs by focusing on improving one’s immunity. Ayurveda also holds that STDs and other diseases affect a body that is more acidic; and that another driving force is the body’s own toxic content.
Ayurvedic medicines for treating STDs
To improve one’s immunity, Ayurveda suggests the intake of DivyaAshwashila capsule and Divya Swarna Basanta malatiRas. Other herbs and herbo-mineral formulations used by Ayurveda to treat various sexually transmitted diseases are NyagrodhadiKvathChurna, NimbadiChurna, MahaKalyanakGrita, ChopchinyadiChurna, RasnadiKvathChurna, etc. These Ayurvedic formulations help balance the doshas and thus treat the STDs. For the external application on warts resulting from STDS, Ayurveda recommends SomarajiTailam. It treats venereal diseases using DivyaTamraBhasm and Neem capsules.
Ayurveda treats STDs in a holistic manner. It perceives that accumulation of waste in the reproductive area is an important causative factor of STDs. Hence, to reduce the chances of infection, it suggests that the genitals are thoroughly washed before and after sexual intercourse, and the urinary bladder is emptied before sex. It also recommends the intake of water in plenty quantities to flush out the system. It also suggests that individuals follow a healthy lifestyle by avoiding multiple sexual partners and having protective sexual intercourse. It also suggests the intake of watermelon, choko, carrots, cooked asparagus, green apple juice, beetroot, bitter gourd and celery; and the avoidance of lettuce, refined foods, processed foods, alcohol, sugar, some citrus fruits and parsely to help reduce the chances of infection.
Effectiveness of Ayurveda in treating STDs
Ayurvedic treatment for STDs are definitely very effective as they provide long term relief by boosting the body’s immunity and restoring its acid-alkali balance.