Pelvic inflammatory disease is a common problem for women (more than half of the patients who visit gynecologist are suffering from PID); it is an infection of the fallopian tubes, which results in an inflammation that could affect the ovaries. The pus formed as a result of the inflammation destroys the ovaries and causes severe pains and even infertility. It is better treated as soon as it develops, if it has reached extreme levels, one has to visit their doctor as soon as possible; however, in the early stages or for preventive purposes, it is possible to treat it naturally.
PID mainly develops in adult females and does not usually affect men because of their anatomical features, however, the transmission of venereal infections can cause its pathology. If a woman has PID, her partner should also go for a checkup. Before we go into the natural treatment of PID, let us talk briefly about its causes and symptoms.
PID can be caused by several pathogens (cocci, chlamydia, intestinal and tubercle bacilli, fungi). They penetrate the fallopian tubes through the uterus and sometimes the infection pathway can flow through the blood and intestines (right-sided PID may develop). In the first case, PID could arise due to negligence in operations (scraping of the uterus, abortion, use of a spiral). Viruses and bacteria can also be contacted during intimate contacts or due to improper personal hygiene.
Symptoms of PID include pain in the lower back and abdomen, elevated temperature (38-39º), chills, bloating and problems with urination. Chronic PID is accompanied by secretions and irregular monthly cycles; acute PID causes deterioration of the general health condition of women, its symptoms are similar to those of food poisoning (nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, dizziness and weakness). In acute PID, pain occurs unexpectedly and abruptly, while in chronic PID its appearance is associated with menstruation or intimate contact.
There is a risk of confusing signs of PID with appendicitis, cystitis or stones in the urethra. Therefore, the underlying symptom is continuous secretions (purulent or foamy-purulent).
Classical pelvic inflammatory disease treatment
Laboratory tests can be used to identify inflammatory pathogens and antimicrobial agents and pain medications or physiotherapy could be prescribed to ease the situation.
Acute PID treatment begins with complete rest and ice on the abdomen. Lydase injection is used to eliminate the adhesions in the ovaries. Anti-inflammatory tampons are also inserted to help the woman heal.
If all of the above actions do not treat the the disease, an operation would have to be carried out to remove the tubes (for bilateral PID) or only the affected tube.
Natural treatment of PID
Certain natural treatments for PID are effective in close cooperation with classical medicine. Completely neglecting the latter could put a woman at risk of developing concomitant diseases (cystitis, colitis, infertility and ectopic pregnancy). Applying natural treatment of PID in combination with medical treatments will significantly speed up the healing process and help prevent complications.
Natural treatments of PID, in general, can be divided into three categories: baths, douching and drinking of decoctions or juices.
1. Clay baths
Place a very liquid clay solution in a capacious pelvis or bath. Dip your hands into the mixture for 20 minutes, then repeat the procedure with the soles of your feet. Dispose of the solution after the third use. Repeat the bath every 3-4 days.
If natural conditions and weather (warm season) allow, you can fully immerse yourself in the clay bath solution, with the exception of the head. To do this, excavate a large pit in the ground, fill it with warm water and high-quality clay; your mixture should be light in mass. Soak yourself in the bath for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
At the end of the procedure, wrap yourself up immediately, drink the herbal infusion and go to bed. The procedure can be repeated once in 3 - 4 days. The clay mixture should be changed after 7 uses.
Clay baths are especially recommended for women with chronic bilateral PID.
2. Herbal baths
To prepare this herbal bath, simply place berries and stems of juniper (50 grams) in a bucket of boiled water and leave it to infuse for 2 hours, then strain the mixture and take a bath with it.
If you cannot get junipers for this bath, you can use cabbages instead which are sold in almost every grocery store. For this recipe, simply boil fresh cabbage leaves in milk. The entire mixture should be poured into a bucket and placed under a chair with a hole cut in the middle. The woman then sits down on the seat and takes a steam bath.
Seated steam baths can be carried out with the decoction of forest hay, sheep's wool (unwashed) put into hot water or boiled radish mixed with olive oil. A single rule for all steam baths is daily application until the inflammation disappears completely.
3. Douching with herbal remedies
In order to remove the inflammation, folk medicine recommends douching with decoctions. Alternatively, you can use tampons soaked in a decoction. Always remember that the mixtures are most effective when hot.
For this purpose, you can use the bark of forest oak, chamomile flowers, nettle leaves and some other plants thoroughly mixed together. You need to take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, add them to a liter of water and boil for 15 minutes.
4. Herbal tea
To make a herbal tea, mix equal parts of chamomile and marigold thoroughly. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture into 0.5 liter of boiling water and let it sit for 2 hours. Drink 1/3 cup of this tea 6 times a day (before or between meals). Continue the process for 2 months.
5. Fresh juices
It is recommended to drink the juice of one potato daily. Such a drink should be taken on an empty stomach and must be thoroughly shaken.
A tastier alternative is pumpkin juice. The dosage and time of usage are not limited (try to drink pumpkin juice and eat the dishes of this product as often as possible).
You can also try drinking nettle juice. Simply squeeze fresh nettle leaves through a gauze or sieve and dilute a teaspoon of the juice in 0.25 glass of water. Drink the solution 20 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Every woman must know that abortion and the use of a spiral increases the risk of purulent PID. The less you interfere with the uterus, the less likely it is for unilateral or bilateral PID to occur.
Negligence in choosing a partner also increases the possibility of the emergence of chronic bilateral PID, since they could be the carrier of the infection.
It is is advisable for women to drink curdled milk often. This product significantly reduces the risk of chronic bilateral PID and other inflammatory processes.
Whichever method of treatment is chosen, a woman should completely refrain from intimate relations during the therapy. The correct education of girls from a young age (observance of hygiene of the reproductive organs, the instillation of standards of matrimonial fidelity and the observance of chastity before marriage) can prevent them from permanently becoming regular patients of gynecologists and protect them from PID.
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