a bacterial infection of the genito-urinary tract and, occasionally, the rectum, pharynx,
What to look for
a puslike discharge that
may be yellowish, cloudy, green, white, or bloodstained.
frequent need to urinate
and burning while urinating.
severe pelvic and lower
constant urge to move
bowels (anal gonorrhoea).
nausea, vomiting, fever,
pain during intercourse.
reddened, irritated tip of
severe sore throat, pain on
swallowing (pharyngeal gonorrhoea).
Women usually do not realise
they have this disease until it is in the later stages. Men however will notice very
quickly and have one or more of the above symptoms. The disease is extremely contagious
and if you suspect either you or your partner has been infected - see a Doctor
Even if you have no symptoms,
you should ask your doctor to perform a gonorrhoea test once a year. This is especially
important for women who are pregnant or plan to be.
Gonorrhoea is caused by a
bacterium, which is
Because gonorrhoea is a
contagious disease with serious consequences, you must seek conventional medical treatment
first. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic.
to conventional treatment, a number of alternative therapies may speed healing.
Chinese Herbs -
To cleanse your system, a doctor of Chinese medicine may prescribe an herbal formula
tailored to your body's needs. This might include gentiana (Gentiana scabra), Chinese
foxglove root (Rehmannia glutinosa),
(Angelica sinensis), bupleurum (Bupleurum chinense), and
Herbs such as Coptis (Coptis
chinensis) are helpful in strengthening the urinary and reproductive systems.
Herbal Therapies -
officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora molmol), and thuja (Thuja
may reduce the inflammation and discharge that accompany gonorrhea - use these herbs as a
tea or douche.
umbellata), may also help, as could
(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), goldenseal (Hydrastis
burdock (Arctium lappa).
A Homoeopathic physician may want to attack the gonorrhoea bacteria with antibiotics
and then prescribe a remedy to strengthen your immune system and prevent recurrences.
Take hot baths to help
reduce pain and inflammation.
Eat a balanced diet,
including live-culture yogurt.
therapy with the herbs listed above.
Use ice packs to reduce
If your doctor approves, try
fasting for one to three days to clean out your system. Drink the juices of pomegranate
and cranberry or a mixture of celery, parsley, and cucumber to flush out toxins from the
urinary tract. Because antibiotics destroy beneficial intestinal bacteria as well as
pathogenic kinds, eat yogurt containing live cultures or take acidophilus supplements.
Always use a condom. If your
partner develops symptoms, both of you should be tested and treated by a doctor.
When to seek further