Chlamydia Infection: Treatments & Home Remedies

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

The most effective home remedies for chlamydia include the use of olive tree extract, garlic, beans, whole grain, echinaceasagecurdsaw palmetto, cat’s claw, and goldenseal. While antibiotics are the most guaranteed way to rid oneself of this bacterial infection, these home remedies come in particularly handy.

Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It infects women in the cervix, rectum, or throat, while men can get chlamydia in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat. Most women with chlamydia have no signs or symptoms of the infection which is why it is called “silent,” but it affects the reproductive organs so it must not be left untreated. Infected men may also not display symptoms. Over time, they may experience discharge, burning with urination, and pain or swelling in one or both testicles. [1] [2]

Treatments for Chlamydia

The only way to go about treating chlamydia is to take antibiotics like:

  • Amoxicillin
  • Azithromycin
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Levofloxacin
  • Ofloxacin

Studies reveal that 95 out of 100 patients benefit out of antibiotic treatments. These medicines work by killing the bacteria and are given to the infected person, their partners (even if they don’t have chlamydia), and to newborns of mothers with chlamydia. They have a few side-effects like nausea, abdominal pain, and cramps, diarrhea, vaginal itching, etc.

A picture depicting life cycle of chlamydia bacteria

Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Out of the above-mentioned medicines, it is advised that women should take amoxicillin, azithromycin, erythromycin

Note: It is also strictly advised that pregnant women should not take any medicine without first consulting a doctor. Failure in doing so will result in serious repercussions like birth defects and other abnormalities.

Although chlamydia is not considered to be a “serious” disease, it can still be very embarrassing and personally uncomfortable, so it makes sense that people want to cure this condition as quickly as possible. Chlamydia has been known for hundreds of years, albeit by different names, but the number of herbal and home remedies that have developed all around the world form quite an impressive list of techniques and home remedy strategies. [3]

Home Remedies for Chlamydia

The most popular and scientifically supported home remedies and natural treatments are explained in greater detail below.


Although you may not associate this pungent spice as a remedy for a sexually transmitted disease, garlic is actually one of the oldest and most trusted remedies for chlamydia. The strong chemicals contained in garlic are antiviral, antibiotic, and antibacterial in nature, meaning that consistently eating 1-2 cloves of garlic per day can greatly hasten your recovery. [4]

Olive Tree Extract

This specific extract can be used in many different forms, as a powder, a leaf, an extract, or a salve, but the results are all the same. It helps to boost your immune system and also provides antibacterial protection that hastens the healing process and eliminates the bacteria. The active ingredient of oleuropein can directly affect the bacteria, so this extract should be topically applied to the infected area. [5]

Whole Beans and Grains

Fiber-rich foods have often been suggested as the dietary preference for someone suffering from chlamydia. Although the mechanism of action is not completely understood, the naturally beneficial effects of fiber in the body help speed up the recovery and treatment.


Whether you consume it in the form of tinctures or capsules, echinacea has long been considered a body tonic and a cleanser for lymph in the body. It also has strong antibacterial and antiviral effects, which makes it a wonderful remedy for chlamydia that has a broad range of other beneficial side effects for the body’s immune system and overall health. [6]


Sage is one of the most powerful and trusted home remedies for chlamydia for generations. Simply grind sage leaves and steam them as you would any other type of tea. After a week of drinking this concoction 2-3 times per day, you will see that the symptoms significantly improve.


The strong antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities of goldenseal have made it a popular herb in the fight against chlamydia for centuries. It also stimulates the immune system to create additional white blood cells, which only increases the body’s defenses and fights off the bacterial infection even faster. [7]

Cat’s Claw

You can take up to 500 milligrams, 4 times a day if you want to eliminate chlamydia quickly and effectively. Like most of these other herbs, the antibacterial potency of cat’s claw is the reason it is an effective home remedy for this affliction. [8]


This naturally antibiotic food can boost your immune system against the invading bacterial infection.

Ways to Prevent

There are a few very basic precautions that you can take to prevent chlamydia. These include:

  • Use condoms while having any kind of sex; vaginal, oral or anal
  • Avoid sharing sex toys
  • Do not change sexual partners frequently
  • See a doctor for regular health check-ups

Taking these precautions is also necessary for preventing the spreading of this disease.

Word of Caution: These home remedies are proven to be quite effective, but chlamydia can still become complicated with other symptoms and conditions, so it is important to see a doctor if you believe you have contracted the disease. Always talk to your doctor about new alternative remedies you are trying for any condition, especially for a sexually transmitted disease. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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