Information on Trichomonas

DescriptionTrichomonas is a group of flagellate protozoa, some of which are disease-causing and some not. Trichomonas vaginalis normally resides in the vagina and can overgrow, precipitating redness, itching, and a foul-smelling discharge. The infection can be confused with a yeast infection, which is caused by Candida albicans, because of the similar symptoms the two produce. The antiparasitic preparation metronidazole is often prescribed by doctors, but this can have side effects including a disruption of the normal vaginal flora. It is possible that the organism is a part of the normal flora of the vagina, but only becomes pathogenic when the immune system or intestinal flora is out of balance. Women can also be infected with trichomonas by a male partner who harbors it in his urethra, even if the man is asymptomatic.
Treatment PlanHerbal therapy includes immune stimulants, soothing anti-inflammatory herbs used as a douche, and antimicrobials. Discontinue the use or reduce the amount of any vaginal douches if they increase irritation or redness. The diet is important--discontinue the use of all simple sugar products for 10 days, including dried fruit, fruit, honey, and maple syrup.

Herbal Remedies for Trichomonas

HerbTreatment SupportApplication
Tea Treeantiparasitica few drops of the oil in a douche solution
Quassiaantiparasitictea as a douche
Chaparralantiparasitictea, tincture (diluted) as a douche