Nigerians resort to home remedies as threat of untreatable gonorrhoea looms

Gonorrhoea, the world’s most commonly reported Sexually Transmitted Infection, STI, is becoming almost untreatable and the reality of incurable gonorrhoea looms.

In the face of failing antibiotic treatment, more Nigerians are looking up to traditional and natural medicine for relief.

Home remedies: Home remedies such as garlic, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin K, amino acids, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, yogurt, Aloe Vera, mangosteen and echinacea has become order of day.

“The natural approach is best,” a natural medicine practitioner declared. “Many effective natural, homeopathic, dietary and behavioural remedies exist and the beauty of it is that the risk of resistance is much lower than for orthodox medicines.

“Diet and lifestyle are perhaps the most effective ways of controlling illnesses and gonorrhoea is no exception.” One development is that more persons are opting for healthy foods including dark chocolate, oysters and sesame seeds that contain special elements like zinc – an essential mineral that boosts the immune system by increasing antibodies and white blood cells which fight bacteria.

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Appeal for well-known home remedies for dozens of ailments and its value for gonorrhoea treatment have increased. For instance, the desire for garlic, garlic extract and garlic supplements has waxed so strong it is becoming commonplace to find garlic-based dishes on the menu of growing number of homes. Nutritionists say this development is not unusual because garlic possesses powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The most active ingredient in garlic known as allicin, gives it the characteristically strong anti-inflammatory properties that make it a potential .

Also widely acknowledged is the effectiveness of vitamin C, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation in boosting the immune system and increasing resistance to bacterial infections. It does not come as a surprise that consumption of fruits particularly the citrus family such as oranges, grapes, tangerines, etc.,as well as green, leafy vegetables has increased dramatically.

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