32 Home Remedies for Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) which is caused by bacteria. It usually starts by causing painless sores or rashes on the skin. If treated early the condition can be cured, but when left untreated it can lead to serious health problems and even death. Either home remedies for syphilis or medication can help to cure this STD.

This is why early detection and treatment is essential. The syphilis infection has an incubation period which can last between nine and ninety days with the average period lasting 21 days. During this time, symptoms will develop. Once cured the infection shouldn’t recur but there’s no guarantee that you won’t become infected again if you don’t practice safe sex.

Home Remedies for Syphilis

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When left untreated, syphilis comes with painful sores

  1. Astragalus

Astragalus is a ranging species of approximately 4,200 species of herbs and small shrubs. People suffering from syphilis can take capsules prepared from herbs and plants belonging to the astragalus family to protect their immune system and aid the fight against the infection.  


  1. Gokulakanta Leaves

The gokulakanta leaves can be used to make a decoction which can be used to relieve a number of STDs, including syphilis. The leaves help to disinfect your blood and treat the infection. Try making a tea out of them to use this home remedy for syphilis.


  1. Indian Pennywort

Indian pennywort is an herb that can be used as an effective home remedy for syphilis sores. A fine powder can be made from the herb and applied directly to the site of infection to treat it.


  1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is well-known for its antibacterial properties and can be used to soothe symptoms of syphilis and provide some pain relief. To use it, dilute a few drops of the oil in some carrier oil (like coconut oil) or in a glass of water. Dip a cotton wool ball in the mixture and gently dab it on the infected area.

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  1. Frankincense Oil

You can use frankincense oil in the same way as tea tree oil with similar effects.


  1. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil is another essential oil that can work as a home remedy for syphilis symptoms. Use it in the same way you would tea tree oil and frankincense oil.


  1. Copaiba Oil

Applying copaiba oil to your sores could help to relieve inflammation and help them to heal faster. Once again, use this oil as you would the other essential oils in this article.


  1. Rooibos Tea

Drinking this herbal tea can reduce inflammation and pain. As a result, it’s often recommended as a home remedy for syphilis symptoms.  

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Roobios tea can be found in most health/all-natural stores

  1. Garlic

Garlic supplements are known to help boost the immune system and work as a natural antibiotic. As such, it’s often considered an effective natural remedy for syphilis in its early stages. You can add a few extra cloves of garlic to your diet or you could try taking a daily garlic tablet.


  1. Kelp Supplements

Kelp is packed full of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly. As such, it helps to boost your immune system making it more able to fight the early stages of a syphilis infection. Take these supplements as directed or add more kelp to your diet to get the benefits of this home remedy for syphilis.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to improve your immune system and enables it to fight off infections. You can get more vitamin C into your diet by eating more citrus fruits or taking daily vitamin C supplements.


  1. Zinc

Zinc supplements aid the healing of infections and boost the well-being of your reproductive organs which makes it a useful home remedy for syphilis in its early stages. Make sure you don’t take too many though as it can have negative effects if taken in excess.

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Most meats and other proteins are high in zinc

  1. Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B complex supplements are useful for promoting the proper function of your enzymes. As such it ensures your body and immune system function correctly, making it easy for your body to fight off infections such as early-stage syphilis.


  1. Colloidal Silver

Taking a colloidal silver supplement can help to reduce inflammation and promoting proper healing of your syphilis sores and lesions.


  1. Vitamin K

Vitamin K is thought to be essential for helping your blood to clot correctly. Taking antibiotics can sometimes cause a drop in vitamin K levels within the body and as antibiotics are usually the designated treatment for syphilis it’s often linked to a drop of this essential vitamin. Taking a supplement may help to rectify this, but you should consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.


  1. Probiotics

When taking antibiotics to treat syphilis the medication will often attack both the good and bad bacteria in your body. Taking a probiotic during your treatment can help to restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. If you don’t like taking supplements, try eating yogurt instead, which is filled with natural probiotics.


Adding fruit to your yogurt can also add more vitamin C in your diet

  1. Mugwort

Joint pain is a common syphilis symptom and it can be tricky to relieve. Studies have shown that mugwort can help to relieve the joint pain caused by syphilis and improve the mobility of your joints. You can use the mugwort to extract its oil or infuse a tea which can be consumed to treat your syphilis.


  1. Epsom Salts Bath

Adding Epsom salts to your bath water and soaking in it can help to reduce the inflammation of your sores and lesions. This will also help to relieve some of the pain caused by the infection. Simply add two cups of the salts to your bath water and relax in the water.

  1. Exercise

Maintaining an active lifestyle whilst fighting a syphilis infection will help to reduce the stress, anxiety, and depression that can occur as a result of the infection. It will also help to boost your energy and stretch your sore muscles. Although your strength and coordination may not be what it used to be but taking part in gentle exercises such as yoga, Pilates or burst training.


  1. Collagen

Syphilis can affect both your physical and mental health. It attacks your skin and joints, and, if it progresses, virtually every organ in your body. By boosting the consumption of proteins like collagen you can maintain the health of the areas of your body that syphilis damages. Eating collagen-rich foods like beef bone broth, eggs, chicken, and fish could really help to tackle your symptoms and fight the infection in its early stages.


Once again, most meats and protein contain collagen

  1. Ginger

Nausea and digestive problems are common syphilis symptoms. Ginger is well known to help relieve nausea and is easy to consume. Ginger teas are available from most stores or you can make your own using fresh, raw ginger.


  1. Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is often considered to be a great home remedy for pain, stress, depression, anxiety, and fatigue – all of which can result from a syphilis infection. If you can, try to have a monthly massage session during your treatment to help further boost your immune system and tackle the common symptoms.


  1. Aloe and Lavender Rash Cream

If your infection progresses to the second stage, you’ll most likely experience a widespread rash. This can be soothed and treated by mixing fresh aloe with some cocoa butter, lavender oil, and witch hazel and applying this cream to your skin. Let it sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing your body with warm water.  This often works extra well when combined with the Epsom salt bath described earlier.

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  1. Heart-leaved Moonseed

Heart-leaved Moonseed is a shrub which is native to India. It has been used to treat a range of diseases throughout time and has been described by many as a “miraculous ayurvedic herb”. Studies have indicated that the herb can be used to treat syphilis as it has a number of antimicrobial effects and has already been used as a natural treatment for gonorrhea, diabetes, and cancer. Consume the extracts from the shrub’s stem each day for an eight-week period and you should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms.


  1. Desert Wormwood

Desert wormwood is another plant which is believed to work as a natural home remedy for syphilis and other infectious diseases or inflammatory disorders. More research is needed at this point bit early evidence indicates that it could help to relieve the severity of your symptoms.  

  1. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is often used for its decorative attributes, but it can also be used to treat a number of conditions. The plant has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which could make it a great home remedy for syphilis.  You could try consuming chrysanthemum bark extract each day during your treatment to see if it helps.


  1. Tamarind

A 2013 study indicated that tamarind could be used as a home remedy for syphilis infections. In 2017 another study found that it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects, which would explain why it has been used by many to aid the treatment of syphilis. Consuming the fruit each day during your treatment could speed up your recovery as a result of these effects.

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Tamarind pods and their contents are used for this home remedy

  1. Asteraceae

Asteraceae is a shrub which is native to Madagascar. It has been used in traditional medicine as a home remedy for syphilis and other conditions including, diarrhea, coughs, and headaches. To use this home remedy, you should grind some Asteraceae with an equal amount of heart-leaved moonseed and add a little honey. You can then consume 4 grams of this mixture with some water twice a day. This should help to relieve some of your symptoms.


  1. Cypriol

Cypriol is a delicate Indian grass which has been used to treat infections like syphilis for centuries. However, more scientific research is needed to identify how effective this home remedy is and how it works.


  1. Indian Sarsaparilla

Indian sarsaparilla is another Indian plant that has been sued in natural medicines to treat syphilis. It is also thought to help treat conditions like leprosy, bronchitis, asthma and urinary diseases. It has antihyperlipidemic and antidyslipidemic effects which have been scientifically proven, however, it’s not clear just how effective this herb is against syphilis.  


  1. Silkrubber

Silkrubber is an African rubber tree which has been used to treat STDs like syphilis in traditional medicines for centuries. This is because it is known to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.


  1. Radish Seeds

Radish is regularly consumed in European and American cuisine, but did you know that radish seeds have also been used in Pakistani tradition for their medical properties against syphilis? Including these seeds into your diet could help boost your syphilis treatment and reduce the severity of your symptoms.

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Radish seeds will do more good than eating actual radishes

Do you know of any other home remedies for syphilis? If so, comment below!




Syphilis picture from page 366 of “A treatise on gonorrhea and syphilis” (1864).

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