A homeopathic practitioner may prescribe a patient-specific remedy to help reduce some of the symptoms associated with PID. Herbs that are used in PID patients include Apis mellifica, Arsenicum album, Belladonna, Colocynthis, Magnesia phosphorica, and Mercurius vivus.
- The following herbal remedies may be helpful:
- Castor oil packs. Patients can make warm packs by pouring castor oil on a clean piece of cloth wrapped in layers and warming it before placing on the lower part of their abdomen for up to 20 minutes. It is recommended that patients repeat this therapy every day for up to seven days.
- Echinacea spp., goldenseals and Calendula officinalis. These herbs are believed to have antimicrobial activity and may be taken to augment the action of prescribed antibiotics.
- Grapefruit seed extract. This herb has been used to fight a variety of infections including bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, and worm infections.
- Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum). These remedies are recommended as tonics for the general well-being of the female genital tract.