Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies for Gonorrhea

Unclear or conflicting scientific evidence


Limited available evidence suggests that alizarin may be of benefit in the treatment of viral infections. Additional research is needed in this area.
Avoid if allergic or hypersensitive to alizarin or any plants in the Rubiaceae family. Alizarin may be toxic and should not be handled for long periods of time, rubbed in the eyes, or eaten.

Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.

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