I posted a basic protocol in my last post. Here it is again.
I don't recommend actually putting a whole garlic clove in the vagina, the alternative GBS rx I use is simple:
mix 1 part crushed garlic with 1 part powdered marshmallow root. Add enough water to be able to roll mix into little balls. Put balls on plate or baking sheet to let dry, then store in refrigerator (make enough at a time to use for about 5 days). Put one of these homemade suppositories vaginally every night. It's soothing and not burning, and not as strong smelling as a whole garlic clove.
Also, starting at 37 weeks drink 1 cup Oregon Grape Root tea 3x a day (a good substitute for Goldenseal since it is endangered.) It's recommended to only use at term because of the theoretical chance of the berbedine in the herb causing uterine ctx.
Finally, take a good quality probiotic. I like FemDophilus as it is made form a strain studied to colonize the vagina.
Even if this doesn't reduce the GBS completely and just lowers the colony count in a woman, it still is incredibly beneficial in that aspect. But, in many cases where the woman chooses to retest after 1-2 weeks of doing this alternative protocol, most do get a GBS negative test (in my experience.)
Here is also Aviva Jill Romm's protocol:
If GBS detected before 36 weeks *
1.Recommend nutritional and botanical options for improving immunity (shitake mushrooms, reishi mushrooms, Vit. C, Zinc, Vitamin A, etc.)
2. Echinacea tincture daily, 1-2 dropperfuls tid (or other immunomodulating herbs)
3. Recommend stress reduction exercises+ suggest nervine or adaptogenic herbs
4. high quality probiotic AM and PM orally with meals (daily dose should be between 9-12 billion microorganisms per day).
If GBS detected after 36 weeks
1. Oral immunomodulaters: Echinacea tincture daily, 1-2 dropperfuls tid (and/or garlic extracts, medicinal mushrooms)
2. Topical antimicrobials (to reduce bacterial colonization, heal vaginal tissue, and improve resistance) nightly for 2 weeks, and then reculture.
3. If cultures negative, begin taking high quality probiotic AM and PM orally with meals (this is not recommended when using strongly antibiotic herbs)
*For clients with a history of GBS, recurrent UTIs or chronic vaginal infections, the MW can recommend testing prior to 35-37 weeks in order to begin botanical and nutritional therapy earlier. This is a preventive measure only, and she would need to be retested again around 35-37 weeks, and if she tests positive again then she can do the second protocol, and retest.
Here is a recipe for making GBS suppositories (Romm 2010):
“To ½ cup each of melted coconut oil and cocoa butter add:
1 tsp. calendula oil
1/2 tsp. each of rosemary and lavender essential oils
2 tsp. tincture of Usnea barbara (Usnea)
2 tsp. tincture of Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
2 tbs Hydrastis Canadensis power (Goldenseal)
1 tbs Ulmus Rubra powder (Slippery Elm)
1 tbs Commiphora mol mol powder (Myrrh)
Stir, and pour into suppository molds, refrigerate until firm. These will keep in the refrigerator for many weeks.”