Leucorrhoea, vaginal discharge is a universal problem of all women. No body escapes from this illness. Female genitals are very much prone to infections since they are moist, more sweaty and covered. The white vaginal discharge with foul smell makes it embarrassing to get into social gatherings and even engage in personal affairs. The affected women need reassurance, prevention of infection and some counselling as they usually have abnormal psychosomatic scores.
Most secretions are regarding life style physiological and warrant no medical interventions. But it is significant if it is blood stained, profuse, foul smelling or with changes in its colour. Usually the normal secretions are slimy and slightly sticky. It is something like nasal secretion. Normally the quantity of vaginal secretions varies throughout the menstrual cycle, peaking at ovulation and also increasing when under emotional stress.
There are two types of Leucorrhoea, physiological and pathological. In physiological Leucorrhoea, the discharge is normal due to excitement or other factors like nervousness. Such a discharge need not be worried about. It is found under following conditions:
*Seen in newborn baby for a week due to maternal oestrogen.
*Seen in girls during puberty due to hormonal changes.
*At the time of ovulation and in early pregnancy.
*During sexual excitement.
General ill health and under nutrition.
Dysfunctional state in genital tract.
In addition to infection, some hormonal and metabolical disorders are also responsible for the condition.
Ayurveda considers that leucorrhoea is caused by the vitiation of kapha; it occurs commonly among weak and anaemic women. It can also be due to the inflammation of the womb following childbirth, displacement of the uterus, or gonorrhoea. Among young females, it may be due to threadworms, as the result of general debility combined with lack of cleanliness or infections. Leucorrhoea may also occur during the menstrual periods in young women, due to the thickening of the mucus membrane in the reproductive organs. During the child bearing years from adolescence to the mid-forties, infection may sometimes follow birth of a child due to damage of the cervix during the delivery of the baby.
Leucorrhoea usually shows symptoms in association with other illness. Wide variety of reasons are encountered in its causation. Commonly fungal, parasitic, bacterial and sexually transmitted diseases are the prime causative factors.
The most comon symptoms are:
1.woman complains of a thin, yellow to grey vaginal discharge which is often foamy and has an unpleasant odour.
2. There may be some itching and redness noted around and inside the vagina.
3.Some women and men do not show symptoms at all. It is important that if your partner is treated for Trichomoniasis, you as well get treated.
The discharge is often white. Flow may stiffen the linen or simply leave back a trace of white powder or scales.
In most cases discharge emanates from the uterine cavity or vagina. In catarrhal or idiopathic variety of leucorrhoea the discharge is in mild and liquid form. The discharge from the uterus is often from uterine cavity. In certain ladies leucorrhoea discharge sets in even 8-10 days before anticipated period of menses and stops as soon as menses appear but in others, it may start when menses are over.
In addition to the whitish discharge from the vaginal tract, there is weakness as well as pain in the lumbar region and the calves. A burning sensation may be present along with constipation. There appears to be a direct relationship of this disease with a nervous temperament. The patient develops black patches under the eyes. Late nights precipitate the attack.
A vaginal smear reveals the type of infection. Blood studies are also important to study the serological reactions pertaining to the type of infections.
Treatment is in the form of vaginal tablets and cream. Sometimes tablets are taken by mouth as well. Candidiasis often recurs. It is important to continue treatment and follow all directions even after symptoms disappear.
Even though you have many means to kill fungus, bacteria or parasite, immunity plays important role in their elimination. That is the reason why you cannot find a permanent solution to a particular causation. The body that is more susceptible to infection of the particular pathogen, it invites a Homoeopathic remedy for permanent cure! Even the white discharge cases are treated with homoeopathy medicines. I have attended to a variety of cases with different illnesses. There are many clinical histories something peculiar to find in children. Many girls are prone to get leucorrhoea before puberty.
Homoeopathic prescriptions are based on the nature of the discharge and studying the patient as a separate, whole entity to raise the immunity. Say bye to all your problems!
A proper diagnosis of the disease must be made and the cause removed. In addition to the medicine prescribed below, a regular douching of the genital tract with the decoction of the bark of the banyan tree or the fig tree is very helpful. A tablespoon of each of the powders of the barks of the two trees should be boiled in a litre of water till it is reduced to about half. Douching with the lukewarm decoction keeps the vaginal tract healthy and clean.
1. About 12 centigms. of assfoetida (hing) gum fried in ghee mixed with 120 gms of goat milk and a tea spoonful of honey should be given thrice a day for a month.
2. Bark of Asoka is an effective medicine for leucorrhoea.
3.Pessaries or vaginal suppositories made of henna (mehndi) leaves and seeds can be used beneffically.
4.A regular douching of the genital tract with a decoction of the banyan bark and the fig trees is very useful.A tea spoonful of each powder of the bark of the said trees should be boiled in a litre of water till it reduces to half.
5.A decoction made from babul tree should be used as a veginal douche.
6.A decoction of butea (palas) leaves should be used as a veginal douche.
Coriander(dhania) seeds: A home remedy used in this condition is to soak about ten Gms of dry Coriander(dhania) in 100 ml of water overnight, and to drink the water in the early morning. It gives relief in seven to eight days in most cases.
Fenugreek seeds: Fenugreek seeds are valuable in leucorrhoea. They should be taken internally in the form of tea and also used as a douche. As a douche, the solution should be much stronger than tea. Two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be put in a litre of cold water and allowed to simmer for half an hour over a low flame. The decoction should then be strained and use as a douche. ls.
Ayurvedic Medicinal Cure
Pushyanug Churna : 5-10 gm twice daily.
Patrangasava : 15-30 ml twice daily after meals with
Chandraprabhavati : 2 pills in the morning and evening with a glass of milk.
Dry Indian Gooseberry(amla) and liquorice(mulethi) in equal quantities, powdered and mixed with thrice the quantity of honey is an effective drug for this disease.
Pradrantak lauh : 1 gm thrice daily. To be taken with honey.
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Fried and spicy foods are to be avoided. The patient should be encouraged to chew Betel nut (supari) after meals: it has a curative effect and also prevents the development of the disease.
If you notice discharge from the urethra or vagina, pain while urinating, ulcer on the genitals, consult your doctor.
Since the infection can be transmitted by sharing wash-cloths, towels, bathing suits, underwear or any moist object, be careful!
If you do have more than one sexual partner or unsure whether your partner has more than one partner, it is very important to use condoms.
Wash genitals everyday
Wear clean underwear every day
Always wash yourself from front to back.
Avoid sprays, deodorants, and strong perfumed soap and bath products.
A cold hip bath taken twice a day for ten minutes at a time, will help relieve congestion in the pelvic region and facilitate quick elimination of morbid matter.
Do not stop treatment when symptoms disappear â€“ the full course of treatment is very important. Abstain from sexual intercourse during treatment in order to avoid irritation of tissues, which are in the process of healing.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.
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