Leucorrhea is an abnormal discharge from the vagina. It refers to the whitish discharge from the female genitals. The vagina has a natural acid environment that protects it from unfavorable pathogens. If this acidity is not maintained, various bacteria, fungi or protozoa can proliferate. It is an abnormal disease condition of the reproductive organs of the woman. The condition may continue for weeks or months at a time. if not treated properly in the initial stages, it may become chronic. Intake of yogurt and herbs with acidophilus supplements are effective for this reason.
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In Ayurveda, leucorrhea is most commonly a Kapha or excess mucus condition, but can be caused by other doshas. Treat the dosha rather than the specific pathogen.
In addition to the whitish discharge from the vagina, the patient feels weak and tired. She also suffers from pain in the lumbar region and calves, and experiences a dragging sensation in the abdomen. Other symptoms are constipation, frequent headaches and intense itching. In the chronic form, the patient feels irritable and develops black patches under the eyes.
Causes are mainly those that increase Kapha; eating too much sweet, sour, salty; heavy and greasy foods such as dairy, sugars and starches. Lack of personal hygiene, excessive sex, and excessive use of antibiotics, infections or venereal diseases contribute to the problem.
Therefore, leucorrhea denotes a generally devitalized and toxic condition of the system, caused by wrong feeding habits. Whenever the body is loaded with toxins and the eliminative organs such as the skin, bowels, lungs and kidneys are unable to eliminate them, the body in women establishes profuse discharge or elimination through the mucous membrane of the uterus and vagina in the form of leucorrhea.
In young women, leucorrhea may occur during inter-menstrual periods due to the thickening of the mucous membrane in the reproductive organs.
Treatment is done according to the dosha. For Vata type leucorrhea, use yogurt as a douche or demulcent herbs such as Shatavari and licorice. Take Ashwagandha, Shatavari and their preparations.
For Pitta type, Kumari Saar, turmeric and barberry are indicated or the herbal febrifuge and blood purifier. For Kapha type, Trikatu can be taken with honey.
But one a whole, Shatavari is beneficial for all types because of its cooling properties.
Amaranth is considered an excellent home remedy for leucorrhea. The rind of the root of this plant should be rubbed in 25ml of water. It should then be strained and should be given to the patient daily in the morning and evening.
The tender leaves of guava are beneficial in the treatment of this disease. An infusion of the leaves should be used as a douche. It acts as a powerful vaginal astringent.
Good western herbs include worm wood, tansy, rue, alumroot, oak bark, usnea, goldenseal and Echinacea.
The patient should have a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on whole grain cereals, fresh fruits, raw and steamed vegetables. She should avoid all forms of white flour, white sugar, fried and greasy foods, condiments, preserves, tea and coffee.