HERBS

LEUCORRHOEA

ABOUT THE DISEASE

Leucorrhoea is a medical term used for mucus discharge from vagina. It may be whitish, yellowish or greenish in colour.

Leucorrhoea can occur both in physiological as well as in pathological conditions.

Physiologically it can occur in following conditions – a) During puberty before menarche b) before onset of periods and c) during pregnancy due to increased blood circulation towards pelvis and hormonal changes.

Occasionally newly born females also may also show whitish vaginal discharge due to the hormonal effects on them when inside the uterus.

Pathologically it can occur due to various causes

  • Due to any bacterial, viral or protozoal infection in vagina, or cervix or uterus.
  • Poorly maintained hygiene of genital parts
  • Hormonal imbalances in body
  • Local injury in genital parts.
  • As a secondary complication of diseases like Diabetes or menstrual disturbances
  • Stress and anxiety

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

In physiological Leucorrhoea the vaginal discharge generally is white, thin or stringy and without any foul odour.

In Pathological Leucorrhoea the character of vaginal discharge depends upon the factor causing it.

White discharge along with itching may indicate a yeast infection. Thin or frothy discharge with unusual foul odour that can be whitish or yellowish or greenish may indicate parasitic infection of vaginal Trichomoniasis. Curdy white vaginal discharge sometimes with clots and fishy odour may indicate bacterial infection. Watery whitish discharge along with sores and extreme pain in vulva and vagina may indicate a viral infection.

Other Signs and symptoms which can also be present include:

  • Pain in lower back region and calf muscles
  • Pain in lower part of abdomen
  • Weakness , Lethargy
  • Itching or Burning sensation in vagina
  • Headache
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Burning sensation during micturition
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Acharyas have described the condition of vaginal discharge as “Shweta Pradara”.

Shweta Pradara has been described as symptom caused due to various diseases.

Causative factors

  • Intake of kapha predominant diet and lifestyle like excessive oily, cold and sweet foods, frequent intake of Curd at night, sedentary lifestyle, etc.
  • Over indulgence in sexual activities
  • After Miscarriage or abortion
  • Not following proper hygiene during menstrual period
  • Poorly maintained Vaginal hygiene
  • As a consequence of any disease

PATHOGENESIS

Due to causative factors the kapha and Pitta dosha gets aggravated which in turn vitiates the Rasa Dhatu present in female genital parts leads to painless vaginal discharge which is called “Shweta Pradara”.

PRINCIPLE OF TREATMENT

The main line of treatment includes Kapha Pitta shaman, Aam Pachan and stambhan.

MEDICINES

1. Single herbs – Nyagrodha (Ficus bengalensis), Devdaru (Cidrus deodara), Palash (Butea monosperma), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Rohitaka (Tecoma undulata), amla (Euphorbia officinalis), Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea), jatiphala(Myristica fragrans), Khadira (Acacia catechu), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ashoka (Saraca Asoka),Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

2. Powders – Pushyanug churna, Dashmoola churna, Triphala churna, Nyagrodhi churna, Lodhradi chura, Pradarantak churna, Godanti Bhasma, Gandhak Rasayana, Yashada bhasma, Mukta shukti Pishti, Prawal bhasma, Kukkutandtwak bhasma

3. Tablets - Pradarantak lauha , Arogyavardhini vati, chandraprabha vati

4. Asava/Arishta (alcoholic preparations) – Ashokarishta, Sarivadyasava,Lodhrasava

5. Kwath (Decoctions) – Darvyadi kwath

HOME REMEDIES

1. Tandulodaka (Boiled Rice water) is very effective in Leucorrhoea. Boil half cup of rice in 3 to 4 cups of water. Strain the rice and take 1 glass of this water luke warm daily. It is very beneficial in relieving from vaginal discharge problem

2. Take one fourth teaspoon of alum powder and dissolve it in half litres of luke warm water and use it for vaginal wash twice daily or take 3 to 4 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and boil it in half litres of water and use it luke warm for vaginal wash daily.

3. Take 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds, soak it in a glass of water overnight, strain and drink the water in the morning. Continue this for 10 to 15 days.

4. Take 5 gms of amla powder with honey twice daily for 1 week.

5. Take 10 to 15 gms of Banyan Tree bark and boil it in one litre of water till one fourth remaining. Vaginal wash with luke warm water helps in relieving from bacterial infections and foul odour of vaginal discharges.

6. If suffering from chronic vaginal discharges then make decoction of banyan tree bark and mix 2 pinch of alum powder in this. Soak a tampon in this mixture a keep it in vagina for 1 hour. It provides effective recovery in chronic leucorrhoea in 10 to 15 days.

7. Take 1 to 2 bananas daily. You can also make vegetable of raw banana at home by tempering with cumin and coriander seeds. It helps in reducing dischargs and also reduces backache associated with it.

Disclaimer

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