Leukorrhea (Vaginal Discharge): Natural Remedies
Leukorrhea is also called as sweta pradara in Ayurveda. This disease is caused by the imbalance of vata and kapha dosa. The production and transportation of fluids by the urogenital organs becomes disturbed and leads to leukorrhea. According to Ayurveda, the main symptoms are a pale or white discharge from the vagina that is usually painful and thick or thin in consistency.
Ayurvedic treatment emphasizes the use of vaginal douches (uttarbasti or yonidhavana). These douches are intended to treat the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the external vagina. They act as local antibiotics, clear the blockages in the channel pathway, and pacify dosas.
The herbs used for douches are Santalum album (chandana), Azadiracta indica (neem), Tinospora cordifolia (guduchi), Saraca indica (ashoka), Terminalia arjuna (Arjuna), etc. Internally, ginger, cinnamon, fenugreek, gooseberry (Emblica officinalis), Terminalia chebula, and Hemidesmus indicus are the popular herbs. Pushyanuga choorna, Chandraprabha vati, Chandrakala ras, Chandanasavam, loha, and praval bhasma are some of the effective formulas.
Conventional medicine treatment includes cleaning the genitalia, maintaining dryness, avoiding tight clothing, and occasionally douching.
Food should be simple, easily digestible, and taken at regular intervals. Excessive amounts of puddings, garlic, onion, pickles, potatoes, sour foods, and excessive fried and greasy foods are not recommended. Rice water (water collected after washing the raw rice) is a very useful remedy in this disease.
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