LEUCORRHOEA, an Ayurvedic View

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Leucorrhoea is a universal condition experienced by women of all ages.

Excessive discharge of a white sticky foul smelling jelly like substance from vagina is called leucorrhoea. It is associated with itching in the genital area and burning micturition.  It is known as “sweta pradara” in Ayurveda which involves mainly the Kapha and Vata dosha. Similar conditions have been mentioned in’ kaphaja yoni roga ‘and ‘upapluta yoni roga’ (types of genital tract diseases)

The Major Culprits of Leucorrhoea 

  • Unhygienic conditions
  • Infection of genital tract
  • Lack of nutrition
  • Impaired immune function
  • Excessive intake of oily, heavy, cold, sweet food
  • Over indulgence in sexual activity

Pathogenesis According to Ayurveda

Due to the above mentioned causes, kapha dosha aggravates in the place of apaana vata (a type of vata dosha which is responsible for the proper elimination of waste, sexual function, child birth, and menstrual cycles). This impairs the rasa dhatvagni (nutrient plasma) present in vaginal tract leading to painless white discharge.

Treatment Principle

  • Ø Ayurvedic treatment consists of restoring the Agni (digestive fire) in order to cleanse the accumulated toxins and bring kapha dosha back to normalcy.
  • Ø To tone the reproductive system, rejuvenating herbs are also prescribed.

Effective Formulations in Ayurveda

  • Kashayams like- nishakatakadi kashayam, shatavari gopakanyadi kashayam
  • Kumaryasavam
  • Ashokarishtam
  • Pushyanuga churnam
  • Nisha amalaki churnam
  • Lodhra churnam
  • Pradarantaka lauha
  • Shatavari gulam
  • Amra saara rasayanam

List of Drugs to Treat Leucorrhoea

  • Amla (Phyllanthus emblica)
  • Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
  • Ashoka ( saraca ashoka)
  • Udumbara( Ficus glomerulosa)
  • Shatavari ( asparagus)
  • Liquorice

Home Remedies 

  1. Wash the external genitalia with one of the following decoctions- Triphala, naalpaamara, alum water.
  2. Wash the genitalia with water boiled with neem leaves and turmeric.
  3. Regular douching of genital tract with barks of banyan and fig trees is very effective.
  4.  Guava leaves- An infusion of the tender leaves should be used as douche. It acts as powerful vaginal astringent.
  5. Walnut leaves- The leaves of the walnut tree contain astringent chemicals. A decoction of the fresh leaves can be used as a douche in the treatment of leucorrhoea.
  6. Boil 2-3 tsp. of fenugreek seeds in 1 litre of water for ½ an hour. Use this water to wash vagina.

 More Remedies

  1. Take 1 tsp. of powdered asparagus root with 1 tsp. of honey 2 times a day.
  2. Grind the plant “Better stud” (laakshana) or” touch me not “and make a paste and consume daily.
  3. Consume the pulp of aloe Vera.
  4. Carrot juice mixed with honey in the ratio of 4:1 should be consumed 2 times a day continuously for 14 days.
  5. Dry the seed of a mango and powder it .Consume 8 Gms of this powder, mixed with adequate sugar and honey.
  6. Amaranth root (rind) rubbed in 25 ml of water should then be strained and then be given to the patient twice daily.

Dietary Consideration

ü Betel nut should be chewed after meals; it has both preventive and curative properties. It prevents the disease from developing further.

ü Fasting for 2-3 days on fruit juices also helps to eliminate the morbid matter.

ü Increase the intake of fruits and salads.

ü Increase liquids in diet like water, milk, soup which helps to flush out the toxins.

ü Fried, spicy food, pickles, and white flour should be avoided.

Other Measures

  1.  Avoid sexually stimulating activities.
  2. Cold hip bath taken twice a day for 10 minutes at a time will relieve the congestion in the pelvic region and helps in eliminating the morbid matter.

Prevention is better than cure. Follow a good diet and regime, and akeep your mind healthy to stay away from leucorrhoea.

 

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