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Published 04-02-2021

Complete Ayurvedic Treatment of Leucorrhoea

IRREGULAR AND PAINFULL PERIODS, URINARY TRACT INFECTION, FUNGAL INFECTIONS/RASHES, EXCESSIVE BLEEDING

Complete Ayurvedic Treatment of Leucorrhoea

Dr. Shivani Nautiyal

An Ayurvedic Practitioner and Consultant with a specialization in Panchkarma. My goal is to design an individual treatment plan to help each patient to achieve the best outcome possible. Treats Male and Female Fertility problems, Irregular Menstruation, Leucorrhea, UTI, COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, Insomnia, Joint Pain, Arthritis, Sciatica, Skin problems, Alopecia, Grey Hairs, Gastric problems and other Lifestyle Disorders with Panchkarma Therapies and Ayurvedic Medicines.

Treatment of Leucorrhoea: A woman’s health is the cornerstone of a family’s overall health. The World Health Organization defines a woman's health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The health of the female reproductive system comes under the heading of Gynaecology medical practices.

The most common gynecological problem women face is Leucorrhoea. It is the discharge of white, sticky, foul-smelling fluid from the vagina. All women experience this problem once in their lifetime. It is accompanied by weakness, pain in the thighs, joints, back, and itching in the vagina. It accounts for more than 25% of patients’ visits to gynecologists.

Leucorrhoea in Ayurveda 

Ayurveda describes Leucorrhoea under the heading of “Shweta Pradar,” where Shweta means ‘white’ and Pradar means ‘discharge.’ Shweta Pradar is described in Ayurvedic Samhitas like Yoga Ratnakara, Bhav Prakash, and Charaka Samhita. According to Ayurveda, Sweta Pradara (Leucorrhoea) is not a disease but a symptom of several diseases. Sometimes, this symptom becomes so severe that it overshadows the other symptoms of the actual disease. Thus, women mistakenly think that they are suffering from this disease. 

Shweta Pradar is a Kapha Dosha generated disorder of the female genital organ system. It means that the aggravated Kapha Dosha is the leading cause of the vaginal discharge. Like diet and lifestyle errors or some hormonal disturbances, vitiating factors increase Kapha, which releases white and painless vaginal discharge mainly due to Kapha Dosha’s dominance with Rasa Dhatus (body fluids) of the reproductive system. Also, the other aggravating factors in Shweta Pradar can be excessive coitus, abortion, irregular menstrual cycle, and unhygienic clothes and vagina.   

Types of Leucorrhoea

  • According to modern science, Leucorrhoea is divided into two types:

1. Physiological Leucorrhoea

It is common in almost every woman and is caused by the natural defense mechanism of the vagina to maintain its chemical balance and preserve the flexibility of the vaginal tissue. It usually occurs when estrogen levels are increased. When the vaginal discharge is thin, odorless, transparent, mucus-like, and not subsequently increased in quantity, it is considered a normal vaginal discharge.

2. Inflammatory Leucorrhoea

In this type of Leucorrhoea, vaginal swelling or congestion inside the vaginal mucosa occurs. The discharge is usually yellow-colored with a foul smell caused by an infection. Sexually transmitted diseases also cause this type of Leucorrhoea or can be due to postpartum discharge after delivery. 

  • According to Ayurveda, there are four types of Leucorrhoea:

1. Vataj Pradara

The discharge will be pink, dry, bubbly, little by little, and also associated with pain. The discharge resembles the flesh-washed water.

2. Pittaja Pradara

The discharge will be of either yellow, blue, or black color along with a burning sensation.

3. Kaphaja Pradara

The discharge will be slimy, pale, and appear like wheat-washed water.

4. Sannipataj Pradara

It includes a combination of all the kinds and will have a mixture of the features mentioned above. The discharge also appears similar to the mix of honey and ghee, yellow in color, or else seems like the marrow and foul odor. 

Types of Leucorrhoea

Symptoms of Leucorrhoea

The main symptom of Shweta Pradar is slimy, thick, and white vaginal discharge sometimes with a profuse smell. The colour of the discharge may be white, yellow, red, and black and may be associated with a foul smell, itching, burning sensation, and irritation of vaginal skin. Frequent vaginal discharge leads to pain in the calf muscle and also the lumbar region. In some cases, a burning sensation can be present with constipation. 

Symptoms include:

  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Pain and heaviness in the lower abdomen
  • Polyuria
  • General weakness
  • Pain during menstruation
  • Anorexia
  • Indigestion
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Breathlessness
Symptoms of Leucorrhoea

Causes of Leucorrhoea

With the consumption of Kapha & Vata Dosha vitiating factors, Kapha increases that cause Agnimandya (low digestive fire) in addition to Rasa Dushti (impure body fluids), which results in Aam (constipation). This constipation increases the amount of kled (wetting agent) in the vagina and results in Leucorrhea.   

  • Hormonal disturbance
  • Increased oestrogen hormone levels
  • Incompatible food (Viruddhahara)
  • Alcohol intake (Madhyapana)
  • Repeated abortions (Garbhapata)
  • Long walks (Adhwa)
  • Grief, stress (Shoka)
  • Weight lifting (Bharavahana)
  • Day sleep lifestyle (Diva Nidra)
  • Unhygienic infections (Ashuchi)
  • Loss of iron in the blood (Anaemia)
  • Wounds or any injury to the vagina
  • Pregnancy

 Due to the reasons mentioned above, the Doshas are vitiated and enter the sites of Apana Vata (present in reproductive organs), which are Shroni (hips), Basti (urinary bladder), Uru (thighs), and Yoni (vagina). Due to Doshas’ imbalance, the body cannot combat the vital strength, and therefore it is lost through the vaginal route.

Causes of Leucorrhoea

Treatment of Leucorrhoea

One can treat Leucorrhoea with the best ayurvedic doctors practicing in India. The said Ayurvedic treatment is based on its Doshik Pathogenesis because Kapha Dosha is responsible for vaginal discharge. To clean the accumulated toxins and bring Kapha Dosha back to a balanced stage, restoration of Agni (digestive fire) is considered the main principle of treatment in Ayurveda. 

Treatment of Leucorrhea in Ayurveda contains herbal medicines such as:

1. Chitrakadi Vati

Chitrakadi Vati contains Chitrak, Marich, Ajmoda, Pippali, and Saindhav Lavan. These herbs also increase digestive fire and remove toxins from the body and maintain Dosha balance.

Dosage – 2 tablets twice a day with warm water   

2. Pradrantak Churna 

This medicine contains herbs like Lodhra, Ashoka, Udumber, and Arjuna, which balances aggravated Kapha Dosha associated with Vata and Pitta dosha. This herbal formulation can also treat other female health problems like excessive vaginal discharge, irregular periods, uterine fibroids, and cysts.

Dosage – 1/2 tbsp twice a day with warm water after meals

3. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan contains Shuddha Gandhak, Amla, Vibhitki, Haritki, and Chaturjat. This formulation is used in the treatment of fungal infections, skin diseases, itching, chronic fever, irritation in the skin, and also in urinary tract infections. Moreover, this also helps to maintain the female reproductive system and maintain healthy skin.   

Dosage – 2 tablets two times a day with water after meals

4. Lodhrasava

Lodhrasava is a decoction of herbs like Lodhra, Pushkar Mool, Moorva, Ajwain, Priyangu, Chavya, Supari, Kutaki, Tagar, and Naagkesar. This formulation also helps to relieve pain, itching, irritation, or discomfort associated with heavy periods or vaginal discharge.

Dosage – 2 tsp mixed with a half cup of water, 3 times a day before meals 

Treatment of Leucorrhoea

Home Remedies for Leucorrhoea

Along with the medicines, the following are some effective home remedies for Leucorrhoea that can help cure and overcome its symptoms. 

  • Take freshly squeezed lemon juice, mix it with some water and wash your vaginal area with it.
  • Make sure to drink cranberry juice once a day.
  • Soak 2 tsp of coriander seeds in 1 cup of water overnight. Strain and drink it on an empty stomach early in the morning.
  • Take some leaves of banana flower and crush well. Strain out 10-15 ml of the juice. Mix it with honey and take it early in the morning, empty stomach.
  • Take one cup of rice-washed water and 5-10 g each of jaggery and cumin seeds. Cook it for 5-10 minutes and take it during noontime.

Lifestyle Tips for Leucorrhoea

One can manage Leucorrhoea naturally with just a few lifestyle and dietary changes. So, here are some tips that you can follow for the most excellent results.

  • Diet tips for Leucorrhoea
  1. Intake adequate amount of water
  2. Avoid sugary items like ice-creams
  3. Don’t consume mushrooms as they can grow the infection
  4. Avoid hot, spicy, and junk food
  5. Quit smoking and also avoid alcohol intake
  6. Try to eat fresh curd on a daily basis
  • Do’s
  1. Cleanliness and hygiene of reproductive organs are essential. So, wash your genitals carefully and not let moisture retain in the genitals area after the bath. Also, let the water flow on the anus and vulva properly to clean them.
  2. Wash your vagina every time after urinating.
  3. Clean the inner wears and yourself with a good quality detergent and soap having bactericidal and fungicidal properties.
  4. Before sexual intercourse with your partner, make sure he is free from all kinds of infections. Also, wash your organs clean after the process to avoid getting these diseases.
  5. Morning walk for 30 minutes.
  • Don’ts
  1. Do not use any cosmetic products like powders or perfumes in the genital area.
  2. Contraceptive users should stop the pill temporarily if the symptoms become annoying.
  3. Don’t use petroleum jelly, oils, and moisturizers for lubrication during sexual intercourse.
  4. Don’t scrape infected or inflamed areas; it can increase irritation.
  5. Avoid sexual intercourse until treatment is completed.

Conclusion

By maintaining women's general health and increasing personal hygiene along with proper dietary regimens and lifestyle changes, we can prevent the occurrence of Shweta-Pradara. Still, if one needs proper medication, Ayurvedic herbs or medicines for Leucorrhoea are also available at HealthyBazar to help you treat it without any side effects. All the products on-site are genuine and one can also consult with the best ayurvedic and Unani doctors.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2022

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