Meaning of Leucorrhoea
Vaginal discharge is widespread and can vary in quantity and quality based on different days of the menstrual cycle. The medical name for normal vaginal discharge is leucorrhoea. It can be yellow or white, but it does not cause pain, itching, irritation, or burning of the tissue around the vaginal opening. It is sometimes hard to specify the difference between normal vaginal discharge and leucorrhoea caused by a yeast infection or sexually transmitted diseases. The amount of discharge may increase due to vaginal infection, and it may disappear and reappear from time to time.
Causes of Leucorrhoea
Vaginal discharge is a completely normal part of how your body maintains a healthy vagina. But changes can occur if the normal balance of healthy bacteria (germs) in your vagina is upset. Many things can disturb the balance of a healthy vagina, including:
- Sexual intercourse that is unprotected
- Nutritional deficiency
- Poor maintenance of hygiene in intimate areas
- Any injury to the cervix or any other part of the female reproductive system during pregnancy
- Infection of the urinary tract
- Fungal or bacterial infections
- Vaginal irritation due to the insertion of contraceptive devices
- A contraceptive device used by the partner that causes irritation
Symptoms of Leucorrhoea?
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Pain in the stomach or cramps
- Itching sensation
- Pain in the lumbar region and calves
How to prevent Leucorrhoea?
There is no need to prevent normal vaginal discharge. However, abnormal vaginal discharge may be prevented by following these tips.
- After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back. This may help prevent getting bacteria from your rectal area into your vagina.
- Wear cotton underpants during the day. Cotton allows your genital area to “breathe.” Don’t wear underpants at night.
- Avoid wearing tight pants, pantyhose, swimming suits, biking shorts, or leotards for long periods.
- Change your laundry detergent or fabric softener if you think it may be irritating your genital area.
- The latex in condoms and diaphragms and the sperm-killing gels that are used for birth control can be irritating for some women. If you think one of these things is a problem for you, talk to your doctor about other types of birth control.
- Avoid hot tubs.
- Bathe or shower daily Don’t douche.
- Avoid feminine hygiene sprays, colored or perfumed toilet paper, deodorant pads or tampons, and bubble baths.
What is a healthy discharge?
Healthy vaginal discharge varies from person to person. It also changes throughout their menstrual cycle.
In general, healthy vaginal discharge can appear thin and watery or thick and cloudy. Clear, white, or off-white vaginal discharge is also perfectly normal.
Some females may have brown, red, or black vaginal discharge at the end of their menstrual periods if their vaginal discharge still contains blood from the uterus.
Natural hormonal changes during ovulation can cause an increase in vaginal discharge, which should return to normal after ovulation.
Herbs Effective in Leucorrhoea
Ashoka, known as the Ashoka bricks is one of the most ancient and sacred trees found all over India. Ashoka has various medicinal properties, especially its bark and leaves.
Ashoka helps to manage various gynecological and menstrual problems in women such as heavy, irregular, and painful periods. It can be taken in the form of churna/powder or capsule twice a day after meals to get relief from abdominal pain and spasms. Taking Ashoka bark juice or kwath can also promote healthy skin due to its blood purifying properties.
According to Ayurveda, Ashoka is useful in controlling internal bleeding, especially in the case of piles due to its Kasaya (astringent) property. It is also beneficial in relieving pain and healing wounds faster due to its Roman (healing) property. Applying Ashoka bark juice or kwath on the skin helps to get rid of oily and dull skin
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris) is an Ayurvedic herb most commonly known for its immunity-boosting, aphrodisiac, and rejuvenation properties. Its name is derived from two Sanskrit words; ‘Go’ meaning cow and ‘Aakshura’ meaning hoof, as the fruits of this plant resemble the hooves of cows. Gokhshura when taken along with Ashwagandha helps enhance stamina due to which is beneficial for bodybuilding as well as improving the performance of athletes. It is also extensively used to manage sexual disorders like erectile dysfunction as it is a natural aphrodisiac. According to Ayurveda, Gokshura is known to balance tridosha. It is also used to manage urinary disorders due to its Mutual (diuretic) property. It is advisable to consult your doctor before taking Gokshura if you are taking medicines to lower blood pressure
Lodhra is a traditional medicine used by Ayurvedic practitioners. All parts like roots, bark as well as leaves of this plant are used for medicinal purposes but most useful is its stem.
Lodhra is considered useful in managing female disorders such as leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge) which is caused by vaginal infections as it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to manage excessive menstrual bleeding by promoting blood thickening due to its astringent and hemostatic (a process that stops bleeding) properties. This hemostatic property is also useful in managing nose bleeding.
For females suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Lodhra is quite useful as it increases the levels of female hormones and reduces the levels of male hormones in the female body. This helps in the maturation and release of eggs which otherwise gets compromised due to hormonal imbalance and reduces the symptoms of PCOS.
Ayurveda recommends taking Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day to get relief from leucorrhea and other menstrual problems.
Applying Lodhra powder along with rose water on your wounds might help in faster wound healing due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent properties. Lodhra powder can also be applied to your gums along with honey to get relief from swelling and pain
Nagkesar is an evergreen ornamental tree that is found in most Asian countries. Various parts of Nagkesar are used either alone or in combination with other medicinal herbs for their health benefits.
Nagkesar is beneficial in relieving cold and cough as it removes excess mucus from the lungs. This also gives relief from certain symptoms of asthma. Taking Nagkesar powder along with honey or lukewarm water once or twice a day helps reduce fever by lowering the body temperature due to its antipyretic property. It also helps manage bleeding piles, dysentery, and stomach irritation due to its astringent property.
According to Ayurveda, Nagkesar is good for improving digestion due to its Laghu (easy to digest) property.
Applying Nagkesar oil might be useful in managing skin problems as well as preventing skin infections due to its antimicrobial and strong wound healing properties. Its topical application also helps reduce pain and inflammation due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties
Manjistha or Indian Madder is considered to be one of the best blood-purifying herbs. It is mainly used to break down blockages in the blood flow and remove stagnant blood.
Manjistha herb can be used both internally and externally on the skin for promoting skin whitening. Applying Manjistha powder along with honey or rose water (at least 2-3 times a week) helps manage acne and pimples by inhibiting the growth of acne-causing bacteria due to its antioxidant property. Topical application of Manjistha oil and coconut oil reduces inflammation and skin rashes associated with acne due to its anti-inflammatory property. It is also helpful in keeping the hair shiny and healthy. Rinsing your eyes with Manjistha decoction might help control excessive watery discharge due to its astringent property.
As per Ayurveda, taking Manjistha powder after lunch and dinner helps manage diarrhea due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Consuming Manjistha on a regular basis might be good for diabetics as it lowers the blood glucose levels.
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