Leukorrhea is a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge. Here we take a look at leukorrhea causes, symptoms, and Ayurvedic remedies for leukorrhea.
Excessive vaginal discharge associated with itching, burning sensation, and pain with body aches and fatigue is known as Leukorrhea in conventional western medicine and sweta pradara in ayurvedic medicine.
Usually, vaginal discharges are normal. It’s the body’s natural way of cleansing, lubricating, and protecting the reproductive organs from infections. Its color can range from clear to milky white.
Depending on the phase of your menstrual cycle, the amount, odor and color can vary. Vaginal discharges normally increase during ovulation and breastfeeding.
Here are some of the symptoms that indicate abnormalities in vaginal discharges.
There are many causes of leukorrhea with the most common being estrogen imbalance. The amount of discharge may increase due to a vaginal infection and it may also disappear and reappear from time to time.
This discharge can keep occurring for years, in which case it can become more yellow in color and foul-smelling. This is a non-pathological symptom secondary to inflammatory conditions of vagina or cervix.
While vaginal discharges are normal, changes in discharge can be caused by infections like the following.
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White vaginal discharges are termed as swetapradara in classical Ayurvedic medical texts.
In these medical texts, all gynecological disorders including swetapradara (leukorrhea) come under yonivyapada(gynecological disorders).
Kapha or Vatakaphaja doshas are the main causative factor of swetapradaraand other yonivyapada.
Treatment of leukorrhea or swetapradara is mainly based on the use of Ayurvedic drugs which are having a predominance of kashaya rasa and Kapha-shamaka property.
These medicines are mainly administered topically and orally.
Due to above-mentioned reasons, the body’s doshas gets vitiated and lodged in the sites of apana vayulike the hips, bladder, thighs, and uterus.
Due to imbalanced doshas, the body is unable to hold onto its vital strength which is considered to leave the body through the vaginal route.
Classification of swetapradarabased on causes.
Adverse Symptoms And Complications Associated With Leukorrhea
Debility, giddiness, syncope, thirst, burning sensations, anemia, drowsiness and Vata disorders like dry skin, brittle hair and nails, and sepsis.
Management Of Swetapradara/Leukorrhea
Brimhana – Nourishing treatment to improve strength, nutrition, and immunity
Stambhana– Suppressing the excess flow.
Why Are Amla Seeds Good For Leukorrhea Or Swetapradara?
Amla seeds contain fixed oils, essential oils, and phospholipids that are very useful for relieving inflammation and infections associated with the uterus and cervix. The powder of amla seeds can be stored for 2-4 months in airtight containers.
The principle of Ayurvedic treatment of leukorrhea swetapradara is mostly based on its etiopathogenesis.
Kapha-disorders are considered the main causative factors for vaginal discharges.
Ayurvedic treatment of leukorrhea involves restoring the agni (digestive fire) to cleanse the accumulated toxins, bring Kapha dosha back into equilibrium, and toning the muscles surrounding the reproductive organs with the help of rasayana (rejuvenating) herbs.
Specific Treatment – Oral Medicines
Asava-arishta: lakshmanarishta, ashokarishta, patrangasava and lodhrasawa
Ghrita-tail: ashoka ghrita, nyagrodhadi ghrita, vishwavallabha ghritaand priyangwadi taila
Kukkutandatwak bhasma 250 mg with madhu (honey) twice a day.6
A woman during her life span may have different types of discharges per vagina. The vagina serves as a passageway between the outside of the body and the inner reproductive organs.
The pH balance of the vagina is acidic, which discourages infections from occurring. This acidic environment is created by naturally occurring bacteria.
A healthy vagina produces secretions to cleanse and regulate itself, like how saliva cleanses and regulates the environment of the mouth.
These vaginal secretions are normal vaginal discharge. Any interference with the delicate balance of vaginal secretions sets up an environment conducive to infection.
One can draw parallels between swetapradara and Leukorrhea based on the symptoms. Incidences of leukorrhea or swetapradaracan be prevented by maintaining good hygiene and improving one’s general health.
The Ayurvedic treatment of leukorrhea or swetapradara is mainly based on administering drugs which have a predominance of kashaya rasa and Kapha-shamak property.
Balya chikitsa(nourishing treatment) also plays an important role in preventing the incidence of leukorrhea or swetapradara.
Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying any of the herbs, remedies, or treatments mentioned in this article. Consult your primary healthcare provider if you notice adverse symptoms associated with leukorrhea.
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