Leucorrhoea is a medical condition in women also known as Sailan-ur-Rahem, where women experience a thick, whitish-yellow discharge from the vagina. This condition is mostly experienced in women of reproductive age, during the age of puberty when the sexual organs in a female are developing.
Characteristics and Functions of a Healthy Discharge
In healthy women, the discharge is usually a white fluid from the female genitals, which may either be a liquid or thick and slimy in some cases. The properties vary according to the age of the women or depend on the frequency of their traveling. Women often consider it abnormal or disease, where in fact it is absolutely healthy and normal if the release is up to a certain extent, it helps in the performing the following vital functions of a female body:
- Helps in flushing out the dead cells and other toxins from the reproductive organs of the body,
- Helps maintain chemical balance
- Improves flexibility of the vaginal muscles, and
- Serves as a defense system for the vagina.
- It is a primary female sex hormone, responsible for the development and regulation of female reproductive organs
Complications of Leucorrhoea
The above discussion clearly explains that this vaginal discharge is normal up to a certain limit, but complications may begin to arise in some cases when one observes the following conditions:
- When the color of the discharge is reddish, yellowish, or blackish in color.
- If it is sticky, inflammatory, and thick.
- Excessive discharge which unstoppable.
- If it is accompanied by itching and burning.
- If the color is yellow, green, grey, brown, or rust-like.
- If the discharge has a foul smell.
Causes or Factors Responsible for Leucorrhoea
- Young age or early pregnancy.
- The infection spread from the urinary tract.
- Infection caused by bacteria or fungi.
- Inflammation of uterus.
- Injury to the vagina.
- Allergy or contact dermatitis.
- Sexual frustration.
- Mental anxiety.
- Poor hygiene especially during menses.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Dirty sanitation or toilet.
- Blister or swelling at the womb head.
- Inflammation in the lower abdomen.
- Displacement of the uterus.
- Depression, stress, or anxiety.
Symptoms of Leucorrhoea
- Shortness of breath.
- Pain during menstruation.
- Weakness in the body.
- Giddiness and headache.
Top 7 Herbs to Treat Leucorrhoea
Below listed top 7 herbs are very useful in Leucorrhoea treatment: –
- Tulsi or Basil Leaves: The medicinal properties of tulsi are well known. A mixture of tulsi extract along with honey must be consumed to observe relief from vaginal discharge.
- Indian Gooseberry or Amla: Amla powder along with honey must be consumed to treat this vaginal infection.
- Coriander Seeds: An overnight soaking solution of coriander seeds and water must be consumed after straining on a daily basis every morning over an empty stomach.
- Fenugreek Seeds: Fenugreek seeds impart their healing properties in hot water. This water must be consumed daily to aid leucorrhoea.
- Guava Leaves: Plucked guava leaves must be boiled in water till the time the water reduces to half. This boiled water solution must be consumed daily two times to reduce vaginal discharge.
- Ginger: Dried ginger water boiled in water and reduced to half must be drunk twice daily for at least three weeks. This is an excellent home remedy to treat this condition in females.
- Pomegranate: This fruit is extremely beneficial in curing leucorrhoea. It may be consumed as a fruit or even as juice to avail its benefit in aiding this infection.
Home Remedies for Leucorrhoea
- Eat 2-3 ripe bananas every day to observe relief.
- Drink one glass of fresh cranberry juice on a daily basis, preferably without any added form of sugar.
- Clean the vaginal area with lime juice and lukewarm water every day.
- Ladyfinger must be consumed either in raw or slightly steamed form.
Preventions Against Leucorrhoea
- Water consumption must be increased to flush out excess toxins from the body.
- Always ensure you maintain personal hygiene around your reproductive and intimate parts. Always wash the vagina thoroughly after urinating and do not let moisture retain in the intimate regions.
- Avoid consuming alcohol.
- Hot and spicy food must be reduced in the diet.
- Intake of mushrooms must be avoided as they are a form of fungi themselves.
- In cases of profuse discharge, sugary food items such as pastries, cakes, custards, ice cream, etc. must be strictly avoided.
- Lactic acid, present in fresh curd help in reducing the discharge and also aids digestion.
- All clothing including intimate must be thoroughly washed with warm water and a good quality detergent with mild chemicals.
- Damp or wet clothing must be immediately changed.
- Powders of any cosmetic products mustn’t be used around the genital areas.
- Cotton undergarments are the best clothing fabric as they do not retain sweat unlike the nylon ones and allow the circulation of air.
- Exercises, morning walks, or any other form of physical activity must be practiced on a daily basis to allow stress bursting and immunity-boosting
- Self-medication must be strictly avoided.
If a female experiences any set of complications or symptoms, it is absolutely essential to get medical assistance as it may be because of leucorrhoea. For Ayurvedic consultation, you can contact IAFA® where our Ayurveda experts and healthcare providers are committed to delivering natural and ayurvedic techniques to provide you with the best results and relief.