This is characterised by a discharge from the female genital tract. It is often associated with infection of the genital tract by some organism. Organisms apart, some metabolic and harmonal disturbances are responsible for this disease. The discharge from the genital tract produces foul smell if there is infection. The consistency of the discharge varies from patient to patient depending upon the age and the menstrual phase when the patient is afflicted with this trouble.
In Ayurveda this is believed to be caused by the aggravation or vitiation of kapha doshas. This commonly occurs in patients who are weak, emaciated and anaemic. Patients suffering from chronic leucorrhea become irritable and it is often associated with digestive disturbances. There is always some difficulty in moving the bowels. They develop a black circular patch around their eyes which are very characteristic from the diagnostic point of view.
Remaining awake late at night precipitates the attack this trouble. There is a vicious circle of leucorrhea and mental worry.
For the treatment of this ailment, it is always necessary to locate the exact causative factor for this trouble. Regular douching of the genital tract with a dicoction of the bark of banyan tree and fig tree is very useful in this condition. One tablespoonful of the powder of each of these two barks should be boiled in one litre of water and reduced to half. The decoction is then to be filtered and the powder thrown away. When it is slightly warm, douching should be performed. This decoction keeps the tissue cells of this area healthy. The popular medicine used by Ayurvedic physicians in this condition is pradarantaka lauha. This drug contains some bhasmas of metals. The most important one is the bhasma of iron. For the preparation of this medicine, the ingredients are triturated with the juice of kumari. Four grains of this drug is given to the patient three times a day, with honey.
Kumari is also used in the treatment of this condition. It tones up the tissue cells of the uterus and the genital tract and prevents exudation of abnormal fluid. Kumari is planted in the hedge of gardens. When fully matured this plant produces beautiful pink flowers. It grows luxuriantly in sandy areas. When the outer skin of the leaf of this plant is removed, a fleshy pulp comes out which is used for the extraction of juice. One ounce of this is to be given to the patient twice daily with a little honey added to it, preferably on an empty stomach. This juice stimulates the liver, promotes digestion and regulates the bowels. It has some effect in correcting the hormonal imbalances by which genital organs of the patient get toned up.
Lodhra is also used for the purpose of douching. The bark of this tree is used and the decoction of the bark is prepared on the lines suggested above. This medicine is also used in the form of lodhra asava. The alcoholic soluble fraction of this drug is extracted through a special process during which some other drugs are added to it. One ounce of this drug is given to the patient twice daily after food, with equal quantity of water. Tankana or alum is also used both externally and internally for the treatment of this condition. Alum is fried in a vessel over fire and then powdered. One teaspoonful of this powder is added to the decoctions described above and used for the purpose of douching. Two grains of this powder are mixed with two grains or pradaranthaka lauha and given to the patient twice daily on an empty stomach mixed with honey. Alongwith all the medicines described above tandulodaka (rice-wash) is given as a means to accelerate their action. Rice-wash alone is also useful for the cure of this disease.
Fried things and spicy food should not be given to the patient. The patient should not be permitted to keep her stomach empty for a long time. She should not take heavy, indigestible food articles. Sour things especially pickles and curds are prohibited. Intake of supari (areca nut) after taking food is very useful both for prevention and cure of this disease.
The patient should be free from worries and should not keep herself awake late in the night. Sexual intercourse during the attack of this disease is prohibited. A brisk walk in the early morning helps in the early cure of this disease. Sanitary and hygienic measures should be followed carefully.
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