Ayurveda For You - Treating Vaginitis By Dr. Harshada Rama

Treating Vaginitis by Dr. Harshada Rama Ayurveda Practitioner [email protected]
It is that time of the year again when we honour, remember and salute women from all generations who won the right for women to be acknowledged and heard. Contemporary society is only beginning to understand the true distinctions between men and women. Besides differences in the way men and women think, speak, and behave, there are also physiological differences that bring about a series of profound changes during a woman’s lifetime. Women therefore have specific healthcare needs throughout their cycle of life.

Often, the changes that occur in women strike when they are juggling multiple roles as wives, mothers, caregivers, employees, friends and active members of community.  Dealing with symptoms related to female-specific conditions can be a trying experience on top of a busy life. A wide range of female health issues are all too commonly regarded as an inevitable fact of life, and women are forced to keep going, even at the cost of their discomfort and debility.  Vaginal discharge is one such common problem affecting millions of women throughout the world, hindering their day to day duty and affecting their life mentally and physically. Symptoms such as vaginal itching, burning, pain and discharge are some of the most common reasons women seek medical care. Often, the problem is vaginitis, an inflammation of the vagina. In women of childbearing age, the most common cause is a bacterial infection. The main symptom is leucorrhoea which denotes a thick, whitish or yellowish, smelly vaginal discharge. According to Ayurveda, infections occur because of a mixed pitta and kapha imbalance. To heal them, one first has to follow a proper diet which should not increase pitta and kapha. Strictly avoid sugar, yoghurt and all fermented foods, bread and any other yeast-containing items.

Try These Home Remedies
A potent herbal formula that will help heal an infection is half a teaspoon of turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder and half a teaspoon of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) powder mixed in warm water. Drink this formula twice a day until your symptoms subside.

A vaginal douche using either Triphala powder or Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) powder is effective for a thick discharge that comes with itching and a burning sensation. Boil 1 tablespoon of powder in a litre of water, reduce to half a litre, cool, strain and use the tea as a douche once a day.  

For thousands of years, Ayurveda has provided a respectful and supportive approach for women in every stage of life for restoring and maintaining balance of vata, pitta, and kapha. It is said that when we restore balance, we are happy in our minds, healthy in our bodies and satisfied in our lives!

Whatever the situation, women should always take into consideration their constitutional needs regarding diet, lifestyle and rest. As a sister science to Ayurveda, Yoga offers many wonderful tools for balancing the doshas as well as addressing specific female health conditions. In addition, meditation, pranayama (deep breathing exercises), chanting and asana (yogic postures) are important elements in any “healthy woman” regime!

“Where women are honoured, there the Gods are pleased; where they are not honoured, all works become fruitless” – Manu.

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