Leucorrhoea (Sweta Pradara)
or whites is a condition in which there is a whitish discharge from the vagina.
It may be thick and viscid, and foul smelling if it is caused by some infection.
There are two types of Leucorrhoea,
physiological and pathological. In physiological Leucorrhoea,
the discharge is normal due to excitement or other factors like
nervousness. Such a discharge need not be worried about. It is
found under following conditions:
Seen in newborn baby for a week due to
Seen in girls during puberty due to
At the time of ovulation and in early
During sexual excitement.
In pathological Leucorrhoea the causes are:
In addition to infection, some hormonal and
metabolical disorders are also responsible for the condition.
Ayurveda considers that leucorrhoea is caused by the vitiation
of kapha; it occurs commonly among weak and anaemic women. It
can also be due to the inflammation of the womb following
childbirth, displacement of the uterus, or gonorrhoea. Among
young females, it may be due to threadworms, as the result of
general debility combined with lack of cleanliness or
infections. Leucorrhoea may also occur during the menstrual
periods in young women, due to the thickening of the mucus
membrane in the reproductive organs. During the child bearing
years from adolescence to the mid-forties, infection may
sometimes follow birth of a child due to damage of the cervix
during the delivery of the baby.
The discharge is often white. Flow may
stiffen the linen or simply leave back a trace of white powder
In most cases discharge emanates from the uterine cavity or
vagina. In catarrhal or idiopathic variety of leucorrhoea the
discharge is in mild and liquid form. The discharge from the
uterus is often from uterine cavity. In certain ladies
leucorrhoea discharge sets in even 8-10 days before anticipated
period of menses and stops as soon as menses appear but in
others, it may start when menses are over.
In addition to the whitish discharge from the vaginal tract,
there is weakness as well as pain in the lumbar region and the
calves. A burning sensation may be present along with
constipation. There appears to be a direct relationship of this
disease with a nervous temperament. The patient develops black
patches under the eyes. Late nights precipitate the attack.
A proper diagnosis of the disease must be
made and the cause removed. In addition to the medicine
prescribed below, a regular douching of the genital tract with
the decoction of the bark of the banyan tree or the fig tree is
very helpful. A tablespoon of each of the powders of the barks
of the two trees should be boiled in a litre of water till it is
reduced to about half. Douching with the lukewarm decoction
keeps the vaginal tract healthy and clean.
seeds: A home remedy used in this condition is to soak about ten
Gms of dry Coriander(dhania) in 100 ml of water overnight, and
to drink the water in the early morning. It gives relief in
seven to eight days in most cases.
seeds: Fenugreek seeds are valuable in leucorrhoea. They should
be taken internally in the form of tea and also used as a
douche. As a douche, the solution should be much stronger than
tea. Two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be put in a litre
of cold water and allowed to simmer for half an hour over a low
flame. The decoction should then be strained and use as a
Pushyanug Churna : 5-10 gm twice
Patrangasava : 15-30 ml twice
daily after meals with
Chandraprabhavati : 2 pills in the
morning and evening with a glass of milk.
Dry Indian Gooseberry(amla) and liquorice(mulethi)
in equal quantities, powdered and mixed with thrice the
quantity of honey is an effective drug for this disease.
Pradrantak lauh : 1 gm thrice
daily. To be taken with honey.
Fried and spicy foods are to be avoided. The
patient should be encouraged to chew Betel nut (supari) after
meals: it has a curative effect and also prevents the
development of the disease.
A cold hip bath taken twice a day for ten
minutes at a time, will help relieve congestion in the pelvic
region and facilitate quick elimination of morbid matter.
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