Vaginitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that can cause discharge, itchiness, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders can also cause vaginitis.
The most common types of vaginitis are:
Bacterial vaginosis, which results from a change of the normal vaginal bacteria to overgrowth of other organisms
Yeast infections, which are usually caused by a naturally occurring fungus called Candida albicans
Trichomoniasis, which is caused by a parasite and is commonly transmitted by sexual intercourse
Factors that increase the risk of developing vaginitis include:
- Hormonal changes, such as those associated with pregnancy
- Birth control pills or menopause
- Sexual activity
- Having a sexually transmitted infection
- Medications, such as antibiotics and steroids, use of birth control medication
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Use of hygiene products such as bubble bath, vaginal spray or vaginal deodorant
- Wearing damp or tight-fitting clothing
Ayurvedic treatment of vaginitis depends on its type and causative factors.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat vaginitis
If vaginitis is caused by candida, Ayurveda considers the cause of this condition as the aggravation of the Kapha and Pitta doshas. This condition indicates the need for detoxification of the body, using the classic Panchakarma methods — cleansing massages, medicinal teas and infusions. The necessary procedures and the amount of their application should be determined by an Ayurvedic doctor.
In vaginitis, Vata dosha is reduced, and it can also be said that this is Vata's problem when viewed from the other side. The treatment of vaginitis includes the following Ayurvedic therapies:
Snehana, or Oleation Therapy, one of the most important therapies that prepares the body to receive specialized Panchakarma treatment. It involves the application of medicated oils, ghee and herbs internally and externally for some days or weeks
Swedana, or Sudation Therapy, which involves inducing sweat in the patient. It directs Ama, or toxins accumulated within the body, to places where they can be easily discharged.
Uttara Vasti — in this procedure, medicated oils are applied directly inside the uterus. This procedure strengthens the reproductive system of a woman and beneficial for the management of most of the gynecological disorders
Pichu — use of medicated tampons
Abhyanga — Ayurvedic massage
Ayurvedic tips for effective treatment of vaginitis
- Neem is an effective natural Ayurvedic remedy for vaginal inflammation
- Drink citrus juices — these help regain vaginal acidity and prevent the multiplication of unhealthy bacteria
- Take garlic and turmeric to cure the inflammation
- Avoid wearing irritating fabrics
- Avoid public swimming pools
- Practice Yoga to reduce stress levels, stabilize hormones, detoxify the body and improve immunity
Check the Ayurvedic treatment for other gynae diseases:
Infertility, Frigidity, Leucorrhoea, Menopause, Dysmenorrhoea, Amenorrhoea , Lower back pain, Cyst formation in Ovaries, Uterine fibroids ( polyps) , Cervix and uterus infections, Uterus prolapse , Breast pain and lumps, Vaginal itching, Vaginal discharge, Hormonal disbalance, Oligomenorrhoea , Acidity in pregnancy, Breastfeeding problems, Endometriosis, Pregnancy toxicosis, Miscarriage, Mastitis