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LEUCORRHOEA

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Causes and Symptoms: Leucorrhoea, also called whites, is a condition in which there is a whitish discharge form the womb. If it is the result of some infection, the discharge may be thick, viscid and foul smelling. It can also be caused by the imbalance of hormones.

In addition to the whitish discharge from the vaginal tract, there is weakness, pain in the lumber region and the calves. There may also be an excess of bile and constipation. There is a direct relationship of this malady with a nervous temperament. It occurs mostly among weak, emaciated and anemic females; it may also be the result of inflammation of the womb following childbirth, displacement of the uterus or gonorrhea. Among young girls the malady may be caused by thread worms, general debility and lack of cleanliness. If the trouble becomes chronic, there may be irritability of temper. Late nights precipitate an attack of the disease.



A proper diagnosis of the causes of the malady must be made before treatment can start. In addition to the remedies mentioned below, a regular douching of the genital tract with a decoction of the bark of the Banyan tree, or of potassium permanganate is indicated. Douching with decoction of bark of the Banyan or Fig tree keeps the tissues of the vaginal tract healthy.

Remedies: The dried and powdered bark of the Mulsari (Mimusops Elengi) tree mixed with an equal weight of Brown Sugar should be taken in nine masha doses every morning with water. Alternatively, equal weights of the leaf-shoots of Bastard Teak (Dhak) and Banyan tree should be dried and powdered. An equal quantity of Brown Sugar should be mixed with them and nine masha doses should be taken with 250 ml of milk thrice daily. The root of the Silk Cotton tree (Sembhal) is another specific for this condition. Seven mashas of its powder with an equal weight of Brown Sugar should be taken with a glass of milk. Or, dry Amla and Liquorice should be taken in equal quantities and powdered and mixed with thrice the quantity, of honey. Six mashas of the linctus should be taken in the morning and evening with milk.

Regimen: A strict dietary regimen is needed: fried foods and spices, pickles savories must be avoided. The patient should chew betel nut after meals as it has curative effect. Late nights and sexual intercourse are, of course, taboo during the course of the disease.

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