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Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea

Description

Leukorrhea is an abnormal discharge of white blood cells, for example, from the vagina. Some discharge is normal, particularly during sexual arousal, ovulation, pregnancy and before menstruation. Persistent heavy discharge, however, may indicate a medical problem.

Causes

Vaginal infection
Cervical infection
Tumor or abnormal growth
Foreign matter in vagina
Estrogen stimulation or loss
Candida albicans infections
Venereal infections
Trichomonal vaginitis
Oral contraceptives
Inflammation from chemicals such as douches and contraceptives

Signs & Symptoms

Whitish, nonbloody discharge
Itching in the genital and anal area
Unpleasant odor

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function:
        Women's Health &
        Intestinal Health


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General Supplements
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AdultChild/Adolescent
Acidophilus* 2 - 3 tsp n/a
Biotin 200 - 600 mg n/a
Vitamin C2,000 - 4,000 mg n/a
Zinc (sulfate) 20 - 30 mg n/a



* Acidophilus, in this case, is recommended as a douch, rather than the capsule form for the digestive system.

Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

Since leukorrhea is a symptom of an underlying disease, nutritional management is according to the guidelines recommended for the primary illness.

If leukorrhea is due to a microbial cause, it should be managed as any other infection. An Immune Strengthening Diet is prescribed to aid in tissue repair and antibody production.

Homeopathic Remedy

1.* Alumina- 30C
2. Pulsatilla nigricans - 30C
3. Thuja occidentalis tinct. - 30C
4.* Graphites - 30C

Treatment Schedule

Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.

Legend

X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency

Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.

References

Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.

Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.

Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.

Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.

Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.

Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.

Tissue Salts

Kali Mur

Herbal Approaches

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Herbs
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Garlic
Oregon Grape
Squaw Vine (Mitchella repens)
Uva ursi
White Dead Nettle flower

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.

Discussion:

Several herbs are recommended, which may be taken orally but may even be used as vaginal douches or suppositories.

Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis) has become so popular that we may need to look at other berberine sources instead, whenever possible. Oregon Grape is worth trying, first.

Of several possible diuretics, uva ursi seems to be most popular. It is also antiseptic. Buchu Leaves are an alternative. Cranberry juice may also be helpful.

White Dead Nettle flower is recommended, uniquely, for leukorrhea by the German Commission E.

References:

Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.



Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Cinnamon Essence,Hyssop Essence,Juniper Essence,
Lavender Essence,Rosemary Essence,Sage Essence,
Terebinth Essence,Texas Cedarwood Essence,Thyme Essence.


Related Health Conditions

Cancer
Infection
Inflammation
Oral contraceptives
Vaginitis
Venereal diseases

Abstracts

References

Alpers, D.H., R.E. Clouse & W.F. Stenson. 1983. Manual of Nutritional Therapeutics. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston. 457pp.

Andersch B: [Treatment of discharge. Self care is recommended in temporary vaginal problems]. Lakartidningen, 1990 Jan 24, 87:4, 187.

Berkow, R. 1977. The Merck Manual. Merck Sharp and Dohme Research Laboratories Pub., Rahway, New Jersey. 2165 pp.

Bland, Jeffrey. Medical Applications of Clinical Nutrition. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats, 1983.

Chasroff, I.J. & J.W. Ellis. 1983. Family Medical Guide. William Morrow and Company Inc., Pub. 594 pp.

Dailey RH: Vaginal discharge in the adult: a practice guideline. J Emerg Med, 1996 Mar-Apr, 14:2, 227-32.

Eagles, J.A. & M.N. Randall. 1980. Handbook of Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition. Raven Press, New York. 323 pp.

Gardner, W.A. & B.D. Bennett. In Vitro Susceptibility to Trichomonas Vaginalis to Zinc. Prostate, 2. 1981.

Gilliland, S.E. & M.L. Speck. Antagonistic Action of Lactobacillus Toward Intestinal Pathogens. Journal Of Food Prot., 40. 1977.

Heinerman, John. 1982. Herbal Dynamics. Root of Life, Inc.: Publ.

Jiang Y Application of biao-ben differentiation in acupuncture therapy. J Tradit Chin Med, 1994 Dec, 14:4, 259-61.

L”wing C et al., [Vaginal discharge--hazardous self-care using over-the-counter drugs]. Lakartidningen, 1990 Feb 14, 87:7, 456.

Mittal A Clinical trial with praneem polyherbal cream in patients with abnormal vaginal discharge due to microbial infections. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol, 1995 May, 35:2, 190-1.

Parent D et al., Therapy of bacterial vaginosis using exogenously-applied Lactobacilli acidophili and a low dose of estriol: a placebo-controlled multicentric clinical trial. Arzneimittelforschung, 1996 Jan, 46:1, 68-73.

Suzuki Y et al., [A study of the clinical effect of hormone replacement therapy for patients with stress incontinence]. Nippon Hinyokika Gakkai Zasshi, 1997 Mar, 88:3, 427-33.

Thomason JL et al., Is pH test paper as accurate as the electronic measurement of the pH of vaginal secretions? Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1990 May, 162:5, 1213-4.