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Vaginal discharge, or leucorrhea, generally presents with pathogenic Internal Dampness according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM); however, the Dampness and drainage can present differently depending on the bodily imbalances that present in each individual. Addressing leucorrhoea correctly is vital in resolving the issue; this is why no one herbal formula is going to be a cure-all for women suffering with chronic vaginal discharge.
Spleen Qi Deficiency
Because the Spleen energetic organ system of TCM is in charge of utilizing fluids correctly in the body, Spleen Deficiency is the most common pattern of imbalance with leucorrhea. Because the “root” cause of this condition at the organ level, it takes many months to reverse the actual underlying cause. While there are astringing and drying herbs that may bring temporary relief, however, resolving Spleen Qi Deficiency is the only way to experience prolonged relief from vaginal discharge.
Kidney Yang Deficiency and Leucorrhea
When Kidney Yang is deficient, the body will be Cold and excessive Dampness will accumulate in the body. Indications of vaginal discharge due to an underlying Kidney Yang Deficiency would likely include achy lower back pain, aversion to cold and watery discharges.
Damp-Cold and Leucorrhea
Damp-Heat and Leucorrhea
Because Dampness creates Qi congestion in the body, it will eventually begin to heat up if not resolved within a few months’ time. It follows the theory of Yin and Yang that hot and cold conditions are never stagnant, and always transforming in to one another. The same is true for hot conditions, as a fire cannot burn indefinitely and will eventually burn out and turn to cold. With Damp-Heat the vaginal discharge would be yellow, and may have a very strong odor.
Liver Damp-Heat and Leucorrhea
Liver Damp-Heat is common with leucorrhea as the Liver can easily become congested with emotional stresses. Liver Qi Stagnation can give rise to Heat, and the Heat can give rise to Internal-Wind indicated by itching. The vaginal discharge would be yellow to green with underlying Liver imbalances, and there would be easy anger and frustration.
Damp-Phlegm and Leucorrhea
If Damp-Heat is not resolved in a timely manner, the Damp fluids will begin to thicken. When this occurs, the condition becomes more difficult to treat and the course of herbs will likely require 6 months or more of application.
Toxic Heat and Leucorrhea
This is a much more serious condition often associated with menopause and may present with yellow or red discharge and white puss. This is not a condition for consideration with a self-treatment modality, and a professional health care provider should be contacted.