ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF SWETAPRADARA (LEUCORRHOEA): A CASE STUDY
Article Category: Case Reports
Author: Trisha Talapatra *, Sukumar Ghosh
Abstract: Leucorrhoea means unusual excessive vaginal discharge, commonly known as white discharge. Sometimes it is physiological but when it turns into pathological, causes various problem. Ayurveda mentioned this disorder as ‘Swetapradara’ and described clearly its causes, symptoms, pathology and management. The term ‘Swetapradara’ is not described by ‘Brihatrayee’ (Great Trios), but it is mentioned in Commentary on Charaka Samhita by Acharya Chakrapani “Pandure Pradare iti Swetapradare”. According to Modern Science Leucorrhoea is strictly defined as an excessive normal vaginal discharge and should fulfil the following criteria- the excess secretion is evident from persistent vulva moistness, non-purulent and non- offensive, non-irritant and never causes pruritus, which is due to unhygienic toilet habits, impaired immune functions, pelvic inflammatory disease, psychosomatic cause, hormonal imbalance, genital wound etc. The excessive secretion has 3 main causes- physiological excess, cervical cause and vaginal cause. It is a Kaphaja disorder along with rasa dhatu dushti (vitiation) and Apana vayu vaigunya (vitiation). In this case report, a female patient of 38 years age suffering from Swetapradara for 2 years complaints of white discharge associated with katisula (lower back pain), daurbalya (weakness), kandu (mild itching) and sometimes daha (burning sensation). She was treated by Shamana therapy (palliative treatment) for 1 month, and it shows significant result.
Keyword: Ayurveda, Swetapradara, Kapha dosha, Apana Vayu, Leucorrhoea.