According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. Normal vaginal discharge may be clear, white or slightly tan. It is always best to see a doctor if your discharge is yellow or green, clumpy like cottage cheese or has a bad odor. While herbal remedies cannot permanently stop vaginal discharge, they may help to alleviate excessive vaginal discharge.
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Goldenseal grows wild in parts of the United States but has become endangered by over-harvesting. Herbs2000.com states that goldenseal acts as an astringent which helps to calm vaginal discharge. VitaminStuff.com states that the typical goldenseal dosage is 465mg two or three times a day or ¼ tsp. of the liquid root extract once a day. Goldenseal is also available in a tincture, powder, tea or capsule form.
According to HerbalRemediesInfo.com, raspberry leaf is a popular uterine stimulant with astringent and tonic properties used to ease excessive vaginal discharge. The astringent and stimulating properties of raspberry leaf help to strengthen and tone up the uterine and pelvic muscles, while relaxing and soothing the uterus. Herbs2000.com states that raspberry leaf is often used in teas. The recommended way to consume raspberry leaf is to pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 to 2 tsp. of the raspberry herb and steep it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Dong quai can be used to relieve unnecessary vaginal discharge in some women. According to the Herbal Information Center, dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea and Japan. Dong quai is considered an all-purpose woman's tonic herb used to restore balance to female hormones. Optimal Health Systems state that dong quai is used as treatment for a variety of gynecological problems such as irregular periods, menstrual cramps, infertility and vaginal infection discharge. Dong quai can be taken orally by consuming powdered or dried root/root slices, fluid extracts, tinctures and dried leaf preparations. It can also be applied to the skin with topical preparations. The Mayo Clinic states that no specific dosing recommendations can be made because dong quai is used in a variety of herbal combinations and doses.
HerbalRemedies.com states that fenugreek helps to relieve excessive vaginal discharge by stimulating the uterus and balancing out hormones. Fenugreek seeds can be applied as a paste to treat abscesses, boils, ulcers and burns, or used as a douche for excessive vaginal discharge. The recommended amount of fenugreek is 20mg taken three times a day with meals.
Peony roots have mild anti-inflammatory, sedative, diuretic and analgesic properties that can help calm excessive vaginal discharge by regulating a woman’s hormones. White peonies are tall plants with glossy leaves and large, showy flowers, and can be used to treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual irregularities, hot flashes, as well as excessive vaginal discharge and menstrual bleeding. White peonies have also been used to prevent miscarriage and treat a variety of gynecological problems. DigHerbs.com states that the recommended amount for white peonies is 4mg of the root taken three times per day.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation: Female Health Vaginal Discharge
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Goldenseal
- Vitamin Stuff: Goldenseal
- Herbs 2000: Goldenseal
- Herbal Remedies Info: Raspberry Leaf
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Dong quai
- Family Doctor: Vaginal Discharge: Changes That May Be Signs of a Problem
- Doctor Alternative: Vaginal Inflammation