Note: A slight discharge which increases in volume and thickness around mid-cycle is normal.
Vaginal discharge is called Dai Xia in Chinese medicine, meaning disease below the belt vessel. Most every woman will be affected by excessive vaginal discharge at some point in her life. It is one of the most common reasons to seek the help of a gyneceologist.
There are many possible causes for excessive vaginal discharge:
Sexually Transmitted Infection
Treatment with TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine
Treatment of any illness in Chinese Medicine does not traditionally rely on modern methods of diagnosis such as laboratory testing. This is because it wasn’t available thousands/hundreds of years ago. Other methods of diagnostics were developed, in the instance of treating vaginal discharge, visual examination of the characteristics of the discharge became an important part of the diagnostics. Over the centuries, a very effective diagnostic system was developed.
When you come for treatment of vaginal discharge, we will evaluate the condition based on the;
- Amount- Profuse, moderate or slight.
- Colour- White, yellow, clear, cloudy, red-streaked, brown or green.
- Consistency- Thick, thin chunky.
- Smell- Normal, fishy or bad smell.
In current modern times, we have learned to incorporate modern diagnostics, we do know that certain western conditions are more responsive to TCM treatments then others.
In Chinese medicine, we do not treat discharge based on what type of infection is occurring, but rather by the characteristics of the discharge and other symptoms occurring in the patient, giving us a pattern of imbalance to treat.
When TCM can help:
- Discharge related to hormonal imbalnces
- Chronic discharge
- Ideopathic discharge (unknown cause)
- Discharge accompanied by lesions
- Discharge due to yeast infection
- Discharge due to bacterial infection
TCM is best with an integrated approach in the case of discharge due to cancer.