Vaginitis is an inflammation of the lining of the vagina. It is caused by a hormonal imbalance during postmenopause or postpartum; by irritations from allergies or irritating substances and chemicals; or by bacteria, candidiasis, or yeast infection, and trichomoniasis. The symptoms include itching, pain, and a white discharge. It is recommended sugar and possibly fruit juices be avoided in the diet as yeast thrives in that particular environment. Boric acid and gentian violet have shown to be as effective as prescribed antibiotics.
Vitamin A—improves the integrity of vaginal mucous membranes.
Vitamin E—orally, applied topically may relieve itching.
Lactobacillus—dissolve in water and use as a douche.
Yogurt—1 cup daily, reduces and prevents infections, must contain live cultures
Fresh vegetables Shiitake mushrooms Whole grains Legumes
Soybeans and ground flaxseeds—for hormonal imbalance
Cinnamon—for candidiasis Herbal therapy
Tea tree—terpinen-4-ol component effective against infections; as cream or douche as effective as pharmaceutical antifungals; 2 to 3 drops in 1 T yogurt, soak tampon and insert into vagina daily for six nights; mix with vitamin E oil, place in capsule and insert into vagina daily for 6 weeks.
Garlic—juice or capsules, allicin component kills infectious organisms; take orally or mix with warm water and douche.
Goldenseal—contains antibiotic compounds berberine and hydrastine. Apple cider vinegar—douche, 2 T in one quart water, helps reestablish vaginal acidity which is an environment that destroys infections.
Boric acid—600 mg capsules twice daily, insert into vagina, for chronic cases use for 4 months, has antibiotic properties; burning sensation may occur if acid leaks from vagina—reduce dosage.
Gentian violet—soak tampon, effective against Candida albicans, has antibiotic properties; will stain clothes a purple color.
Echinacea—an antibacterial, supports immune system, take tea or tincture daily.
Take remedy according to symptoms:
Tea tree—very effective for candidiasis and trichomoniasis.
Thyme, thujanol type—effective against infections, stimulates immune system.
Malaleuca alternifolia—controls vaginal infections.
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The term vaginitis is one that is applied to any inflammation or infection of the vagina, and there are many different conditions that are categorized together under this ‘broad’ heading, including bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis and non-infectious vaginitis.