The fundamental Ayurvedic process for resolving disease in the body is to identify the root cause of the illness and eliminate it so as to prevent further disease from taking place. Possible causes are identified through the balance and imbalance of the patient’s three doshas, and her specific symptoms are a reflection of the imbalance. When addressing a vaginal yeast infection, and yeast overgrowth in general, an Ayurvedic practitioner will identify the imbalance of the patient’s doshas and prescribe a regimen that balances it through standard practices (dosha-balancing diet, herbs, etc.). In addition, it is the goal of the practitioner to specifically help the patient to relieve her of the fungus and harmful bacteria that are specifically causing the infection. Though identifying the root cause of the ailment is a necessary step, it is also important for the vaginal yeast infection sufferer to more precisely relieve the associated symptoms.
- Vata-related vaginal yeast infections are characterized by severe pain, dryness, and sticky discharges. These infections are likely to be accompanied by insomnia, constipation, and dryness of the skin.
- Pitta-related vaginal yeast infections are characterized by burning sensations, irritation, redness, and foul odor. These infections are likely to be accompanied by sweating, hyperacidity, and a general feeling of heat in the body.
- Kapha-related vaginal yeast infections are characterized by itching sensations and excessive amounts of white mucousy discharges. These infections are likely to be accompanied by respiratory congestion and feelings of lethargy.
Along with balancing whichever dosha is imbalanced as defined by the patient’s symptoms through a dosha-balancing diet, herbs, and other therapies, an Ayurvedic practitioner will treat the vaginal yeast infection sufferer by prescribing her remedies specific to symptoms associated with the infection. These remedies will include herbal douches that act as a natural antiseptic in relieving the vaginal area of infection as well as other methods. Use the essential oils of lavender, oregano, tea tree, or cinnamon bark for an herbal douche. Mix one drop of oil to half a cup of water. Boil the water and then let it cool before mixing with the oil and using it. If there is a burning sensation from the douche, increase the amount of water relative to the drop of oil. Ultimately, these proportions will be individual and will depend on the thickness or sensitivity of the vagina’s inner lining. The douche can be administered with a ‘douche flush’ bought from a pharmacy.
The goldenseal herb can also be used for a douche. Prepare the goldenseal as if making a tea with it. Let it cool and use it as a douche. Use one tea bag for one cup of water.