Diet Plan for Patients of Leucorrhoea
Leucorrhoea is called shweta pradara in Ayurveda. Females suffering from shweta pradara generally present with complaints like weakness, typical and sustaining pain in the lower back which increases with increased physical activity. Females also complain of pain in caves, around vagina , even in thigh muscles. Sometimes patients also face joint weakness along with pruritus around the vaginal skin. Below mentioned diet chart is made keeping in mind the dosha involved in this condition. It describes what a woman should eat and what she must avoid to get rid of recurrent leucorrhoea. As diet plays a very important role in such conditions.
DAILY DIET SCHEDULE WAKING UP After passing stool and brushing teeth, drink Lukewarm water and have amla juice or amla powder along with honey (It helps in keeping your digestion good, amla helps in balancing aggravated pitta dosha) BREAKFAST Stuffed paratha / Veg sandwich + 1 fruit / Bread toast with egg / Chapati with veg or dal / Veg Seviyan / Veg poha / Veg idli / Besan chila / Suji chila / Veg upma / Sprouts / 1 egg white part (Including a healthy breakfast in your routine is very important because it helps in providing nourishment to the whole body especially to the reproductive system) LUNCH Chapati / Mixed Chapati / Boiled rice / Veg pulao / Veg + Dal + Salad (Having a healthy lunch helps in keeping your energy intact and also protects you from cravings) EVENING Fruits / Coconut water (Fruits are a good source of hydration as well as nutrition. Moreover coconut water has a cooling effect on the body hence prevents pitta aggravation) PRE-DINNER Roasted chickpeas + Rice Flakes Snacks / Soup (homemade) (They help in avoiding bloating and reduce cravings for various unhealthy things) DINNER Chapati / Mixed Chapati / Boiled rice / Veg pulao / Veg + Dal + Salad (Light dinner is the best way to keep your digestive fire intact and balanced) BED TIME Low-fat milk with 1/2 tsp turmeric and a little Cow's Ghee (Haldi has many properties, it balances all three doshas and is very helpful in pruritus, pain and weakness)
DIET INSTRUCTIONS CEREALS Cereals to be consumed Whole grains cereals, Wheat flour, Oatmeal, Whole brown bread, Porridge, Brown rice, Finger millet, Rice flakes, Barley, kodo millets, buckwheat millets, gram flour Flour Ratio - Wheat Atta (50%) + Soybean Atta (20%) + Ragi flour (30%) (They all are easy to digest, do not cause constipation and avoids formation of endotoxins which are the main reason pitta aggravation and kapha dushti) Cereals to be avoided Refined flour and its products, Sweet biscuit, Cream filled biscuit, Cream crackers, Cheese biscuits, Noodles, Pasta, Macaroni (They all are pleasant in taste but are the main reason for increase in white vaginal discharge and increased symptoms) FRUITS Fruits to be consumed All fruits except some citrus fruits like pineapple, grapes, kiwi etc. (Fruits provide you with a lot of essential nutrients, keeps your body hydrated, skin clear and reduces accumulations of toxins in blood) (*Papaya as a fruit is very effective in maintaining uterus health) Fruits to be avoided Canned fruits and juices along with citrus fruits (Canned items have a lot of sugar content which increases toxins in blood and aggravates already dushit kapha) VEGETABLES Vegetables to be consumed All vegetables, Seasonal vegetables should be consumed. Raw vegetables like Radish, Carrot, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber etc. Green leafy vegetables must be consumed (Vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals plus are easy to digest and do not cause any digestion related problems. Moreover they are very important for maintaining body strength) Vegetables to be avoided Canned vegetables and frozen vegetables, also try to limit consumption of eggplant, potatoes and capsicum (They have preservatives which are not good for health as well as can aggravate doshas. Capsicum and eggplant consumption can increase symptoms) PULSES Pulses to be consumed All pulse and legumes (All the pulses can be consumed but one must limit intake of pulses like kidney beans, black gram, black lentils etc. because they will increase the chances for indigestion and bloating thus resulting in accumulation of toxins. Toxins accumulation will cause dosha aggravation increased vaginal discharge) Pulses to be avoided Nil DAIRY PRODUCTS Dairy Products to be consumed Low-fat milk, Tofu, Paneer (As there is involvement of kapha dosha its best to have a limited intake of above mentioned dairy products) Dairy Products to be avoided Whole milk and cream, Curd, Buttermilk, Butter, Full-fat yoghurt, Cream cheese, Condensed milk, Raw milk, Unpasteurized cheese, Blue-veined cheese, Soft mold-ripened cheese. (They are heavy to digest and hence are a rich source of fat which in turn aggravated kapha) OILS / GHEE Oils to be consumed Cow ghee, Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Rice bran oil (They do not have any negative effect on digestive fire but have a balancing effect on doshas. Cow ghee is best for pitta pacification and does not aggravate) Oils to be avoided Unsaturated fats, Cream, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Mustard oil (They diminish the agni resulting in various types of digestive issues. Coconut oil is cold in potency resulting in kapha aggravation) SPICES Spices to be consumed Cumin, Coriander, Salt, Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper, Fennel (They help in keeping agni balanced) Spices to be avoided Red chilies and green chillies (They are responsible for dosha imbalance (predominantly pitta) DRINKS Drinks to be consumed Coconut water, Sugarcane juice, homemade soups, Green juice, Herbal tea, Beetroot juice, Aloe Vera juice, low fat Milk, Homemade juices (All kinds of homemade juices and soups are very healthy and source of good amounts of nutrients and minerals. In addition they have a balancing effect on aggravated and dushit dosha) Drinks to be avoided Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, Buttermilk, Shakes, Smoothie, canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Carbonated drinks (They all are packed, contain preservatives, irritates gastric mucosa thus resulting in agni diminishing and pitta aggravation resulting in increased white discharge) FLESH FOODS Flesh Foods to be consumed Egg white, Roasted chicken, Grilled Fish, Lean meat, Skinless chicken (They are easy to digest, can be consumed twice a week and are a very essential source of protein. Protein helps in recovering from general weakness) Flesh Foods to be avoided Raw, Uncooked and Processed meat, fish especially Selfish, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna and Marlin, clams, Mussels, Oysters and Scallops, Meat patties, Burgers, Pork, Organ meat, Liver, Kidney, Chest, Red meat, Fish fried in suitable oil, Prawns, Lobster, Crab, Lean beef, Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Rabbit, Sausages, Mutton, Salami, Bacon, Duck, Goose, Visible fat on meat. (They all must be avoided as much as you can because they are potent to suppress agni causing digestive issues, resulting in dosha aggravation) DRY-FRUITS / SEEDS Dry Fruits to be consumed Almond, Raisins, Ground nuts, Walnut, Peanuts, Pistachio, Cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, Flaxseeds (Nuts and seeds also have some essential nutrients which are very important for maintaining body's strength) Dry Fruits to be avoided Nil PREPARED FOODS Prepared Foods to be consumed Home made only, Jaggery (Homemade products are easy to digest, free from all kinds of preservatives and do not have any kind of adulterants) Prepared Foods to be avoided Bakery and Processed foods, Pastry, Puddings, Packed soups, Mayonnaise, Cream soups, Chocolate, Fudge, Butterscotch, Coconut bar, All fried foods, Junk foods, Sauces etc, Fruit jellies, Jams, Refined sugar, Marmalade, Sweeteners, Chutneys, Pickle, Ice-cream, Sauces etc. (They all are a good source of fat and piquant taste which can either aggravate kapha or will result in an imbalance of pitta)
HOME REMEDIES HERBAL TEA Boil 1/2 tsp each of fennel, coriander, cumin in 2 cups of water till it's reduced to 1 cup. ALOE VERA Aloe vera is called kumari. Kumari has female hormone balancing properties and balances dosha also. Consuming Kumari juice once a day is really very effective in avoiding leucorrhea. (These home remedies help in balancing agni and doshas thus resulting in reduction of leucorrhea symptoms)
DIET AND LIFESTYLE TIPS Water intake should be Adequate. Walking / Physical activity for 45 min is recommended. Small and frequent meals should be taken Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices. Skipping meals should be avoided, especially breakfast. Skipping of some particular articles should be avoided at least 10 days prior to onset of cycle Dieting must be avoided at least a week before starting of cycle Late night sleeping should be avoided. Try to sleep on time A healthy early morning routine must be followed Bathing with cold water is to be avoided especially during the cycle Head wash must be avoided during the cycle Excessive intake of sweets to relieve pain in menses is to be avoided and daily habit of golden milk intake is to be followed. (These tips help in keeping your body healthy, mind at peace, hormones totally balanced)