Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a mild infection of the vagina, which is caused by a distortion in balance between good and bad bacteria – with bad bacteria overrunning the good ones, thus, resulting to the infection. Signs and symptoms of the infection include burning pain in urination, itching, mild swelling, a strong fishy odor and whitish or grayish discharge.
This infection should not be ignored because oftentimes it won’t go away on its own. If left untreated, it may spread to the upper reproductive tract and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, increasing your risk to HIV and sterility.
For this reason, medical consultation is required to get the necessary treatment and get rid of the infection. Drugs commonly prescribed to eliminate the infection include metronidazole, clindamycin and tinidazole.
This conventional treatment can be taken in conjunction with Naturopathy. Naturopathic Treatment generally bases its principle in meeting certain healthy conditions like that of fresh air, pure water, emotional balance, exercise, sunshine, proper nutrition and adequate rest-in short, your lifestyle and environment. The medicines naturopaths make use naturally occur in the environment and in the body.
Naturopathic Treatment for Bacterial Vaginosis would recommend that you abstain from sex to facilitate healing of the infection and allow the normal flora of the vagina to grow back. So promiscuity would have to go-at least for a time being.
Your diet would also be reviewed and will be presented with healthier foods rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals and bacteria. Fruits, especially citrus would have to be avoided (weird right? Fruits are high in vitamins) because these acidic fruits, once digested, turn into alkaline ash. This may further aggravate the imbalance of the vagina’s pH hence, preventing healing. Yogurt, brown rice and oat bran are foods that help increase the good bacteria, making them essential in returning the body into a state of homeostasis. Iron and sugar would also have to be eliminated. This is due to the belief that bacteria feed on these to grow.
Tea tree oil, calendula and goldenseal are also recommended for their healing properties. These are applied as vaginal suppositories. Colloidal silver is also prescribed for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Naturopathic Treatment for this infection does not greatly differ from other diseases. The approach of Naturopathy is greatly holistic and not just targeting certain parts. This form of alternative treatment believes in health as a whole. That is why it puts great focus on the improvement of the overall immune system by reshaping one’s lifestyle and altering the environment. It believes that by improving the immunity of one person, this gives him a counter-measure far greater than any treatment would ever give.