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How to Reduce Vaginal Discharge Naturally With Indian Gooseberry

Updated on March 24, 2015
Ripe Indian Gooseberries
Ripe Indian Gooseberries | Source

Vaginal discharge is a common problem for many women, and although there can be several underlying causes, in some cases, this annoying issue is nothing to worry about. Of course, it's important to check with your doctor to ensure that there is nothing serious going on, but once you have ruled out any possible health conditions, this issue is fairly easy to treat. One great natural remedy for excessive vaginal discharge is Indian Gooseberry.


What is Indian Gooseberry and Why Does it Work?

Sometimes referred to as amla, Indian Gooseberry is a deciduous tree that belongs to the extensive Phyllanthaceae family of plants. This tree bears brushy leaves along a crooked trunk and, most importantly, fruit that is quite similar in appearance to very large, fleshy green grapes. Although the fruit may look like delightfully rotund grapes, its flavor is actually quite bitter.

One of the great things about Indian Gooseberry is that it has, in fact, been extensively tested, and according to the research done, this herbal remedy shows great promise as an antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent. Despite the recent research, this herb has a long history of usage in traditional medicine to treat a number of common conditions. As a curative for excessive vaginal discharge, this herbal remedy works in a couple of ways.

To begin, Indian Gooseberry may be beneficial in improving general and vaginal health overall, first by boosting the red blood cell count and flushing out toxins; second, by helping to clear up any underlying infections within the body. Now, after this plant has helped cleanse the system, its next move is to work as an astringent agent. Remedies with astringent qualities are thought to be especially useful in contracting tissues, in this case the vaginal walls, which may aid in reducing excess discharge.

What is the Best Way to Take Indian Gooseberry?

Unless you are a huge fan of sour foods, fresh, in this case, may not be best. Despite the fact that there are numerous benefits to eating this fruit fresh off the tree, there are many better, and easier to swallow, options available. Although eating a fresh gooseberry may not be the best, the fresh fruit can be steeped in hot water to make a cleansing vaginal wash. This method can also be used with the dried and powdered versions, which are available in many health food and supplement stores. If you would rather take this plant internally, Indian Gooseberry capsules are also available in many stores.

Does Indian Gooseberry Come With Any Side Effects?

As with anything else, it is important you speak with a doctor prior to using this plant in medicinal quantities. However, this natural remedy is thought to be relatively safe for most people. If you are taking any type of medication, it is especially important to check with your physician, as gooseberries do have a mild diuretic quality. In some instances, ingestion of the fresh or dried plant may cause some gastrointestinal issues, such as diarrhea or bloating. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, be sure to consult your OB/GYN.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I was not aware of such use of Indian Gooseberry. Thanks for sharing the information.