The female external genitalia (also called vulva) include the opening of vagina, labia majora and labia minora (fleshy lips around vagina), clitoris (small organ packed with nerve endings) and the urethra opening. The delicate skin surface can easily be irritated and becomes itching, burning or stinging.
Itching of the external female genitalia is troublesome, usually worsens at night and disturbs sleeping. Women in any age can be affected, and it may come and go for years that impose heavy mental and physical burdens on some women. Doctors will diagnose it as pruritus vulvae when the situation is persistent and distressing.
Itchy vulva or external vaginal itching is actually a symptom that can occur in many conditions, including irritations, infections, skin conditions, allergies and in are rare circumstances cancer. Treatment for itchy vulva should be focused on the underlying cause and so seeking professional help is always advised, in most instances it is easily treated with Chinese Herbs and some lifestyle changes.
Chinese herbal remedies to stop itchy vulva
From a TCM holistic view, the external genitalia are regarded as part of the female reproductive system, and their conditions are closely associated with internal conditions. Through the small branches of meridians and the Thoroughfare Vessel, Conception Vessel and Governnor Vessel, the spleen, liver and kidney rule the external genitalia directly or indirectly.
The organs support and ensure the external genitalia to stay in proper conditions. Persistent itchy vulva, with or without vaginal discharges, often result from both internal and external origins. Firstly, the body is in a disharmony state that makes the external genitalia susceptible to various irritations. External factors such as germs, parasites or injuries will take advantage of the weakness and then trigger an itchy condition.
TCM treatment for itchy vulva is based on disharmony patterns of the individuals, and the remedies are aimed to resume the normal functional state of organs and eliminate the local irritations as well.
Generally, women in productive age are likely to have syndromes such as damp-heat accumulation; women after menopause are likely to be in deficient syndromes such as yin deficiency, or blood deficiency. After evaluating the local and whole body situations, and along with the gynecologic and laboratory results of the individuals, experienced TCM physicians will design a treatment plan accordingly.
In order to achieve a full recovery, TCM physicians may give oral herbs to regulate the dysfunction organs, and apply topical remedies such as wash or suppository on genital region to eliminate the local irritations.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.
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