Bacterial Vaginitis
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: January 6, 1999

I have bacterial vaginitis which causes excessive bacteria overgrowth and was wondering if there were any herbs available that would help reduce it.

You should continue to be monitored by your health care provider and to finish any medications given.

The following suggestions are made for bacterial vaginitis by Amanda McQuade Crawford in "Herbal Remedies for Women" (Prima Publishing).

The objective of treatment is to restore the normal flora and tone to the mucosa with herbal anti-inflammatories, astringents, herbs that soothe and nourish and herbs that help to prevent secondary infections, which are common in inflammatory conditions such as vaginitis.

McQuade’s suggested formula is:

Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) 2 ounces soothing antibacterial astringent

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) 2 ounces relaxing anti-inflammatory

Pasque flower (Anemone pulsatilla) 3 ounces antibacterial & relaxing

Lovage (Levisticum ligusticum) 1 ounce antibiotic

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 3/4 ounce soothing, healing anti-inflammatory

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) 3/4 ounce antiseptic, antioxidant

These tinctures can be combined, and one teaspoon taken in water three times a day after meals. Results can be expected in one to two weeks, but the mixture can be taken for up to four weeks. A smaller maintenance dose should be taken for a week or 2 after the symptoms have cleared.

McQuade describes additional treatments for vaginitis according to the specific cause.

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