Herbal Remedies for Bartholin’s Cyst
Bartholin’s cyst generally occurs on only one side of the vaginal opening. It is not an infection, and does not normally cause any severe pain or discomfort. But, in some cases, the cyst can lead to the formation of an abscess (blister). This happens when the fluid with in the cyst becomes infected and leads to collection of pus. In such cases, the cyst or abscess makes the affected area red, hot, tender, and swollen, and increases the possibility of a full-fledged infection of a Bartholin’s cyst with in a few days. This condition can get worse with time if timley diagnoy and treatment is not taken. Modern medical system may leave you with life time side effects. For natural management of disease one must adapt hoslistic and conventional method of healing i.e. Ayurveda along with healthy diet and lifestyle.
Bartholin’s Cyst: Introduction
Bartholin’s cyst – also called Bartholin’s duct cyst or Bartholin’s gland cyst– is usually a benign or non-cancerous condition which affects sexually active women in the 20-30 age-groups. Bartholin’s cyst is marked by the occurrence of a small fluid-filled sac (cyst) on the inner side of the affected woman’s vaginal opening. The cyst typically manifests itself in the form of a painless swelling in the external part of the female genitals.
Bartholin’s cyst is a condition linked to the Bartholin’s glands, which were first described by Danish physician theologian Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680). The pea-sized Bartholin’s glands are located on either side of a woman’s vaginal opening. The glands, which are positioned between the vagina and the vulva, are responsible for secreting fluid which keeps the vagina moist and lubricated. The fluid secreted by the glands travels to the vagina via ducts (tubes).However, in women suffering from Bartholin’s cyst, the fluid secreted by the Bartholin’s glands is unable to reach the vagina because of the obstruction caused by the formation of a cyst at the openings of the glands.
Bartholin’s cyst is believed to affect nearly 2 out of 10 women at some point of time in their 20′s or 30′s. The chances of developing the cyst are high for young women who are sexually active particularly those who have not yet become pregnant, or those who have been pregnant once. The condition usually does not affect older women.
Bartholin’s Cyst: Causes
The exact cause behind the occurrence of Bartholin’s cyst is not known. Nonetheless, doctors opine that the cyst or abscess can develop due to blockage in the ducts of Bartholin’s gland because of the following reasons:
- Bacterial infections such as E. coli (Escherichia coli)
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including gonorrhea or chlamydia
Bartholin’s Cyst: Symptoms
Women affected by Bartholin’s cyst do not experience any specific symptoms if the cyst is small and there is no infection. However, if the cyst is big in size and also becomes infected, some of the signs and symptoms of the condition are:
- Feeling of a painful and tender lump close to the vaginal opening
- Pus collection due to infection
- Pain or discomfort while sitting or walking
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- One side of the labia majora (the large skin folds on the outside of the vagina) appears swollen or bigger in size
Bartholin’s Cyst: Treatmentby Panet Ayurveda
The treatment of Bartholin’s cyst depends on three main factors the size of the cyst, pain experienced due to the cyst, and whether the cyst has become infected. Based on these factors, the cyst may either not require any specific treatment, or may have to be treated with the help of antibiotics. In some severe cases, surgical drainage of the fluid-filled cyst may be required.
Bartholin’s cyst can also be treated effectively with the help of time-tested Ayurvedic/herbal products available from herbal manufacturing company Planet Ayurveda. These products include:
1. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets
The preparation of these tablets involves the use of Shuddh Gandhak (Purified Sulphur) and a combination of beneficial herbs with anti-inflammatory antiviral, anti bacterial, anti microbial, and anti pruritic properties. The herbs include Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Patra (Cinnamomum tamala), Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea), Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), and Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba).
The use of these tablets is beneficial for patients suffering from Bartholin’s cyst because the tablets can relieve itchiness of skin, reduce pain and inflammation, treat fungal infections, provide relief in burning sensation on skin, purify the blood, and balance the body’s Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.
Dosage: Two tablets, two times a day.
2. Kanchnaar Guggul Tablets
For preparing these tablets, two potent herbs – Guggul (Commiphora mukul) and Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata) – are combined with some other well-known herbal ingredients, including Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Varuna (Crataeva nurvala), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), and Guggulu Resin (Commiphora mukul).
The tablets have the ability to effectively manage Bartholin’s cyst because the herbal components can treat cysts, cure skin disorders, manage fever, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and manage tumors/cancers.
Dosage: 2 tablets, two times a day.
3. Female Health Support Capsules
These capsules are prepared from a combination of some extremely beneficial herbs of enhancing overall female health. The herbs include Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashok (Saraca indica), and Lodhra (Symplocus racemosa). Bartholin’s cyst can be controlled naturally with the help of these capsules because the herbal components can strengthen the female reproductive system, regulate the female hormonal system, and synergistically control vitiated Vata and Pitta doshas.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules, two times a day.
Along with the three above-mentioned herbal formulations for natural management of Bartholin’s cyst, it is important that women suffering from the condition should use some other herbal products as well, for washing and rinsing the affected skin. Two of these products are:
4. Evening Prime Rose Premium Handmade Bathing Soap
Women suffering from Bartholin’s cyst can use this soap for washing the affected skin to treat the cyst. The soap contains useful natural ingredients which can relieve a number of skin disorders, treat skin infections, manage skin irritation and itchiness, cure skin dryness, and keep the skin soft and hydrated.
How to use- Gently apply to the inflected area and rinse off with warm water.
5. Arjun Saar (Mixed with Sphatika Bhasam)
The use of a mixture of Arjun Saar supplement and Sphatika Bhasmis also an effective remedy for managing Bartholin’s cyst. For this remedy, both the products should be mixed (in prescribed quantities) in a mug of water, and used for rinsing the affected skin.
How to use- Gently rinse the affected area with the mixture and you should consult doctor before using it.
Hence, from this above discussion about bartholin’s cysts it can be concluded that this condition can be managed effectively with natural remedies. Planet Ayurveda’s herbal products for managing Bartholin’s cyst are completely safe to use. These products are prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs; and do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, additives, artificial colors, binders, or fillers. However, it is recommended that women suffering from Bartholin’s cyst should use the herbal products in consultation with an expert Ayurveda practitioner.