Foul-Smelling Vaginal Dischargeaccording to TCM

Root Causes of Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Heat
  • Dampness
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Gallbladder
Detailed description of the cause

Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Lower Back Pain Yellow Vaginal Discharge Sticky Vaginal Discharge Fever Headaches Feeling Hot Bitter Taste In The Mouth Scanty And Dark Urine

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Smelly Vaginal discharge, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Er Miao San | Xiao Yao San | Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang
Toxic-Heat Smelly Vaginal discharge, Fever, Edema, Pus and discharge, Boils, Carbuncles, Pustule, Red skin eruptions, Sore throat, Eczema, Perineum swollen, Prostate swollen, Testicular swelling, Mouth ulcers, Tonsil swelling... see more Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Smelly Vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Painful intercourse, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner Thick yellow smelly vaginal discharge, Scanty and yellow urine, Lower back pain, Weakness of lower extremities, Red and swollen feet, Swollen knee, Thick greasy vaginal secretions, Ulcers on the lower limbs, Scanty and dark urine, Painful urination, Xerostomia... see more Er Miao San
Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder Foul-smelling leukorrhea, Hypochondriac pain, Headaches, Dizziness, Red and irritated eyes, Hearing loss, Ear swelling, Bitter taste in the mouth, Irritability, Painful urination, Swollen and itchy external genitalia... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
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Dampness

"Dampness" in TCM is a concept that describes a pattern of disharmony where the body accumulates excess moisture. Imagine the heavy, sticky feeling you get on a very humid day; that's similar to what dampness feels like internally. It can manifest as a sense of heaviness, bloating, sluggishness, or even a foggy mind. This condition is often thought to arise from environmental factors like living in a damp place, dietary habits that promote moisture in the body, or internal imbalances that hinder the body's ability to process fluids properly. In TCM, dampness can obstruct the normal flow of energy and fluids in the body, leading to various symptoms.... see more

Dampness Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Xerostomia Sticky Vaginal Discharge Vaginal Itching Feeling Of Heaviness Scanty And Dark Urine Lower Back Pain Restlessness Lower Abdominal Pain

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat Smelly Vaginal discharge, Fever, Neck gland swelling, Headaches, Tight feeling in chest and stomach, Sticky taste in the mouth, Absence of thirst, Feeling hot, Feeling of heaviness, Bitter taste in the mouth, Acne... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Yi Huang Tang | Er Miao San | Xiao Yao San | Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Smelly Vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Painful intercourse, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Smelly Vaginal discharge, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner Thick yellow smelly vaginal discharge, Scanty and yellow urine, Lower back pain, Weakness of lower extremities, Red and swollen feet, Swollen knee, Thick greasy vaginal secretions, Ulcers on the lower limbs, Scanty and dark urine, Painful urination, Xerostomia... see more Er Miao San
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Qi Deficiency

Qi Deficiency in TCM is like running low on battery power. Qi is the vital energy that powers every function in your body. When there's a Qi Deficiency, it means your body doesn't have enough of this essential energy. This can make you feel tired all the time, weak, or even cause shortness of breath. It's similar to how you feel when you haven't had enough sleep or nutritious food. Your body just doesn't have the energy it needs to perform at its best. Unlike modern medicine, which often focuses on specific physical causes for fatigue and weakness, TCM views Qi Deficiency as an overall energy depletion that affects your entire well-being, and it seeks to replenish and balance this vital energy.... see more

Qi Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Smelly Vaginal discharge, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
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Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Common Symptoms: Irritability Vulvar Itching Yellow Vaginal Discharge Painful Intercourse Restlessness Insomnia Dark Urine Excessive Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel Smelly Vaginal discharge, Vulvar itching, Yellow vaginal discharge, Painful intercourse, Restlessness, Irritability, Insomnia, Dark urine, Excessive vaginal discharge, Foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, Sticky vaginal discharge... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder Foul-smelling leukorrhea, Hypochondriac pain, Headaches, Dizziness, Red and irritated eyes, Hearing loss, Ear swelling, Bitter taste in the mouth, Irritability, Painful urination, Swollen and itchy external genitalia... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Spleen

In TCM the Spleen plays a vital role in digestion and transformation, converting food into energy and nutrients, and overseeing the distribution of Qi and Blood. It's also crucial in maintaining the health of muscles and limbs and ensuring the blood remains within the vessels. When the Spleen malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a variety of issues such as digestive disorders, fatigue, weak muscles, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause a pale complexion, poor appetite, and a tendency to bruise easily. Emotionally, a Spleen imbalance is often associated with excessive worry or overthinking, reflecting its role in the interplay between physical and mental health.... see more

Spleen Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Spleen Deficiency with Dampness Smelly Vaginal discharge, Edema, Feeling of heaviness, Diarrhea, Urinary dysfunction, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney infection, Nephrotic syndrome, Cystitis, Hydrocele, Migraine... see more Liu Jun Zi Tang | Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin
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Gallbladder

In TCM the Gallbladder has a unique role in storing and excreting bile, but more importantly, it's seen as crucial for decision-making and courage. It's closely connected to the Liver, assisting in the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) and supporting the Liver's role in maintaining emotional balance. When the Gallbladder malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to physical symptoms like gallstones, jaundice, or a bitter taste in the mouth. There might also be digestive disturbances, particularly related to fat metabolism. On an emotional level, a Gallbladder disorder can manifest as indecisiveness, timidity, or a tendency to easily succumb to stress. These symptoms highlight the TCM view of the Gallbladder as integral to both physical processes and emotional resilience.... see more

Gallbladder Patterns That Can Lead to Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder Foul-smelling leukorrhea, Hypochondriac pain, Headaches, Dizziness, Red and irritated eyes, Hearing loss, Ear swelling, Bitter taste in the mouth, Irritability, Painful urination, Swollen and itchy external genitalia... see more Long Dan Xie Gan Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Heat
  • Dampness
  • Qi Deficiency
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that secure irregular uterine bleeding and stop vaginal discharge
  • Formulas that clear external abscesses and sores
  • Formulas that expel dampness
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that clear heat and expel dampness
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that warm and transform water and dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel, Heat Excess in the Liver or Gallbladder... see more
Er Miao San Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Xiao Yao San Damp-Heat
Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang Damp-Heat
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin Toxic-Heat

All Formulas Recommended for Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge Caused by Dampness

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Liver Channel
Er Miao San Damp-Heat, Damp-Heat in the Lower Burner
Yi Huang Tang Damp-Heat
Xiao Yao San Damp-Heat
Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang Damp-Heat
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

All Formulas Recommended for Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge Caused by Qi Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Jun Zi Tang Spleen Deficiency with Dampness
Bi Xie Fen Qing Yin Spleen Deficiency with Dampness

TCM Herbs for Foul-Smelling Vaginal Discharge

Explore below some TCM herbs used to address foul-Smelling vaginal discharge, organized by herb category.

  • By Herb Category
  • Herbs that clear heat and dry dampness
  • Tonic herbs for qi deficiency
  • Herbs that cool the blood
  • Herbs that stabilize and bind
  • Herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity
  • Cool/Acrid herbs that release the exterior
  • Herbs that drain dampness

"Herbs that clear Heat and dry Dampness" recommended for foul-Smelling vaginal discharge

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Chinese Gentian (Long Dan Cao) Long Dan Xie Gan Tang
Phellodendron Bark (Huang Bo) Er Miao San

"Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency" recommended for foul-Smelling vaginal discharge

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Yam (Shan Yao) Yi Huang Tang
Ginseng (Ren Shen) Liu Jun Zi Tang

"Herbs that cool the Blood" recommended for foul-Smelling vaginal discharge

Herb Formulas they belong to (if applicable)
Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang
Unprepared Rehmannia (Di Huang) Qing Re Tiao Xue Tang