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GONORRHOEA

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Causes and Symptoms: Another dreaded venereal disease is gonorrhea. It is an inflammatory disease affecting the mucous membrane of the urethra in the male and that of the vagina in the female. It also spreads to other parts of the body. It is a disease peculiar to the dissolute type of persons who are not choosy about their sexual partners and contract the disease on sexual contact.

There is intense irritation of the urethra, scalding pain on passing urine with which a yellow viscid discharge comes out. The glands in the groin are inflamed and even start suppurating. Even the testicle in the males and the ovaries in the females may become affected. If the inflammation of the urethra is not checked, it may lead to the formation of fibrous tissue around the channel leading to its narrowing and great difficulty in voiding urine. The poisons of gonorrhea may spread to the joints of the body and even the heart may become affected. It may also lead to conjunctivitis and in newly born infants there may be cases of blindness.

The course of the disease among the females is slightly different; a yellow discharge issues out of the vagina, the urine is painful and the glands near the mouth of the vagina are inflamed. In the inflammation spreads to the uterus, the fallopian tubes and the ovaries, there may be permanent damage. The enveloping membrane of the abdomen, the peritoneum, may become inflamed with fatal results.



Remedies: The remedies indicated for dysuria will help in cases of gonorrhea, but only in the primary stages. The followings are for the malady:

One tola each of Ceylon Cardamom (large Cardamom) seeds and Nitre should be powdered together and six mashas of it taken twice daily with water. Alternatively, two tolas of Red Ochre (Geru) and one tola of Alum should be ground fine and mixed with an equal weight of Brown Sugar. Six mashas of the mixture should be taken in the morning with water in which Phala Bark (Grewia Asiatica) has been steeped overnight. Or, four tolas of Resin is finely ground, mixed with an equal quantity of Brown Sugar and four masha doses are taken thrice daily with milk.

Regimen: The patient should take complete rest and not ride horses or other forms of transport where the posterior comes in contact with a hard seat. Hip baths in hot water are helpful. Intake of liquids should be stepped up. The urethra should be flushed with a solution of potassium permangnate (1:3,000) with the help of a syringe which may be kept in the urethra for five minutes before its contents are allowed to come out.

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