Inflammation of the vagina also known as colpitis, is one of the most frequent female complaints, six times more common than urinary tract infections. Infectious vaginitis may be sexually transmitted. Factors affecting the vaginal area are the pH, tissue and blood sugar levels, friendly bacteria, the presence of blood sugar levels, the presence of blood from menstruation or antibodies from vaginal secretions, and their natural flushing action. Many of these are in turn influenced by diabetes, synthetic panty hose retaining moisture, steroids and birth control pills, insufficient lubrication after intercourse in menopause. Common causes are antibiotics, bacteria such as Garnerella vaginalis, but also gonococcus, chlamydia, staphylococcus; yeasts such as Candida albicans; protozoa like Trichomonas vaginalis; strong chemicals used in douching; a vitamin B deficiency as in pellagra; intestinal worms; foreign objects such as tampons or contraceptive diaphragms. Avoid disinfectants and perfumes in the bath, harsh soaps and strong laundry detergents.

Same as for candida (see CANDIDA); eat live, natural yogurt daily. No refined carbohydrates, sugars, alcohol, dried fruits, moldy cheeses.

Acidophilus, vitamins B complex, C, E, calcium, magnesium, primrose oil.

Tea tree oil applied topically; douche the vagina in a salt solution (1 teaspoon salt to 1pt/500ml of warm water) to soothe inflammation.