While reading some general health websites, I discovered the term Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus (also spelled Sclerosis), and felt it important to share alternative and natural methods here. I am intrigued because I wonder how many women have similar symptoms and do not receive this diagnosis. Even then, it appears the only thing MD's would do is recommend a suppressive steroidal cream and (as usual) do not know the cause and therefore cannot correct.
Symptoms, etc. http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditio ... erosis.php
(Noticing there is a potential for a spirochete bacteria influence - makes me think of herbs that are used for Lyme Disease like Teasel Root, Japanese Knotweed, Plantain, many of the Artemisias, and liver herbs like Barberry and Dandelion). Tamarisk looks like one to consider too.
I may mention that another condition, Lichen Planus, may also be considered here: http://www.medicinenet.com/lichen_planus/article.htm
and I can even relate with some of the stuff here for myself, and happen to be (peri)menopausal. Interesting.
I also saw that some women who are avid water drinkers that use plastic bottles could be contributing to their issue, and I bet a large portion of that would be from those type-7 plastic bottles that leached hormone-altering chemicals into their drinking water that (luckily) I don't see for sale as much anymore. I am so glad I use glass and/or ceramic for my liquid consumption!
I found Karen Joy has addressed this here: http://www.wisewomantradition.com/heali ... erosi.html
and saw she mentioned Burdock Root, Yellow Dock, Dandelion (I am guessing the root but I think the whole plant would be beneficial), Motherwort for (peri)menopausal issues, and for relief, Plaintain, Calendula and Comfrey externally in vaginal area through oil (or salve I would imagine would be fine too). I like her suggestions. I had found some other stuff interesting on the internet about this that were mentioned. I would even think these herbs could help internally via infusion (but not with dried Plantain, only fresh or tinctured).
While there could be an autoimmune element to this (of which Dr. Christopher mentions trying 2/3 Astragalus, 1/3 Mullein for anything autoimmune, used with great success), I have also noticed time and time again that autoimmune conditions almost always have a fungal element, usually involving Candida albicans. So some people had success with anti-fungal herbs like Tea Tree or others that could be used if Tea Tree isn't as well tolerated, like Olive Leaf, Black Walnut, Pau d'Arco bark, pumpkin seeds, etcetera and of course a diet modification removing sugars and flours, and even the usual dairy foods (and probiotic foods for gut flora balance too).
I also saw someone who used Curcumin, which makes me think as an herbalist of Turmeric instead. I noticed some having luck with Evening Primrose oil, so it made me think of other sources for Omega 3 fats, like Chia Seeds, Black Currant Seeds, Borage Seeds, and certain fatty fish oils. I saw the use of Aloe applied to vaginal tissues directly. And it appears that Sun and Seawater may help, so a vacation at the beach could be in order!
Homeopathically, some remedies were suggested for relief of symptoms: sulphur lodatum, carbo veg, pulsatilla, ignatia and possibly petroleum and arsenicum - in the first-aid type 6X to 30C potencies. While I think this is a chronic matter rather than acute, I would instead have a homeopath choose the constitutional remedy of the person affected. But I am throwing it out there for discussion as this condition seems horribly painful and would worsen over time even (especially?) using conventional treatment.
I would love to see if anyone here has any experience with this condition - thank you lovely wise ladies!