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Home Remedies for Jaundice

  1. If the following signs and symptoms are observed, it is very important to report to the doctor and have a check-up. A person having yellowish (like the colour of turmeric) eyes, skin, nails, face, urine, burning sensation in the body, weakness, indigestion, slight fever (99-100 degrees F), weak pulse, white or yellow-coloured stool, loss of appetite, bitter taste in the mouth, dryness of mouth, distended abdomen, vomiting sensation, itching and body ache.
  2. In chronic jaundice the symptoms and signs are vertigo, severe itching at night, headache, loss of memory, sleeplessness, liver enlargement, spleen enlargement etc.
  3. Blood tests like serum bilirubin, urine for bile salts and bile pigments should be ruled out first. After knowing the severity of the disease, treatment should be taken accordingly. If necessary, tests for Australia antigen should also be done. Nowadays everyone is conscious of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B ailments. It is very important to get yourself vaccinated, especially when you are dealing with patients or living in such an atmosphere. Hepatitis A is mild, rarely progresses to chronic state and is due to a virus generally transmitted through faecal contamination of food and water. Poor sanitation and hygiene are also causes. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and can lead to serious hepatic damage.
  4. Multivitamins and excessive intake of boiled cool water is necessary in jaundice.
  5. Due to impaired bile secretion digestion and absorption of fat is affected. Therefore, it is advisable to decrease fat intake to 20-30 gms per day. Fats contained in milk, eggs and coconut oil are not harmful. Apart from this it is present in mutton, cheese, soybean, pulses, butter, creams, pastries, fish liver oil etc that are harmful.
  6. Increase protein intake. In mild to moderate cases a high intake of 1.5 to 2 gms of protein per kg bodyweight is advised.
  7. High carbohydrate intake is recommended to provide the bulk of the energy. Freshly harvested wheat, rice, barley and com are not good for the liver, making it sluggish. They should be taken only after preservation for six months or more. Wheat is preferred over rice for liver patients.
  8. Steam preparations are light enough for patients.
  9. Minerals such as calcium and iron are required in good amounts.
  10. Alcoholic drinks even in minor quantities can damage the liver and shorten the patient's life. For a normal person too alcohol should not be taken by itself, but along with food or other alkaline items that neutralise the effects of alcohol. It should be diluted and taken in very small quantities.
  11. Tea, coffee and tobacco affect the functioning of the liver and should be avoided or taken in very small, diluted quantities.
  12. Vitamin C is required for tissue healing, as there is tissue destruction.
  13. Vitamin A is low due to the increased intake and impaired absorption of fat. So include carotene rich foods like green leafy vegetables, orange vegetables and fruits in the diet.
  14. Some Ayurvedic drugs - Liv 52, livomyn and the like - are very useful for the liver.
  15. Medicines containing bhui amla (Indian gooseberry) such as nirocil are also very useful to bring the serum bilirubin back to normal.
  16. Besides, dietary precautions and recommendations have to be followed for early and proper recovery.
  17. Do not roam in the sun or sit beside a fire till your serum bilirubin returns to normal.
  18. Do not get tense and angry or indulge in sex. All these factors aggravate pitta dosha according to Ayurveda, which is responsible for liver disorders.
  19. Avoid irregular meals. It disturbs the digestive system and thereby affects the liver.
  20. Walking fast or doing some other heavy work just after having food is dangerous for the liver if done regularly. This is because the blood needed for digestion is diverted towards the other vigorous activity. Do work only 20-30 minutes after meals, especially in the afternoons. A slow five-minute walk after dinner will improve digestion.
  21. Do not take oils, fried foods, clarified butter, turmeric, red chillies, spicy food, pickles, and sour products. They are very harmful for the liver and stomach, causing impaired secretions in the stomach and dyspepsia (loss of appetite).
  22. Cow's butter can be taken in small quantity according to the severity of the problem. Asafoetida, mustard, sesame, molasses, gram pulse flour, black gram, cakes and other products that are of pitta nature (increasing heat in the body) should be avoided.
  23. Buttermilk (lassi or chach) taken with a little salt and powdered roasted cumin seeds is very beneficial for the digestive system and especially the liver. On the other hand, curd is said to obstruct the channels of circulation due to its heavy nature.
  24. Since anorexia is a problem with such patients, the food should be well cooked, attractive and appetising.
  25. Wash 3-4 fresh leaves of sacred fig (Latin name, Ficus religiosa). Mash them with sugar candy. Mix in 250 mg of water, sieve and drink twice a day for 3-7 days.
  26. Prune is a useful fruit for people suffering from jaundice.
  27. Take sugarcane juice, coconut water, barley water, pomegranate juice, white radish juice, curd and black pepper mixed with a little salt and water, split milk, spinach, coriander, fruit of emblica myrobalan, tomato, grapes etc.
  28. Carrot juice is favourable for patients with jaundice.
  29. Mix an equal amount of water in milk and some fennel or dry ginger about 1 gm or long pepper and boil it in an iron pan. Take this mixture after adding sugar.
  30. Take kheel of alum. (Grind alum and heat in an iron vessel. When one part becomes watery minimise the heat and with a knife flip the alum over. When this part becomes watery, turn off the flame and grind it to powder.) One-eighth gram with curd of cow's milk taken thrice a day cures jaundice in a few days.
  31. Take 50 grams juice of white radish leaves and stem and add sugar candy in it, drink in the morning on an empty stomach. Jaundice is cured in a week's time.
  32. Half-cup beetroot juice with half a lemon squeezed in it helps cure jaundice.
  33. Daily intake of a pinch of roasted 'alum with buttermilk twice or thrice daily, depending on the severity, cures jaundice within a few days.
  34. Take juice of two oranges on an empty stomach for five to seven days.
  35. Take one pinch of black pepper mixed in buttermilk for seven days.
  36. Take one teaspoonful of glucose in one cup of water thrice a day, in the morning, afternoon and night. It helps in the treatment.
  37. Keep a white-coloured glass bottle filled with water in the sun for 6-8 hours. Drink after it cools.
  38. Drink spearmint juice (pudina) with added sugar for 10 days.

 

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