Jaundice

Jaundice is not a disease in itself but a symptom of liver disorders such as gallstones, hepatitis and cirrhosis. When the liver is laid low by an infection it cannot produce enough bile to keep the body cells and tissues healthy. At this point jaundice develops and the skin, finger nails and the whites of the eyes take on a yellow tint. The yellow colour is an indication that the circulation of bile is in excess.
Cause of Jaundice in Ayurveda

  • Vitiation of the pitta dosha due to accumulation of toxins
  • Blood transfusions and illegal drugs
  • Infections
  • Consumption of alcohol

The pitta dosha controls the bile pigments. When there is an excessive circulation of the bile pigments in the blood jaundice sets in. This happens when the flow of bile from the liver to the intestine is blocked. The bile stagnates in the liver and as a result the yellow pigment bilirubin flows back in to circulation.

Symptoms of Jaundice

  • Deep yellowish colour of the eyes, urine, skin, nails, mouth, conjunctiva and face.
  • Sudden loss of appetite,
  • Nausea,
  • Pain in the liver region
  • Extreme weakness.
  • Body to itching

Ayurvedic Treatments for Jaundice
Ayurvedic treatments for jaundice will aim to rectify the pitta imbalance and eliminate the toxins accumulated in the human system. Elimination of toxins is done through the panchakarma treatments that begin with an oil massage followed by mild emesis and purgation with bitter herbs. This helps to remove the toxins accumulated in the liver and the rest of the body. Strong purgatives are avoided. Oral medicines and rasayana treatments are also given to the patient.

Ayurvedic Remedies forJaundice

  • Avoid non vegetarian and spicy foods
  • Avoid sweet foods ; instead include fresh vegetables in your diet like tomatoes and radish and juice of bitter vegetables like bitter gourd and Indian gooseberry
  • Dry fruits like dried dates, almonds and cardamom should be consumed
  • Avoid junk food such as chocolate, cakes, potato chips, ice-cream, colas etc.
  • Do not drink raw milk, take proper rest.
  • Always drink boiled water
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Take moderates exercise, fresh air baths.
  • Take a simple light carbohydrate diet with exclusive on fats.
  • Take sufficient rest and cut down on physical exertions
  • Avoid excessive heat
  • Avoid stressful situations and anger
Ayurveda & Gall Bladder Problems

Herbal medicines used in the ayurvedic treatment for cirrhosis are highly effective and carry no side effects. These herbal medicines have the potential to remove the disease from its very roots. Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms. It goes to the very root cause of the disease and eliminates it. Herbal medicines used in the treatment of cirrhosis also ensure that the disease will not re appear in future.

Herbal medicines are found to be very effective in the treatment of jaundice. Ayurvedic treatment for jaundice relies on the strength of these ayurveda herbs to eliminate the disease once and for all. Juices of bitter vegetables like the bitter gourd are very effective in treating jaundice. The method to extract the juice would be to mash the bitter gourd and extract their juices by pressing with a cloth. This juice must be consumed in the morning in an empty stomach. And the recommended dosage is one glassful of juice per day. Equally beneficial would be drinking of a cupful of juice of beetroot and lemon in equal proportions. Having this juice for a few days will definitely cure jaundice.

Herbal medicines occupy a prominent place in the ayurvedic system of treatments for all liver diseases

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