Jaundice Ayurvedic Treatment

Jaundice is described as yellowing of the skin texture, the whiteness of the eyes, dark urine, followed by itchiness. The term JAUNDICE is derived from the French word “Jaune”, which means yellow. Jaundice may not be categorized as a disease, but it is a visible sign of an underlying disease process that can be serious and chronic. In Ayurveda jaundice is described as Pitta dosha and is called as Kamala. Due to accumulation of Pitta in the body (bilirubin) the body tends to becomes infected. The sole reason for the yellowish shade is the high level of bilirubin in the body. Hemoglobin, part of RBC’S which carries oxygen forms the bilirubin which is broken down as part of the normal process of recycling old and damaged red blood cells. Bilirubin is carried in the bloodstream to the liver, where its role is to bind with bile (the digestive juice produced by the liver). Then it is moved through the bile ducts into the digestive tract so that it can be eliminated from the body which is a must.

Most of the bilirubin is seen to be eliminated through stool, but a small amount is eliminated in urine. If it is not moved out of the body through the liver and bile duct then it gets built up in the blood and gets deposited on the skin resulting in jaundice. Jaundice has many causes i.e. it can be caused due to hepatitis, gallstones, and tumors. An inflamed liver or obstructed bile duct can lead to excessive bilirubin thus leading to the cause of jaundice. Jaundice if frequently occurs indicates a problem with the liver or bile duct. This disease is evaluated by the physical examination of the body.

Causes of Jaundice

  • Blocked Bile Ducts-Bile ducts are thin tubes whose function is to carry fluid called bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine. Sometimes in rare cases, these tubes get blocked by gallstones, cancer, or liver diseases. If this happens, it causes jaundice.
  • Hepatitis-Hepatitis is usually liver inflammation caused by a virus or due to an autoimmune disorder or the use of certain drugs for a longer period of time. In Hepatitis liver gets damaged, leading to its inability to move bilirubin into the bile ducts. Hepatitis may be acute or chronic.
  • Alcohol-Related Liver Disease-Drinking alcohol over a longer period of time is automatically going to harm your liver. Mostly 2 diseases i.e., Alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis harm the liver.
  • Certain Synthetic Medicines-Overconsumption of some synthetic medicine over a longer period of time affects liver functioning.
  • Hemolytic Anemia-Hemolytic anemia is considered to be a serious yet treatable blood disorder. This situation occurs when the body starts destroying red blood cells faster than making new ones as Red blood cells are the ones responsible for carrying oxygen to all the body cells.

Symptoms of Jaundice

  • Diarrhea and Nausea-These are the most common symptoms of jaundice. In diarrhea, there is watery bowel movement and in nausea, it is an urge to vomit.
  • Dark-shaded Pee-In jaundice, dark-colored urine is the most common symptom. It is caused due to less water intake required for the body.
  • Skin-itching-Red-colored spots appear on the skin which is itchy and causes irritation.
  • Loss of Appetite-An individual does not feel like eating and due to lack of proper nutrition one comes on the stage of weight loss.
  • Fatigue and Weakness-Due to high fever in jaundice, an individual becomes quite weak and almost in a state of tiredness.

Benefits of Ayurvedic Treatment for Jaundice

  •  Diet and lifestyle change play an important to recover from jaundice followed by Ayurvedic treatment.
  •  Jaundice is also caused due to a lack of Vitamin B12 in the body. So include dairy products like milk, and yogurt and also add mushrooms which are the rich sources of Vitamin B12.
  •  Ayurvedic treatment for jaundice has effective and safe results so that jaundice does not happen to appear again and again. Ayurvedic treatment has been successfully used to treat jaundice.
  •  Wheatgrass juice is a marvelous remedy for jaundice as it flushes out excess bilirubin and toxins from the body and also Buttermilk which is a rich source of calcium and iron required to recover from jaundice.
  •  Vitamin C is also suggested to be included in the diet as it cleanses the liver. Some of the rich sources of Vitamin C are Aloe vera, Guava, Kiwi, and Broccoli.

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Is liver dysfunction considered to be the sole reason for jaundice?

A problem that is affecting the infants prior to their birth. It is seen that babies that are born before the completion of the pregnancy or are under breastfeeding show jaundice symptoms. Its main reason for its occurrence is that the infant's liver is small in size is therefore not able to remove enough bilirubin from the body.

What do we mean by infant jaundice?

A problem that is affecting the infants prior to their birth. It is seen that babies that are born before the completion of the pregnancy or are under breastfeeding show jaundice symptoms. Its main reason for its occurrence is that the infant's liver is small in size is therefore not able to remove enough bilirubin from the body.

If a person does not show yellowing of the skin. Will he still be affected by jaundice?

Yes, it is possible as sometimes the symptoms appear later. So knowing other symptoms are also essential which includes abdominal pain, discolored urine, fever, and weight loss, etc.

What should be the ideal diet for jaundice patients?

Some of the essential elements that should be included in the diet are:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli
  • Juices intake such as aloe vera
  • Whole wheat
What dietary changes one should follow in jaundice?

The things that are suggested to be excluded from the diet include:

  • Excessive iron intake
  • Salty foods
  • Packaged products
  • Fatty or fried food
How Ayurveda is helpful in treating jaundice?

Ayurveda has proven to be the best and effective for a long time. Ayurveda provides therapies that help in the detoxification of the body's waste products.

Can jaundice be treated with Ayurvedic treatment?

Yes, jaundice can be treated with Ayurveda as Ayurvedic herbs have inherited anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties in them. It mainly focuses on removing the toxins from the liver and body. Additionally, relaxes the liver muscles.

How long does it take an individual to recover from jaundice?

It is seen that with proper expert guidance one can easily recover from jaundice within 2-3 months of Ayurvedic treatment followed by dietary and lifestyle changes.

How can one prevent them from jaundice?

Some of the best suggestions one can follow to prevent jaundice are:
Restrict alcohol consumption Excessive alcohol intake directly damages the liver which leads to jaundice. Therefore, restricting alcohol consumption is mandatory to prevent jaundice. Treatment for jaundice in adults has effective results in Ayurveda.
Managing body weight Balancing the weight according to BMI is mandatory to stay disease-free.
Wholesome diet Intake of essential elements that are required by the body for its smooth and healthy functioning is a must
Exercising Regular exercises promote overall health status. To stay fit never miss on your workout routine.

Can a non-alcoholic person be affected by jaundice?

Yes, causes for jaundice are many so it is not always that an alcoholic person may only get affected with jaundice.

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