Jaundice is a disease which affects the liver. If jaundice is not treated on time, it can even become fatal. Jaundice occurs when there is a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the liver and excreted from the body in the form of bile. Bilirubin is a product of the breaking down of red blood cells. Due to a liver malfunction bilirubin doesn’t get excreted out of the body and then it start to accumulate under the skin and start to give the skin a yellowish colour. This yellow colour can spread from the skin into the eyes and on to the nails. With the exception of the new born jaundice all other kinds of jaundice can overload the liver even to the extent of damaging it on a semi-permanent and permanent basis.
Causes of Jaundice
Bilirubin is essential for digesting food properly and it is secreted from gall bladder. However excess bilirubin can cause jaundice. If in any case, red blood cells do not complete their average life span in the liver they are often broken down to bilirubin which in turn causes jaundice.
At times the side effects of some drugs can cause this disease. People who consume alcohol regularly are susceptible to this disease. Malfunctioning of liver resulting in increased bilirubin level can cause this malady.
A blockage in liver ducts can force bilirubin to bounce back into the blood and it can also cause this disease. Gallstone is one such impediment that generally creates this kind of problem. Genetic flaws and incompatibility of rhesus blood group can also cause this lethal disease. Malfunctioning of thyroid glands may also cause Jaundice.
Home remedies for Jaundice
Jaundice treatment using Bitter Luffa
The juice of bitter luffa is regarded as an effective remedy for jaundice. It is obtained by pounding and squeezing the bitter luffa through cloth. The juice should be placed on the palm of the hand and drawn up through the nostrils. This will cause a profuse outflow of a yellow coloured fluid through the nostrils. The toxic matter having been evacuated in a considerable quantity, the patient will feel relieved. This is, however, a strong medicine and may cause side-effects like giddiness, migraine, and, at times, high fever for a short duration in patients with a delicate nature. Its use should, therefore, be avoided by such patients. If the juice of green bitter luffa is not available, it can be substituted by two to three drops of the fluid obtained by soaking its dry crusts overnight in water. This will produce an identical effect. Seeds of bitter lnffa which are easily available can also be used for the same purpose after rubbing in water.
Jaundice treatment using Radish Leaves
The green leaves of radish are another valuable remedy for jaundice. The leaves should be pounded and their juice extracted through cloth. Half a litre of this juice should he taken daily by an adult patient It induces a healthy appetite and proper evacuation of bowels, and this results in gradual decrease of the trouble. In most cases, complete cure can be ensured within eight or ten days.
Jaundice treatment using Tomato
Tomatoes are valuable in jaundice. A glass of fresh tomato juice, mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper, taken early in the morning, is considered an effective remedy for this disease.
Jaundice treatment using Snake Gourd Leaves
The leaves of snake gourd have also been found useful in jaundice. An infusion of the leaves should be prepared by mixing 15 gm of dry leaves in 250 ml of boiling water. Next, a decoction of coriander seeds in 500 ml of water till it is reduced by one-third. The infusion should be given in doses of 30 to 60 ml, mixed with the decoction of coriander seeds, thrice daily.
Jaundice treatment using Pigeon Pea Leaves
The green leaves of pigeon pea, a leguminous plant-the beans of which are used for dals-are considered useful in jaundice. The juice extracted form these leaves should be taken in doses of 60 ml daily. Marked improvement will follow its use.
Jaundice treatment using Almonds, Dried Dates and Cardamoms
A mixture of almonds, dried dates and cardamoms is regarded as an effective remedy for jaundice. Eight kernels of almonds, two dried dates, and five small cardamoms should be soaked overnight in water. The outer coating of the almond kernels and the inner seeds of dried dates should be removed the next morning and the whole material should be rubbed into a fine paste. Then, fifty grams of sugar and an equal amount of butter should be mixed in it and the patient should lick this mixture.
Jaundice treatment using Sugarcane Juice
One glass of sugarcane juice, mixed with the juice of half a lime, and taken twice daily, can hasten recovery from jaundice. It is, however, very essential that the juice must be clean and preferably prepared at home. Resistance is low in jaundice and any infected beverage could make matters worse.
Jaundice treatment using Lemon
Lemon is also beneficial in the treatment of jaundice. The patient should be given 20 ml of lemon juice mixed with water several times a day. This will protect the damaged liver cells.
Jaundice treatment using Barley Water
Barley water drunk several times during the day is another good remedy for this disease. One cup of barley should be boiled in three litres of water and simmered for three hours.
Jaundice treatment using Jaundice Berry
The herb jaundice berry, botanically known as Berberis vultaris is very useful in jaundice.The pulverized bark should be given several times a day in doses of one-fourth of a teaspoon in the treatment of this disease, or the fluid extract should be given 2-4 ml doses.