Jaundice from the point of view of Ayurveda
The liver is the metabolic powerhouse responsible for over 500 identified functions. It produces bile and proteins, it metabolizes our foods and cleanses the blood of unwanted toxins. The liver produces and stores glycogen, which regulates the body's energy supply. Any dysfunction of the liver can lead to a disease. Jaundice is a common problem that is caused due to the presence of a bile pigment called bilirubin at very high levels in the blood. Jaundice is a yellow discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and the white part of the eyes. Pale stools, dark urine, itchiness in the body, abdominal pain, weight loss, vomiting, and fever It is caused due to the presence of a bile pigment called bilirubin at very high levels in the blood. Jaundice is the yellowing of the skin, mucous membranes, and whites of the eyes. This disease is caused by the presence of a bile pigment called bilirubin in very high amounts in the blood. Symptoms of jaundice also include pale stools, dark urine, body itching, abdominal pain, weight loss, vomiting, and fever. Side effects of certain chemical medicines, excess use of alcohol, blocked bile ducts due to any tumor or gallstones, and an autoimmune reaction can lead to inflammation in the liver leading to raised bilirubin levels. The liver is a transformation organ, connected with the metabolism – therefore, Ayurveda refers liver to Pitta dosha – the energy that is responsible for the transformation of the materials in the body. Improper diet and other factors lead to a disturbance of Pitta dosha, which could lead to jaundice.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Jaundice
Ayurvedic treatment for jaundice can successfully improve the functioning of Pitta dosha, resulting in normal bilirubin levels. This includes both the nutrition and the use of oils, herbs and special treatment therapies.
Treatment includes the use of oils, herbs and special healing treatments. In the early stages of jaundice, light cleansing with panchkarma techniques stimulates the liver and increases bile flow. Effective methods of treatment include Basti (enema with a natural decoction) and Virechana (cleansing the intestines from toxins). An Ayurveda expert makes selective use of Trivrit, Kutaki, Bhumyaamalaki, Punarnava, Aloe vera, Triphala, and many other herbs for this purpose. The herbs have a blood-purification effect that helps the body to get rid of the excessive bile secretions:
- Arogyavardhini Ras is effective in liver diseases
- Forestica Syrup is an ayurvedic liver tonic, effective in the treatment of jaundice
- Kalamegha Plus is another revered ayurvedic herbal formulation for the treatment of liver diseases.
A patient with jaundice can consult with our specialists via online video consultation. The Ayurvedic doctor will not only prescribe the necessary supplements, but also adjust the diet.
More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Jaundice:
- Avoid self-medication, it can lead to severe liver complications
- Consume juice of lemon, pear, grapes beet, carrot, and sugarcane
- Taking Aloe vera, Amla and Beetroot has good benefits for liver health
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Avoid eating uncooked food, fast food, drinking contaminated water
- Follow a simple vegetarian diet
- Take care of your hygiene
- Drink a mixture of mint juice, fresh lime, and ginger