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Jaundice is a yellowish discoloration of the skin and of the whites of the eyes caused by abnormally high levels of the pigment bilirubin in the bloodstream.
Old or damaged red blood cells are constantly being removed from the circulation, mainly by the spleen. During this process, hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen, is broken down into a dark greenish yellow pigment called bilirubin. Bilirubin is then carried in the bloodstream to the liver and is excreted into the intestine as a component of bile (the digestive fluid produced by the liver). If bilirubin cannot be excreted into bile quickly enough, it builds up in the blood. The excess bilirubin is deposited in the skin, resulting in the yellowish discoloration called jaundice. It is the most common of all liver ailments. And is called `Kamala’ in Ayurveda.
In jaundice, the skin and whites of the eyes appear yellow. Urine is often dark because excess bilirubin is excreted through the kidneys. People may have itching, light-colored stools, or other symptoms, depending on the cause of jaundice. For example, acute inflammation of the liver (acute hepatitis) may cause loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Blockage of bile may result in abdominal pain and fever.
Yellow discoloration of the eyes, tongue, skin and urine
Dull ache in the liver region of stomach.
Possible itching all over the body
High levels of bilirubin in the blood may result from problems originating either within the liver or outside the liver. Damage to the liver, such as that due to inflammation or scarring, can impair its ability to excrete bilirubin into bile. Alternatively, the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, may be blocked, for example, by a gallstone or a tumor. Less commonly, overproduction of bilirubin, due to excessive breakdown of red blood cells, can overwhelm the liver with more bilirubin than the liver is capable of processing. Overproduction is most common in newborns with jaundice (see Problems in Newborns: Hyperbilirubinemia).
In Gilbert’s syndrome, bilirubin levels are slightly increased but usually not enough to cause jaundice. This disorder, which is sometimes hereditary, is most often detected in young adults during routine screening tests. It causes no other symptoms and no problems.
The skin of people who eat large amounts of food rich in beta-carotene (such as carrots, squash, and some melons) may develop a mild yellow tint, but their eyes do not turn yellow. This condition is not jaundice and is unrelated to liver disease.
As per Ayurveda
Excessive circulation of pitta (bile pigments) in the blood. Occurs when there is any obstruction in the bile duct or impairment of the functions of the liver or excessive destruction of the red blood cells.
Ailments as typhoid, malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis affect the liver to some extent
Diagnosis and Treatment
A doctor uses laboratory tests and imaging studies to determine the cause of the jaundice. If the problem is a disease of the liver, such as acute viral hepatitis, the jaundice usually disappears gradually as the condition of the liver improves. If the problem is blockage of a bile duct, surgery or surgical endoscopy (using a flexible viewing tube with surgical instruments attached ( Endoscopy) is usually performed as soon as possible to reopen the affected bile duct. Itching caused by jaundice can be treated with cholestyramineSome Trade Names
QUESTRAN taken by mouth. Usually, the itching gradually disappears as the liver’s condition improves.
Remedy: In Ayurveda
2.Gritkumari (Alo vera)
3. Kakmachi (Solanum nigrum)
Some Herbal Medicines:
1.About 30-60 ml of decoction made of flowers ,seeds or roots of chicori (kasni) can be used 3 times daily.
2. About 60 gms of the root of gokulakanta is boiled in half a litre of water for half an hour in a closed vessel .About 30 -60 ml of this preparation should be given thrice daily.
3. Pulp of one leaf of Indian Alo (musabbar) should be adminstered with black salt and ginger every morning for 10 days.
4. Pulverized bark of jaundice berry (ambarbaris ) is given several times in a day in doses of half teaspoon. Alternatively, the fluid extract can be given in 2-5 grams doses.
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1.Go for the boiled & spice less diet. With vegetables- radish leaves, tomato, lemon . And dry fruits- dried dates with almonds & Cardamoms.
2.Have plenty of sugarcane juice, orange juice, bitter Luffa and barley water. This enhances urination which helps eliminate excess bile pigments in the blood.
YOGA REMEDY: The Shoulder Stand (Yoga Exercise)
Effective for Excessive anger or hate, Migraine headache, Liver disorder, hemorrhoids, Anaemia, Hypertension, Indigestion.
The Shoulder stand invigorates and rejuvenates your whole body.
Description of the asana
1. Lie down on the floor with your legs together and your hands, push down, by your sides. inhaling, push down on your hands and raise your legs straight up above you.
2.Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs up, over and beyond your head, at an angle of about45Â°.
3. Exhaling, bend your arms and support your body, holding as near the shoulders as possible, thumbs around the front of the body, fingers around the back. Push your back up, lift your legs.
4.Now straighten your spine and bring the legs up to a vertical position. Press your chin firmly into the base of your throat. Breathe slowly and deeply in the pose, gradually trying to work your elbows closer together and your hands further down your back toward the shoulders, so as to straighten your torso. Keep your feet relaxed.
Shoulder stands should be attempted under the guidance an expart.
Any one suffering from breathing difficulties or anykind of pain in the upper spine should not attempt to do this Yoga.
Help taken from:http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch135/ch135b.html and www.allayurveda.com/ail_liver.htm and miracles of herbs