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Ayurvedic Treatment and Natural Remedies for Jaundice

20-Nov-2020
Ayurvedic Treatment and Natural Remedies for Jaundice

Jaundice is a disease that causes the skin and the white of the eyes to turn yellow. According to modern medicine, this condition is a result of liver disorders like gallstones, cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver infection. However, in Ayurveda, this condition is referred to as Kamala. It is caused due to an excessive circulation of the bile pigments (bilirubin) in the blood. Since the bile pigments are controlled by Pitta, Ayurveda associates this disease with a Pitta imbalance. 

Increased ingestion of spicy, sour, oily, alkaline, and extremely hot foods; alcohol, and sesame oil aggravates Pitta. This impairs the muscle and blood tissue of the liver, leading to a channel blockage in the liver. The blockage further results in discoloration of the skin and eyes. Other factors causing jaundice include too much physical work, daytime sleeping, excess sexual activity, and psychological factors like stress, fear, and anger. 

Beneficial Herbs for Jaundice Treatment in Ayurveda

Ayurveda does not cause any side effects. This is probably one of the major reasons why the use of ancient Indian herbs is still prevalent. If you’re wondering which herbs can help with the treatment of jaundice, here’s a list: 

1. Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)

When it comes to treating liver ailments, all the parts of the chicory plant are beneficial. However, the seeds, flowers, and roots are the most widely used parts. Chicory juice can make the liver active, restrict the flow of bile, and treat the expansion of the spleen - all of which connected with jaundice. Chicory also helps in the natural secretion of the bile. 

2. Berberis or Barberry (Berberis Vulgaris)

Berberis is a valuable herb for the treatment of jaundice. Such is its effectiveness that this herb is also termed as ‘jaundice berry’. This herb is given as a tonic to those suffering from jaundice in recommended doses. Aside from jaundice, Barberry is advantageous for treating other liver ailments as well. Whether taken in the form of tonic or fluid extract, it displays similar properties. 

3. Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)

Aloe Vera especially the Indian Aloe offers a wide range of benefits. One of these includes the treatment of liver problems like jaundice. For best results, use the pulp of aloe vera leaves with ginger and black salt every morning for at least 10 days.  

4. Gokulakanta or Nirmulli (Hygrophila Spinosa)

The root of the Gokulakanta plant holds the power to treat varied live diseases including hepatitis and jaundice. Gokulakanta’s roots are used to prepare herbal infusions that can be given to the jaundice patience at least twice or thrice every day. 

5. Picrorhiza (Picrorhiza Kurroa)

Used in both Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicines, Picrorrhiza along with Barberry is the most widely used herb for jaundice cure. Also known as Kutki, the use of this herb is recommended in powder form with hot water. Taken twice or thrice a day ensures great results. 

6. Indian Sorrel or Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Corniculata)

Indian Sorrel is also an advantageous herb in reducing jaundice symptoms. It is confused with buttermilk (made from cow’s milk). 

7. Turpeth (Ipomoea Turpethum or Operculina Turpethum)

Known as Nisoth in Ayurveda, this herb is used in powder form (in the prescribed dosage) with hot water at least twice a day.

8. Snake Gourd (Trichosanthes Cucumerina)

Highly useful when taken as an infusion, snake gourd is also a celebrated herb when it comes to jaundice treatment. It is mostly taken with coriander. 

Arogya Amrit Kwath at Ved Sidha is also an incredibly effective natural supplement for jaundice. To learn more about it, schedule a consultation with our Ayurvedic consultant today! Please don’t hesitate to share any concerns or prior allergies that you may have. We’d be happy to assist you in the best possible way.

Dietary Changes and Home Remedies for Jaundice

  • Sweet in taste foods is useful for a jaundice patient. Sugarcane, cranberries, blueberries, orange juices & juices of other fresh juices contain nutrients that good for the liver. Dry grapes and Pomegranate (though it is a little bit sour) are also recommended for jaundice patients. 
  • A glassful of bitter gourd vegetable juice first thing in the morning benefits those suffering from jaundice as well. To prepare the juice, the vegetable needs to be mashed and the juice must be extract acted by pressing it with a cloth. 
  • A jaundice patient’s diet needs to have loads of fresh vegetables specifically green vegetables. They should be cooked using minimum oil and spices. Bitter ground and bitter drumsticks are both highly effective. 
  • Amala (Indian Gooseberry) Juice is also an amazing remedy for jaundice. It contains vitamin C and nutrients that purify the liver cells by removing toxic materials. 
  • Fat intake should be as minimal as possible. Curd or yogurt is also not advised to those suffering from jaundice. Buttermilk can be given only after properly removing butter from it. 
  • A combination of beetroot and lemon juice in equal proportions also makes for a powerful jaundice remedy. Drinking this juice regularly just for a few days can help witness miraculous jaundice recovery. 
  • Since jaundice is associated with liver ailments, Alcohol is strictly prohibited in this condition. Not even in the form of medication. Consuming the same can lead to severe complications. 
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