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Title: Home Remedies for Jaundice - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Home Remedies For Jaundice Causes and Symptoms
  • Jaundice is a term used to describe a yellowish
    discoloration to the skin and the sclera. Body
    fluids and tissues may also be yellow. Earlier
    Jaundice was called as the "Morbus regius" (the
    regal disease) in the belief that only the touch
    of a king could cure it.
  • The color of the skin and sclera will vary
    depending on the levels of bilirubin. Bilirubin
    is developed by the breakdown of red blood cells
    in the body which is excreted through the liver.
    Elevated bilirubin levels lead to jaundice. Also,
    any condition that disrupts the movement of
    bilirubin from the blood to the liver and out of
    the body results in jaundice.
  • What are The Causes of Jaundice?
  • Jaundice is classified into three categories,
    depending on the pathology. They are,
  • Pre-hepatic jaundice
  • Hepatocellular jaundice
  • Post-hepatic jaundice

  • Pre-hepatic jaundice Pre-hepatic jaundice is
    caused due to the increased rate of hemolysis
    (the breakdown of RBCs). Causes of hemolysis
  • Malaria
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Thalassemia
  • Gilbert syndrome
  • Hepatocellular jaundice  Hepatocellular jaundice
    happens as a result of any infection in the
    liver. It may be due to infection or exposure to
    a harmful substance, such as alcohol, thereby
    disrupts the livers ability to process
  • Post-hepatic jaundice Post-hepatic jaundice, is
    commonly known as obstructive jaundice, is caused
    by a blockage to the drainage of bile in the
    biliary system. The most common reasons are due
    to gallstones in the common bile duct or due to
    pancreatic cancer. Other medical conditions
  • Acute inflammation of the liver - May impair the
    ability of the liver to conjugate and secrete
    bilirubin, resulting in a buildup of bilirubin.
  • Inflammation of the bile duct - May prevent the
    secretion of bile and removal of bilirubin,
    causing jaundice.
  • Obstruction of the bile duct - Prevents the liver
    from disposing of bilirubin, which results in
  • Hemolytic anemia - Production of bilirubin
    increases when large quantities of erythrocytes
    are broken down.
  • Gilbert's syndrome - An inherited condition that
    impairs the ability of enzymes (biomolecules that
    provoke chemical reactions between substances) to
    process the excretion of bile.
  • Cholestasis- A condition in which the flow of
    bile from the liver is interrupted. The bile
    containing conjugated bilirubin remains in the
    liver instead of being excreted.

  • What are the Symptoms of Jaundice
  • The color of the skin and sclera changes to
    yellow. In more severe cases, eyes may turn brown
    or orange.
  • Pale-colored stools
  • Dark yellow-colored urine
  • Skin itching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rectal bleeding in some cases
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever and chills
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Swelling and distension of the abdomen due to the
    accumulation of fluid (ascites)

Tests and diagnosis A blood test is suggested to
determine the total amount of bilirubin in the
body. The urine test can be carried out to
measure levels of a substance called
urobilinogen. Other diagnostic tests including
liver function tests, complete blood count (CBC),
imaging studies, which may include abdominal
ultrasounds or CT scans and liver biopsies can be
carried out. Natural Home Remedies For
Jaundice 1.  Sugarcane A glass of
sugarcane juice consumed daily will help the
patient recover from jaundice quickly. Sugarcane
enhances the functioning of the liver and
digestion. 2.  Tomato Juice One glass of
tomato juice mixed with salt and pepper should be
taken every morning which help in the betterment
of jaundice. Tomatoes have lycopene which lowers
the risk of liver diseases.
3.  Radish leaves Drinking a glass
full of radish leaves juice extracted daily is
highly beneficial. Radish leaves have compounds
which induce appetite and regularizes the bowel
movements. 4.  Lemon Lemon juice can
be given to the patients as Lemons have the
anti-inflammatory property which helps in curing
jaundice. It unblocks the bile ducts and protects
the liver cells from damage thus making it the
simplest and easy home remedy for jaundice. 5. 
Papaya leaves Crush the papaya leave
and make a paste of it and add honey to it. This
should be regularly taken for 2 weeks. This is an
effective home remedy. 6.  Spinach
Spinach is a rich source of iron. Fine Chopped
spinach leaves along with carrot will be an
effective home remedy. 7.  Buttermilk
Buttermilk does not contain any fat and therefore
it aids good digestion. Adding a pinch of salt,
black pepper, cumin seeds would improve the
digestion of the patient also. - These are the
Home Remedies For Jaundice
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