Come summers, and the high alert siren for many diseases goes up. Many waterborne and sun stroke related diseases start to take their toll on our bodies. As the temperatures soar, we should be super careful about the sun stroke and the way we consume water to maintain the body’s vital electrolyte balance at all times. Jaundice may sound scary, but is a common disease that can be cured pretty easily. But please remember that jaundice in its extreme form can lead to death. So nip the problem at its bud and don’t allow jaundice to become too serious.
What Is Jaundice?
Jaundice is a disease associated with the most agile and resilient of the organ of the human body, the liver. Jaundice occurs when there is excessive presence of bilirubin in the body due to the liver’s inability to function properly in tandem with kidneys to remove this substance. As a result, jaundice causes a yellow coloration of the skin and even the whites of the eyes become yellow. People generally first notice the yellowness of the eyes as a sign of jaundice.
Causes Of Jaundice:
The RBC or red blood cells of the human body have a life span of 4 months and then they have to get out of the body. RBC gets converted to bilirubin after their lifetime and have to be sent out of the body, which is primarily the function of the kidneys and liver. When due to lack of proper functioning of the liver, the bilirubin does not exit from the system, it causes jaundice. The liver malfunctions due to a variety of reasons. It could be due to the presence of gallstones, or if the person has hepatitis. There is also bile duct blockage due to certain diseases but not limited to tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid, yellow fever, and haemolytic anemia. All these diseases have a direct impact on the blood stream and on the normal functioning of the liver and kidneys.
Common Symptoms Of Jaundice:
Jaundice has some easy to recognize symptoms and one should always be on the lookout for any of these to avoid the extreme occurrence of the disease and to get treatment in time.
- Increased yellow color of the urine
- The whites of the eyes look more yellow than white as does the skin
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
- Bout of headaches
- Severe pain around the liver
Top 22 Home Remedies To Cure Jaundice:
While your doctor will recommend your daily dose of medicine and health regime, there are some home remedies for jaundice that can assist in alleviating the symptoms. Jaundice leads to loss of appetite, but it is paramount to consume the home remedies to get better soon and heal your liver. Jaundice home remedies are as follows:
1. Go Tangy With Tomatoes:
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene and good for the health of the blood in the body. Having the juice of tomatoes early in the morning will work wonders to restore the health of the liver and nurse it back to health. Boil a few tomatoes in water to soften them. Take the tomatoes and the boiled water, sieve this mixture to extract the juice and get rid of the tomato skins. Have a glass of this juice every morning to treat jaundice. Have fresh tomato juice for good health.
2. Yellow Will Beat Yellow:
Nothing works like little turmeric to treat the yellowness of jaundice. Simply mix a teaspoon of turmeric in half a glass of water. Have this mix of water and turmeric 3 times a day to treat jaundice.
3. Go Nuts:
This home remedy would need the use of dates, almonds, butter, sugar and cardamoms, so ensure you have them at home. All good things go into the making of this home remedy. Take about 6-7 almonds, 2-3 dates and 3 cardamoms, and soak them overnight. After you soak these 3 things over night, crush them to a paste as they become soft after soaking. Add a little sugar and one tablespoon of butter and mix it properly. Have this mixture once a day early in the morning for best results.
4. Peptin Of Papaya:
Papaya is a good source of peptin and helps cure jaundice. Get some papaya leaves and crush them to make a paste. Take half a tablespoon of this mix and add one tablespoon of honey and have it.
5. Make A Lemon Leaf Concoction:
Boil one glass of water, and when it starts to boil, add a few lemon leaves. Let it boil for a few minutes with the leaves and then let it cool down. Once the concoction cools down, sieve it and drink this boiled water to get relief from jaundice symptoms.
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6. Ginger All The Way:
Take half a spoon of ginger juice, mix it with a tablespoon each of lime juice and mint extract. Have this as often as possible. If you develop an aversion for the flavor, feel free to add honey to make it more palatable.
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7. Radish To The Rescue:
Take a few fresh radish leaves and boil them in water. Then crush these together to make a slush or juice and sieve it if you are not comfortable having the juice. Have this radish juice twice a day for best results.
8. Lactating Mother’s Milk:
It is important that new born babies and infants be fed their mother’s milk to build their immunity against jaundice. Young children and newborns are likely to get the disease and should be given the mother’s milk to help fight it. Breast milk is full of nutrients and good for the baby’s health.
9. Seeds Work Wonders:
Get cumin and carom seeds in equal proportion, 1 tablespoon each and take a pinch of salt. Roast and ground the seeds to get a powder and add a little bit of the rock salt to get a salty taste. Have this powder mix twice a day with water. Some people advise to have seeds directly, but they can be difficult to digest.Having them in powdered form will make assimilation of the nutrients easier.
10. Go Garlic:
Garlic is known for its many abilities and healing powers. Having a few garlic cloves, early in the morning on an empty stomach can also work to treat the liver when it is suffering from jaundice.
11. Use Spinach:
Spinach is a rich source of iron. Take some carrots and spinach, wash them thoroughly and chop them down to a size possible to put in the juicer or a grinder. Get the juice of spinach and carrot and have it regularly to treat jaundice. Both spinach and carrot are rich source of vitamins and minerals, which helps the body recover faster.
12. Sugarcane Juice:
With the temperature going sky high, drinking a glass of sugar cane juice will benefit you in two ways if you are suffering from jaundice. One, it will give you respite from the heat, two, it will provide the body with vital sugars and natural sweeteners to help the liver fight jaundice. It is important to have fresh sugar cane juice at least 2-3 times a day.
13. Amla Or Indian Gooseberry:
The age old remedy of our ancestors and a sure shot recommendation of our grandmothers, the good old Amla or Indian gooseberry effectively fights jaundice. Amla is rich in Vitamin C and a good source of many other vital minerals and nutrients. Take some amla and extract its juice after boiling it for some time. To this extract, add a little honey to sweeten the overly sour amla juice and salt to taste. Drink this amla juice 3 times a day for faster recovery from jaundice.
The many healing powers of oregano are often not recognized. Apart from acting as a pizza seasoning, oregano can also be used as a home remedy to cure jaundice. Take a glass of water and add oregano to it and let it boil to get the oregano water concoction. Have this concoction twice a day as a home remedy for jaundice.
15. Lemon Juice:
While we see many remedies recommend the use of lemon juice for taste and flavor, the lemon juice on its own also will help faster treatment and recovery from jaundice. Having lemon juice every day after adding a pinch of salt will help protect liver cells from further damage and treat jaundice as well.
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16. Try Lassi:
The good old lassi or buttermilk is a sure shot remedy to treat jaundice and help the liver recover from jaundice. Buttermilk is free of any fats that the body is unable to digest due to jaundice. Add black pepper powder, a little bit of powdered cumin seeds and a little bit of turmeric to buttermilk. Drink this special buttermilk 3 times a day for good digestion and faster recovery from Jaundice.
17. Barley Water:
Some people recommend the use of roasted barley seed powder in water with a pinch of salt and honey every day for treating jaundice. Others also recommend that one should soak 2-3 cups of barley seeds in water for about 3 hours. Once the barley is soaked properly, make it down to a mixture by smashing the barley seeds in water. Once you have got a slushy mixture, sieve and strain this mixture. Have this barley water extract throughout the day to get relief from jaundice and aid in faster digestion.
18. Basil Leaves:
The good old tulsi, the one plant that every Indian household has, is an effective remedy for jaundice. If possible, chew a few fresh basil leaves each day. Alternately, you can make basil leave paste. Aad a little honey to the paste, and have this every day for 2-3 times.
19. Avoid Spicy Food:
Liver produces various enzymes, which are responsible for digestion of fat. Since the liver is not able to do this effectively anymore, it is best to avoid spicy and deep fried food and food rich in fat content while down with jaundice. Stick to home-made food. If you are a non-vegetarian, give it up for a while.
20. No Confectionery:
As your liver tries to recover, the best thing is to avoid anything that comes in a packet or has been made to glow by polish or rubbing. Anything too rich should be avoided. Stick to a staple diet or normal ground wheat flour, fresh fruits and vegetables and less oil. Avoid all kinds of confectionery items and fast foods.
21. Eat Fruits:
Ensure that you eat more and more fruits, which have a high content of natural water like cucumbers, watermelon, musk melons etc.
22. Rest Well And Listen To Your Body:
Since jaundice tends to kill your appetite, you need to get good rest and eat healthy to keep your body vitals running. As you recover, you might feel exhausted on certain days due to reduced level of body fat. Ensure that you rest and don’t exert your eyes and body. Avoid watching TV or exerting your body with physical work.
Last but not the least, visit your doctor for regular health check-up and have your recommended medicine dosage regularly. Avoid any kind of self-medication and ensure that you carry on your home remedies in conjunction with the treatment prescribed by your doctor. If you feel uncomfortable after taking any of the above home remedies, stop it immediately to avoid any complication. With the help of your regular medicine and these home remedies, you can beat jaundice and be back on your feet quickly!
Have you ever suffered from jaundice? Did you use home remedies? Share with us in the comments section below.
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