Jaundice is caused due to an obstruction of the bile ducts which discharge bile salts and pigments in the intestine. The bile then gets mixed with the blood giving a yellowish look to the entire skin. Jaundice occurs due to hepatitis or inflammation of the liver, certain infections, chronic malaria etc. Snake poisoning and pernicious anemia can also cause jaundice. The jaundice caused by acute yellow atrophy of the liver is most fatal. Today we will study some home remedies to cure jaundice fast.
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Jaundice is an indication that there is burden on the liver. The first step for curing this disease is to observe complete fast. Patient must only eat fruits and drink vegetable or fruit juicesThe best fruit and vegetable juices for jaundice patients include lemon, grapes, pears, carrot, celery, spinach, beet and cucumber. Strictly avoid fried, oily foods. . Also use warm water enemas to empty the bowels completely.
2. Diet for jaundice patients
Patients with severe jaundice must focus on getting rid of bile quickly from the blood as longer it sits, the more difficult it will be for liver. Apart from fasting and herbal enemas, patients must eat plenty of salads made with herbs like dandelions, artichokes, chicory and other bitter herbs and vegetables which are good for the liver. Eat moderate amounts of radishes and drink plenty of carrot juice which is one of the best foods for jaundice patients. Other herbs such as Goldenrod, birch, rosehip, horsetail and conch grass root also help stimulate the kidneys to throw the bile out. Diet is very important part of jaundice cure. Here are some dietary changes to follow:
- Upon waking up, drink a glass of warm water mixed with juice of half a lemon.
- For breakfast, continue taking juice made from apple, berries, mangoes and papaya.
- Orange juice and coconut water are also beneficial. Drink these as a mid-morning snack.
- For lunch, have steamed carrots, spinach and a glass of buttermilk.
- Dinner can be baked potatoes and other steamed vegetables. Patients may also take glass of warm milk with a bit of honey.
3. Turmeric, ginger and garlic
Avoid all kinds of antibiotics for jaundice treatment and go for natural herbs like turmeric and garlic. Turmeric supplements are particularly beneficial for patients with hepatitis, jaundice and/or liver cirrhosis. Take 1-2 tsp of heaped turmeric with warm milk. You can also use 500 mg extracts in the form of pills. Garlic and ginger are some other herbs to focus on when fighting jaundice. Both garlic and ginger are healing herbs. Ginger prevents gastrointestinal distress that often accompanies jaundice. Add grated ginger to your broths, soups etc. Also take ginger tea 2-3 times a day. Garlic is available in the form of pills and extracts. You can also eat garlic raw or cooked in your recipes. It acts as a natural antibiotic to heal the body quickly.
4. Barley water
Simmer a cup of barley in adequate amount of water for few hours. Drink this barley water several times a day to strengthen the liver function and enable the body to throw out waste.
5. Homeopathic remedies for Jaundice
Following remedies help liquefy the bile to eliminate it from the system:
- Podophyllum 4x
- Milk thistle complex (containing 500 mg extracts) per day can help.
Continue taking condensed carrot juice as well. Avoid all kinds of fats and fried foods for some time.
6. Warm compresses and poultices
Warm compresses applied to the liver area or warm shower/spray taken directly on the abdomen can benefit Jaundice patients. These remedies stimulate the liver and kidneys to eliminate waste. You can also make a poultice using cabbage leaf and alternate it with clay poultices to apply to the abdomen. Alternate hot and cool compresses can also work-apply the hot compress at 120 F for one minute and alternate with cold compress at 60 F for one minute. Repeat this treatment every 5 hours.
7. Hot immersion baths
Hot immersion baths at 104 F for 10 minutes can relieve itching which often accompanies this disease as the bile is eliminated from the skin.
Selenium is one of the most important nutrients for strengthening the liver. Take 200-400 mg daily. Also take up to 300 mg of Alpha Lipoic acid or ALA. Acetyl L carnitine 600 mg in divided doses per day can strengthen the liver.
Jaundice patients must rest and follow the right diet until they are completely cured. The symptoms of this disease are harsh and can make one very weak. But by following above guidelines, most patients will start to feel better in a week.