One of the most common ailments of the liver is Jaundice. In Ayurveda Jaundice is known as Kamala. This disorder of the liver results in the yellowing of the skin and eyes. It is caused by the increased level of bilirubin in the body.
When the liver doesn’t function properly, it further restricts hemoglobin to work out in the blood, forming bilirubin and causing jaundice. Bilirubin moves to the liver, then passes to the bile ducts and gets released in the stool. If this process doesn’t work properly then the extra bilirubin gets accumulated in the skin and it turns yellow. Even the eyes become yellow due to this situation.
Major Causes of Jaundice or Kamala
- When bile acids are found in abundance in the blood.
- When there is an obstruction of bile ducts due to Gallstones, Hepatitis and other reasons. Diseases like Haemolytic anaemia, Malaria, Typhoid, Yellow fever and Tuberculosis cause blockage of bile ducts.
Symptoms of Jaundice or Kamala
Symptoms of Jaundice include yellowing of the urine, skin, eyes and tongue. Other symptoms of Jaundice or Kamala include weakness, headache, fever, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and a dull pain around the liver.
Ayurvedic Remedies For Jaundice Or Kamala
Trivari (operculina turpenthum) and Katuki are the two major Ayurvedic remedies for Jaundice. A teaspoonful (or 2) of these (powdered) mixed with hot water is suggested twice daily.
Avipattikar Churna and Arogyavardhini Vati is a famous combination of Ayurveda that relieves Jaundice. One teaspoonful of this powder or ‘churna’ with hot water is suggested twice a day.
Vasaka (Adhatoda vasica), triphala (the three myrobalans) and Kakamachi (Solanum nigrum) are some other drugs used for healing jaundice. The doses are prescribed on the basis of the client’s condition.
Natural Home Remedies For Jaundice or Kamala
- Use of Turmeric Powder
Add 2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of water, mix it well and drink it thrice in a day.
- Use of Tomatoes
Boil 4 to 5 tomatoes for 15 minutes in 500 ml of water. Peel and crush the tomatoes, use a sieve to extract their juice. Take this juice every morning on an empty stomach.
- Mixture of Dates, Almonds, Cardamoms, Sugar and Butter
Soak 7 almonds, 2 dried dates and 3 small cardamoms in water for overnight. Mash them together and make a fine paste in the morning. Add 2 teaspoon of sugar into it and 1 teaspoon of butter and mix it well. Having this mixture once every day will reduce the level of bilirubin.
Jaundice in Newborn Babies
Newly born babies are prone to Jaundice as they make more bilirubin and have more turnover of red blood cells. Their livers are not mature enough to remove bilirubin from the blood. It is a matter of concern as severe jaundice can cause deafness, cerebral palsy or damage their brains in many ways.
The jaundice often found in newborns can naturally disappear in a few days. Indirect exposure to sunlight at home reduces the level of bilirubin and gradually disappears. Babies need frequent feeding to get hydrated and to excrete bilirubin from the body.
In some serious cases, the baby is given phototherapy to remove excess bilirubin from the body. Phototherapy is a light treatment used for jaundice in newborns. To avoid excessive water loss from the baby’s body, supplemental feeding is highly recommended.
When To See The Doctor
Do consult a doctor if you still find your urine dark, no changes in the color of your skin, eyes and tongue. If you feel weak, with no improvement in your appetite or suffer from headache, fever and pain around your liver then consult your doctor immediately.
The ancient science of healing, Ayurveda believes in curing naturally without using aggressive drugs.
The more you let Ayurveda and Yoga become the basis for your living, the easier living gets.