Meaning of Jaundice
Jaundice, also known as icterus, is a term used to describe a yellowish tinge to the skin and sclerae (the white part of the eye) that is caused by hyperbilirubinemia (an excess of bilirubin in the blood). Body fluids may also be yellow. The color of the skin and sclerae varies depending on levels of bilirubin; mildly elevated levels display yellow skin and sclerae, while highly elevated levels display brown.
Causes and symptoms
There are many different causes for jaundice, but they can be divided into three categories based on where they start-before, in, or after the liver (prehepatic, hepatic and post-hepatic). When bilirubin begins its life cycle, it cannot be dissolved in water. The liver changes it so that it is soluble in water. These two types of bilirubin are called unconjugated (insoluble) and conjugated (soluble). Blood tests can easily distinguish between these two types of bilirubin.
Home Remedies for Jaundice
1: 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder mixed in a glass of hot water taken 2-3 times a day.
2: Make a paste of tender papaya leaves. Take 1/2 tsp of this paste with 1 tsp honey.
3: Boil 1 cup of water, when it boils add 8-10 lemon leaves. Cover and leave for 4-5 minutes. Drink the decoction for 4-5 days.
4: Lots of lime juice should be consumed.
5: 1/2 tsp ginger juice, 1 tsp mint juice and 1tsp lime juice to be taken as often as possible
6: 1 cup of juice made with radish leaves taken 2 times a day.
7: First thing in the morning, drink 1 glass of fresh Tomato juice. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to this.