Ayurvedic treatment for Jaundice

Jaundice

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  • Definition
  • Causes
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  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Jaundice Ayurvedic treatment

Jaundice is the term for the condition in which the skin and white colored part of the eyes look yellow. The cause of Jaundice is presence of too much of the yellow pigment ‘bilirubin’ in the blood causing hyper-bilirubinemia.1

In the body, repair and new cell formation is a constant process. Bilirubin is a pigment that is formed during the break down process of hemoglobin (iron in blood) as a recycling process of old red blood cells. Normally, this bilirubin is carried to the liver by blood where it binds with bile (a substance in liver) and gets excreted out of the body in stool or urine. Due to malfunctioning of the liver (e.g. in hepatitis etc) this bilirubin does not get excreted and builds up in the body. Due to its inherent deep yellow color of the bile, it creates a yellow coloration on skin, and eyes.1

Jaundice is called as Kamla in Ayurved literature. This is a pittaj disease - i.e. one that is caused due to imbalanced pitta dosha. The excessive pitta produces abnormality in the body leading to yellow coloration of urine and stool. When increased pitta reaches the sites of disease such as different cells of the body it produces yellow coloration in eyes, skin, face, nail, urine etc.

Causes

Jaundice

Any cause that interferes with the functioning of the liver can lead to jaundice. Additionally, anything that interferes with the flow of bile and increases destruction of RBCs, can also cause jaundice.1

The most common causes of jaundice are1

  • Hepatitis (Swelling of liver)
  • Liver damage (due to excessive alcohol)
  • Bile duct getting blocked by a gallstone (usually) or a tumor
  • A toxic reaction to a drug or medicinal herb

Symptoms

Jaundice

Jaundice is itself a symptom of a liver disease or obstruction in gall bladder etc. With jaundice, the following symptoms can become a cause for concern1:

  • Severe abdominal pain and feeling sick
  • Yellow color in skin, nail, eyes and stool
  • High fever
  • Feeling lethargic, irritable and confused
  • Blood in stool or tarry black stool

Vomiting blood

Diagnosis

Jaundice

The diagnosis is done by symptoms, a physical exam, blood tests (especially test to detect liver function), and other studies. Sometimes certain imaging techniques such as an ultrasonography or CT scan, and a liver biopsy may be required.

Management

Jaundice

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Avoid excessive intake of hot, spicy and junk foods
  • Avoid consumption of coffee, tea and alcohol

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Avoid excessive exercise, excessive indulgence in sexual activity, sleeping during day time and suppressing natural urges.

FAQS

Jaundice
  1. What is GERD?

Acid reflux disease - also commonly known as Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is condition in which acid from the stomach regurgitates or moves up into the esophagus (gullet).

  1. How are fissures caused?

An anal fissure may occur when due to passing of hard or large stools during a bowel movement. Anal fissures typically cause pain and bleeding with bowel movements. One may experience spasms in the ring of muscle at the end of the anus (anal sphincter).

  1. Can a fissure heal completely?

With appropriate treatment and following of pathya apathya, a fissure can heal completely. Although care should be taken not to be constipated and have high amount of fiber in food.

  1. What is a kshar karma? How is it different from other surgery

Kshar karma is a specialized Ayurvedic surgical procedure that involves minimal blood loss and provides excellent relief in hemorrhoids and fistulas. It involves the applying of a sclerosing agent, such as apamarg kshar snuhi kshar etc.

It differs from conventional surgery as in it does not require anaesthesia, shows minimal blood loss and need not require inpatient admissions.

  1. What are the risk factors of developing bowel incontinence?

A number of factors can increase the risk of developing fecal incontinence. These include:

  • Age: It is more common in middle-aged and older adults.
  • Female gender: Fecal incontinence is slightly more common in women. One reason may be that fecal incontinence can be a complication of childbirth.
  • Nerve damage: People who have long-standing diabetes or multiple sclerosis — conditions that can damage nerves that help control defecation — may be at risk of fecal incontinence.
  • Dementia: Fecal incontinence is often present in late-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Physical disability: Being physically disabled may make it difficult to reach a toilet in time. An injury that caused a physical disability also may cause rectal nerve damage, leading to fecal incontinence. Also, inactivity can lead to constipation, resulting in fecal incontinence.
  1. What exercises can be done to have better control on the motions?

Certain asanas that help strengthen the pelvic floor (muscles around the anal opening) are recommended for better control over the anorectal area. These are -

Utkatasana                   Virabhadrasana                 Ananda Balasana             Shlabhasana

 

  1. Can celiac disease lead to anything serious?

Untreated, celiac disease can cause the following complications:

  • Malnutrition: The damage to your small intestine means it can't absorb enough nutrients. Malnutrition can lead to anemia and weight loss. In children, malnutrition can cause slow growth and short stature.
  • Calcium loss of calcium and low bone density: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D may lead to a softening of the bone (osteomalacia or rickets) in children and a loss of bone density (osteoporosis) in adults.
  • Infertility and miscarriage: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D can contribute to reproductive issues.
  • Lactose intolerance: Damage to your small intestine may cause you to experience abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating lactose-containing dairy products, even though they don't contain gluten. Once your intestine has healed, you may be able to tolerate dairy products again. However, some people continue to experience lactose intolerance despite successful management of celiac disease.
  • Cancer: People with celiac disease who don't maintain a gluten-free diet have a greater risk of developing several forms of cancer, including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.
  • Neurological problems: Some people with celiac disease may develop neurological problems such as seizures or peripheral neuropathy (disease of the nerves that lead to the hands and feet).

In children, celiac disease can also lead to failure to thrive, delayed puberty, weight loss, irritability and dental enamel defects, anemia, arthritis, and epilepsy.

8.Who gets affected by pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is more common in middle-aged and elderly people, but it can affect people of any age. Men are more likely to develop alcohol-related pancreatitis, while women are more likely to develop it as a result of gallstones.

9.What are the common causes of developing ulcers in stomach?

Common causes of peptic ulcers include -

  • Long-term use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • An infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Rare cancerous and/or noncancerous tumors in the stomach, duodenum, or pancreas

Addtionally, intake of alcohol and smoking also increase the chances of having a gastric ulcer.

10.What causes hemorrhoids?

Swelling in the anal or rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Several factors may cause this swelling, including -

  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • A lack of fiber in the diet

Another cause of hemorrhoids is the weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus that occurs with age.

Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in the abdomen, which may enlarge the veins in the lower rectum and anus. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after childbirth.

 

References

Jaundice
  1. Herrine SK. Jaundice in Adults. Merck manuals. Available at http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/liver-and-gallbladder-disorders/manifestations-of-liver-disease/jaundice-in- adults accessed on Aug 24th2016
  2. Singh M, Sharma N et al. Conceptual Study Of Kamala (Jaundice). IAMJ. May – June 2013; Vol. 1(3): 1-4

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