Around three years ago a patient with severe jaundice was brought to Hariom Homoeo clinic in Bhagalpur. On investigation his serum bilirubin was found to be 14+. On detailed case taking it was found that the patient led a healthy life, had absolutely no addictions, no history of eating out, and the reports did not show signs of any other problem. The presenting symptoms were only slight abdominal colic, lowered appetite and lethargy. It was very difficult to ascertain the cause of the problem.
During the course of the conversation, all of a sudden, the patient mentioned that around 15 days ago he had been to Patna for some work in the Secrertariat where he had two glasses of water from the water cooler due to immense heat and thirst. The cause finally became evident that the negligence of those government servants in keeping the water cooler clean had led to jaundice in the patient.
The patient wanted to get better soon anyhow. He was on leave from work and had tried several allopathic and ayurvedic doctors but to no avail. Home remedies and even roadside tantriks had been approached but had failed. He had come with much hope.
Based on the symptom similarity, a medicine was prescribed to the patient along with lifestyle and diet advice. The patient was asked to report after 3 days.
On the third day, the patient visited Hariom Homoeo clinic in Bhagalpur again and what he narrated is described below.
“After taking medicines from you, I went home and took the first dose in the evening. I had a light dinner and went to sleep. When I got up the next morning, I had copious urination. It worried me because of its quantity and also because It had a slightly bluish tinge. I took another dose after breakfast and the next dose towards afternoon.. I had the urge to urinate again but this time there was reduced yellowing in urine than earlier. As I told this to my wife, she noticed that the yellowishness of my face had reduced too. I felt a lot better. Today, on the third day, I am feeling much relieved. If you permit, I would like to join office again.”
He was told to follow the dietary and lifestyle advice and continue medication for further two days. He was also asked to check his serum bilirubin and report on the 5th day.
On the 5th day the bilirubin levels were normal and the patient had recovered.
Dear readers, the main motive of sharing this story was to show how efficiently homoeopathic medicines can cure in cases like Jaundice. If the case is diagnosed on time and correctly selected medicines are administered in proper doses, homoeopathic medicines can work rapidly, and magically restore health.
Jaundice is a term used to describe a yellowish tinge in the skin and the whites of the eye. Jaundice is sometimes called icterus, from a Greek word for the condition.
Jaundice results from an increased level of bile pigments in the blood resulting from liver disease. The color of the skin and whites of the eyes will vary depending on levels of bilirubin. Moderate levels lead to a yellow color, while very high levels will appear brown. Body fluids may also be yellow.
Jaundice happens when the body does not process bilirubin properly which may be due to some problem in the liver.
Jaundice can happen to people of all ages and is normally the result of an underlying condition. Jaundice normally indicates a problem with the liver or bile duct.
Hepatocellular jaundice: It occurs as a result of liver disease or injury.
Hemolytic jaundice: It occurs as a result of hemolysis, or an accelerated breakdown of red blood cells, leading to an increase in production of bilirubin.
Obstructive jaundice: It occurs as a result of an obstruction in the bile duct. This prevents bilirubin from leaving the liver.
Neonatal jaundice describes a condition in which an infant’s skin appears yellow within the first few days of life. In many cases this is a normal process and occurs in about 2/3 of all healthy new born.
Around 60 percent of newborns experience jaundice, and this increases to 80 percent of premature infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. They normally show signs within 72 hours of birth.
Red blood cells in the body of an infant are frequently broken down and replaced which causes the production of more bilirubin. Also, the livers of infants are less developed and, therefore, less effective at filtering bilirubin from the body.
Symptoms will usually resolve without treatment within 2 weeks. However, infants with extremely high bilirubin levels require treatment.
Treatment is vital in these cases as jaundice in newborns can lead to kernicterus which is a very rare type of permanent brain damage.
A bilirubin test measures unconjugated or indirect, bilirubin levels which are responsible for the onset of jaundice.
Bilirubin levels are measured in milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL).
Normal bilirubin levels:
•Adults and older children : between 0.3 and 0.6 mg/dL.
•Infants born after 9 months of pregnancy : lower than 13 mg/dL.
Jaundice most often happens as a result of an underlying disorder that either causes the production of too much bilirubin or prevents the liver from getting rid of it. Both of these result in bilirubin being deposited in tissues.
UNDERLYING CAUSES OF JAUNDICE:
•Acute inflammation of the liver: Impairs the ability of the liver to conjugate and secrete bilirubin, resulting in a buildup.
•Inflammation of the bile duct: Prevents the secretion of bile and removal of bilirubin, causing jaundice.
•Obstruction of the bile duct: Prevents the liver from disposing off bilirubin.
•Hemolytic anemia: Production of bilirubin surges when large quantities of red blood cells are broken down.
•Gilbert’s syndrome: An inherited condition which impairs the ability of enzymes to process the excretion of bile.
•Cholestasis: Interrupts the flow of bile from the liver.
RARER CONDITIONS THAT MAY CAUSE JAUNDICE INCLUDE:
•Crigler-Najjar syndrome:An inherited condition that impairs the specific enzyme responsible for processing bilirubin.
•Dubin-Johnson syndrome: An inherited form of chronic jaundice that prevents conjugated bilirubin from being secreted .
•Pseudojaundice: This is a harmless form of jaundice. The yellowing of the skin results from an excess of beta-carotene, not from an excess of bilirubin. Pseudojaundice usually arises from eating large quantities of carrot, pumpkin, or melon.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
•A yellow tinge to the skin and the whites of the eyes, normally starting at the head and spreading down the body
•Itching that accompanies jaundice can sometimes be so intense that patients could scratch their skin raw, experience insomnia, or, in extreme cases, even have thoughts of suicide.
When complications happen, this is usually because of the underlying problem, not the jaundice itself.
Jaundice may be due to a problem in the liver.
Bilirubin is a yellow-colored waste material that remains in the bloodstream after iron is removed from the blood.
The liver filters waste out from the blood. When bilirubin reaches the liver, other chemicals attach to it. A substance called conjugated bilirubin results.
The liver produces bile, a digestive juice. Conjugated bilirubin enters the bile, then it leaves the body. It is this type of bilirubin that gives feces its brown color.
If there is too much bilirubin, it can leak into the surrounding tissues. This is known as hyperbilirubinemia, and it causes the yellow color in the skin and eyes.
History of the patient is taken and a physical exam to diagnose jaundice and confirm bilirubin levels is done. Also, a physical exam of the abdomen to feel for tumors and checking the firmness of the liver is done.
Several tests can confirm jaundice.
•Bilirubin tests: A high level of unconjugated bilirubin compared to levels of conjugated bilirubin suggest hemolytic jaundice.
•Full blood count (FBC), or complete blood count (CBC): This measures levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
•Hepatitis A, B, and C tests: This tests for a range of liver infections.
•MRI, CT, and ultrasound scans.
•Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
•A liver biopsy can check for inflammation, cirrhosis, cancer, and fatty liver.
DIET AND LIFESTYLE:
•Avoid pungent, spicy, oily, and heavy foods
•Eat a vegetarian diet as far as possible
•Avoid refined flour, polished rice (white rice), mustard oil, mustard seeds, asafoetida, peas, canned and preserved foods, cakes, pastries, chocolates, alcoholic beverages, and aerated drinks.
•Include whole-wheat flour, brown rice or parboiled rice, mangoes, bananas, tomatoes, spinach, potatoes, Indian gooseberries (amla), grapes, radishes, lemons, dried dates, raisins, almonds, and cardamom in diet
•Avoid unnecessary exercise and stressful conditions such as anxiety or anger
•Take complete rest
•Avoid working under the sun or near boilers and furnaces
•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.
•Mix 1 teaspoon of roasted barley powder in a glass of water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to it and have this twice a day.
•Add 1 teaspoon paste of basil leaves to a glassful of radish juice. Have this juice twice a day for 15-20 days.
•Take one teaspoon pulp of Indian Aloe Vera with black salt and dry ginger powder every morning for a period of 10 days.
•Mash bitter gourd and extract its juice. Take one-fourth cup of the juice in the early morning daily.
•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.
•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.
•Papaya 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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•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.
•Drinking a glass of sugar cane juice will benefit you greatly if you are suffering from jaundice. It will provide the body with vital sugars and natural sweeteners to help the liver fight jaundice.
•Take some amla and extract its juice after boiling it for some time. To this extract, add a little honey and salt to taste. Drink this amla juice 3 times a day for faster recovery from 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.
•Having lemon juice every day after adding a pinch of salt will help protect liver cells from further damage and treat jaundice as well.
•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.
•Ensure that you eat more and more fruits, which have a high content of natural water like cucumbers, watermelon, musk melons etc.
•Almonds help remove waste from the blood, fight infection and play an important role in supporting healthy liver functioning. Plus, almonds are rich in nutrients like fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium that are good for the liver.
•Licorice is considered a great liver detoxifier. Licorice can remove buildup of toxic metabolic substances in the body by increasing the liver’s ability to filter out these harmful wastes.
Plus, a person suffering from jaundice should seek immediate medical advice and be sure to get proper rest, do light exercise and get fresh air to speed up the healing process.
Jaundice is related to liver function. It is essential that people maintain the health of this vital organ by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and not consuming more than the recommended amounts of alcohol.
Treatment of Jaundice usually stresses on treating the underlying causes behind Jaundice. Homoeopathic approach towards Jaundice deals with treating the entire case holistically. The success rate in cure of Jaundice by Homoeopathy is superb.
Stitching pains in the right hypochondriac region. The liver is swollen, congested and inflamed; the pains in the hypochondriac region are worse from any motion, and better from lying on the right side. It is one of the chief remedies for jaundice brought on by a fit of anger. There is a bitter taste in the mouth and the stools are hard and dry, or , if loose, papescent and profuse and associated with a colic. Pain in right shoulder, giddiness, skin and eyes slightly yellow.
This remedy has much sensitiveness and dull pain in the region of the liver; the patient cannot lie on the right side. The liver is enlarged. The skin and conjunctiva are jaundiced. The stools are either clay-colored from absence of bile, or yellowish-green bilious stools passed with a great deal of tenesmus. There is a yellowish white coated tongue which takes the imprint of the teeth and there is a foul breath, loss of appetite and depression of spirits. Mercurius is the remedy for jaundice arising from abuse of quinine when fever is present. It is a splendid remedy for torpid liver. It suits simple jaundice in children very well. Mercurius dulcis 2X is the most effective preparation of mercury in catarrhal jaundice.
It induces a large flow of bile, and great torpidity followed by jaundice. It is indicated in torpid or chronically congested liver, when diarrhea is present. The liver is swollen and sensitive, the face and eyes are yellow and there is a bad taste in the mouth. The tongue is coated white or yellow and the bile may form gall stones. There is a loose watery diarrhea, or if constipation be present the stools are clay-called. The patient constantly rubs the region of the liver with the hand. There is constipation, clay-colored stool.
There is soreness and stitching pains in the region of the liver, but the keynote for this drug in hepatic diseases is a pain under the angle of the right shoulder blade, which may extend to the chest, stomach, or hypochondrium; there is swelling of the liver, chilliness, fever, jaundice, yellow coated tongue, bitter taste and a craving for acids and sour things, such as pickles and vinegar. The stools are profuse, bright yellow and diarrhea; they may be clayey in color. It causes the liver to secrete thinner and more profuse bile. It is almost all sufficient in simple catarrhal jaundice.
When jaundice arises from cardiac diseases. The jaundice arises since the liver does not take from the blood the elements which go to form bile. Drowsiness, bitter taste, soreness, enlargement and bruised feeling in the region of the liver. Digitalis is useful in the worst forms of jaundice if the pulse be irregular and intermittent, and if there be rapid prostration of the strength.
Jaundice due to imperfect formation of bile in the liver. There is dull headache, worse in the morning; the eyes have a dingy, dirty, yellowish hue, the tongue is coated yellow. The jaundice calling for its use is catarrhal. Dull pain in right side below the ribs; no appetite, and desire for acids; un refreshing sleep.
In liver affections occurring in those who have indulged to excess in alcoholic liquors, highly seasoned food, quinine, or in those who have abused themselves with purgatives. The liver is swollen, hard and sensitive to the touch and pressure of clothing is uncomfortable. The first remedy in cirrhosis of the liver. Colic may be present. Jaundice induced by anger also calls for Nux, also jaundice from abuse of quinine
Acts powerfully on the liver. The region of the liver is sensitive to the touch, and there is a feeling of tension in it, a feeling as if a cord were tied about the waist. Cirrhosis. The pains are dull and aching. Fulness in the stomach after eating a small quantity. There is a peculiar sallow complexion.
This remedy is indicated in jaundice with dull headache, bitter taste, white tongue with red edges, nausea and vomiting of a greenish fluid. There is an uncomfortable fullness in the region of the liver, the stools are bilious and the urine golden yellow; there is sensitiveness in the epigastrium and right hypochondrium. A dark brownish patch over the lower part of the sternum. The presence of “liver spots seems to be a special indication for the remedy. Biliousness following la grippe.
Sulphur is suitable to chronic affections of the liver; it increases the flow of bile and there is much pain and soreness in the liver. Liver complaints from abuse of mercury. If the stools are colorless and if much jaundice or ascites be present Sulphur is contra-indicated.
Fatty degeneration of the liver, with well-marked soreness and jaundice. The stools are grayish white. Cirrhosis and atrophy. When the jaundice is indicative of organic diseases. Jaundice accompanying pneumonia.
Mapped tongue and a bitter taste in the mouth, chilliness after eating, pain and soreness in the region of the liver and bilious diarrhea. The stools are accompanied with much flatus. The face is yellow and sallow and the tongue takes the imprint of the teeth.
Jaundice in newborns, infantile jaundice. Yellow pigmentation of the skin and a slow pulse.
Jaundice with pain and soreness in the liver. The pain extends downwards from the left lobe of the liver.
Jaundice cases with profuse clay coloured, fetid stool. The person experiences severe pain at the umbilicus.
Jaundice with great weakness and exhaustion. Liver weakness due to alcohol or poor diet.