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Causes and Symptoms: Jaundice is an ailment of the liver in which the bile ducts are closed; the bile salts do not enter the intestines and mix with the blood giving the skin a yellow color. The pigment has a tendency to seep through the pores of the skin with the sweat and sometimes the clothes worn by the patient turn yellow. Jaundice may be caused by inflammation of the liver, the obstruction of the bile ducts or even cirrhosis. Some poisonous substances taken accidentally or because of adulterated foods may be too much for the liver to deal with and it may cease functioning. Whatever the technical name of the disease, jaundice is produced.

The yellow color first appears in the whites of the eyes and then spreads to the whole of the skin. Since the bile does not go into the intestines as it should, the stools of a jaundiced person lose their natural color and in some severe cases turn off-white. Since the liver is unable to deal with the fats as it should, there is indigestion and a sense of fullness all the time. If there is hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), there would be pain in the region of the liver. The slightest shock to the body as in walking or riding a vehicle brings on paroxysms of unbearable pain.

Remedies: The first and the foremost need in jaundice is to keep the patient on a restricted diet. All fats, condiments and acidic substances should be banned. The treatment should start with purgation: a saline purgative is the best. It will clean the bowels and reduce the burden on the liver. As for medication, the drugs recommended for cirrhosis would help in cases of jaundice too. Aroosa is the drug of choice in dealing with jaundice. Trivri and Kutuki may be powdered and given in two teaspoonful doses thrice daily with lukewarm water. Two tolas of leaves of Henna should be steeped in water overnight, the mixture should be strained in the morning and drunk for a few days. Juice of leaves of Horse Radish (ten tolas) should be boiled and strained. Two tolas of brown sugar should be added to the mixture and drunk. The yellow pigment in the eyes can be dealt effectively by grinding seven grains of Small Fennel (Kalaunji) in a woman's milk and introduced into the nostrils.

Regimen: The main thing to be remembered in a case of jaundice is that if the liver is not burdened (through daily flushing of the intestines) and a fat free diet is taken, the organ will recover its vitality even without medication. Sweet substances and liquids like sugar cane juice, fruit juices and dry grapes should form the mainstay of a patient's diet. About 100 gm. of dried Tamarind (Imli) pith should be soaked in water overnight together with half the quantity of dried Plums (Aloo Bukhara), mashed and the thick liquid taken by adding a little black salt to it in the morning. The patient should take as much whey as he can during the day.


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