Natural Remedies To Cure Jaundice: What Causes Yellow Skin?

Jaundice is the condition wherein the skin turns yellow including the white portion of the eyes. The yellow discoloration is more evident in the eyes than in the skin. Jaundice occurring in babies is common because it takes time to make their livers work properly than in adults.

Jaundice becomes demonstrable when the serum bilirubin level increases, and is greater than 3 gm/dl.
Jaundice is a symptom and not a disease. There is always an underlying cause that increases the bilirubin level and the disorder is manifested.

Three types of jaundice can occur, such as:

  • Hemolytic Jaundice
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Hepatocellular Jaundice

Causes Of Yellow Skin Or Jaundice

Bilirubin is the yellow-like chemical that originates from the red blood cells which becomes fragile after a four-month period.

When the red cells die, the hemoglobin released is transformed to bilirubin.

Jaundice is generally caused when there is a build-up of the substance bilirubin. Accumulation of the substance happens when the red blood cells dies faster than the normal rate, which is usually the case in hemolytic jaundice.

The bilirubin is developed in the liver, and it then enters the bile and then excreted through the feces. The body functions include clearing the bloodstream by removing bilirubin, which passes through the liver and then disposed through the kidneys.

Basically it is the role of the liver to remove bilirubin from the body.

In some instances brought about by certain conditions, bilirubin gets stocked up and accumulates and eventually causing jaundice.

The bile duct is responsible for the discharge of bile pigment and bile salts into the intestine. When the bile duct is obstructed, the bile is mixed with the blood and it gives the yellow pigment to the skin. Obstruction can happen when gallstones have been formed and when the liver is inflamed as in the case of obstructive jaundice.

Diseases That Cause Jaundice

  • Inflammation of the liver such as alcoholic and acute viral hepatitis because the liver is having difficulty to conjugate and secrete bilirubin.
  • Chronic liver disease may cause scarring and cirrhosis and eventually jaundice, seen in most alcoholic liver diseases and in hepatitis B and C.
  • Inflammation of the bile ducts caused by primary billiary cirrhosis and some drugs.
  • Blocked bile ducts caused by gallstones and pancreatic cancer.
  • Genetic disorder such as Gilbert’s syndrome where there is a reduced enzyme activity responsible for the conjugation of glucoronic acid into bilirubin.

Symptoms Of Jaundice

  • Throbbing in the liver area
  • Extreme weakness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Itching of the skin
  • Harsh constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Yellow discoloration of the skin, eyes, tongue and urine.

Investigations:

Viral markers to demonstrate the virus – HAV, HAB, HAC in case of hepatitis.
USG (sonography of the abdomen).

Natural Home Remedies For Jaundice

  • Maintain very good hygiene and cleanliness measures for jaundice treatment.
  • Water must be boiled for ten minutes. It kills hepatitis A virus.
  • Coconut water settles the entire alimentary canal. It promotes quick healing of jaundice.
  • Sugar cane juice helps cure hepatic dysfunction. As the sugar content is extremely high, it helps the liver fight the disease/infection. Mix the juice of one lime in one glass of sugar cane juice to speed up the cure. Lime protects the liver cells from further damage.  Precaution – consume juice that is freshly prepared and under hygienic conditions.
  • All fats must be stopped to control jaundice. Cream, butter, oils, should be avoided for a period of 3 weeks and after 3 weeks, their intake should be restricted.
  • Fermented foods should not be eaten.
  • Pulses and legumes should be avoided.
  • Chelidonium, a homoeopathic medicine, is recommended for jaundice cure. It stimulates a slow liver and combats infection and toxicity. It ameliorates the pain and encourages healing. Chelidonium acts as a liver tonic.