Yellow coloration of the skin, eyes or the mucous membranes indicates the presence of jaundice. Herbs are helpful treatment options in the management of jaundice which itself is the symptom of an underlying condition. The yellow color is due to the presence of a substance called bilirubin that is formed when red blood cells breakdown. This can be because of damage of certain organs such as the liver, pancreas or the gall bladder due to an infection or a cancerous growth. An abdominal scan and a bilirubin blood test are normally prescribed to help in diagnosis of the exact reason. Herbs that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants which provide immunity and improve health in jaundice are listed below.
Chicory- The roots, leaves and flowers have been used traditionally for the treatment of jaundice since ancient times. They help to reduce the sluggishness of the liver and improve the flow of bile. Chicory is also helpful to reduce tenderness and swelling of the spleen, which can be the cause of developing jaundice.
Berberis- This herb is also known as 'jaundice berry' because it is extremely useful for the treatment of jaundice. The juice of the leaves and the berries contain natural anti inflammatory agents that reduce pain and swelling of the liver. It results in better liver function and helps to regenerate the damaged cells. The juice should be consumed several times a day.
Ginger- Not only is the antiviral essential oil useful to reduce symptoms of hepatitis( liver infection), it also provides relief from nausea and vomiting that many patients with jaundice suffer from. It is a versatile herb that can be used in many forms such as dry or fresh and also as herbal tea.
Celandine- This is a helpful herb due to the multiple benefits that it has on the liver. It reduces inflammation and stimulates the secretion of bile and other digestive juices. The dry herb and liquid extracts are its commonly available forms. It is recommended to be used twice a day till symptoms subside.
Oregano – This cooking spice is rich in vitamin A which is needed for optimal function of the liver. It also iron rich and helps restore the stores of this important mineral. Oregano essential oil or the herb in its dry or fresh form are recommended to be incorporated at least thrice a week.
Herbal remedies form an important secondary treatment for jaundice, the primary being the use of drugs. Contact your health care provider immediately if you notice any symptoms. Prompt diagnosis will result in faster recovery and better disease management.
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