Jaundice is one of the most frequent liver symptoms, typically defined as a yellowish discoloration of the mucous membrane of the skin, and sclera (the white of the eye). The yellowish color of the mucosa is due to the accumulation of a bile pigment, called bilirubin in the blood above the normal levels, (hyperbilirubinemia). This bilirubin normally derives from the degradation of the blood pigment, called Hemoglobin after hemolysis of red blood cells in the process of normal heme catabolism. From the blood, bilirubin then transports to the liver, where it converts into water-soluble conjugated bilirubin, which then excretes out of the liver in bile. Next, the water-soluble bilirubin either excretes from the body via urine, or converts into stercobilin, which expels out via feces.

The widely accepted etiology of jaundice categorizes into pre-hepatic, hepatic, and post-hepatic causes. The pre-hepatic causes include hemolytic jaundice (premature destruction of red blood cells, as seen in ABO incompatibility in newborns; hereditary causes like hereditary spherocytosis, thalassemia, sickle cell disease etc). The hepatic cause is hepatitis, chiefly viral hepatitis, or drug-induced hepatitis (for instance paracetamol overdose), and liver cancer. The post-hepatic causes are the ones that occur after the liver, i.e. related to the obstruction of bile duct. Bile duct is the duct projecting out from the liver and gallbladder, delivering bile and its pigments to the small intestine. The post-hepatic causes encompass biliary cirrhosis (which could be primary or secondary to bile duct obstruction from stones), cholestasis of pregnancy, and cancer of the pancreas.

Aside from the medical management, which is essential for various causes of jaundice, various non-medical home remedies are available to alleviate jaundice.

Here are the top 10 best home remedies for jaundice:

1. Phototherapy

Phototherapy (light therapy) is a remedy for newborn jaundice. This light therapy utilizes light to eliminate excess bilirubin from the blood. Exposing the baby’s skin to light waves alters the excess bilirubin into readily excretable products.

2. Neem

Neem is a classic timeless home remedy for curing jaundice, secondary to viral hepatitis. It also aids liver in flushing out the toxins, by enhancing its metabolic activity. Obtain neem leaves, extract the juice from them, and drink the neem extract daily in the mornings for effective outcomes.

3. Dandelion Root

Dandelion is an herb, which has demonstrated to boost up liver function and enhance the elimination of bile. For consumption, make a broth from its sliced roots by adding some egg yolk and take this broth on a daily basis.

4. Radish

Radish (mooli) detoxifies the liver and flushes out excess of bilirubin from the blood. Not only the radish itself, but also the roots and leaves have a potential to aid in healing of jaundice. Consume fresh, organic radish juice along with their roots’ juice every day to ameliorate jaundice.

5. Tomato juice

A glass of fresh tomato juice cleanses the blood from the excessive bile pigment and works well for jaundice. Tomatoes are loaded with a strong anti-oxidant, called Lycopene, which also serves as an anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting the expression of inflammatory cytokines and thereby shows convincing evidence of diminishing liver inflammation and consequent damage. Boil 3-5 tomatoes in 500 ml of water for approx 10 minutes. Blend the boiled tomatoes, and drink the juice on an empty stomach for jaundice alleviation. Repeat the same regularly for attaining favorable results.

6. Turmeric/Curcumin

Turmeric powder is eminent for its anti-inflammatory properties. In a glass of warm water, add 2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, stir it well. Drink this 3 times/day.

7. Papaya

Papaya or a decoction of its leaves, both have revealed promising results for jaundice. Papaya fruit along with leaves are used. Take some papaya leaves and make a paste from them. Consume this paste daily for treating jaundice.

8. Carrots

Juice out the carrots and imbibe this juice daily.

9. Almonds and Dates

Soak seven almonds and two-three dried de-seeded dates in water and leave them overnight. Next morning grind these together to make a paste. Consume this paste once every day.

10. Buttermilk and Cumin Seeds

In a glass, add buttermilk and 2 teaspoon of cumin seeds. Mix it well. Drink it once daily.

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