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Jaundice - Types, Causes, Symptoms, Treatment And More!

MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Delhi

Jaundice:

Jaundice is a medical condition when the amount of bilirubin in the blood increases causing yellow discoloration of skin, whites of the eye and mucous membranes. Bilirubin is produced by natural breakdown of red blood cells and it is also referred to as icterus.

Types of Jaundice

There are three types of jaundice:

1. Hepatocellular jaundice

2. Hemolytic jaundice

3. Obstructive jaundice

Hepatocellular jaundice – This type of jaundice is triggered due to a disease, an injury or damage caused to the liver.

Hemolytic jaundice – This type of jaundice is triggered when an increased amount of bilirubin is produced in the body as a result of breakdown of red blood cells at a very fast pace.

Obstructive jaundice – This type of jaundice occurs when there is an obstruction in the bile duct. This obstruction prevents bilirubin passing through the liver resulting in jaundice.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of jaundice include:

- a yellow tinge to the skin and the whites of the eyes, normally starting at the head and spreading down the body

- pale stools

-  dark urine

- itchiness

Accompanying symptoms of jaundice resulting from low bilirubin levels include:

- fatigue

- abdominal pain

-  weight loss

-  vomiting

-  fever

- pale stools

-  dark urine

Causes

As aforementioned, Jaundice is a medical condition where the skin, the mucous membrane and the eyes turn yellow due to excess amount of bilirubin in blood. The major causes of increase in bilirubin include:

-  Breaking down or dying of red blood cells and protruding through the liver.

-  Overload or damage to the liver.

-  Improper movement of the bilirubin from the liver into the digestive tract.

Here are some major conditions that can cause jaundice:

-  Liver infections including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E or liver infections caused to parasites

-  Overdose of certain drugs (acetaminophen)

-  Exposure to certain poisonous items

-  Birth defects

-  Disorders such as Gilbert syndrome, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Rotor syndrome, or Crigler-Najjar syndrome

-  Chronic liver diseases

-  Gallstones

-  Gallbladder disorders

-  Blood disorders

-  Pancreatic cancer

- Bile buildup in the gallbladder (jaundice of pregnancy)

Risk factors

As already discussed earlier, Jaundice occurs due to the production of excess amount of bilirubin in the blood. This causes bilirubin to get deposited in the tissues. Here are some medical conditions that increase the risk of jaundice:

- Liver inflammation.

- Bile duct inflammation.

-  Blockage of the bile duct

-  Hemolytic anemia

-  Gilbert's syndrome

- Cholestasis

Listed below are some rare medical conditions that increase the risk of jaundice:

-  Crigler-Najjar syndrome.

-  Dubin-Johnson syndrome.

-  Pseudojaundice

Complications

If not treated properly, Jaundice may lead to severe itching. Sometime, this itching is so intense that patients scratch their skin intensely, suffer from insomnia and even start experiencing suicidal tendencies. Here it is important to understand that these complications are due to some underlying problems and the disease itself.

Jaundice, caused due to obstruction of bile duct, may lead to uncontrolled and unexplained bleeding. The bleeding caused is uncontrolled because of the lack of the vitamin required for clotting of blood.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of the disease is often done by checking the medical history of the patient, his/her physical examination and a test to confirm the bilirubin level.

In the physical examination, medical professionals usually look for swelling abdomen and inflammation in lever. Here it is important to know that a stiff liver may indicate signs of cirrhosis or cancer in the liver.

In addition to the physical examination, several other types of tests can confirm jaundice. One such test is liver function test. If the liver function test indicates signs of jaundice, doctors may also suggest:

-  Bilirubin tests

-  FBC (full blood count)

-  CBC (complete blood count)

-  Tests for hepatitis A, B, or C

In order to diagnose an obstruction in the liver, doctors may suggest:

-  MRI

-  CT

- Ultrasound Scans

-  ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)

-  X-ray imaging.

Furthermore, doctors may also suggest a liver biopsy to detect the signs of liver inflammation, fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancer. Liver biopsy is done by obtaining a liver tissue by inserting a needle into the liver.

Treatment

The treatment of Jaundice depends upon the underlying cause. Typically, the treatment of the disease is done to cure the cause and not just the symptoms of jaundice. Treatment of jaundice includes:

-  Jaundice caused due to anemia is treated by iron supplements and iron-rich foods in order to increase the iron component in the blood cells.

-  Jaundice caused due to hepatitis is treated using steroid or antiviral medicines.

- Jaundice caused due to obstruction is treated by performing a surgery to remove obstruction.

-  Jaundice caused by overuse of certain medicine is treated using alternative medicines.

Prevention

Typically, jaundice is caused to the malfunction of liver. Therefore, it is important to ensure healthy functioning of the liver by ensuring healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise and refraining from the consumption of alcohol.

Myths

Myth 1: Jaundice is a waterborne disease.

Fact: While it is true that jaundice is usually triggered due to consumption of contaminated water, it is not the only cause. Jaundice is also caused due to malaria, leptospirosis, and hepatitis B/ C. These diseases are not waterborne. Obstruction of bile duct, gall stones or cancer may also lead to jaundice and these disease too are not waterborne.

Myth 2: All liver problems lead to Jaundice.

Fact: Though liver malfunction mostly leads to jaundice, all medical issues related to liver do not trigger jaundice. There are many medical conditions related to liver that do not lead to jaundice.

Myth 3: Itching is the sign that patient is recovering from jaundice.

Fact: Jaundice, caused due to obstruction, usually triggers acute itching. However, itching doesn’t signal that the patient is recovering from the disease. 

Myth 4: Jaundice usually causes extreme sleepiness or insomnia.

Fact: Though extreme fatigue is common jaundice during jaundice, excessive sleepiness or insomnia is not caused by jaundice. On the other hand, excessive sleepiness or insomnia may be a signal of liver malfunction or liver failure. In such a case, one must seek immediate medical attention.

Myth 5: There is no cure for jaundice.

Fact: A large fraction of people believe that there is no cure for jaundice. In fact, this is one of the biggest myths associated with this disease. The reality, however, is akin to this myth. Successful evaluation of the jaundice by liver function test can help one understand the caused and severity of the disease. Once the cause is identified, one can seek medical treatment to treat the root cause of Jaundice.

Myth 6: When diagnosed with jaundice, one needs to stop eating spices and non-vegetarian food.

Fact: While it is important to ensure balanced diet when diagnosed with jaundice, one can eat spicy and non-vegetarian food. However, it is important to ensure avoiding too much spices as it may lead to nausea. A balanced and frequent diet is important to ensure fix the liver malfunctioning and bring it back to a healthy state.

Myth 7: Consuming turmeric can lead to severity of jaundice.

Fact: This is yet another myth around the disease. No medical evidence has been found that proves the consuming turmeric can lead to the increase in the production of bilirubin. Therefore, one can consume turmeric during jaundice; however, it is advised to consume only small quantity of it.

Myth 8: Sugarcane juice is the best treatment option for jaundice.

Fact: A large number of people believe that sugarcane juice is the best treatment for jaundice. However, this is not completely true. Sugarcane juice is a great source of carbohydrate and helps increase nutrients in the body. But it doesn’t really help heal the liver faster or slow down the excessive production of bilirubin in the blood.

Myth 9: It is important to give water to newborn babies to treat jaundice.

Fact: Typically, most newborn babies have jaundice. Some people believe that if the newborn has jaundice, they aren’t really adjusting to their mother’s milk and they should be given water instead. However, this is wrong. Mother’s milk is safest for newborn babies. In addition, giving water to newborn babies may lead to jaundice, if the water is not clean and also lead to several other infections leading to life-threatening complications.

Myth 10: Jaundice spreads by physical contact.

Fact: A fair share of people also believes that jaundice is spread by physical contact. However, this is not true at all. Jaundice doesn’t spread by physical contact.

FAQs

Question 1: What is infant jaundice?

Answer: Infant jaundice is very common amongst babies born before the completion of the pregnancy period. Typically, a large number of babies, born before 38 weeks, the completion of pregnancy period and breastfeeding, show the symptoms of jaundice. But there is nothing to really fear as the signs of jaundice don’t signal that the baby is born with weak or malfunctioning liver. In newborn babies, liver aren’t usually string enough to remove bilirubin produced in the blood. But as the baby grows, the liver becomes stronger and starts functioning normally.

There is not treatment for infant jaundice and the symptoms of the disease automatically subside without the help of any medicines. However, some medical professionals may suggest medicines for infant jaundice depending upon the condition of the newborn baby and the complication of the disease. Complication of infant jaundice may even lead to brain damage.

Question 2: What causes infant jaundice?

Answer: Listed below are some of the many causes for infant jaundice:

When the liver is still underdeveloped. This is very common and one must not worry about the same. Gradually, the liver becomes stronger and starts removing bilirubin from the blood.

-When there is some internal bleeding

-When the newborn suffers from blood infection

-When the newborn baby suffers from deficiency or malfunctioning of enzyme

-When the red blood cells of the newborn baby break down more than normal

-When the newborn baby’s blood is not compatible with mother's blood. This lead to abnormal breakdown of RBCs.

-When the newborn has any viral or bacterial infection

-When the baby isn’t breastfed sufficiently

Question 3: Can jaundice occur without discoloration of the skin?

Answer: Discoloration or yellowish tinge of the skin is just one of the symptoms of jaundice. There have been many cases where jaundice patients have shown delayed discoloration or yellowish tinge. This is why one must know all the signs and symptoms of jaundice. Here is a list of some of the other symptoms of jaundice:

Extreme pain in the abdomen

Discoloration of urine and stool

Excessive vomiting

High fever

Weight loss

Extreme fatigue

Question 4: Is it difficult to treat jaundice?

Answer: the answer is no. The treatment of jaundice is not difficult. In fact, the treatment of jaundice can be easily administered depending upon the causes of the disease.

Listed below are just some of the many treatment options for the disease:

Hemolytic jaundice can be treated using medicines to increase iron in the blood. Also, iron rich diet can help treat hemolytic jaundice.

Jaundice can also be treated using steroids. Jaundice caused due to bile obstructions can be treated with surgeries in order to remove the obstruction.

Question 5: Can jaundice be fatal?

Answer: Typically, jaundice is not a fatal disease. However, those suffering from extreme liver problems may eventually develop chronic jaundice and this could lead to life-threatening scenarios. Age also plays an affective factor in the treatment of the disease. Jaundice may prove to be life-threatening for elderly people and that’s why most doctors recommend hospitalization to elderly people suffering from jaundice. In addition, those who consume excessive amount of alcohol may damage their liver developing chronic jaundice that may prove to be fatal.

Question 6: What is Latent Jaundice?

Answer: Latent jaundice is a medical condition where the amount of bilirubin in the blood increases without any signs or symptoms of jaundice. In this medical condition, the inner skin cells turn to yellowish greenish color excluding the brain cells.

Question 7: What is the recovery period for jaundice?

Answer: Typically, jaundice patients take approximately one to two months to completely recover from the disease. However, weakness, pain and itching associated with jaundice usually disappear by the end of the 3rd week. But it is important to stick to healthy and balanced diet to ensure complete recovery of the liver in its best forms.

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9 Natural Ways To Detoxify And Cleanse Our Body!

Dr. Ganapati Sahoo 87% (875 ratings)
MD - Alternate Medicine, PGDIP.IN Geriatric Care, Post Graduate Diploma In Holistic Healthcare
Ayurveda, Balasore
9 Natural Ways To Detoxify And Cleanse Our Body!

We live in a world where germs, pollution, dust and toxic substances co-exist. We inhale them every time as we breathe. Processed and packaged foods contain host of chemicals, trans fats, preservatives and artificial colours which increase harmful free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals are toxins and can cause a host of diseases. Our immune system is constantly working to eliminate these free radicals. Sweating is a natural way of eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are also flushed out from our body through urine. However, a proper detoxifying diet and adequate exercise are a must to flush out these harmful elements from our bodies.

Detoxification is a process of eliminating free harmful free radicals in the body. An ideal process should be a combination of diet and exercise. The thumb rule of detoxification is to stay away from chemicals and be as natural as possible. The ayurvedic way is the best way. We have put together ten natural ways to detoxify and cleanse our body. Let’s have a look:

  1. Water: Drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water help in flushing out toxins from the body.
  2. Vegetable juices: Vegetable juice extracted from raw vegetables acts as a purifier for the body. Juice of tomato, beetroot, carrot, bottle gourd or cucumber is a great way to start the day.
  3. Sugarcane juice: Believe it or not, sugarcane juice is a natural detoxifier. Drink fresh sugarcane juice at least once a week for best results. Avoid adding salt or spice as it may interfere with detoxification process.
  4. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an excellent cleanser for the body. Include citrus fruits like oranges, kiwis in your diet. Drinking plain lemon water also helps flush out toxins from the body. Fruits like papaya, water melon can flush out body toxins where as blue berries and strawberries are great antioxidants. Go ahead and try them!
  5. Green tea: Green tea is believed to be an excellent source of antioxidants. Sip green tea without sugar or additives to retain its natural properties.
  6. Sweat your toxins out: Adopt a form of exercise that induces sweat. Be it aerobics, brisk walk, a run or a dance on your favorite number. Sweating is a natural mechanism of the body to flush out impurities.
  7. Steam/sauna bath: Steam or Sauna baths can help eliminate toxins and leave you feeling fresh and light.
  8. Yoga: Yoga offers us valuable postures that help restore our body’s internal balance and aid in purification. Yoga must be adopted religiously and as a way of life to seek maximum benefits.
  9. Deep breathing: Every morning, devote 10 minutes for deep breathing. This is a great purification process for the body.

Adopt these natural ways and see the difference yourself!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

3365 people found this helpful

How to Cleanse Safely - Safe Detoxification with Ayurveda!

Dr. Manoj Goyal 89% (43 ratings)
MD - Alternative Medicine, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
How to Cleanse Safely - Safe Detoxification with Ayurveda!

In Ayurveda, all natural ingredients are used for detoxification. Ayurveda works wonders in cleansing the blood by removing impurities and toxins, accumulated in various organs of the body such as the liver, intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin. It is equally effective in case of both healthy and unhealthy individuals. While the unhealthy person gets rid of the chronic diseases, the healthy person becomes fit enough to prevent diseases and stay physically and mentally fit.

  1. Panchakarma: Panchakarma is Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means "five therapies". These 5 therapeutic treatments eliminate toxins from the body, they are: Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Shirodhara, and Nasya. The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions). 
  2. Vamana: Vaman (Therapeutic Emesis): Therapeutic emesis is administered in patients suffering from derranged Kapha accumulated in Respiratory tract, Sinuses, Bronchial asthma, Psoriasis, Chronic Allergies, Obesity, Chronic Indigestion, Hyperacidity, Nasal Congestion and other skin disorders. Patient is advised to drink decoction of liquorice, or Acorus calamus root, or sugarcane juice – as per his body constitution and ailment he is suffering from – to the full extent and emesis is induced. Minimum 4-6 bouts of vomit indicates excellent purification.
  3. Virechana: Virechan (Therapeutic Purgation): Virechan is given to patients suffering from  Virechan (Therapeutic Purgation) : Virechan is given to patients suffering from Pitta dosha related diseases. It cleanses the GastroIntestinal tract thoroughly and voids off the Pitta toxins accumulated in the liver, gall bladder and small intestine. Purgation is given with medicines like Cows milk, Black currants, castor oil, etc.It is a safe procedure without side effects. Virechana helps to cure Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.
  4. Basti (Enema or Colonic Irrigation): The term 'Basti' stands for a pouch or bag. The procedure involves introducing ayurvedic liquid and herbal concoctions made of oils and milk through the perineum or anus or the vaginal opening in women in order to cleanse and heal the lower part of the body and remove the toxins accumulated in this part through the colon and urinary tract. Basti is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments. It cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas : Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This treatment is provided for several days, based on the medical condition of a person. It provides treatment for: For Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & Infertility.  It is always better to practice these under the advice of an expert ayurveda practitioner.
  5. Shirodhara: In this therapy, warm medicated oil is continuously poured on your forehead for about 30 to 45 minutes followed by a 15 to 20 minutes Abhyanga massage. Depending on your body type, milk, oil, buttermilk or herbal decoctions are used to boost up the therapeutic effect of the treatment. It provides deep relaxation to your central nervous system and rejuvenates it. Shirodhara oil regulates the functioning of your hormonal system too, eliminating ailments such as high blood pressure, migraine, anxiety and headaches. Medicated buttermilk massage treatment helps treat diabetes while medicated milk serves as a good remedy to insomnia as well.
  6. Nasya: Nasya or nasal administration is a procedure of cleaning the accumulated Kapha from the head and neck region. At first, the face, head and chest are massaged thoroughly using certain herbal oil which promotes perspiration. The excess mucus accumulated in the throat, sinus and head is drained out through the nearest opening- the nose. This treatment helps in treating sinusitis, headaches, migraine, Rhinitis, facial palsy, paralysis, insomnia, frozen shoulder and neurological dysfunctions. It is also effective in improving eyesight and memory.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Drink Water in Summers

Dr. Kanak Soni 87% (22 ratings)
Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), MD-NATUROPATHY
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Delhi
Drink Water in Summers

Summer is coming. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water daily. Have more of buttermilk, watermelons, muskmelon, sugarcane juice, etc. It will prevent many health conditions in upcoming months.

Detoxifying Your Body - Ways Ayurveda Can Help You!

Jiva Ayurveda 94% (231 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Detoxifying Your Body - Ways Ayurveda Can Help You!

We live in a world where germs, pollution, dust and toxic substances co-exist. We inhale them every time as we breathe. Processed and packaged foods contain host of chemicals, trans fats, preservatives and artificial colours which increase harmful free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals are toxins and can cause a host of diseases. Our immune system is constantly working to eliminate these free radicals. Sweating is a natural way of eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins are also flushed out from our body through urine. However, a proper detoxifying diet and adequate exercise are a must to flush out these harmful elements from our bodies.

Detoxification is a process of eliminating free harmful free radicals in the body. An ideal process should be a combination of diet and exercise. The thumb rule of detoxification is to stay away from chemicals and be as natural as possible. The ayurvedic way is the best way. We have put together ten natural ways to detoxify and cleanse our body. Let’s have a look:

  1. Water: Drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water help in flushing out toxins from the body.
  2. Vegetable juices: Vegetable juice extracted from raw vegetables acts as a purifier for the body. Juice of tomato, beetroot, carrot, bottle gourd or cucumber is a great way to start the day.
  3. Sugarcane juice: Believe it or not, sugarcane juice is a natural detoxifier. Drink fresh sugarcane juice at least once a week for best results. Avoid adding salt or spice as it may interfere with detoxification process.
  4. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an excellent cleanser for the body. Include citrus fruits like oranges, kiwis in your diet. Drinking plain lemon water also helps flush out toxins from the body. Fruits like papaya, water melon can flush out body toxins where as blue berries and strawberries are great antioxidants. Go ahead and try them!
  5. Green tea: Green tea is believed to be an excellent source of antioxidants. Sip green tea without sugar or additives to retain its natural properties.
  6. Sweat your toxins out: Adopt a form of exercise that induces sweat. Be it aerobics, brisk walk, a run or a dance on your favorite number. Sweating is a natural mechanism of the body to flush out impurities.
  7. Steam/sauna bath: Steam or Sauna baths can help eliminate toxins and leave you feeling fresh and light.
  8. Yoga: Yoga offers us valuable postures that help restore our body’s internal balance and aid in purification. Yoga must be adopted religiously and as a way of life to seek maximum benefits.
  9. Deep breathing: Every morning, devote 10 minutes for deep breathing. This is a great purification process for the body.

Adopt these natural ways and see the difference yourself!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

6314 people found this helpful

How Ayurveda Can Detoxify Your Body?

Dr. Pronab Haldar 91% (103 ratings)
MD Ayurveda, PhD Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Indore
How Ayurveda Can Detoxify Your Body?

In Ayurveda, all natural ingredients are used for detoxification. Ayurveda works wonders in cleansing the blood by removing impurities and toxins, accumulated in various organs of the body such as the liver, intestines, kidneys, lymphatic system, lungs and skin. It is equally effective in case of both healthy and unhealthy individuals. While the unhealthy person gets rid of the chronic diseases, the healthy person becomes fit enough to prevent diseases and stay physically and mentally fit.

Panchakarma: Panchakarma is Ayurveda's primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means "five therapies". These 5 therapeutic treatments eliminate toxins from the body, they are: Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Shirodhara, and Nasya, The series of these five therapies help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body while balancing the doshas (energies that govern all biological functions). 

  1. Vamana: Vaman  (Therapeutic Emesis) :] Therapeutic emesis is administered in patients suffering from derranged Kapha accumulated in Respiratory tract, Sinuses, Bronchial asthma, Psoriasis, Chronic Allergies, Obesity, Chronic Indigestion, Hyperacidity, Nasal Congestion and other skin disorders. Patient is advised to drink decoction of liquorice, or Acorus calamus root, or sugarcane juice – as per his body constitution and ailment he is suffering from – to the full extent and emesis is induced. Minimum 4-6 bouts of vomit indicates excellent purification.
  2. Virechana: Virechan (Therapeutic Purgation) : Virechan is given to patients suffering from  Virechan (Therapeutic Purgation) : Virechan is given to patients suffering from Pitta dosha related diseases. It cleanses the GastroIntestinal tract thoroughly and voids off the Pitta toxins accumulated in the liver, gall bladder and small intestine. Purgation is given with medicines like Cows milk, Black currants, castor oil, etc.It is a safe procedure without side effects. Virechana helps to cure Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, Joint disorders, Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Headaches, Elephantiasis and Gynecological disorders.
  3. Basti (Enema or Colonic Irrigation): The term 'Basti' stands for a pouch or bag. The procedure involves introducing ayurvedic liquid and herbal concoctions made of oils and milk through the perineum or anus or the vaginal opening in women in order to cleanse and heal the lower part of the body and remove the toxins accumulated in this part through the colon and urinary tract. Basti is considered as the mother of all Panchakarma treatments. It cleanses the accumulated toxins from all the 3 doshas : Vata, Pitta and Kapha, through the colon. Basti is also highly beneficial as a rejuvenating treatment. Medicated oil or ghee and an herbal decoction is given as enema to clean the colon and increase the muscle tone. This treatment is provided for several days, based on the medical condition of a person. It provides treatment for: For Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Colitis, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation, Digestive disorders, Backache & Sciatica, Hepatomegaly & Splenomegaly, Obesity, Piles, Sexual Debility & Infertility.  It is always better to practice these under the advice of an expert ayurveda practitioner.
  4. Shirodhara: In this therapy, warm medicated oil is continuously poured on your forehead for about 30 to 45 minutes followed by a 15 to 20 minutes Abhyanga massage. Depending on your body type, milk, oil, buttermilk or herbal decoctions are used to boost up the therapeutic effect of the treatment. It provides deep relaxation to your central nervous system and rejuvenates it. Shirodhara oil regulates the functioning of your hormonal system too, eliminating ailments such as high blood pressure, migraine, anxiety and headaches. Medicated buttermilk massage treatment helps treat diabetes while medicated milk serves as a good remedy to insomnia as well.
  5. Nasya: Nasya or nasal administration is a procedure of cleaning the accumulated Kapha from the head and neck region. At first, the face, head and chest are massaged thoroughly using certain herbal oil which promotes perspiration. The excess mucus accumulated in the throat, sinus and head is drained out through the nearest opening- the nose. This treatment helps in treating sinusitis, headaches, migraine, Rhinitis, facial palsy, paralysis, insomnia, frozen shoulder and neurological dysfunctions. It is also effective in improving eyesight and memory.
3520 people found this helpful

Diet for Gallstone

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 91% (15149 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet for Gallstone

Recommended foods:

Diet for gallstone:

  • Grains are an extremely healthy addition to the diet. Add foods such as whole grain breads, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, brown rice and whole grain pasta to your diet. This will help to flush out waste material from your system.
  • Water soluble fiber is found in fruits such as blueberries, oranges, strawberries and blackberries. It is also contained in dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and raisins. You should eat about two to four servings of fruits every day.
  • Include in your diet vegetables such as kidney beans, green beans, broccoli and corn. It is advisable to have about three to five servings of vegetables daily.
  • It is important to know which foods can trigger an episode of gallstones. These foods include onions, eggs, salty foods, cow’s milk, sugary foods, spicy foods, alcohol and processed foods.

Foods for moderate consumption:

Limit the use of oil, ghee, butter, dairy and fruits like custard apple, and sapota (chikoo)

Foods to avoid:

  • Alcohol in any form should be completely avoided
  • Non-vegetarian food should be avoided this includes sea food, lean meat, eggs.
  • Completely avoid frozen, preserved, or canned foods including chips, soups, meats or vegetables, they are known to have high salt or sugar which may lead to fluid retention.
  • Avoid sugary foods such as chocolates, ice-cream, candies and cake.
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Diabetes - Treat It The Ayurvedic Way!

Dr. Pawan Kumar 90% (92 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Jaipur
Diabetes - Treat It The Ayurvedic Way!

Diabetes is primarily classified as a lifestyle disorder; although some people get it as a congenital problem while children can also develop diabetes due to genetic predisposition. In Ayurveda, diabetes is known as Madhumeha or Maharoga which can cause multiple other problems such as heart failure, kidney disease amongst others. However, a major chunk of diabetic patients develop it due to lifestyle issues such as physical inactivity, bad diet and stress. Complications from diabetes are among the top few causes of death in the world.

The Ayurvedic approach
The Ayurvedic approach towards treating diabetes and keeping it in check has a multiple pronged approach that includes filtering toxins, correcting the imbalance of the doshas and correction of metabolic problems through exercises and Yoga.

Some of the ways how Ayurveda can control diabetes are mentioned as follows

  1. Home Remedies and herbs: There are many forms and types of juices or concoctions in Ayurvedic medicine which help control blood sugar levels and thus lessen the symptoms and prevent damage to the organs. Some of these are
    • Extracts from Fenugreek or Methi seeds
    • Neem, turmeric and tulsi preparations
    • Karela (bitter gourd) juice which you should take early in the morning in an empty stomach
    • Boiling the bark of Banyan trees in water and then having it as a tonic
    • A mixture of cinnamon powder and boiling water which should be strained and then used as a tonic amongst others
  2. DietIf you have already developed diabetes, borderline or have a genetic predisposition to it, diet is one of the most important things that you have to control.
  3. Some foods good for you according to Ayurveda: Bitter gourd, snake gourd, spinach, jamun, garlic, turmeric, drum sticks, barley, wheat, tulsi, Amla, bael, pepper, soyabean, and cucumber among others
  4. Foods you should refrain from according to Ayurveda: Jaggery, sugarcane juice, alcohol, processed and unrefined sugar, oil or ghee, cakes, aerated drinks, rice or rotis in large quantity, butter and sweets among others
  5. Yoga and exercises: Although brisk walking, cycling and swimming are great ways to keep your metabolism pumped up and keep diabetes in control, Yoga is the best method of physical exercise that works in conjunction with Ayurvedic treatment. Some of the most effective Yogasanas are mentioned as follows.
    • Naddishuddhi Pranayama
    • Mayurasana or Peacock pose
    • Locust pose or Shalabhasana
    • Half spinal twist pose or Ardha-matsyendrasana
    • Waist rotating pose or Katichakrasana
    • Surya namaskar amongst others

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice

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Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
  • Sugarcane juice has all the required vitamins and minerals that provide precious health benefits for the person suffering from various diseases.
  • Drinking sugarcane juice instead of artificial and aerated drinks helps to improve the health of a person.
  • The juice of Sugarcane helps in treating the burning sensation while passing urine, prostatitis, kidney stones, STD (sexually transmitted disease), and urinary tract infections
  • Sugarcane juice reduces the bad cholesterol level in the body and has natural sugar. It helps in eliminating toxins from the body by cleansing, improving metabolism and detoxifying the body. This aids in gradual weight loss especially if taken regularly with lime juice or coconut water.
  • It is found to be beneficial for pregnant women because of its contents of iron and folates. These contents enhance the hemoglobin level in pregnant women. It also prevents the unborn baby from variety of birth defects.
  • The antioxidant property of sugar cane juice makes the skin soft, fair, supple and healthy. It also helps in delaying the signs of aging on the skin.
  • Sugarcane contains natural sugar which has low glycemic index that prevents steep rise in blood glucose levels and so can be taken as a substitute of aerated drinks by diabetics. However people with Type-2 diabetes should consume it in moderation after consulting the doctor.
  • Studies show that sugarcane is effective in fighting against cancer especially breast and prostate cancer.
  • Sugarcane juice boosts protein levels in the body which is helpful in maintaining the health of the kidney.
  • The antioxidants in sugar cane juice help in fighting against infections and boosting the immune system of the body. It also protects liver the liver against infections and helps in keeping the bilirubin levels in control.
  • It is helpful in preventing stomach infection and is considered a good digestive aid due to the presence of potassium. It is also useful in treating constipation.
  • Studies show that sugarcane juice helps in protecting tooth decay and bad breath because of its high mineral content.
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Diet Plan: Stay Cool This Summer!

Dt. Yamini Attri 88% (122 ratings)
B.Sc - Home Science, PG Diploma - Dietics, M.Sc - DFSM
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Diet Plan: Stay Cool This Summer!

Summer is at its peak and the mercury level is rising by a notch every day. The scorching sun gives even more reasons to constantly hunt for some cooling and soothing foods which can comfort us. It is the time of year when you get dehydrated easily due to excess sweat and perspiration and that's the time when you want to reach out for something cold like sodas, beverages or even cold water. This is where we go wrong because anything extremely low in temperature can actually constrict our blood vessels and affect the heat loss process in our body. Here are a few tips you need to keep in mind to keep yourself cool:

  1. Increase your water intake: In high humidity conditions, you do not sweat adequately due to which you cannot release heat efficiently from your body. That is the reason why you need to drink enough water at regular intervals even if you are not thirsty to cool your system.
  2. Have eatables high in water content: Eat a lot of fresh fruits, raw salads and lightly spiced foods. Fruits and veggies are easy to digest and high in water content and hence help in hydration. Avoid fried and junk foods as they take time to digest and require a lot of water. Spicy foods can also increase body heat.
  3. Grab naturally cooling drinks: Drink naturally cooling beverages like coconut water, lemon juice, buttermilk and sugarcane juice, etc. Rather than aerated soft drinks, caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they contain sugar and other preservatives which act as diuretics and can cause loss of water from the body. You can add sabja (tulsi seeds) to drinks as it has a cooling effect on the body.
  4. Have curd: Curd is excellent as it increases friendly bacteria in the gut and improves digestion and boosts immunity.
  5. Include veggies in diet: Add veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, beet etc to add to the extra water in your diet.
  6. Small meals: avoid heavy meals at one time as it can cause acidity and affect digestion. Rather eat small meals to feel light and keep your system active.
  7. Don't forget raw mango: In the summer season, raw mango is a special fruit and is extremely good to prevent sunstrokes and weakness. Raw mango juice also known as aam panna can help balance electrolytes in the body. You can also have raw mango in any form like adding it in bhel, salads or making a dish out of it.

You can divide your day's meals as per regular timings like:

Breakfast: 2-3 fresh fruits (this can help to neutralize your stomach acids and make you feel light and active as they are natural sources of energy).

  • Mid morning: a glass of buttermilk/ coconut water (to refresh you).
  • Lunch: salads + 1-2 rotis + veggies + thin dals (you can add or subtract the rotis as per your appetite and requirement).
  • Evening: fruit yoghurt/fruit smoothie (they are filling, nourishing and cooling).
  • Dinner: stir fried veggies/ chilled soups + grilled chicken/ steamed fish/ low fat paneer/ tofu + jaljeera/ lemon juice (to keep your dinner light and help you wake up afresh).

Stick to the plan and stay cool this summer! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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