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Home Remedies For Jaundice By Dr. Siddharth Gupta

By Dr Siddharth Gupta +2 more


Do you know someone who started to appear yellow suddenly? It might be a possibility they had pale/yellow eyes or nails. The most probable reason for this may be jaundice. 

home remedies for jaundice

Jaundice is one of the most common liver disorders. It involves excess bilirubin circulating in the body. Bilirubin is a yellow-orange coloured bile pigment produced when the haemoglobin breaks down from the red blood cells. Jaundice is associated with yellow discolouration of mucous membrane, skin, nail beds and the whites of the eyes. 1 

Jaundice is quite common in newborns since their liver is not completely developed to eliminate the accumulated bilirubin. It usually goes away with time.2 

We want to tell you more about the symptoms and causes of jaundice. We would also explore the preventive measures and home remedies that may be helpful. It is recommended to take a professional consultation for proper diagnosis and treatment when jaundice is suspected. Meanwhile, keep reading to know which home remedies may provide relief in managing symptoms. 

Did You Know

  • Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, utilizes a variety of medicinal plants for the treatment of jaundice. source: PMC
  • Jaundice is a common condition characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes. source: CDC
  • Suboptimal intake jaundice, also known as breastfeeding jaundice, occurs in the first week of life when breastfeeding is being established. source: CDC
  • Several medicinal plants have been used in different countries for the treatment of jaundice, including Aloe vera, Andrographis paniculata and Artemisia vulgaris. source: PMC

What Causes the Condition:  

Jaundice can be caused at three stages. 

They are:  before, during and after the production of bilirubin. Problems associated with any of the three phases may cause jaundice.  

 The three stages where jaundice can occur along with their causes are: 

Before the Production of Bilirubin (Unconjugated Jaundice):  

  • Reabsorption of a large hematoma or haemolytic anaemia may cause jaundice. 

During the Production of Bilirubin: 

  • Infections due to viruses like Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis A, chronic hepatitis B and C  
  • Rare genetic metabolic defects  
  • Autoimmune diseases  
  • Alcohol  
  • Medicines like acetaminophen, oral contraceptives, penicillin, chlorpromazine, estrogenic or anabolic steroids.   

After Production of Bilirubin: 

  • Gallbladder cancer  
  • Pancreatic tumour  
  • Gallstones  
  • Inflammation of gall bladder3 

Jaundice is not a disease but a symptom of underlying condition which requires proper diagnosis and individualized treatment plan.

Dr. Arpit Verma, MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

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Symptoms of Condition: 

At times when jaundice is present, but without any visible symptoms, severity is predicted by finding the underlying cause of jaundice. 

Various causes of jaundice may have a particular set of symptoms as given below:

Jaundice Caused By Infections May be Accompanied by the Following Symptoms:

    • Flu-like symptoms include fever and chills 
    • Abdominal pain 
    • Yellowish skin 
    • Dark coloured urine and/or clay-coloured stools 

If Infections Do not Cause Jaundice, You May Have Symptoms Like:

  • Weight loss 
  • Itchy skin 

Jaundice Due to Liver Disease May Be Accompanied by the Following Symptoms:

  • Inflammation of joints 
  • Liver inflammation 
  • An early stage of hepatitis A, B and C 
  • Certain skin diseases 3 

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Home Remedies for Jaundice:  

Some of the natural remedies for jaundice are as follows:  

1. Natural Sunlight for neonatal jaundice:  

Natural sunlight may be beneficial to neonatal jaundice. Sunlight includes a wide spectrum which includes the bilirubin absorbing range. Natural sunlight may be a replacement for phototherapy for neonatal jaundice.4  

2. Restriction In Diet:  

During the acute stages of jaundice, porridge without salt and tamarind or cooked rice is recommended. Oil, ghee and spices shall be avoided in jaundice. Non- vegetarian food should also be avoided. Meals may include vegetables without seasoning or tempering.5  

3. Sugarcane Juice:  

Sugarcane juice may keep bilirubin levels in control and may help in jaundice. Sugarcane juice is good for liver diseases. For making sugarcane juice, the sugarcane is washed well, and the outer layer is removed. It is then cut into pieces, and the sugarcane extract and the juice are taken out. Squeeze the extract to remove any remaining juice.6 

4. Papaya Leaves:  

Enzymes like papain present in papaya leaves may help cure jaundice. Grind chopped papaya leaves using a mortar and pestle to extract the paste from the leaves. You can add honey to it and consume it.7 

5. Black cumin:  

Black cumin is traditionally known as jeera. The phytoconstituents present in black cumin may help to cure jaundice. Black cumin may be lightly toasted, then grounded and consumed.8 

6. Mint:  

Mint, commonly known as pudina, may be used for jaundice. According to folk medicine, mint tea may help cure jaundice. The juice from the mint leaves is mixed with honey and then consumed to treat jaundice.8 

7. Babul:  

Babul may be used for jaundice due to phytoconstituents like flavonoids and alkaloids. The whole plant or the flower of babul may be useful in jaundice. Babul powder is mixed in water and consumed. 

8. Amla:  

Amla is known as Indian gooseberry in English. The fruit, leaf and bark of the amla plant may be used to manage jaundice. The bilirubin level may return to normal by consuming amla. The consumption of amla juice may cure jaundice.9 Dice three to four Indian gooseberries into small pieces. Add some water and black salt into a blender and blend till it is smooth. Strain the pulp obtained and extract the juice. Amla juice is ready to be consumed. 

Though studies show the benefits of the given herb and home remedies for jaundice, these are insufficient. Therefore, there is a need for large-scale human studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of these home remedies on human health. Thus, these should only be taken cautiously and never as a substitute for medical treatment. 

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When To Seek Medical Help:  

It is recommended to consult a doctor immediately for proper treatment for jaundice.  

  • If you feel unwell while you have jaundice, seek medical help as soon as possible.10  
  • For new-born babies, you can seek medical help when:  
  • If the baby is constantly cries with a high pitch.  
  • If the body is arched.  
  • If the body becomes stiff, limp or floppy.  
  • If the baby has strange eye movements.  
  • If the baby refuses to breastfeed. 
  • The baby does not urinate enough or pass enough stools. 
  • Skin of the baby is yellowish11

You must not rely on home remedies alone to treat the condition. Instead, you should consult a qualified doctor if the symptoms do not improve. 

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Jaundice is a liver disease with an increased bilirubin level in the bloodstream. The mouth, skin and sclera turn yellow. It is found to be common among infants. Breastfeeding may be an effective at-home treatment for jaundice in new-borns. A few common symptoms of jaundice may include yellow discolouration and flu-like symptoms.  

Natural sunlight may help cure jaundice in adults and infants both. In addition, dietary modification, consuming sugarcane juice, papaya leaves’ paste, black cumin, amla, babul, and mint tea may be some natural remedies for jaundice.  

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Frequently Asked Questions:  

What are the home remedies for jaundice?  

Staying in natural sunlight for about 2 hours may help cure jaundice in adults and infants. Some dietary restrictions like avoiding oil, ghee, spices and non-vegetarian food are recommended. Consuming a glass of sugarcane juice, having papaya leaves paste, black cumin, amla, babul, and mint tea are some home remedies that may help to cure jaundice.4,5,6,7,8,9 

What is the jaundice home treatment for infants?  

Staying in natural sunlight for about 2 hours may help cure infant jaundice. Breastfeeding may also help treat jaundice.4 

What is the best treatment for jaundice?  

Home remedies may help in the treatment of jaundice. Consuming a glass of sugarcane juice, having papaya leaves paste, black cumin, amla, babul, and mint tea are some home remedies that may help to cure jaundice.5,6,7,8,9 

Which herbs are used to cure jaundice?  

Jaundice may be cured by consuming herbs like mint and black cumin.8 

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2) Jaundice in Newborns: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment, Cleveland Clinic [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 15]. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22263-jaundice-in-newborns 

3) Adult Jaundice: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention, Cleveland Clinic [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 15]. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15367-adult-jaundice 

4) Salih FM. Can sunlight replace phototherapy units in the treatment of neonatal jaundice? An in vitro study. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2022 Jul 21];17(6):272–7. Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11722753/ 

5) Manjal Kamalai (Jaundice), National Health Portal of India [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 16]. Available from: https://www.nhp.gov.in/Manjal-Kamalai-(Jaundice)_mtl 

6) Singh A, Lal UR, Mukhtar HM, Singh PS, Shah G, Dhawan RK. Phytochemical profile of sugarcane and its potential health aspects. Pharmacogn Rev. 2015 Jan-Jun;9(17):45-54. [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 22]. Available from: 10.4103/0973-7847.156340. PMID: 26009693; PMCID: PMC4441162. 

7) Singh SP, Kumar S, Mathan SV, Tomar MS, Singh RK, Verma PK, Kumar A, Kumar S, Singh RP, Acharya A. Therapeutic application of Carica papaya leaf extract in the management of human diseases. Daru. 2020 Dec;28(2):735-744. [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 22]. Available from: 10.1007/s40199-020-00348-7. Epub 2020 May 5. PMID: 32367410; PMCID: PMC7704890.  

8) William N. Setzer, Michael Wink, Hanjing Zhang, Farukh S. Sharopov Aromatic Medicinal Plants from Tajikistan (Central Asia) Medicines 2015, 2(1), 28-46 [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 22]. Available from:  https://www.mdpi.com/2305-6320/2/1/28/html 

9) Janghel, Vandana & Patel, Pushpendra & Chandel, Saket. (2019). Plants used for the treatment of icterus (jaundice) in Central India: A review. Annals of Hepatology. 18. [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 22]. Available from: 10.1016/j.aohep.2019.05.003. 

10) Jaundice | nidirect [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 15]. Available from: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/conditions/jaundice 

11) What are Jaundice and Kernicterus? | CDC [Internet]. [cited 2022 Jul 15]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/jaundice/facts.html 

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