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Posted Jun 02 2009 4:39pm

Jaundice is the most common of all liver disorders. It is a condition in which yellow discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes occurs due to an increase in the bile pigments, bilirubin, in the blood.

The bile, produced by the liver, is a vital digestive fluid which is essential for proper nutrition. It exercises a most favourable influence on the general processes of digestion. It also prevents decaying changes in food. If the bile is prevented from entering the intestines, there is an increase in gases and other products. Normally, the production of bile and its flow is constant.

There are three forms of jaundice. These are; haemolyptic jaundice due to excessive destruction of red blood cells, resulting in increased bilirubin formation and anaemia; obstructive jaundice which occurs when there is a block to the pathway between the site of conjugation of bilirubin in the liver cells and the entry of bile into the duodenum; and hepatocellular jaundice, resulting from damage to liver cells either by viral infection or by toxic drugs. All the three forms are marked by yellow discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Jaundice in old age is most commonly obstructive. It is perhaps the most common single problem associated with hepatobiliary diseases in the elderly.

Symptoms ::

The symptoms of jaundice are extreme weakness,headache, fever, loss of appetite, undue fatigue, severe constipation, nausea and yellow coloration of the eyes, tongue, skin and urine. The patients may also feel a dull pain in the liver region. Obstructive jaundice may be associated with intense itching.

Causes ::

Jaundice is indicative of the malfunctioning of the liver. It may be caused by an obstruction of the bile ducts which discharge bile salts and pigment into the intestine. The bile then gets mixed with blood and this gives a yellow pigmentation to the skin. The obstruction of the bile ducts could be due to gall-stones or inflammation of the liver, known as hepatitis, caused by a virus. In the latter case, the virus spreads and may lead to epidemics owing to overcrowding, dirty surroundings, insanitary conditions and contamination of food and water. Other causes of jaundice are pernicious anaemia and certain diseases affecting the liver such as typhoid, malaria, yellow fever and tuberculosis.

Gall-stones are most often responsible for this disease in old age.

Treatment ::

The simple form of jaundice can be cured rapidly by diet therapy and exercise. Recovery will, however, be slow in serious cases which have been caused by obstruction or pressure in the bile ducts. The patient should rest until the acute symptoms of the disease subside.

"A stay at any naturopathy hospital, expert doctors on naturopathy and yoga treat you with natural foods , yoga and your daily schedule during your stay". Below is an example of daily routine at naturopathy hospital.

The Schedule ::


5 AM -5. 15 AMMorning wake up with Tanasan, Relaxation, Holy & Healthy creative auto suggestion.

5. 15 -6.45 AMMeditation, Prayer, Amritvani, Jalneti, Walking therapy, Kunjal, Dhouti, Basti and THERAPY as required (according to ailment)

6. 45 -7. 00 AMLemon Juice, Honey and water or Methi and water.

7. 00 -8. 30 AMYoga

8. 30 -9. 00 AMSwasthya Sadhak's Breakfast, with Juice or Fruit therapy

9.00- 11.30AMTreatment for ailment / Rejuvenation (various therapies)

11. 30-12. 30PMLunch - Vitalizing food therapy

12. 30 -2. 30PMRelaxation (body, speech and mind), silent relaxed awareness

2. 30 -3. 00PMFruits or Juice Therapy

3. 00 -6. 45PMTreatment for ailment / Rejuvenation Juice of Fruit Therapy

6. 45PM- 7.45PMDinner - Treatment or Vitalizing food Therapy

7.45 PM-8.00PMAfter dinner vajrasan or slow walking or Relaxation

8.00- 10.00PMGroup Therapy - (satsang or group dsicussion or self awareness

10.00PMGo to bed with noble spiritual silence

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