Jaundice is defined as the condition where in the eyes and skin takes the yellow tint. It is a common liver disorder affecting almost all the people at some point of time in their life. Sometimes it is also seen as a symptom of other liver disorders such as liver infection, gallstones and cirrhosis of liver or when some poisonous substances get ingested into the body which cannot be dealt by the liver. Jaundice is also caused when the liver gets inflamed. This is known as hepatitis.

The yellow colour first appears in the white portion of the eyes and then slowly it spreads to other portions of the body. The yellow colour of the skin is mainly due to excess of bile pigment namely bilirubin circulating in the blood. As a result the liver is not able to function properly and digest the fat.


  • Due to any obstruction in the bile duct due to gallstones or hepatitis
  • Impairment of the functions of the liver
  • Excessive destruction of the red blood cells
  • Excessive circulation of the bile pigments in the blood
  • Ailments like typhoid, malaria, yellow fever, haemolytic anaemia and tuberculosis also affect the functioning of the liver
  • Due to certain viral infections


  • Drowsiness
  • Extreme Weakness
  • Severe headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Yellowish discolouration of the eyes, skin, tongue, urine and nails
  • Pain around the liver region of the stomach
  • Itching all over the body
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Burning sensation in the body
  • Low grade fever
  • Indigestion
  • Excessive thirst
  • Loss of libido


In Ayurveda, jaundice is compared with Kamala. It is a condition in which the skin gets discoloured. This happens because there is deposition of the bile pigment in the deeper layers of the skin.

There are two types of kamala defined in ayurveda:

  1. Shakaashrita Kamala – This type of kamala is caused due to obstruction in the bile duct. The obstruction could be due to gallstones or any cancerous growth that causes the blockage.
  2. Koshthashrita Kamala – This type of kamala is caused due to accumulation of bile pigments due to any liver disease.

Single herbs useful in case of jaundice are:

  • Trivrit
  • Kutki
  • Triphala
  • Bhumiamalaki
  • Vasa
  • Kakamachi
  • Aloe vera

Ayurvedic formulations useful in this disorder are:

  • Bhumiamalaki Churna
  • Aloe Vera Juice
  • Kumariasava
  • Punarnava Mandoor
  • Avipattikar Churna
  • Aarogyavardhini Vati
  • Triphala Guggulu
  • Kutki Churna
  • Lohasava
  • Punarnavasava


  • Maintain personal and public hygiene
  • Wash your hands before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
  • Drink purified water.
  • Avoid eating hot, spicy, oily, fried and heavy food stuffs.
  • Avoid refined flour, polished rice, preserved foods and bakery products.
  • Carrot juice, beetroot juice mixed with lemon, juice of radish, juice of bitter gourd, lemon juice and sugarcane juice are highly beneficial for people suffering from jaundice. This enhances urination which helps in eliminating excess of bile pigments in the blood.
  • Increase the intake of minerals like iron and calcium in your diet.
  • Have boiled and spice less diet.
  • Prefer eating radish leaves, tomato, lemon, dried dates, almonds and cardamoms.
  • Take complete rest. Avoid taking mental stress and tensions.
  • Practice yogasanas like matsyasana, sarvanga asana and baddha Padma asana.


  • Take 4-5 tomatoes and boil them in 500 ml water for 15 minutes. De-skin and crush the boiled tomatoes. Press them on a sieve and extract the juice. Drink this juice every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Take 7 almonds, 2 dried dates, 3 small cardamoms. Soak them in water overnight and crush them next morning to make a fine paste. Now add two teaspoons sugar and one teaspoon butter. Mix well and eat once a day.
  • Add two teaspoons of turmeric in one glass of water. Drink this mixture two to three times a day.
  • Take a glass of buttermilk with some black pepper in it. Take this for a period of seven days in case of jaundice.


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