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Jaundice

Definition

A condition characterized by yellowness of skin and whites of eyes, mucous membranes, and body fluids due to deposition of bile pigment resulting from excess bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinanemia).
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Causes

It may be caused by obstruction of bile passageways, excess destruction of red blood cells (hemolysis), or disturbances in functioning of liver cells.
Jaundice is a symptom that may be the indicator of a benign and curable disease, such as a gallstone blocking the common duct. It may be a sign of any one of several blood or liver disorders, such as pernicious anemia, hepatitis, or neonatal jaundice. It may be due to carcinoma of the head of the pancreas involving the opening of the bile duct into the duodenum. It is therefore important to make the correct diagnosis. See the doctor. Sometimes diagnosis can be made only after exploratory surgical procedures.
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Symptoms

Yellow skin; whites of the eyes turn yellow; bitter taste in the mouth; constipation, dark urine, slight fever, headache, dizziness, and itching of the skin.
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Treatment

Drink the following juices; lemon juice and water, beet tops and beet juice, and dandelion or black radish extract. All are good for rebuilding and cleansing the liver.

Eat only raw vegetables and fruits for one week. Then eat 75% raw food for a month. Take fresh lemon enemas during this period.

Never consume raw or undercooked fish.
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Herbs
  • Agrimony, small-flowered
  • Alder, black
  • Aloe
  • Ash, white, American
  • Barberry
  • Bayberry bark
  • Balmony
  • Balsam fir
  • Barberry, common
  • Betony, wood
  • Bistort root
  • Bitter root
  • Black root
  • Blood root
  • Boneset
  • Borage
  • Bowman’s root
  • Broom
  • Buckbean, bittersweet
  • Carrot, wild
  • Castor bean
  • Celandine
  • Centaury
  • Chamomile
  • Cherry, wild, bark
  • Chicory
  • Cinquefoil weed
  • Cleavers
  • Couch grass
  • Crowfoot
  • Dandelion
  • Elderberry
  • Elecampane
  • Eryngo
  • Fennel
  • Fringe tree
  • Gardenia
  • Gentian root
  • Ginger, wild
  • Golden seal
  • Hedge bindweed
  • Herb Robert
  • Hickory bark
  • Hops
  • Horehound
  • Hyssop
  • Indian arrow wood
  • Ivy, ground
  • Jasmine, yellow
  • Laurel, mountain
  • Liver leaf
  • Lungwort
  • Marjoram
  • Nettle
  • Oregon grape, wild
  • Origanum
  • Parsley
  • Peach leaves
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pimpernel
  • Pipsissewa
  • Plantain
  • Poplar
  • Potentilla
  • Red root
  • Rhubarb, Turkish (Rheum palmatum)
  • Saffron
  • St. John’s wort
  • Sassafras, bark
  • Self-heal
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Sorrel
  • Speedwell, common
  • Sunflower
  • Tansy
  • Thistle, blessed
  • Toadflax
  • Twitch
  • Vervain
  • Wafer ash
  • Yellowroot

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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

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