Gilbert’s syndrome is a common and harmless condition where people experience occasional episodes of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). The jaundice and any associated symptoms will often pass without the need for treatment.
People with Gilbert’s syndrome are often concerned about having jaundice because jaundice can often be a sign of an underlying liver problem, such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or hepatitis C.
However, it is important to stress that Gilbert’s syndrome is harmless and has nothing to do with liver problems. People with Gilbert’s syndrome are no more likely to develop liver disease than the population at large.
Gilbert’s syndrome is a common condition that affects around 1 in 20 people in England. It is more common in men than women.
The symptoms of Gilbert’s syndrome usually first become apparent around puberty, possibly as a result of the hormonal changes that occur during this time.
If you have Gilbert’s syndrome, during an episode of jaundice you may have symptoms such as:
- stomach cramps
- feeling very tired (fatigue)
- problems concentrating and thinking clearly (brain fog)
- a general sense of feeling unwell
However, around one in three people with Gilbert’s syndrome experience no noticeable symptoms and the condition is only detected during testing for other, unrelated conditions.
Gilbert’s syndrome is caused by a build-up of a yellow pigment, called bilirubin, in the blood. Bilirubin is found naturally in the blood and is formed when red blood cells break down. The body usually removes bilirubin, but in Gilbert’s syndrome this process does not work properly.
Gilbert’s syndrome is a genetic condition. People with Gilbert’s syndrome have a faulty gene that means their body has problems breaking down a substance in the blood called bilirubin.
Normally, when red blood cells reach the end of their life (after about 120 days), haemoglobin, the red pigment that carries oxygen in the blood, breaks down into bilirubin.
The liver converts bilirubin into a water-soluble form, which then passes into bile and is eventually removed from the body in urine or stools. Bilirubin gives urine its light yellow colour and stools their dark brown colour.
In Gilbert’s syndrome, the faulty gene means that bilirubin is not converted at the normal rate. It builds up in the bloodstream and can cause the skin and eyes to take on a yellowish tinge.
Other than inheriting the abnormal gene, there are no known risk factors for developing Gilbert’s syndrome. It is not related to any lifestyle habits or caused by environment factors.
People with Gilbert’s syndrome often find that there are certain ‘triggers’ that can bring on jaundice, such as:
- Being dehydrated
- Going without food for long periods of time (fasting)
- Being ill with an unrelated infection
- In women, having their monthly period
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Consuming mainly raw and organic fruits and vegetables and fresh squeezed vegetable juices can be beneficial. Continue this diet for a month or more. In addition, to aid the liver and gallbladder, in the morning drink a glass of warm, filtered water with the juice of 1/2 lemon. Eat plenty of raw apples and pears or grate together with yogurt and raw seeds or seed and nut butter. Consume plenty of raw green vegetables and sprouts to help cleanse the blood. Try drinking barley water throughout day (to make barley water, place one cup of barley in three quarts of water, then simmer for three hours). Avoid all hydrogenated and processed fats, deep-fried foods, sugars, and white flour products, as well as hot, sour, spicy, and salty foods, meat, fish, cheese, oils, and concentrated sweets.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
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Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Sutshekhar-Ras, Bhunimbadi-Qadha, Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea), Rohitak (Tecoma undulata), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba) and Devdangri (Luffa echinata) are used to reduce symptoms of jaundice.
Shankh-Vati, Agnitundi-Vati, Vishtinduk-Vati, Praval-Panchamrut, Hingashtak-Churna, Samudradi-Lavan and Lavan-Bhaskar-Churna can be used to treat abdominal cramps.
Fatigue can be treated using medicines like Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Shrung-Bhasma, Arjunarishta, Laghu-Malini-Vasant and Suvarna-Malini-Vasant. Malaise can be treated using medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Maha-Vat-Vidhvans and Vat-Gajankush-Ras.
The unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia can also be treated using medicines like Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Rakta-Chandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Usheer (Vetiveria zizanioidis), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Khadeer (Acacia catechu) and Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba).
Stress and anxiety can be treated using medicines like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi). Medicines like Suvarna-Sutshekhar and Chandrakala-Ras can be given on a long term basis to gradually correct the disturbed metabolism.
Try these home remedies:
- Take a quarter teaspoonful of Berberis, sometimes known as jaundice berry, extract three or four times daily.
- To prevent a sluggish liver, drink chicory tea throughout the day.
- Grind Indian aloe leaves into a paste, add a pinch of ginger and black salt, and consume for two weeks.
- Drink coconut water several times a day.
- Begin the morning with eight ounces of tomato juice with a dash of salt and pepper.
- Heat a quart of water with a cup of barley until boiling, cool, and consume by the end of the day.
These special formulas may also be beneficial in the treatment of jaundice. They only take a few minutes to
prepare and can help the liver significantly
- Combine four ounces of lemon juice with an equal amount of beet juice. Drink for several days.
- Process radishes, bitter gourd, and other bitter vegetables. Press the juice from the pulp, and drink six to eight ounces every day.
- Mix Bhumyamalaki with enough honey to sweeten and take a teaspoon three times a day.
- Take a teaspoonful of Arogya Vardhini in honey two times a day.
- Make a tea using the root of Gokulakanta and drink two or three times a day.
- Turpeth powder, or nisoth, can be consumed in hot water twice a day.
- A tea may be made with the leaves of snake gourd and consumed twice a day to ease jaundice.
Liver function may also become more normal after the use of a mild natural laxative. Several choices are available, but you might want to try prune juice or licorice tea as a good beginning treatment. Purgation therapy rids the body of toxins and lightens the load placed on the liver.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In TCM, jaundice is usually divided into two general types: Yang Huang type, which is acute, and Yin Huang type, which is chronic. In both cases, it is caused by dampness – in the case of Yang jaundice, by heat dampness, and in the case of Yin jaundice by cold dampness. Herbs are therefore recommended that will remove the dampness (diurectics) or that will strengthen the stomach and spleen Qi.
Heat can be removed with the Capillaris Formula where the three main herbs used are: Capillaris (Yin chen hao – Artemisia Capillaris Herba), Gardenia (Zhi zi – Gardenia jasminoides fructus) and Rhubarb (Da huang – Rheum emodi rhizome.)
Bupleurum (Chai hu – Bupleurum chinensis radix), Turmeric (Jiang huang – Curcuma longa rhizoma) and Sichuan chinaberry (Chuan lian zi – Melia toosendan fructus) are also often recommended if there is pain. For nausea the following an be used: Pinellia (Ban xia – Pinellia ternata rhizoma) and Agastaches (Huo xiang – Agastaches rugosa / Pogstemi herba).
For agitation and nervousness from the liver heat, the following are used: Coptis (Huang
lian – Coptis chinensis Rhizoma), Gentiana (Long dan cao -Gentiana scabra radix), or Bupleurum (Chai hu – Bupleurum chinensis radix).
If the urine is scanty and yellow, Poria (Fu ling – Poria cocos sclerotium), Talcum (Hua shi – Calcium carbonate), Grifola mushroom (Zhu ling – Polyporus umbellatus / Grifola umbellata) or Plantago (Che quian zi – Plantago ovata semen) are beneficial. For severe heat signs Scute (Huang qin – Scutellaria baicalensisradix) and Turmeric (Jiang huang – Curcuma longa rhizoma) may be recommended.
In the case of Yin jaundice, where the cold dampness needs to be tackled, Capillaris is the king herb, and the other ingredients are adjusted according to signs and symptoms. The following are used:
Capillaris (Yin chen hao – Artemisia capillaris herba)
White Atractylodes (Bai zhu – Atractylodes macrocephala rhizoma)
Aconite – (Fu zi – prepared Aconitum palmatum)
Dry Ginger (Gan jiang – dry Zingiber officinalis rhizoma)
Zhi gan cao (Glycyrrhiza glabra radix – honey fried Licorice)
Cinnamon bark (Rou gui – Cinnamon zeylanicum cortex)
Sometimes the jaundice progresses to liver enlargement, or cirrhosis and in this case, the Turtle Shell formula is used. The main herb is Turtle shell (Bie jia – Amyda Sinensis Carapax / Trionyx sinensis) which is combined with a number of other herbs, including:
Scute (Huang qin – Scutellaria baicalensis radix)
Bupleurum (Chai hu – Bupleurum chinensis radix)
Dry Ginger (Gan jiang – dry Zingiber officinalis rhizoma)
Rhubarb (Da huang – Rheum emodi rhizoma)
White Peony (Bai shao – Peonia lactiflora radix)
Red peony (Chi shao – Peonia rubra radix)
Cinnamon twig (Gui zhi – Cinnamomi cassis ramulus)
Magnolia bark (Hou po – Magnolia officinalis cortex)
Mu dan (Mu dan pi – Paeonia suffruticosa cortex)
Pinellia (Ban xia – Pinellia ternata rhizoma)
Ginseng (Ren shen – Panax Ginseng radix)
Peach kernel (Tao ren – Prunus persica semen)
Mirabilitum (Mang xiao – Depuratum mirabilitum)
Cockroach (Tu bie chong – Eupolyphaga sinensis)
Pyrrosia leaves (Shi wei – Pyrrosia lingua folium)
Hornet’s nest (Lu feng fang – Polistes mandarinus nidus)
Dianthus (Qu mai – Dianthus superbus herba)
Donkey skin gelatin (E jiao – Equus asinus gelatinum)
Lepidium seeds (Ting li zi – Lepidium apetalum semen)
Campsis (Ling xiao hua – Campsis grandifolia)
Caution: Because this formula contains several toxic ingredients, it should only be
prescribed by a competent TCM doctor.
Acupuncture is also recommended.
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Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Peppermint: Peppermint is commonly used to flavor foods, candy and other consumable products. When used medicinally, peppermint may help soothe certain digestive orders as well as headaches associated with Gilbert’s disease. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peppermint helps relax the smooth muscles of the stomach and improve the flow of bile. Applying peppermint oil to the temple or forehead may help reduce headache pain. Peppermint tea may be consumed up to four times per day between meals to help with digestive disorders. Check with your doctor to see if peppermint would be suitable for you.
Chamomile: Chamomile is an herb that is commonly used as a calming and relaxing herb. According to the Medicinal Herb Info website, chamomile also helps with muscle cramps, headaches and general pain. In addition, chamomile may help improve mild digestive orders. Add up to 3 tsp. of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of boiling water and allow the mixture to stand up to 15 minutes. Add honey or sugar for flavor. Ask your doctor if chamomile would be beneficial for your condition.
Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is a plant that can treat jaundice, hepatitis and cirrhosis. It improves liver function, it may have the potential of treating certain cancers, and it may be used as an antidote to the poison of the deathcap mushroom. The active ingredient in milk thistle is a flavonoid called silymarin, which protects the liver from toxins and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Silymarin may help the liver repair damaged cells and prevent their destruction by removing free radicals and other toxic substances. In a study reported in “Toxicological Substances” in 2004, mycotoxins that cause liver and kidney cancer were introduced to female mice. The results showed that silymarin protected the liver injury by increasing liver cell regeneration.
The following juice combinations can be helpful: Carrot and beet juice with a little radish and/or dandelion root juice added; grapes, pear, and lemon; carrot, celery, and parsley; and carrot, beet, and cucumber.
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Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
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Jaundice and homeopathy: www.whereincity.com/medical/topic/diet-and-nutrition/articles/754.htm
Jaundice and acupuncture: tcm.health-info.org/Acupunture/treatment/jaundice.htm
Chinese herbs for jaundice: taoofmedicine.com/tag/chinese-herbs-for-jaundice/
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Herbal cure for jaundice: www.livestrong.com/article/390360-herbal-cure-for-jaundice/
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
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Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural treatment for jaundice: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY_edI9wodk
Home ayurveda treatments for jaundice: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyl4mQz_98M
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Chinese medicine and treatment of Gilbert’s Syndrome: www.acupunctureherballismore.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13..
Herbs effective in curing jaundice: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-06/varanasi/29742818_1_bilirubin-jaundice-hepatitis
Breast milk jaundice and maternal diet with Chinese herbal medicines: www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/150120/
Further Information (links and books)
Herbal Treatment for Jaundice and Liver Disorders (Herbal Cure) by Vaidya Bhagwan Dash
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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