HIPPOCRATES was the first to mention the evidence of this disease when an epidemic broke out in 751 AD. It is a very contagious disease characterised by the yellowish appearance of the sclera (the whites of the eyes) and the skin. According to Unani Medicine, it is caused by the excessive quantity of yellow bile in the blood. It is broadly classified into two main types - suddi (obstructive) and ghair suddi (non-obstructive).
The patient suffers from anorexia, mild fever, nausea and constipation, and generally has a mild pain in the abdomen. A few days after the onset it involves the liver and then symptoms related to that become evident.
ADVICE AND TREATMENT
Complete bed rest. All kinds of oily, spicy non-vegetarian food and alcoholic preparations should be shunned. Soft, easily digestible food stuffs must be taken. Juices will be helpful.Preferably sugarcane juice.