In ayurveda, jaundice is called pilia and is the most common of all liver problems. It refers to the state when the skin, mucus membrane and the whites of the eyes appear yellow due to the increased concentration of bilirubin, a bile pigment. It is a sign or symptom and not a disease itself.  It has a low mortality rate but is a highly infectious disease.


  • Eating foods that are not properly cooked.
  • Eating foods that are unhygienic.
  • Drinking contaminated water.
  • Consumption of unsafe seafood in raw condition.
  • Personal contact with an infected person.
  • Usage of contaminated syringes, razors, etc.
  • Unsafe blood transfusion. 


  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dark urine and pale stool
  • Pain in the liver region
  • Yellow coloration of skin, tongue and whites of the eyes
  • Aches and cramps in the body

Symptoms of Pilia Disease


The presence of pilia can be detected by a combination of liver function tests or blood tests. The urine is examined for the presence of bile salts and stool is examined for its pale coloration which indicated the presence of any obstruction to bile excretion. Ultra sonogram can be done to examine the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder to detect obstruction and locate gallstones, if any.

Treatment and Prognosis:

The wastes must be removed from the intestine, gut and kidney to provide instant energy. To prevent the condition from worsening, proper diet which is easily digestible and recommended nutritional supplements must be taken. The treatment must be taken under the advice of a qualified physician. Several herbs can reduce the symptoms. Some of them are:

  • Ambarbarsis
  • Chachinga
  • Mehndi
  • Ghee Kanvar
  • Kanphool
  • Kasni
  • Lahsoona

The cost of treatment is within the range of Rs.2000-Rs.3000 in India.


  • Intake of properly-cooked food.
  • Drinking water that is properly filtered.
  • The belongings of an infected person must be kept separately from the belongings for the others at home.
  • The urine and feces of an infected person must be disposed with extreme care.
  • Disposable syringes and razors must be used.
  • Blood to be transfused must be carefully tested.
  • Green leafy vegetables can be made part of the diet.
  • Use of salt, alcohol, etc. must be stopped.
  • Foods rich in carbohydrates may be taken.
  • Minimize the intake of spicy and oily food.

How to Protect from Pilia Disease