Biliousness in any person arises because of disorder of biliary secretion. The condition is marked by symptoms such as nausea, headache, loss of hunger, coated tongue, constipation, clay colored stools, darker urine, lassitude etc.
In a more severe form of biliousness, symptoms of jaundice also develop, usually white start appearing in the eyes. The jaundice is produced by the absorption of bile into the blood stream and the deposition of the bile in the tissues.
Biliousness, in fact, arises because of digestive disorders resulting from persistent error in eating habits. When an individual persists in eating wrong food, day after day, especially protein rich and fat rich foods indigestion builds up. Due to this, there is a constant intestinal disturbance, resulting into thickening of the mucous membranes lining the intestinal canal. The membranes in the biliary duct, which conducts the bile from the liver into the duodenum, also get inflamed. Such inflammation in the bile duct diminishes the amount of bile that may pass into the small intestine.
In some cases, biliousness may also be caused by destructive emotions such as fear, anger, resentment, depression, jealousy, irritability, etc. Any destructive emotion of the nature described above would upset the functioning of the glandular system and bring about digestive disorders.
The inflammation of the mucous membranes of the small intestines together with the decreased flow of bile into that part of the alimentary canal, results into more and more fermentation and putrefaction of the food. All the symptoms associated with biliousness are only indicative of such intestinal putrefaction and fermentation, either caused by diet errors or by emotional upsets or both.
The liver too, becomes congested and there could be vomiting at times. The vomit may contain bile too, which is either bitter or sour in taste. As a matter of fact, the liver is only helping the sufferer to get well by eliminating the waste. The patient should not get upset when there is such vomiting. He should fast completely as his stomach is not able to digest the food. Most likely he will have no sensation of hunger. During fasting, the sufferer should take small sips of water at intervals. This will provide a cooling effect to the stomach also. After a day of fast, the patient should take tender coconut water or juice of carrot or ash gourd for the next tow days without adding any salt or any other seasoning.
These juices are highly alkaline and provides necessary cooling effect and drives out the poisons from the stomach. The sufferer will feel highly relieved by these fasting.
During these days and also later, the patient should have a cooling abdominal wet pack, thrice or four times a day, each time for an hour or so. It helps a lot, as it soothes the internal intestinal organs and the liver. A wet pack should also be applied locally over the forehead.
The abdominal wet pack will also help the patient in having normal bowel movement. If the patient is constipated, he should take a shallow hip bath. For this purpose, water should be filled in a tub to a height of about three inches and the sufferer should sit into it for about fifteen minutes or so.
In cases of chronic constipation, it is advisable to take the non violent enema, once or twice in a day. The water used, should normal tap water and no chemical or soap should be mixed into it. A clear movement of bowel relieves liver from over working. During these periods of water cure, in the beginning, patient should fast for two or three days.
If the above programme is followed by the patient with sincerity he will feel much better within two or three days. The intestinal congestion, the basic cause of biliousness, would have been reduced to a great extent.
After the initial two days of fasting and water treatment, according to methods suggested above, the individual should take to a radical diet reform. These kinds of food require secretion of gastric juices by the liver in ample quantities and the liver begin sluggish, cannot provide large amount of such juices with the result that these foods follow the programme outlined below for an outlasting relief.
- If your bowel is evacuated completely, fine, else take non violent enema to clear the remaining stool.
- If the patient’s condition persists, he should go to the nearby lawn and walk bare food on the grassy lawn. Inhale and exhale deeply. The air in the morning is very refreshing and will give you lot of energy.
- In the morning, take tender coconut water or ash gourd juice. If they are not easily available, take carrot juice or any other vegetable juice. Don’t gulp the juice but take it in small sips, so as to allow the saliva to mix with it. This will allow smooth digestion and will not over work the liver.
- Soon after taking the juice, apply cooling abdominal wet pack for about half an hour. A wet pack could also be applied over the head. Thereafter, take a full body bath, relax and do some deep breathing.
- In lunch, take raw and steamed vegetables with a piece of raw coconut. Chew the food very-very thoroughly. The quantities of the food should be moderate and one should avoid over eating.
- In the evening, take again juice of some vegetable or juice of some seasonal fruit without adding any salt. Apply abdominal wet pack once again for half an hour.
- In dinner, take raw and steamed vegetables with little cereals, without any butter. No grams or pulses should be taken during the course of treatment.
- Once a week, the individual can fast on juices or tender coconut water taken moderately thrice or four times a day.
A human being personifies body, mind and spirit and heath can be regained only if the total approach is adopted. The sufferer must take a positive step to step away from tension, to maintain emotional poise.
No tranquilizers should be taken and stimulants and sedatives should also be avoided. All these drugs affect the liver and other digestive organs.