Jaundice occurs when levels of a yellow-brown pigment
called bilirubin build up in the blood and skin. Bilirubin, which is produced
by the breakdown of red blood cells, is normally eliminated by the liver in
bile (a fluid that helps the body digest fats). Too much bilirubin can cause
the skin and eyes to look yellow.
Bilirubin can build up because
of rapid destruction of red blood cells, liver diseases (such as
hepatitis), blockage of the bile ducts leading from
gallbladder to the
small intestine, or other problems. Bilirubin can be
measured in the blood. Your bilirubin level provides information about how well
your liver is working.
When you're living with a disease like hepatitis C, it's natural to want to try any treatment possible to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Standard hepatitis C treatment has come a long way towards curing the disease. However, the drugs don't always work and they can have side effects.
For some patients with the disease, hepatitis C complementary and alternative treatment offers another option. "One of the things I always say is that, obviously, Western medicine does not have...