Category: Fatty Liver

Treatment for Severe Liver Diseases with Ayurveda – Signs & Symptoms

Liver Problems – An Overview

As per the latest reports, liver diseases are emerging out to be the next major lifestyle disorder after hypertension and diabetes. In earlier times hepatitis B & hepatitis C served as the most common causes for liver diseases. But in the recent world, this is replaced by alcohol and other obesity related disorders. There is a surprisingly terrific rise of about 10 lakhs of new cirrhosis cases every year in India itself. Think. How huge the count will be, if we consider patients around the globe?

You will be wondered if you come to know about the fact that, hepato cellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is the second most common reason for the death due to malignancy in the world population. Some statistical studies show that liver cirrhosis will grab the 12th place for the leading cause of death in the world by 2020. Have you ever thought why there is an increase in demand for liver transplantation in the recent population?

Liver is a large organ found on the right side of the body, which helps to detoxify the chemicals & helps to metabolize the drugs. Proteins important for blood clotting are also generated by the liver.

Major Liver Problems

1. Hepatitis

Liver inflammations are usually regarded as hepatitis. It is classified as hepatitis A, hepatitis B & hepatitis C, based on the viruses causing the same. But it can also be sourced by other non infectious causes like drugs, allergic reactions, heavy drinking & obesity.

2. Cirrhosis

The dysfunctioning of liver caused by permanent scarring of the liver due to its long term damage is often termed as liver cirrhosis.

3. Liver Cancer

Hepato cellular carcinoma comes first among all types of liver cancer. It is often preceded by liver cirrhosis.

4. Liver Failure

The ceasation of liver function is termed as liver failure. Genetic diseases, drug inducing, infection & alcohol often contribute to this.

5. Ascites

Leakage of liver fluid to the belly causing distension & heaviness is called as Ascites. Cirrhosis is the main contributing factor.

6. Gall Stones

Deposition of calcium stones in the gall bladder resulting in liver draining, cholangitis (bile duct infection) and hepatitis.

7. Hemochromatosis

Iron deposition in the liver is termed as hemochromatosis. This may even leads to multiple organ failure in later stages.

8. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Permanent liver scarring in the biliary process, which causes its destruction, is known to be as primary biliary cirrhosis. This disorder is comparatively rare.

9. Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

Inflammation & scarring of bile ducts in liver is termed as primary sclerosing cholangitis. This condition is also rare with an unknown etiology.

Signs & Symptoms

The common signs & symptoms of liver diseases include :-

  • Jaundice
  • Pale, bloody or tar colored stools
  • Abdominal swelling & pain
  • Dark color urine
  • Swelling in ankles & legs
  • Itchy skin
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Tendency to bruise easily

Herbal Remedies to Improve Liver Function

Ayurveda gives liver an eminent place and considered it as the seat of metabolism. Liver is the base for pitta & raktha. Considering the fact that the country is battling with one of the major health concern, Planet Ayurveda put forwards some excellent herbal remedies to improve the liver functions.

1. Indian Echinacea

Kalamegh (Andrographis Paniculata) ‘King of Bitters’ – which is indigenous to India, is used widely to treat infections. It is well known for its immune boosting powers. The anti inflammatory property of kalamegh is used in the treatment of PFIC. The fruits, flowers and leaves are all packed with the essentials to fight against diseases. It is best used in respiratory tract infections & liver cirrhosis.

Dosage :- 2 capsules twice or thrice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

Treatment-of-liver-diseases

2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

It is a magical mixture of drugs which is excellent for liver and spleen function. Yakrit plihantak churna is a liver cleanser and helps to regenerate the liver cells. Hence it helps to avoid liver failure. The capability of the choorna to increase the bile production in turn enhances the liver function. The ingredients of yakrit plihantak churna includes :-

  • Bhumi Amla – Phyllanthus Niruri
  • Katuki – Piccorrhiza Kurrao
  • Makoy – Solanum Indicum
  • Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa
  • Kalmegha – Andrographis Paniculata
  • Kaasni – Cichorium Intybus
  • Sharapunkha – Tephrosia Purpurea
  • Bringaraj – Eclipta Alba

Yakrit plihantak churna is best in alcoholic liver diseases, fatty liver and in enlarged spleen.

Dosage :- ½ to 1 tsp full twice a day, with lukewarm water or fruit juice after meals.

3. Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

The potent liver cleanser, phyllanthus niruri tablets is manufactured out from the standardized herbal extracts of the herb, bhumi amalaki (phyllanthus niruri). The antioxidant property and the antimicrobial activity of the drug enhance the liver function. The proven statistical study on phyllanthus niruri shows decrease in insulin resistance and reduction of fatty liver symptoms. It is considered to be the best drug for enlarged liver.

Dosage :- 2 capsules twice a day after food with lukewarm water.

4. Liver Detox Formula

As the name indicates, liver detox formula helps in liver detoxification. It helps to boost the natural defense system of the body. An enhancement of liver function heals poor digestion, bloating, hormonal irregularities & fatigue, as there is an increase in bile secretion. Besides the therapeutic effect, it also has liver failure preventive action if taken daily. The major ingredients of liver detox formula includes

  • Katuki – Iccorrhiza Kurrao
  • Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa
  • Kalamegh – Andrographis Paniculata
  • Makoy – Solanum Indicum
  • Kaasni – Chichorium Intybus
  • Biranjasipha – Achillea Millefolium – Yarrow
  • Jhavuka – Tamarix Galluca
  • Himsra – Capparis Spinosa
  • Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula

Hepatitis,cirrhosis, jaundice and all other liver disorders are well managed using liver detox formula. It is a guaranteed product of Planet Ayurveda, which will certainly improve your liver function. SGPT & SGOT are well balanced using liver detox formula.

Dosage :- 1 to 2 capsules twice a day with lukewarm water either half hour before food or half hour after the food.

After years of research, it is proved that phyllanthus niruri has hepato protective property and it helps to clear out the hepatitis virus. Also andrographis paniculata is enriched with power to reduce the elevated SGOT & SGPT levels.

The live care pack can be taken by any liver patient to improve its function, after consulting with your doctor. Regular alcoholics can also have this to improve the overall health & immunity.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Amla-Amla Capsules By Planet Ayurveda

Mother Nature has gifted mankind with tremendous medicinal plants to create a disease free and healthy life. Description of abundant medicinal plants are presented in Indian system of medicine. Amla or Indian gooseberry is one of the most widely used plant. It is enormously used as a tonic to restore the lost body’s energy and vigor.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Amla

Overview

  • Amla is just a small berry but it is the richest source of Vitamin C which is equal to 30 oranges!
  • The little fruit “Amla” is stuffed with innumerable health benefits that can ever be imagined. The word “Amla” means sour which is its predominant taste.
  • Amla is a small medium sized deciduous tree found throughout India. It grows about 8-18 m height with thin, light grey bark, leaves are simple, light green, sub-sessile and looks like pinnate leaves, its flowers are greenish yellow and fruits are fleshy and pale yellow.

Ancient Name

  • Botanical Name: Phyllanthus emblica
  • English Name: Indian gooseberry
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae

Sanskrit Synonyms

  • Amalki—having sour taste
  • Dhatri—takes care of a patient like a mother

As per Charak, it is one of those ingredients that can be taken on daily basis. Charak has classified Amla among the group of herbs that are useful in fever, useful to induce purgation, useful in skin diseases, that are useful in cough and cold and anti-aging group of herbs.

Qualities:

According to Charak Sutrasthan 27—

  • Amla contains all tastes except salt.
  • It is dry, sweet and astringent in taste
  • Balances Kapha and Pitta
  • It is coolant and heavy in nature.
  • It undergoes sweet taste after digestion.
  • It has cold potency
  • It balances all the three doshas—Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Some interesting facts about Amla—

  • In Vedic period, it was added to bathing water.
  • It has sour taste and usually sour taste increases Pitta but Amla balances Pitta in the body.
  • Charak has mentioned Amla as the best among anti-aging herbs.

Chemical Constituents of Amla fruit

  • The fruit contains 70.5% of the moisture. The total soluble solids constitute 23.8% of the juice. The pulp contains 5.09% total sugars and 5.09% reducing sugars. The ascorbic acid content is 1094.53 mg/100 ml of juice. The tannins content is 2.73% and pectin content of the pulp is 0.59%.  It is highly nutritious,  beneficial herb and almost all parts possess medicinal properties, particularly fruit , which has been used in Ayurveda as a powerful Rasayana and an important ingredient in  medicines used  for the treatment of jaundice, inflammation, gastritis and several other ailments.
  • Pharmacological research papers on Amla reveals that it is having anti-tussive, adaptogenic, cardio-protective, immunomodulatory, free-radical scavenging, chemopreventive properties. These properties are effective in the treatment of various diseases like—cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, peptic ulcers, liver, anaemia and heart diseases.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Amla

  1. Amla is beneficial for eyes and improves vision power. Fresh Amla juice or Amla capsules is a good supplement to improve near sightedness, cataract and glaucoma. It reduces intra-ocular tension and corrects the vision.
  2. It balances Vata due to its sour taste, balances Pitta due to its sweetness and coldness and balances Kapha due to its dryness and astringent properties.
  3. Amla is quite beneficial in diabetes and urinary tract disorders. Amla capsules with bitter gourd juice regularly helps in reducing blood sugar.
  4. It is also useful in bleeding disorders.
  5. It is useful in relieving burning sensation.
  6. It is quite useful in throat diseases and improves voice. Add a teaspoon of amla powder with honey and suck this mixture twice a day to cure a chronic dry cough. It is invaluable in the treatment of tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis.
  7. Amla is quite beneficial for heart.
  8. The Amla seed kernel is sweet and astringent and acts as natural aphrodisiac and useful in uterine bleeding disorders such as—menorrhagia.
  9. Tree turmeric (Daruharidra) with Amla juice mixed with honey is useful in curing dysuria due to Pitta dosha. (Charak Chikitsa Sthana 26/53).
  10. Administration of purified sulphur along with the juice of Amla and honey together is the remedy par excellence for the cure of all the 18 types of skin diseases.

Other uses:

  • Amla protects against free radical damage and provides anti-oxidant protection.
  • Amla fruit boiled in coconut water and the ground mixture thus obtained should be applied to the scalp to pacify Pitta imbalance. Amla oil is an excellent way to reduce heat associated with summer season. It is a good remedy to pacify Pitta conditions.
  • Leucorrhoea—Leucorrohea or white discharge can be relieved with powdered and dried Amla seeds. Mixture of Amla with honey and fennel should be taken.
  • It is the richest source of Vitamin C so it is an effective remedy for over-coming the problem of white spots on the nails.

Consumption of Amla on the basis of body type

  • Amla powder for Vata imbalance—If there is Vata imbalance like gas trouble or joint diseases, then Amla powder can be consumed with sesame oil. Make a paste of Amla powder and sesame oil and swallow it with hot water.
  • Amla powder for Pitta imbalance—If there are digestion problems or skin related issues like—acne, then amla powder should be taken with cow’s ghee followed by a glass of hot water.  Another way of taking amla powder for Pitta dosha is to take it with jaggery.
  • Amla powder for Kapha imbalance—For diseases like—respiratory problems, obesity, amla powder can be taken along with honey.

Is Amla incompatible with milk?

  • All sour foods including Amla are incompatible with milk because Amla curdles it.

Amla Capsules by Planet Ayurveda

  • Amla capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain standardised extract of Amla fruit pulp. Amla capsules of Planet Ayurveda do not contain any preservatives, chemicals, colouring or flavouring agents. They are 100% natural Vitamin C supplement and are way better than synthetic Vitamin C supplements.

Capsules per container-60

  • Each 500 mg capsule contains—Best quality standardised herbal extract of Amla berries 10:1
  • Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water.