Category: Fatty Liver

Natural remedies for the Treatment of Fatty liver Diseases

General Description

The liver is one of the mandatory organs in the human body which performs diversified functions necessary for the smooth running of the body. It is considered as the largest gland which comprises around 2% of an average adult’s body weight. The liver plays an important role in bile production, maintaining the metabolism of bilirubin and drugs. It also manages the level of thyroid hormones in the blood.

What is Fatty Liver?

This chronic liver condition is also termed as hepatic steatosis, which occurs when fat starts accumulating in the liver. This causes liver inflammation which ultimately results in liver failure.

There Are 2 Types of Fatty liver Conditions

A.AFLD (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)

AFLD is associated with excessive alcohol intake and is dominantly observed in males. This triggers inflammation and weakens your immune system.

NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)

NAFLD is a condition in which there is an excess accumulation of fat in the liver and can affect the individual who drinks little or no alcohol. NAFLD develops to Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is symbolized by liver inflammation and Cirrhosis/liver failure.

Treatment of Liver Disorders

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Fatty Liver?

Both fatty liver conditions i.e. AFLD and NAFLD are considered as silent disorders with few or no noticeable symptoms.

Though, if this condition develops then the person affected with fatty liver shows the following symptoms

  • Jaundice
  • Ascites and Edema
  • Bruising
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden loss in weight
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Itchy skin/ skin allergies
  • Weakness
  • Yellowness in skin and eyes
  • Fullness in the middle or upper side of the abdomen
  • Confusion and lack of concentration

Who is at risk of being affected by the fatty liver?

People Having Following Disorders are at Highest Risks

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Mellitus or Prediabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hepatitis C
  • Metabolic syndromes or disorders
  • A person who is consuming corticosteroids
  • Malnutrition
  • Celiac disease
  • Rapid weight loss

Diagnosis of Fatty Liver-

1. Blood tests– If the person is having higher levels of aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST), which are the important enzymes for the proper functioning of the liver.

2. Imaging tests– Fatty liver condition can be scanned by MRI, CT scan and Ultrasound.

3. Liver Biopsy

Beneficial Ayurvedic Herbs for Treating Fatty liver

1.Indian Echinacea (Andrographis paniculata)

Indian Echinacea which is also known as ‘Kalmegh’ or ‘King of Bitters’ in Indian scriptures is being used in treating various diseases for centuries. The phytochemical and chemical orientation of Kalmegh includes flavonoids, xanthones, polyphenols and terpenoids which makes it possess anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and liver enzyme modulation activities. (1)

2.Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

Punarnava which is also known as ‘Hogweed’ consists of sitosterol, punarnavine, boerhaavia acid and palmitic acid which makes this herb therapeutically beneficial. This traditional herb is very useful in treating Ascites which is caused by liver diseases. It is also beneficial in improving appetite, jaundice and treating obesity. (2)

Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri)

Indian gooseberry or Bhumyamalki has being a boon for liver disorders like Jaundice, Fatty liver, Chronic Hepatitis B and C virus, and liver failure.(3) The chemical constitution consists of Flavonoids, Glycosides, Triterpenes, Phyllantheol, etc. which makes it amazing liver tonic, cardiotonic and antidiarrheal properties.(4)

Effective Home Remedies for Fatty liver

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

This Indian traditional herb is used as a traditional flavoring agent and a great herbal remedy for cold & cough. Ginger is a great detoxifying and carminative agent.

Green Tea

Green tea contains large amounts of catechin namely Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which makes it beneficial in treating various ailments. It has anti-oxidants which makes it a great detoxifying agent.

Lemon (Citrus lemon)

Lemon which is a rich source of Vitamin C, anti-oxidants makes it useful in preventing diseases and boosting the immune system.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic is a staple herb that is being used in Indian cuisines. Moreover, it contains selenium and allicin which helps in cleansing the liver and inactivating certain enzymes that trigger the liver to flush out of the liver.

Natural Remedies for Fatty liver by Planet Ayurveda

Liver Care Pack

Herbs for Fatty Liver

Product Description

1.Echinacea Capsules

Echinacea capsules are an effective herbal product for fighting liver ailments and chronic liver disorders. These capsules have been formulated using the best quality of Indian Echinacea which is also known as Kalmegh. This is a great hepato-protective (liver protecting) and hepato-stimulating agent which helps in fast recovery of liver and protects the liver. This herbal supplement is beneficial in treating liver disorders and helps in removing toxins from the blood. Kalmegh contains echinacea which imparts it antifungal and antibacterial properties. These are considered as the natural cleansers or detoxifying agents that are beneficial in flushing out toxins from the body and induces the better functioning of the liver and kidneys.

Dosage- 2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

1.Liver Detox Formula

Liver detox formula is prepared by combining many medicinally useful herbs like Kutki (Picrorhiza kurrao), Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Makoy (Solanum indicum), Kaasni (Chicorium intybus), and Biranjasipha (Achilea milleefolium), Jhavuka (Tamarix galluca), Himsra (Capparis spinosa) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). This detoxifying formula helps in rejuvenating liver and acts as an amazing liver tonic. It plays an important role in blood purification and useful in relieving digestive disorders.

Dosage– 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

2.Yakritplihantak Churna

Yakritplihantak is a tremendous herbal blend of very beneficial traditional Indian herbs like Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Katuki (Picorrhiza kurrao), Makoy (Solanum indicum), Punarnava (Boherrhavia diffusa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kaasni (Cichorium intybus), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea) and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba). This product supports healthy liver and helps in the regeneration of liver cells.

Dosage– ½ to 1 full teaspoon two times a daily with plain water after meals. Or Mix 1 full teaspoonful in 400ml of water and then boil it until the volume reduces to 1/3rd of the original volume. Sieve the sediments and consume the filtrate.

3.Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

Bhumi Amla capsules are pure formulations that possess anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it beneficial in strengthening the Immune System and reduces the symptoms of inflammation in the liver. This works effectively in treating liver disorders like Hepatitis B & C, Liver enlargement and Fatty liver.

Dosage- 1-2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

Why only planet Ayurveda?

  • 100% pure and vegetarian
  • 100 % natural product and free from preservatives, additives, colors, yeast, binders, and fillers.
  • All products are formulated by MD Ayurveda expert.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032030/
  2. http://www.plantsjournal.com/vol2Issue6/Issue_nov_2014/19.1.pdf
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032030/

Ayurvedic Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Introduction

The Liver is the second largest organ of the human body whose weight is approximately 1.6 kg.

Some of the main functions of liver are

  • It metabolizes important proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
  • It helps in producing and clearing cholesterol in the body.
  • The liver secretes blood clotting factors which help in stopping the excessive blood flow during a cut or any injury.
  • It also secretes bile. Bile helps in the digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
  • It stores iron, copper, and Vitamins such as A, D, E, K and B12.
  • The liver cleanses the blood by eliminating harmful wastes, drugs, and toxic substances from it.

causes of liver diseases

What are the common disorders that affect the liver?

Disorders that affect the liver are Hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver), Cirrhosis (scarring), fatty liver and cancer. Common causes of liver disorders are metabolism, hereditary, virus infection such as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, intake of alcohol and drugs.

What is fatty liver?

The normal liver has 5% fat only. When the amount of fat increases by 10%, then healthy liver tissues gets converted into fatty tissues. This disorder is known as fatty liver or steatosis. In other words, this condition can be described as a liver that sucks fat.

What are the causes of fatty liver?

  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Overweight
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes Mellitus

causes of fatty liver

What is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?

Fatty liver has two basic types:

  • Persons who have more alcohol intake, the fatty liver reaches the first stage of the disease, which gradually leads to cirrhosis if the alcohol intake is continued.
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a term used to describe the fat deposition in those patients who take alcohol in smaller quantities or do not consume alcohol at all.

What is NASH?

Due to the deposition of fats in the Patients Suffering from NAFLD, there is an inflammation and necrosis (death of tissues of the liver). The presence of dead tissues and inflammation lead to a chronic disorder known as Non-Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH). The word Steato means fat and Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Patients who are suffering from NASH are at the risk of developing cirrhosis.

NAFLD and NASH — Facts and Figures

  • In India, the incidence of NAFLD is commonly seen in obese, diabetes or prediabetic people.
  • 80% of patients suffering from NAFLD are obese.
  • It affects 40-70% of the patients suffering from diabetes.
  • In normal children, NAFLD disease has increased up to 3-10% in the last 10 years and increases up to 8-80% in overweight/obese children.
  • Nearly 2-3% thin and 15-20% obese people have NASH.

What are the risk factors associated with NAFLD?

The risk factors associated with NAFLD are:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Age: It mostly occurs in the persons above the age of 50 years. It is most commonly seen in men.
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • High levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood.

What are the symptoms of NAFLD?

There are no specific Signs and Symptoms of NAFLD. But, when the disease develops, it causes pain and discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen and fatigue.

How NAFLD is diagnosed?

Following are the tests that are used for the diagnosis of NAFLD:

  • LFT: It is a blood test which measures the concentrations of various enzymes and proteins in the blood which are produced by the liver. Patients suffering from NAFLD have elevated levels of liver enzymes.
  • Imaging tests: Imaging tests such as ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Biopsy: A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. Liver biopsy is done to differentiate between NASH and fatty liver.

What are the disorders and complications associated with NASH?

Patients suffering from NASH have higher risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disorders or stroke.

What are the steps to prevent NAFLD?

The change in lifestyle is the first step towards the prevention of NAFLD.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Choose a healthy diet.
  • Be regular with your physical exercises.
  • Don’t take any medicine without a physician’s consultation.
  • Intake of alcohol should be under control.
  • Quit smoking.

Modern treatment for liver disorders include the prescription of drugs but currently available drugs have more systemic toxicity therefore, physicians hesitate to administer these drugs for long term use.

According to modern medicine, liver transplantation is one of the options for chronic liver disorders but this treatment option bears several risks and is unaffordable for most of the patients in many countries, particularly in India. Further, liver transplant is a complex procedure as it requires sophisticated infrastructure, expensive drugs and prolonged stays in ICUs.

What is the Ayurvedic perspective on liver disorders?

In Ayurveda, the liver is considered as a well-known organ. It is known as”Yakrit”. The word “Yakrit” is made from two words: Yat + Krit. “Yat” means conversion and “Krit” means to do. Yakrit is a site of Raktdhatu where blood is stored. In Ayurveda, there are many herbs and their extracts that have been shown to possess hepatoprotective activities.

These herbs have biochemical active components that protect the liver from oxidative stress, promote virus elimination, block fibrogenesis, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, liver generating properties. Traditional Indian Medicinal system known as Ayurveda has generated extensive empirical knowledge and treated various complicated disorders since ages.

NAFLD can be successfully treated with the help of herbs and herbal remedies.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Fatty LIver

Natural Treatment of Fatty LIver

What is the treatment of NAFLD by Planet Ayurveda?

Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal remedies for the treatment of NAFLD. These remedies are:

  1. Indian Echinacea Capsules
  2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna
  3. Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules
  4. Liver Detox Formula

1. Indian Echinacea Capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s Echinacea Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Andographis paniculata. This herb is known as “King of Bitters”. In Sanskrit, this herb is known by the name “Kalmegh”. This herb has been used for liver disorders, lack of appetite, purification of blood since ages. It reduces vitiated Kapha and Pitta dosha. It is useful for the treatment of liver disorders as it stimulates liver, expels out excess Pitta from the body.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2.Yakrit Plihantak Churna

Planet Ayurveda’s Yakrit Plihantak Churna is a wonderful combination of unique herbs that are known to improve the functioning of the liver. The herbs used in this formulation influence the functioning of the liver by regenerating liver cells, relieving inflammation, eliminating toxins, etc.

Ingredients used in the preparation of Yakrit Plihantak Churna are:

Sr. No. Ingredient Name Common Name Parts Used Quantity (200 gm)
1. Phyllanthus niruri Bhumi Amla Whole 60 gm
2. Andrographis paniculata Kalmegh Whole 20 gm
3. Eclipta alba Bhringraj Whole 20 gm
4. Tephrosia purpurea Sharpunkha Roots 20 gm
5. Cichorium intybus Kaasni Roots 20 gm
6. Picrorrhiza kurrao Katuki Stem 20 gm
7. Solanum indicum Makoy Whole 20 gm
8. Boerhavia diffusa Punarnava Roots 20 gm

Dose: 1/2-1 teaspoonful of herbal powder with plain water after meals should be taken.

3.Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Bhumyamalaki. This herb is considered as hepatoprotective. This herb reduces vitiated Kapha and Pitta dosha. It is a coolant by nature. Therefore, these capsules are very useful in enhancing the functioning of the diseased liver. Its root, leaves and the whole plant is used as an herbal supplement. This plant has also been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for urinary calculi.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4.Liver Detox Formula

Liver Detox Formula by Planet Ayurveda is obtained from the mixture of different herbs that are helpful in the cleansing liver and keeps it healthy and strong. This formulation is designed to revive the damaged liver cells and gives strength to the body.

Ingredients of Liver Detox Formula are:

Sr. No. Ingredient Name Common Name Quantity
1. Picrorrhiza kurrao Kutki 200 mg
2. Boerrhavia diffusa Punarnava 100 mg
3. Andographis paniculata Kalmegh 50 mg
4. Solanum indicum Makoy 25 mg
5. Chicorum intybus Kaasni 25 mg
6. Achillea millefolium Biranjasipha 25 mg
7. Tamarix galluca Jhavuka 25 mg
8. Capparis spinosa Himsra 25 mg
9. Terminalia chebula Haritaki 25 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.