Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Herbs for Liver Disease

The liver is the primary organ that helps expelling and breaking down toxins in the body. It produces bile, a detoxifying agent metabolically indispensable in breaking down fats from food. Healthy liver plays an important role in the outcome of the overall health. The proper functioning and health of the eyes, the brain, the heart, the joints and the kidneys are all dependent on healthy liver functions. If the liver functioning is impaired or even a single enzyme system is hampered then there is an impairment in overall body function and an increased metabolic stress.

Liver Disease

There are Many Herbs That Can Help to Maintain Healthy Liver

1. Borotutu Bark

Is one of the most powerful herbs for healthy liver, especially liver Cleansing and digestive system support. It plays a promising role in combating biliary colic and jaundice. Apart from this, borotutu bark contains powerful antioxidants which are known to help protect the liver cells from severe damage.

2. Milk Thistle

Has been used since ancient times due to its remarkable role in managing the liver and gallbladder. Since ages, the powder of milk thistle has been used for liver cleansing and support. Milk thistle helps with the detoxification of poisons such as alcohol, regeneration of damaged liver tissue, stimulation of bile production and improved digestion.

3. Chanca Piedra

Is very popular amongthe indigenous people of the amazon. Chancapiedra have been used forcenturies to promote the body’s natural elimination process of liver, gallbladder and kidney stones. It also stimulates the liver to purge itself of harmful toxins and foreign matters. Chancapiedra soothes the liver, increases bile production, and reduces the formation of calcified stones in the body.

4. Greater Celandine

Has been considered to be one of the most powerful liver cleansingherbs. Maurice Many herbalist used greater celandine to relieve every liver problem. Celandine stimulates enzyme production from the pancreas, helps the liver eliminate foreign particles, stimulates the production of bile, helps relieve gallbladder spasms and improves a sluggish liver.

5. Chicory Root

Is known for its vibrant blue flowers. It is also a medicinal herb known for its ability to help cleanse the liver. Many ancient physicians used chicory leaves and root to aid against a number of liver ailments including jaundice, gallbladder and liver stones, urinary stones, constipation, indigestion, depression and headaches.

6. Dandelion Root

Is a humble weed. It is a liver cleanser that has been widely used throughout the ages. Dandelion rootstimulates bile flow from the liver and it is often used by herbalists to help fight fatty liver, cirrhosis, estrogen dominance and even acne.

7. Organic Turmeric

Yellow root is a powerful liver protector and even liver cell, rejuvenator, regenerator. It also helps stimulate enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins including known carcinogens from the body. According to a research, it is found that turmeric is capable of combating the effects of carcinogens.

8. Peppermint

Is not just for fresh breath stimulation but italsoimproves bile flow and relaxes bile ducts, helping to break down fats. It also helps reduce bad cholesterol, which makes the liver’s function of filtering toxins easier. Peppermint also inhibits blockages in the kidney and gallbladder and calms the stomach for optimal digestion.

Acid – Alkaline Balance

In general, acid alkaline balance means balance between the amount of acids and non-acids found in our body’s fluids and tissues. Here non-acid refers to the alkalis. By measuring pH levels, we can determine the acid alkaline balance. A pH of 7 is considered neutral while pH below 7 indicates acidic condition and pH more than 7 indicates an alkaline condition. This balance is required for maintaining good health of a person.

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Imbalances in acid alkaline balance results in improper functions of various organs in our body which in turn leads to various diseases. The main cause of this unbalanced acid alkaline balance is the poor eating habits.

Relationship Between pH and Health:

Eating excess of acid forming foods leads to acidosis. Excess acidity gives rise to improper function of the digestive system which in turn affects the liver and kidney. Inflammation, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, constipation, bowel issues, physical and mental stress, and chronic diseases are the various health problems that are the results of excess eating of such foods.

The acid forming food includes: Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, high fat dairy products,fried foods, alcohol, soda, other energy drinks, refined sugar rich foods and caffeine, etc. So we should avoid excess eating of such acid forming foods in order to maintain good health.

Alkalosis is a condition when there is excess alkalinityin the body. This condition is quite rare. This condition may arise due to excess eating of antacid drugs or because of frequent vomiting.

Condition of Acidosis can be balanced by eating alkaline foods. Mineral rich plant foods can easily shift the acidic pH to the alkaline direction.

Alkaline diet includes leafy greens, wheatgrass, vegetables e.g. carrot, sprouts, avocados, green juices etc. Milk is neutral. Milk helps in mild acidic condition.Most of the fruits are alkalizing, one of the examples is pineapple.This alkaline rich diet helps in neutralizing the acidity in our body.By eating this alkaline diet we can flood our bodies with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and oxygen.

Healthy food results in healthy cell production in our body and thereby help maintain acid alkaline balance in our body which is necessary for the overall health of the body.

Conclusion:

No doubt, the body has its own acid alkaline balancing mechanism but overeating of acidic foods leads to disturbed acid alkaline balance. This is the result of the modern western diet.

We should not completely stop eating acidic food as most of the acidic diet, such as meat, eggs, fish contain fats which are required for our healthy body, but instead we should try to limit our diet by eating acidic and alkaline food in a balanced way.

In short, alkaline diet is one of the healthy alternative to neutralize even the acidic condition. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables help balancing pH levels within our body. Once acid alkaline balance is in a stable state, it can reduce daily complications arising due to acidity and hence lowers the possibility of greater and the long term risks.