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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.

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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.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH TO FATTY LIVER

Body is a machine that if works in a proper way, ones feel great and rejuvenate all the time. The feeling of discomfort and fatigue is the big indication of something wrong. When the problem is concerned with a body part that maintains many body functions like body metabolism, detoxification and others, body feels exhausted.

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Liver is the second big organ of the human body system. It is present on upper side of the stomach and just downs the diaphragm. This big and great organ performs many functions that accounts various important transformations in body like

It converts various drugs, medication, alcoholic consumption and other toxic materials into non-toxic and less toxic products.

It converts carbohydrates in to glucose that provides instant energy to body and rest glucose into glycogen as storage energy fuel. It produces bile that digests various forms of fats.

One of the great important function is the conversion of ammonia (toxic) to urea which further can be eliminated via urine. So if there is something wrong with this organ, it can cause various malfunctions in the body. One of common problem associated with liver diseases is Fatty Liver.

What is Fatty Liver?

It is a serious condition of fat accumulation in the liver due to which serious consequences of liver cirrhosis and liver damage occurs. Fat in liver is a normal thing but with a range. If it starts accumulating more that 5-10 %, it leads to fatty liver. Most fatty liver cases detected in persons between ages 40 to 60.

Reasons of Liver to be Fatty?

Exact causes are not clear yet it can happen due to First and big reason is heavy drinking and alcoholism. This alcoholism may induce some enzymes which can produce toxic substances and also generates reduced form of NADH that induces steatosis.

  • Rapid loss of weight
  • High levels of fat in the blood
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Medications side effects

Depending Upon its Causes, it Can be Divided in to Various Types

Alcoholic fatty liver – heavy alcohol consumption impairs body metabolic functions.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver – it occurs when body is not breaking fat properly due to various related diseases.It is not related to alcoholism.

Non-alcoholic Steatosis hepatitis (NASH) – In this form, liver can swell due to fat deposition. If left untreated, can cause liver scarring. It leads to vomiting and abdominal pain.

Acute fatty liver during pregnancy – fatty liver during pregnancy is a rare case and can be improved after delivery. It leads to jaundice, vomiting and upper abdominal pain.

Symptoms

Starting symptoms include fatigue and liver enlargement. Further, severe conditions of fatty liver types can lead to

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Liver inflammation
  • Swollen foot
  • Jaundice.

Who are at High Risk of Fatty Liver?

Persons with over-weight, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol level and high alcoholism. This disorder can be detected by physical examination, blood test to check enzymes levels and ultrasound.

There is no medication or surgery for this fatty liver control but various natural and ayurvedic remedies with healthy lifestyle routines are there

Ayurveda and the Liver

Liver is known as pitta, a fire organ that is important for metabolism. So, healthy liver needs balance in pitta dosha to eliminate unwanted elements from the body. In heavy toxin consumption, liver works too hard due to which inflammation can arise and leads to liver diseases. These problems can be managed by effect of ayurvedic remedies and healthy lifestyle.

Ayurveda

To know how natural the herbal remedies work, it is important to know what is Ayurveda and how it works. Ayurveda originated in India many years ago. It is based on remedies that improve and manage the energetic imbalances due to which diseases or problems occur.

Ayurveda means science of life. As word itself defines its meaning, Ayur denotes to life and Veda denotes to science.It is an oldest healing form of health care system. It combines science, philosophy and spirtualitiy to express its way of healing.

Ayurvedic View of Healing Fatty Liver

In Ayurveda, disorders are due to imbalance in physical energies. These physical energies in ayurveda known as Doshas.

These are vata, pitta and kapha.

Vata is concern with intelligence, creativity and spirituality and manage circulation system of the body.

Pitta is related to metabolic system include digestion, ingestion of biomolecules and elimination of toxic substances.

Kapha manage growth, immune system and weight.

In fatty liver, Pitta is imbalanced  due to which kapha accumulates.Ayurveda has various remedies that can help to manage fatty liver and improves the condition of liver and its working.

Ayurvedic Formulations for Relieving Fatty Liver by Plant Ayurveda are

Plant Ayurveda has very effective Fatty Liver Care Pack that helps to maintain Tri doshas and healthy liver.

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Fatty liver care pack is having four products

1. Yakrit plihantak Churna

It is an ancient herbal formulation, which is mixture of certain herbs that are very well accepted by liver. It helps in great reduction of condition of fatty liver. It removes extra fat and improves body metabolic system.

Herbs in this formulations are Bhumiamla, Katuki, Makoy, Punarnava, Kalmegh, Kaasni, Sharpunkha and Bhringraj.

These herbs are help to maintain

  • Levels of SGOT and SGPT
  • Bile production
  • Protein level balance and regenerate liver cells.

2. Liver Detox Capsules

These capsules contain various herbs to maintain:-
Cholesterol and Sugar level, enzymes levels and hormonal level in females. With these properties, it helps in controlling alcoholic liver disorders, jaundice and mainly fatty liver.

Herbs used in these capsules are Makoy

  • Kaasni
  • Haritaki
  • Kutki
  • Punarnava
  • Kalmegh
  • Biranjasipha
  • Jhavuka and Himsra

3. Phyllanthus Niruri

It is a tropical plant that is present in coastal areas of India.It contains various useful alkaloids and lignans, flavonoids and polyphenols. The whole plant is used for herbal formulations. It is a good astringent and laxative. Its fresh root has properties to fight with jaundice. It controls

  • Jaundice
  • Inflammation of liver
  • Malaria
  • Liver enlargement
  • It is also known as good appetite stimulator
  • Improves digestion
  • It hashepato-protective
  • anti-hepatitis B
  • anti-HIV
  • anti-hypertensive properties also.

4. Echinacea Capsules

It is known as ‘King of Bitters’. Many of its species are used to make herbal formulations from its leaves, flowers and roots. It mainly contains andrographolides which belong to the diterpenefamily, a kind of lipid. The amount of this diterpene makes the level oof bitterness of plant leaves. These leaves also contain other diterpene lactones. and flavonoids.

Andrographis compounds possess an antiviral property that act to inhibit glycoproteins in the virus and diminishes the power of viruses to invade cells in the body and replicate.

It is used to stimulate general immunological properties.It has anti- inflammatory and Anti-microbial properties It has ability to activate the fibrinolysis and reduce the aggregation of platelets.

With this herbal formulation, healthy lifestyle habits should be kept in mind these habit should be

  • Should eat cooked vegetables and avoid bread
  • biscuits and sugary things.
  • Fresh fruits and salad should be taken daily
  • Avoid use of alcohol
  • Maintain weight
  • Do exercise