Tag: Liver Cirrhosis

Ayurvedic Medicine for the Treatment of Liver Cirrhosis

 Liver Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis is a chronic condition of the liver. It is an advanced stage of fibrosis of the liver which is caused by liver diseases and some liver conditions such as chronic alcoholism and hepatitis.

Liver Cirrhosis

Causes of Liver Cirrhosis

The various diseases and conditions which damage your liver and over time lead to the development of liver cirrhosis.

It includes:

  1. Excessive alcohol consumption
  2. Fat accumulation in the liver
  3. Iron accumulation in the body
  4. Chronic viral hepatitis
  5. Damage to the bile ducts
  6. Thickening and scarring of the bile ducts
  7. Cystic fibrosis
  8. Wilson’s disease (Copper accumulation in the liver)
  9. Biliary atresia (Inadequately formed bile ducts)
  10. Deficiency of Alpha-1 antitrypsin
  11. Alagille syndrome
  12. Autoimmune hepatitis
  13. Syphilis

Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis

First, no symptoms are seen in the patient but the liver worsens over time and symptoms may appear.

It includes:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Bruising
  3. Lack of appetite
  4. Nausea
  5. Swelling in feet, legs, or ankles
  6. Weight loss
  7. Itching on the skin
  8. Redness in the hand palms
  9. Confusion
  10. Hepatic encephalopathy
  11. Jaundice
  12. Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
  13. Blood vessels appear Spiderlike on the skin
  14. In women, menstrual problem
  15. In men, loss of sex energy, breast enlargement

Ayurvedic Concept for Liver and Liver Cirrhosis

In Ayurveda, the liver is called as Yakrit. Pitta is directly linked to the liver. If pitta aggravated it leads to liver disorders. Excessive production of bile or a disturbance in the bile flow causes aggravation of pitta, which affects the enzyme activities or Agni which is responsible for digestion, absorption, and metabolism.

According to Ayurveda liver cirrhosis, is considers under the complications of “Kamala”. The Kamala disease has identical signs and symptoms as liver cirrhosis. If Kamala is due to ascites is known as Kumbha Kamala and fever is called Halimak.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis

Ayurveda provides various effective herbs which improve the liver function and prevents many liver diseases. These herbs naturally treat the disease and do not cause any side effects. Various Ayurvedic products are made by using these herbs. Planet Ayurveda provides the best ayurvedic treatment for Liver Cirrhosis and also provide the best herbal medicine for liver cirrhosis.

Planet Ayurveda offers “liver Care Pack” for Ayurvedic medicines of Liver Cirrhosis. These products are natural, safe and do not contain any chemicals. The products are included in “liver Care Pack” are the following:

  1. Echinacea Capsules
  2. Yakritplihantak Churna
  3. Phyllanthus Niruri
  4. Liver Detox Capsules

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Product description

1. Indian Echinacea

Echinacea Capsules are prepared by using herb Indian Echinacea. It helps to stimulate the immune system. This herb is very useful for the liver and lymph nodes and helps to combat infections such as tonsillitis, coughs, skin inflammations, etc. Echinacea comes in many different forms.

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

2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

YakritPlihantakChurna is prepared by the mixture of various herbs such as Katuki (Picrorhiza kurrao), Makoy (Solanum indicum), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa), Kaasni (Cichorium intybus), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea), Bhringraj (Ecliptaalba). These herbs improve the functioning of the liver. It also helps to detoxify the liver. It is effective in jaundice, liver cirrhosis, and liver damage. These herbs increase the production of bile, regenerate the liver cells and prevent various liver diseases.

Dosage: Boil the1 teaspoonful powder in 400 ml water until it remains 50 ml. Filter it and drink. Leave the residue. Prepare fresh every time and take twice daily.

3. Phyllanthus Niruri

Phyllanthus Niruri capsules of planet Ayurveda consist of the standardized extract of herb Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri).  It helps to clean the liver. These capsules strengthen the liver and improve its functioning.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with water after meals.

4. Liver Detox Formula

Liver Detox Formula contains many ingredients such as   Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa), Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurrao), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium-Yarrow), Makoy (Solanum nigrum), Jhavuka (Tamarix galluca), Himsra (Capparis Spinosa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Kasni (Cichorium intybus). These herbs restore and stimulate the healthy functioning of the liver.

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

 

 

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.