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Homeopathic remedies for Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic disease of the liver which requires long term management plan to maintain health and wellbeing.  It occurs when the liver tissue under goes scarring, causing a disruption in the performance of its usual metabolic and homeostatic functions. Cirrhosis can be caused by a variety of triggers such as alcohol, viral infections like hepatitis, autoimmune issues, drugs and related toxins, hereditary diseases or parasitic infections. Even heart failure can also lead to a condition called cardiac cirrhosis. Homeopathy is an effective and powerful aid in treating Cirrhosis of the Liver and its symptoms and bringing relief and healing for the patient.

Treatment of Cirrhosis of the Liver

The treatment strategy adopted for cirrhosis depends on the stage of cirrhosis of the liver. It aims to:

• Prevent further degeneration and loss of hepatocytes
• Preventing complications due to liver cirrhosis
• Treatment of the existing complication of Cirrhosis of the Liver
• Identifying cancer at an early stage
• Identifying the need for a liver transplant

Homeopathic remedies for Cirrhosis

Before prescribing a remedy, a homeopath takes down a detailed personal account which delves into the mother’s pregnancy, the early stages of life and what was going on in the child’s life,  the rest of that persons life, looking at emotional issues, illnesses, the workplace, life habits and much more. This very intensive and extensive account of your physical, emotional and psychological make up helps the homeopath decide which remedy is suitable for you as each remedy is unique to that individual.

Homeopathy is an all natural method of healing with very few side-effects and is non toxic. The individual is given either a small dose of tablets or liquid drops based on their specific symptoms in a highly diluted form to trigger the body’s innate healing abilities.

Homeopathic remedies can be used to treat the underlying causes of Cirrhosis of the Liver. This includes causes such as viral hepatitis and genetic diseases of Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease. They can even be used to treat the effects of alcohol on the liver and various other metabolic changes. These remedies can be used to reduce the physical addiction to alcohol as well.

In  the case of viral hepatitis contracted through hepatitis B and C, homeopathic remedies can  reduce  the viral count especially when introduced in the early stages of cirrhosis. These homeopathic remedies can also give considerable relief  to the signs and symptoms liver  cirrhosis with zero or few side effects.

 Homeopathic Remedies can Help Treat these Symptoms

1. Homeopathic remedies help balance and heal the symptoms that manifest with Cirrhosis. These may include:

• Myalgia (pain in muscles)
• Arthralgia (pain in joints)
• Fatigue
• Anorexia (loss of appetite)
• Changes in the sense of smell and taste
• Nausea and vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Fever (usually low-grade and commonly in hepatitis A and E)
• Pain in the upper right abdomen (usually mild and continuous)
• Jaundice
• Dark-colored urine
• Light-colored stools
• Liver/spleen enlargement
• Ascites

2. Control the disease process: Homeopathic remedies  work by stopping or slowing  the progress of the cirrhotic process. Homeopathic remedies  have shown a vital role in reviving liver cells and vastly  improving the life prognosis for the patient. They work by stimulating the patient’s immune response and  reducing the viral load of the disease, assisting in the recovery process.

3. Dealing with the complications: Homeopathic remedies, if started early can prevent the onset of complications of cirrhosis. These complications may include  liver failure, liver cancer or hepatic encephalopathy.

Homeopathy Remedies to Target Symptoms of Cirrhosis

Here is a list of homeopathic remedies which can be given to patients suffering from certain symptoms of cirrhosis:

1. Nux Vomica [Nux vom]: Alcoholics, quinine toxicity, purgative overdose suffering from symptoms of colicky pain.

2. Taraxacum [Tarax]: mapped tongue, altered taste sensation, pain and soreness in liver region, bilious diarrhea with flatulence.

3. Leptandra Virginica [Leptandra]: jaundice with black tarry stools, portal circulation problems and a remedy for acute liver disease, constipation and pain in liver region.

4. Chelidonium Majus [Cheli]: jaundice due to hepatic and gall bladder pathology, abdominal distension, enlarged liver, constipation, chronic alcoholics.

5. Arsenicum album[Ars alb]: fatigue, cirrhosis of the liver with sharp, burning and piercing pain in the liver region.

6. Magnesium Muriaticum [Mag mur]: constipation, acute liver disease, cirrhosis with tenderness and pain, abdominal bloating and a yellow tongue.

Homeopathy Medication for Hepatitis

Homeopathic remedies which may be used for the treatment of hepatitis can include:

• Aconitum
• Belladonna
• Chelidonium
• China
• Lycopodium
• Mercurius
• Phosphorus

Homeopathic Remedies for Alcoholism:

The following homeopathic remedies can be used for those who are suffering from alcoholism. They can help with the uncomfortable physical withdrawal symptoms and the side effects of alcoholism:
• Aconitum
• Belladonna
• Chelidonium
• China
• Lycopodium
• Mercurius
• Phosphorus

Homeopathy can be used to halt the progression of damage due to cirrhosis of the liver. It must be noted however that fibrosis is generally an irreversible process and any form of treatment cannot or very rarely can regenerate the scarred tissues due to cirrhosis of the liver.

Milk Thistle as a Natural Therapy for Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis of the liver can be characterized by liver scarring and gradual deterioration of the liver function which can stop this organ from functioning properly. This kind of irreversible liver damage can be helped by a variety of natural therapies that can prevent further liver damage and help restore some of the damaged  functioning ability. Milk Thistle  or Silymarin as it is commonly known, can prevent the toxic effects of certain drugs from acting on the liver, functions as an effective  liver tonic and and prevent further damage.

What is Milk thistle?

Milk thistle is also known as artichoke, holy thistle and Mary thistle. The scientific name for this plant is Silybum Marianum. This plant has been used by ancient physicians and herbalists to treat many liver and gall bladder diseases over 100’s years. Milk Thistle  is widely used today and is very effective for liver conditions such as  cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholic and viral hepatitis and liver poisoning. It can also be used to protect the liver against the effects of many medications that are toxic to the liver.

The standardized form of milk thistle extract is known as Silymarin which is a mixture of at least seven chemicals. The most active chemical in this mixture is known as silibinin. This substance is a composition of two substances, silibinin A and B and interestingly it is used intravenously as an antidote for poisoning from the death cap mushroom called Amanita Phalloides. Studies on animals  have shown that milk thistle extract can help alleviate liver damage from acetaminophen and alcohol. Acetaminophen is a fever reducer and pain reliever and when taken for a long period or a overdose is highly toxic to the liver and can cause death.

How does Milk thistle help with cirrhosis of the liver?

Silibilin present in milk thistle for liver health is thought to function by displacing the damaging toxins that bind to liver cells, leading to scarring and cirrhosis. Furthermore this substance  has properties which may help regenerate the  damaged liver cells. Milk Thistle can act as an antioxidant and protect the liver cells from oxidative stress caused by various toxins. It may be used to stabilize and strengthen  liver cell membranes which are vital in  protecting  the liver cells from damage. In fact in Europe, milk thistle is given to patients who are put on prescription drugs which have the potential to damage  liver cells.

Studies the role of Milk Thistle in Liver Cirrhosis

A double- blind study was conducted with 170 participants. This study was a placebo controlled study and covered alcoholic cirrhosis and non alcoholic cirrhosis. The group taking milk thistle showed a 4-year survival rate of 58% while those in the placebo group showed a 4 year survival rate of 38%. This difference further highlights the benefits of using milk thistle to prevent liver cirrhosis and damage.

How much Milk Thistle is considered beneficial?

milk thistle benefitsfor cirrhosisAn extract of milk thistle preparation is standardized to contain 70% silymarin. It is supposed to be taken  as a standard dose of 200 mg  two to three times daily. Although it has many beneficial effects,  its  a good idea to work with a  physician to formulate optimum  doses  and avoid side effects if combined with other medications, particularly if the cirrhosis is in an advanced stage.

A more effective form of milk thistle is when silymarin is combined with phosphatidylcholine in a preparation. The standard dosing for this preparation is 100 to 200 mg twice daily.

Precautions and interactions

Milk thistle is a very safe and effective herbal remedy to counteract the harmful effects of liver disease. It is believed to have very little toxicity. In most of the animal studies, no side effects have been observed even when this substance was administered over a prolonged duration of time. Some mild gastrointestinal side effects are reported by a few individuals who took this preparation. Very rarely, some even complained of severe abdominal discomfort.

Because milk thistle has been extensively used as food, it can safely be used by women who are breast feeding or pregnant. However the level of safely in young children, nursing mother, pregnant women and those individuals with severe kidney disease has not been clearly established .

Although no important drug interactions have been observed with this drug, silymarin can contain a chemical called beta-glucoronidase. This is an enzyme which interacts with oral contraceptive medication and reduces their effectiveness. Therefore those individuals who are suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and are trying to practice family planning, should practice other methods of contraception instead of oral drugs if they are using milk thistle, silymarin extract.

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What is hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a virus which contains RNA as a nucleic acid in its core and infects the liver. Most individuals infected with this virus do not show any significant symptoms until later on in the course of the disease. In fact most of them are not even aware of having an infected liver,  unless they present with a seriously damaged organ.

Hepatitis can be transmitted from contact with blood, body fluids or sexual contact.
It is one of the several hepatitis causing viruses and which may result in cirrhosis of the liver.

Symptoms of hepatitis

The most common symptoms  hepatitis C are rather vague and are commonly mistaken for another disease. These symptoms include:

• Flu –like symptoms
• Fatigue
• Depression
• Nausea
• Loss of appetite
• Muscle and joint pain
• Yellowish discoloration of the sclera

How do you get Hepatitis C

The virus Hepatitis C transmitted through  the blood and to a lesser extent in the saliva, urine, semen, vaginal fluids and other body fluids of the body. Because of its high concentration in the blood, it is mostly transferred by blood-to-blood contact. The most common mode of transmission of this virus is the illicit sharing of needles by drug abusers. Unprotected sexual intercourse can be a mode of transmission. Needle tip injuries can also put many health care professionals at the risk of being infected. This virus can  be transmitted from the mother to the child during pregnancy.

Blood is now screened for infection with hepatitis C as blood is the most common mode of transmission for this virus.

Risk factors for hepatitis C

The risk of transmission of Hepatitis C is increased in the following group of individuals:

• Drug addicts
• Health care workers dealing with hepatitis C patients
• HIV positive individuals
• Those who received a tattoo or piercing in an unsterilized environment with shared equipment
• Those who received blood transfusions before 1992
• Those who received clotting factors before 1987
• Those who received hemodialysis treatments for a long duration of time
• Those born to mothers who are positive for hepatitis C
• Those  involved in unprotected sexual practices with multiple partners

Stages of infection

The first six months after being infected with hepatitis C are known as acute infection. During this period, a few infected individuals may be able to fight the infection and be free of the infection. Around 25% of individuals can be free of this virus within this period.
The remaining 75% who cannot fight off the infection in the first six months develop a chronic infection. In these individuals the virus stays in the body for many years and will cause chronic damage to  the liver.

Complications

Depending on the other risk factors involved, like alcohol abuse, those who develop a chronic liver disease may go on to further develop liver scarring known as cirrhosis of the liver . 10-40% individuals with chronic liver disease may develop a cirrhosis of the liver  prognosis 20 years after catching the infection.

Furthermore, 20% of these individuals with chronic disease can develop liver failure and 1 in 20 can develop liver cancer.

Testing for Hepatitis C

Tests for detecting antibodies  by serological methods and amplification of the viral genome by PCR method have been developed for testing for the presence of  hepatitis C RNA (HCV RNA) in blood. Because this virus does not cause any significant symptoms, testing is highly recommended for individuals who form the high risk groups such as  drug addicts or those with multiple sexual partners. This can be done through  a simple blood test. The sooner the treatment is started after an infection, the higher the chances for recovery.

Is there a Hepatitis C Cure?

There are a few anti-viral medications which can be used for treatment for infection of Hep C. These drugs can be used to stop the virus multiplying in the body and preventing further liver damage.

Two of the most widely used antiviral drugs are  Ribavirin and Interferon.

There are many different types of hepatitis C viruses which are known as its genotypes. Three of the most common genotypes include 1, 2 and 3. Some of these genotypes respond better to treatment than others.

Those individuals infected with genotype 2 and 3 of hepatitis C virus have better chances of recovery after treatment as compared to genotype 1.

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Acupuncture and Cirrhosis of the liver

Cirrhosis of the liver is a condition in which the healthy liver tissue is replaced by nodules and scarring, hence changing its normal ability to function. This limits the blood flow through the liver and affects the livers ability to function at its optimum levels for our health. Bile production ability and flow is also affected. Untreated cirrhosis can aggravated quite quickly and lead to serious consequences. Cirrhosis of the liver is an irreversible condition and as the stages of cirrhosis progress, its symptoms also worsen.

Stages of Cirrhosis of the liver

Cirrhosis is considered the final stage of liver fibrosis where there is liver cell death and scar overgrowth. Not all liver diseases develop suddenly into fibrosis and even if they do, many like hepatitis C may take years to do so.

There are two stages of liver cirrhosis:
• Compensated: Few noticeable symptoms are present. Any liver function tests performed in this stage will show normal readings. Only a biopsy reveals the cirrhosis in this stage. Symptoms like fatigue, anorexia, thirst, nausea and dull abdominal pain may occur. Most of these symptoms are gastrointestinal in nature and the main symptom is an enlargement of the liver.

• Decompensated: This is the final stage of Cirrhosis when complications like ascites, gastric bleed, peritonitis, hepato-renal dysfunction or portal hypertension arise. A condition called hepatic encephalopathy may also result. This is a state of mental disorientation or even coma which results as harmful toxins like ammonia leak out of the blood vessels and reach the brain.

Liver health, Traditional Chinese MedicineTreating  with Traditional Chinese Medicine

using TCM to treat your cirrhosis, two treatment strategies are considered:
• Treating the underlying cause
• Halting further damage

Acupuncture can have many uses to treat cirrhosis and halt its progression. With the help of acupuncture, you can prevent the liver disease from progressing or reversing a decompensated stage back to a compensated state of the disease. Acupuncture can also help treating the causes that can aggravate cirrhosis. Acupuncture treatment or Chinese herbs can be used to treat alcoholism or hepatitis C along with western medicine which may lead to cirrhosis.

Liver cirrhosis according to acupuncture

According to the theory of acupuncture cirrhosis occurs because of:
• Stagnation of the liver yin: Cirrhosis of the liver occurs because of the stagnation of the liver yin. This causes retention of bile, blood and fluids in the liver. It also causes fat deposition in liver cells leading to fatty liver.

• Increase in liver Yang: Fatty liver causes an increase in liver Yang which increases heat production by the liver. This excess heat causes drying up of all liver fluids. Hence the cells of the liver collapse and spindle-like fibers surround the tissue of the organ. This is the state of liver fibrosis. This shrinking of the liver is called cirrhosis of the liver.

Treating with the help of acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique used in TCM which involves penetrating needles at certain points in the body to enable the free flow of energy or Qi.

Liver 3 is a point on the liver meridian called tai chong in Chinese. This is the source point of the liver. It has been shown that by needling this point the liver enzymes (ALT and AST) and liver function has shown considerable improvement. It helps directs the energy to the liver and improve cirrhotic functions.

The primary points which are used to treat cirrhosis are divided into two groups. These include:

• Group 1: Ren-9, UB-18 and St-36
• Group 2: UB-20, Liv-13 and Sp-6

The correct procedure for using acupuncture in cirrhosis treatment is using points in both these groups at least ten times each. Each group is used alternately with the other by following this method. The associated points are basically used according to the symptoms of the cirrhosis and the clinical manifestations that are present on examination. They are used ten times in each session as a course. Usually a break of 3 to 5 days is provided in between two consecutive courses.

There are also other acupuncture points which can be used for other symptoms which are associated with liver cirrhosis. These include:

• For symptoms such as abdominal distension and fullness, Ren-12 and St-21 can be used.
• For gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, St-25 and UB-25 are used as acupuncture points.
• For bladder symptoms like production of lesser urine, points like Ren-3 can be used.
• For pain that is present in the region of the hypochondrium, the acupuncture point called GB-34 is used.
• For general symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver such as palpitation and dyspnoea, the two acupuncture points P-6 and Ren-17 are used.

Acupuncture is a useful approach to helping treat Cirrhosis of the Liver and has been used with good results to restore vital energy flow to help wellness and comfort  and alleviate many of the symptoms of Cirrhosis  which can be debilitating for patients.

Looking after Your Liver with a diet for Cirrhosis….

Because the liver is an essential organ for sustaining life and plays a large and varying role, a liver with cirrhosis that is not functioning to full capacity will affect the body system in a number of ways and ultimately your health which is why diet is so important.

Impaired liver  functioning  through excess use of alcohol,toxins in our everyday atmosphere  or Hepatitis, whether chronic or autoimmune may lead to a cirrhosis diagnosis being made by a medical practitioner.

The liver is the filter for the blood. This means  that blood leaving the stomach and intestines will pass through the liver, filtering and breaking down toxic substances into forms which are easier for the body to utilize.

Amazingly the liver can hold 13 percent of the bodies whole blood supply at anyone time, so clearly keeping your liver healthy is vital.


Diet For Cirrhosis

Bile production occurs in the liver and is paramount to a healthy digestive system.Bile acts as a laxative, encouraging waste removal from your body. It breaks down fats which in turn affects cholesterol and cardiovascular health.

The liver plays a part in the manufacture and regulatory role of testosterone and estrogen production hormones. If excess hormones are detected , the liver will eliminate them. As you can see, a struggling liver will lead to a hormonal imbalance  which will lead to many hormonal conditions such as reproductive issues, menopausal symptom severity, thyroid, diabetes and more.

Cirrhosis of the Liver

fruit and vegetablesA poorly functioning liver will not be able to efficiently convert fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy for the body to function on. Low energy levels can be an indication of a sluggish liver.

The liver stores energy in the form of glycogen. When the blood glucose levels become too high, the liver converts this excess energy into glycogen. When blood glucose levels become  too low and don’t meet the bodies energy requirements , the the liver converts glycogen back into glucose for easy assimilation into the body for readily accessible energy for you to go about your day.

These nutrients, Vit A,D,K and E are all stored in the liver. Their storage  and utilization in the liver  is vital to optimum health for us.

Typical major signs of liver disease are:

  • blood in vomit,
  • nausea,
  • weight loss,
  • weakness,
  • jaundice,
  • leg swelling,
  • vomiting,
  • bleeding
  • hemorrhoids,
  • bruising,
  • red colored blood vessels looking like spiderwebs, appearing on the skin
  • impotence.

The lesser symptoms are:

  • a decrease in urine production
  • pain in the stomach
  • bleeding gums
  • nosebleeds
  • fever
  • breast enlargement in men
  • overall body inflammation
  • indigestion
  • clay-colored stools.

Diet for CirrhosisUnhealthy food habits are often responsible for severe health problems in humans. The  cirrhosis patient needs to adopt a balanced diet. The optimum diet for cirrhosis of the liver patients includes plenty of fresh, preferably if you can get them organic vegetables, fruits, animal proteins, natural unprocessed fats,  and carbohydrates.

If you are eating a modern diet, you may need to reduce the amount of your protein content intake. Excessive protein in the diet does cause excessive acidity  in the body and the aim is to be as alkaline as possible. A high level of  protein consumption, especially highly fatty animal protein has been linked to diabetes and other liver related diseases.

Statistics report that alcohol causes 90 percent of all health problems worldwide. The  most healthy approach would be  to eliminate alcohol consumption completely. Following a plant-based diet has been scientifically proven  to help people overcome many  illness or prevent diseases and maintain better lifestyle.

Foods to avoid  in excess and even completely eliminate are excess dairy foods,sugars,highly processed foods,saturated fats,alcohol,coffee, flours  and all the high fructose corn syrup sugars. Artificial additives,colors, flavorings,and preservatives . These require huge amounts of energy from the liver to process.


The Paleo Recipe Book

recommended paleo bookEating a diet as close as possible to  its natural state is a fantastic way to help your liver function to its optimum levels and regain your health.  Our diet has evolved to include  highly processed foods full of chemicals and preservatives to keep a longer shelf life and even our “fresh Foods” have been sprayed with liver toxic chemical cocktails which our digestive systems struggle to digest and consequently puts a huge strain on our livers.

A Paleo Diet  has been used very successfully to help  many of the symptoms of Cirrhosis and helping the liver and body to re-balance and kick start its innate healing abilities by helping  eliminate its toxic load. By following a balanced eating plan, losing weight and dumping unhealthy foods, you are choosing to love your body and liver and help keep your personal health and wellbeing in optimum levels.

By supporting your liver  with a diet  rich in nutrients and antioxidants from whole foods  which include glutathione sources, your liver can begin the mopping up process. This is especially important in the phase two process which is where the liver is working hard to neutralize toxins. The many minerals, vitamins and fiber found in fresh foods by following a Paleo Diet are crucial for the livers phase two pathway process.

Glutathione is the key master antioxidant which is vital in supporting  phase one and phase two  of liver detoxification. Glutathione can be found in all raw fruits and vegetables but once cooked the glutathione levels decease markedly Meat and eggs, raw dairy,milk thistle, turmeric, B12,Vit B, Folate,Vit C, COQ 10, alpha lipoic acid and N-acetylcysteine are all sources of valuable glutathione.

This Paleo Diet covers all aspects and information about Paleo eating from  how and why a Paleo Diet is so healthy , easy to follow food plans, 375  delicious recipes plus a whole book on Paleo deserts your liver will love and cheat sheets to help you every step of the way.

When you suffer from Cirrhosis, eating in small amounts is very important, this way your liver doesn’t get overworked.

Allow at least two hours between your last meal and going to bed. Your liver rejuvenates during the time you sleep, so it is extremely important for it to be able to rest and recuperate.

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Herbs for Cirrhosis of the Liver

There are many herbs that  can play a  crucial part in helping your liver rejuvenate.Dandelion root can be used to make a hot drink and may be used a  coffee substitute. It has a slightly bitter flavour and works to clear congestion in the liver and is a stimulant.

st marys thistleSt Mary’s thistle  (Silybum marianum) is a  well known herb for liver detoxification and healing and has been used for over 2000 years for liver, kidney and gallbladder issues. The flavonoid called Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.Scientific  studies  are showing  milk thistle improves liver function and increases survival rates in people with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis

turmericThe spice Turmeric which contains the  polyphenol Curcumin, has been gathering a great deal of interest recently within the scientific community.Turmeric has liver protective properties  in that it is a bitter digestive as well as a carminative and anti inflammatory spice. This means it stimulates the liver and is being used in therapeutic doses to treat liver disease with good results. In a study on  diabetic rats, turmeric was able to repair and even regenerate the liver tissues. These studies hold exciting prospects for those with liver disease.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,globe artichokeGlobe artichokes break down fats and cholesterol and vastly improve the flow of bile from the liver to the gallbladder. So artichokes would be a good regular addition to your diet.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,grapefruitVitamin C is a wonderful anti oxidant and is known for its ability to detoxify the liver. You could try a small glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or lemon juice each morning to detox your liver.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,chicory and dandelionGreen vegetable are  the  super foods  of the vegetable world and are very high in Chlorophyll which acts as broom for toxins in the blood stream. Chicory and dandelions provide high levels of chlorophyll and have specific liver cleansing properties offering great protection to an ailing liver.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,green tea

Green tea is chock a block full of catechins, a plant based anti oxidant which are highly beneficial to helping liver function.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,beetroot

Beetroot is one of the vegetable kingdom wonder foods as it contains high levels of plant flavanoids and beta carotenes which act as a digestive broom for your bowels and improve liver function enormously as a sluggish bowel will impact liver function. A beetroot,ginger and celery juice is a great way to begin your morning an d love your liver.

Diet for Cirrhosis Of The Liver,garlic

And lastly, another super food  is garlic. Garlic contains allicin which directly aids in liver cleansing as well as boosting the immune system and is generally a great all rounder for the digestive system and particularly for in a diet for people with cirrhosis of the liver.

The human body’s balance is so fragile to the extent that a trifling problem can make the entire body come to its halt. Nonetheless, human bodies are created in such a way that they can fight off most ailments, and with some little help, they can quickly heal themselves.

Liver cirrhosis happens to be one of the most disturbing and deteriorating diseases of the liver. The damages resulted by liver cirrhosis usually are non-reversible, and they might lead to a cascade of other complications, such as infections and illnesses.

The liver is regarded to as the most regenerative organ in the human body. So, in case something results in its degeneration, it implies that there is a reason for concern and you ought to take care before the condition gets to the point of no return.

There are no known treatments for liver cirrhosis, but there are means and approaches you can adopt to prevent this ailment and keep it under control.

Despite the fact that most individuals undergo allopathic medications so as to ensure proper health is reinstated, home remedies can complement this treatment and medication. Home remedies’ will also help ensure a quick recovery.


Top 10 Home Remedies for Liver Cirrhosis

Now that you have a brief understanding regarding liver cirrhosis let’s jump straight in and enlighten you on some of the most powerful home remedies to help you keep liver cirrhosis in check.

1. Beat Cirrhosis With Papaya Seeds

papaya seeds for liver cirrhosisFind a sufficient amount of papaya seeds and completely crush them to extract their juice. Now, scoop one tablespoonful of this papaya kernels juice and blend it with 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice.
Drink this juice blend twice a day as this will immensely be of help to your liver.

2. Treat It With Cumin, Yoghurt, and Buttermilk

Fetch 2 cups of water and add 2 tablespoonfuls of Cumin powder and 2 full spoons of yogurt. You can add a small amount of salt to taste.

Essentially, the idea here is to make buttermilk and drink it twice a day. It’s imperative that you sustain healthy levels’ of bacteria inside your body so you can aid digestions and ease stomach pains.

india lime soda to help with liver cirrhosis

3. India Lime Soda

Fetch a cup of water, squeeze some lemon juice into it and add some salt. Drink this combination three times every day. Avoid sugar and sugary foods because sugar is hard to digest and won’t be easy on your already disease-ridden liver.

This lemon-water juice blend will relieve stomach problems, aid in digestion, and the Lemon will also work as a laxative.

4. Say Yes To Spinaches’

Spinach is a fantastic source of irons and carrots are rich sources of beta-carotene. Start by Washing a couple of carrots and a courteous amount of spinach leaves‘.

Subsequently, Mix, grind, or crush them until they look like a fine taste and then Strain the carrot-spinach mixture using a fine sieve. Drink this juice and attain some relief from the cirrhosis symptoms. Ensure that you remember to take good care of your liver by providing all the vital nutrients required by the human body.

5. Ayurvedic Treatments with Katuki

Katuki is a herb typically found in the Himalayas, and it’s advantageous to cirrhosis victims. Cirrhosis patients can consume the roots of the herb so as to keep the liver healthy and assist in the digestion process.

milk thistle for liver cirrhosis6. Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle happens to be the most recent addition to the long list of herbal medications and natural treatments for manifold ailments in the human body. Humans are just starting to discover the many health benefits of Milk Thistle.

Milk Thistle comprises of silymarin, which is an active antioxidant well-known for its ability to decrease any damages to the liver or liver cells caused by liver cirrhosis.

The patient needs to crush a small amount of Milk Thistle seeds’ and boil them in clean water until all the goodness’ of Milk Thistle is extracted into the water.
Once it’s hand-hot, drink this fabrication to keep your liver healthy and halt any further damages.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a worthy medication as it aids in improving fat metabolism. It also works’ as a wonderful cleansing agent for the liver. Fetch a cup of water and add 1 tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoonful of honey. Drink this concoction three times every day for a healthier liver.

8. Befriend Gooseberries

Most household’ are full of preserves and prickles of all sort. This can be credited to their healthy properties and abilities to keep our bodies healthier both in the inside and on the outside.The Indian gooseberry (also commonly regarded to as the “amla” by most people) is an astonishing ingredient when it comes to keeping the human liver in check.

Bearing in mind that Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, its ingestion will keep your liver functioning as it should.

You can consume Indian berry in its conserved form, or you can also get rid of its kernel at the central part of the fruit and grate it. Consume this grated amla with curd or salad.

9. Make Good Use of Turmeric

Beneficial for the internal organs and the skin, Turmeric is an amazing source of antioxidant, ant-fungal, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties.

Making good use of Turmeric will work miracles on your liver. There are lots of straightforward ways’ you can consume turmeric, even though the most well-known is its essence in our daily cooking.
As an alternative, the old-fashioned recipe used by our grandmothers and mothers, (i.e., adding a tablespoonful of turmeric inside a cup of hot milk and then adding a small amount of honey to it) is likewise an amazing way to consume this high-end product.

Turmeric takes good care of the liver by keeping all free radicals away from the liver before they can result in any damage or harm.

10. Get Healthier By Eating Papaya

Consuming fresh fruits is an incredible way to ensure you stay healthier. For years now, papaya has been regarded as one of the healthiest home remedies for liver cirrhosis.

The best way to ingest papaya is to swallow the recommended amount of papaya juice. Consume 2 tablespoons of this juice on a daily basis and remember to add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. You can also consume it 3 to 4 times a day if you can. This will yield better results.

If you have just found yourself on the receiving end of a diagnosis of cirrhosis, the chances are that you have several questions and worries about the matter at hand. This is entirely normal, and to be expected. A diagnosis of cirrhosis will change your life, but the important thing to remember is that provided you take action now, and recognise the seriousness of the condition, you can manage it and turn it around for a long time to come.

Your doctor will have explained to you what cirrhosis is, and probably given you a lot of reading material to take home. To simplify matters, cirrhosis is the medical terms of scarring of the liver. Cirrhosis is a condition which has taken years to build up, and can be due to several issues, including excessive alcohol intake over many years, a long-standing hepatitis issue, or it can also be down to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Whichever option has caused your cirrhosis, the important thing is the here and now.

The liver is a hardy organ, it can continue to work despite a severe amount of scarring, and when the right management options are put into place, it can even work to heal itself to a large degree.


It’s Good to Talk About Cirrhosis

The diagnosis you have received has sent your world into a spin, and that’s totally understandable. The emotions which come attached to a diagnosis such as this need to be spoken about, to get the out in the open, and to prevent a negative frame of mind from developing. It is okay to feel scared, it is okay to have many questions, and the best course of action is to speak to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional, to air your concerns, get reassurance, and to help you develop a positive, kick ass frame of mind.

Cirrhosis is not a death sentence, despite the worrying nature of the world. When we are told we have a complicated-sounded medical condition, the word along can be enough to cause anxiety and stress, but the important thing to remember is that provided you take the right steps to slow down any progression, then you are doing everything you can.

So, what are the treatment options available to you? Keep reading.


How to Manage Cirrhosis of the Liver

The important thing to remember is that there is no cure for cirrhosis, this is a condition you now have, and one which needs to be managed for the rest of your life. The main ways to do this really depend on the cause of your cirrhosis in the first place, i.e. excessive alcohol. If it was alcohol which caused your cirrhosis then you will be advised to stop your alcohol intake completely. Regardless of whether alcohol has been a factor in your diagnosis, lowering your intake dramatically is the number one step forward.

Alcohol is damaging to the whole body in many ways, but the liver really take the brunt of the damage. Over time, usually around 10 years of consumption to a high level, the liver becomes excessively scarred and cannot process alcohol within it, as it would otherwise do. Make the work easier on your liver, to help it start repairing itself, by cutting it out completely.

There is also the chance that a hepatitis, usually hep C, diagnosis has had some bearing on your diagnosis. If this is the case, you will be advised to take anti-viral medication to help treat the underlying cause of your cirrhosis diagnosis. This should be complied with, as per your doctor’s instructions.

If you have done any research on the Internet (proceed with caution), then you will have seen the word ‘transplant bandied’ about. Now, this is only in the most severe cases of cirrhosis, an at this stage you would know that you needed this course of action. A liver transplant is the last course of action, and there are countless options that come before it, so it is best to put that option to the back of your mind, to help you focus on the positives.

So, the main management options available to you now are:

  • Stop, or at least drastically reduce, your alcohol intake immediately
  • If you are advised to take antiviral medications, then do so as per instructions
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, lose weight if you need to, and maintain a healthy weight otherwise. Check out this article on preventing cirrhosis of the liver
  • Look at what you eat, and make sure you get plenty of vitamins and minerals – be kind to yourself!
  • Try a low salt diet, as this will help your liver work more effectively, and take the pressure off whilst it is trying to right itself
  • You may be advised to take blood pressure tablets if your readings are high

Treat Your Body Like a Temple

And that’s it! Nothing terrifying, nothing scary, simply moderate lifestyle changes that will give you an infinite amount of energy, and boost your overall health ten fold. Managing cirrhosis is about looking after yourself as if your body was a temple – which it is! If you have spent years upsetting your body, perhaps with too much alcohol over a long period of time, then it’s important to realize that you can’t turn back the clock. What is done is done. Now is the time to do what you can, and that means taking control of your health and not going back to your old ways.

We are in no way trying to belittle cirrhosis, because it is a serious condition, but you should treat it as a warning sign, a way of your body shouting at you to change. If you listen to your body, and if you make sure that you don’t veer off course, there is no reason you cannot reverse some of the damage, and slow down any further progression of your condition.

Unless extremely sever, cirrhosis is not a death sentence, it is a warning, a serious one which should be listened to immediately, and one which should take precedence in your mind and actions.

The Centers For Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that that are about 3.5 million people in the United States of America who have chronic hepatitis C. The CDC also estimates that 20 percent of the people suffering from chronic hepatitis C virus will go on to develop cirrhosis of the liver. The complication with this scenario is that most of the people infected have no idea that they are. This means they have never taken the time required to consider the link between hepatitis C and Cirrhosis of the liver.


The Link between Cirrhosis of the Liver and Hepatitis C

The key link between Cirrhosis of the Liver Hepatitis C is that they both attack the liver. They are dangerous because they both do not sure any symptoms in the early stages. This is the reason why most people with these conditions may be oblivious to their presence. In most cases, the diagnosis comes too late to save the liver, and sometimes life.

Hepatitis C Virus Starts Attacking the Liver

Initially, the hepatitis C virus attacks the liver and, in most cases, later develops into a chronic infection. This chronic infection results in inflammation of the liver which causes damage. According to the Healthline Newsletter , it can take up to 30 years of damage to the liver before the problem is eventually identified.

Development into Cirrhosis

There are a number of factors which can lead to liver damage, including prolonged alcohol abuse, hepatitis, and parasites.

As the inflammation of the liver continues over time, the result is permanent damage and wounds that no longer heal. This is called cirrhosis. When the liver arrives at the point of cirrhosis, it is no longer able to heal itself. The result of cirrhosis can be a collapse of the liver, cancer, and end-stage liver disease. The only solution at this stage is a liver transplant.

The Stages Of Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis of the liver can happen in two main stages. In the first stage, Compensated cirrhosis, the body continues to function even though there is damage in the liver. In the second stage, Decompensated cirrhosis, you may start to experience pronounced symptoms. Healthline identifies some of this symptoms as variceal haemorrhage, hepatic encephalopathy, and kidney failure.

Symptoms of Cirrhosis Caused By Hepatitis C

Cirrhosis related to hepatitis C can show no symptoms in the beginning until the condition is at an advanced stage.

The leading symptoms of this condition include feeling fatigued.  If you experience a lack of appetite, nausea, and weight loss that is not intended, you may also be developing the condition.

Other symptoms include itchiness, bruising and bleeding easily, yellow eyes and skin, swelling legs, fluid in the abdomen, and veins that are enlarged in the upper stomach and the esophagus.

This condition can also result in impaired mental function. This is caused by an excessive build-up of toxins and an infection in the lining of the abdomen. When the kidney and liver fail at the same time, it’s time to get help.


Difference between Liver Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer

When talking about liver cirrhosis, it is easy for people to confuse this with liver cancer. These two are different.

Liver Cancer

Liver cancer manifests as a malignant parasitic tumor which grows slowly in the liver. It has potential, just like other malignant tumors to spread to other organs in the body. It can have no causes or sometimes result from other diseases of the liver which can include cirrhosis.

Some of the common symptoms of this type of cancer include pain in the abdominal area. Other signs include yellowish skin, dysfunction of the liver, abdominal mass, and nausea.

Liver Cirrhosis

On the other hand, cirrhosis of the liver is a result of healthy tissues slowly turning into scar tissue which becomes dysfunctional. Unlike liver cancer, cirrhosis is more dangerous as it does not usually show any symptoms when it’s in the early stages.

Some of the common signs of this condition include loss of appetite, fatigue, jaundice, bruises, and fever. If you notice blood in the stool, a build-up of fluid in the abdomen, an orange brownish color in the urine, personality changes and injury to the kidney which is acute, you may be a potential victim.

Do Most People With Hepatitis C Develop Liver Cancer?

Before concluding this article, let’s look at some common questions that naturally come up when a person hears about the link between Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis of the Liver. Do most people who have liver cirrhosis end up with liver cancer? According to WebMD, an online resource that provides information about health issues, the answer is no, as only about 5 percent of the 3 million Americans who have hepatitis C will end up with liver cancer.


Hepatitis C and Cirrhosis Treatment

medication priceA good prognosis of cirrhosis depends on identifying the condition while it is still in its early stages. Treating a patient with hepatitis C using interferon and ribavirin can help slow down the development of cirrhosis. Once the condition has reached the advanced stages, the only treatment which remains effective is a liver transplant.

While interferon and ribavirin are good treament methods, the latest cure for Hepatitis C consists of Sofosbuvir. However, a 12 week treatment costs $84,000, while a 24 week treatment costs over $164,000 for Sofosbuvir in the US. Countries like India, Egypt, etc. sell the generic treatment for these crucial drugs at 90% discounts.

Even though treatment does not always result in a total eradication of the hepatitis virus, it can help to delay complications caused by cirrhosis. Starting treatment late will reduce the choices you have.


Conclusion

Patients diagnosed with both hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver can lead healthy and productive lives. The answer lies in an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis depends on you being able to identify the symptoms. When you start to suspect that this may be a condition you have, consulting your doctor will help you to eliminate the guessing game.

In order to ensure that you preserve your health, you may want to avoid alcohol and get proper medical care on a regular basis. Treating the underlying hepatitis C virus infection can help slow down the progression of cirrhosis. Above all, the right information about the link between these two conditions can help you make informed decisions.

Cirrhosis of the liver is a deadly disease that comes with a host of unpleasant symptoms. This disease is one of the deadliest in our modern world and treatment tough. Therefore, it is important to take steps to prevent cirrhosis. A healthy lifestyle, including diet and exercise regimen, can help you prevent developing cirrhosis of the liver.

Below are the top 7 exercising tips to help you start a healthy and safe exercising plan to help prevent cirrhosis.

Aerobic Exercise

According to a recent study published by The American Psychological Society, regular aerobic exercise can help increase healthy liver function. The study found that improvements in liver function are a result of increased production of the hormone adiponectin. This hormone curbs insulin resistance – a leading cause for fatty deposits developing in the liver. These fatty deposits lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

Doing an hour of exercise each day at 85% of your maximum heart rate can help reduce the risk of cirrhosis.

Walking

Walking is one of the easiest exercises you can do. Whether you walk on a treadmill or around your neighborhood, everyone has access to a walking path. Walking is an aerobic exercise and great for getting your blood pumping and heart rate elevated. Walking will activate your immune system and strengthen heart muscles. It is a low-impact exercise, which is great for people with joint issues or bad knees.

walking is great to treat cirrhosis of the liver

Make sure you buy good quality and comfortable walking shoes. Owning good walking shoes also allow you to walk longer since your feet, calves, and legs will have better support.

Strength Training

weight training is great to treat cirrhosis of the liver

Lifting weights will optimize any exercise routine, whether you walk, jog, or use the elliptical. Strength training builds lean muscle, which helps your body burn more fat over the course of a day. Reducing body fat and replacing it with lean muscle can help your liver function better and put less stress on organs.

Core Workouts – Yoga and Pilates

core training is great to treat cirrhosis of the liverYour liver is located in your abdomen. Having a higher percentage of fat around your stomach can increase stress on vital organs such as the liver and heart. Reducing fat around the abdomen helps prevent chronic diseases like cirrhosis. With 29 muscles making up your abs, performing exercises and strength training to your abdomen will go a long way in eliminating harmful stomach fat.

Choosing workouts like yoga and Pilates that target the abdominal muscles are fun, easy, and low-impact. You will gain muscle and strength quickly if you train a few times a week.

Dancing

Dance therapy has recently gained popularity in the medical field. Most noteworthy is total body dance movement enhances all bodily functions, including the liver, and improves overall health. Dance is a wonderful and fun aerobic exercise that can be done anywhere. You can dance is the privacy of you own home or go to your local gym and take a specialized aerobic dance class.

Elliptical

exercising tips for cirrhosis of the liverThe elliptical machine is a great piece of workout equipment for low-impact exercise. Therefore, the elliptical can still make you sweat and get that heart pumping just as if you were running or doing another vigorous exercise. Doing interval training on the elliptical is a great way to mix up your workouts and burn more calories as your fitness level increases.

Doing short 30 second spurts of hard work, followed by a 1 to 2 minute recovery period of light work, torches fat/calories. This type of training is performed for a shorter period of time and gives your body the “afterburn effect.” That means you can burn tons of extra calories for the rest of the day.

Get a Personal Trainer

A personal trainer is a great way for you to optimize your workouts. Furthermore, personal trainers can help customize an ideal workout plan for your fitness level, fitness goals, and overall health. Working in conjunction with you doctor and discussing your potential health risks can provide additional support for developing your best workout plan.


Final Thoughts

Remember, getting up and doing any kind of movement is better than doing nothing at all. If you can only begin your workout plan walking 30 minutes twice a week, you’re doing more than many people. Gradually build your stamina and fitness level. Work up to incorporating lifting weights, doing yoga, and interval training. We all have to start somewhere and where ever you decide to start is doing your body and liver good.

 

Liver cirrhosis is one of the common disease occurrences of this generation. All these non-stop partying, drinking, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are causing damage to our liver. Some of the most common causes of the disease are excessive or chronic abuse of alcoholic beverages, having Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C, and fatty liver. There are some important things you should take note of on how to prevent cirrhosis of the liver, but first, you need to know certain aspects of the disease.

Cirrhosis of the liver is a slow-progressing disease caused by scar or keloid tissue replacing the healthy liver tissue. Damages or tears brought about by the causing factors mentioned above result in natural self-healing. The result is the presence of scar tissue. Scar tissue does not contribute anything to the overall work or function of the liver, on the other hand, it causes reduced or poor blood circulation. The scar tissue blocks the route of the blood, thus, slowing the distribution process of hormones, drugs, nutrients and removal of bodily wastes or toxins.

People with the disease at early stages show no visible signs and symptoms. In the late phases of the illness, a person will exhibit definite signs where some of which may or may not be present in others. Cases vary and depend if a person has a pre-existing illness or complication which could mimic, mask, or exacerbate symptoms. Diagnosis and treatment are not a “one size fits all” situation.


Signs and Symptoms

Worst case scenario, a higher degree of liver cirrhosis may or may not exhibit the signs and symptoms which include the following:

  • Jaundice or the yellow discoloration of the eyes and skin.
  • Ascites where fluid starts to accumulate in the peritoneal or abdominal cavity.
  • Hepatic encephalopathy – This is a decline in the brain’s functionality. It may involve confusion, slurred speech and drowsiness.
  • Spider-like blood vessels branch out or start to show on your skin.
  • Skin is easily bruised or bleeds.
  • Skin itchiness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weight loss.
  • Redness all over your hands or
  • Breast enlargement in women.
  • Testicular atrophy in men. Cells start to degenerate in the area resulting in shrinkage of the testes and loss of function.
  • Swelling of the legs.

It is important that when a number or majority of these signs and symptoms are present in your body, you must never hesitate to rush an appointment with your doctor. Delaying medical attention or treatment will end in irreversible damage to different organs of your body.

Major Causes

  • Excessive alcohol intake or abuse.
  • Viral Hepatitis B and C.
  • Fatty liver disease or hepatic steatosis is the accumulation of fat in the liver. It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic and can be difficult to distinguish.

Other Causes

  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • In-born bile duct deformity.
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Bile duct destruction.
  • Obstruction of the bile
  • Accumulated copper minerals in the liver.

Prevention of Liver Cirrhosis

Preventive measures or steps need commitment. As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”  Doing so, it could significantly reduce the risk of liver cirrhosis.

1. Eating Healthy and Appropriate Diet

Eating plant-based food—a diet full of green vegetables and fruits can improve your internal organs’ health and performance, and that includes the liver. It contains nutrients and plenty of fibers and natural detoxifying agents that are highly beneficial to the body.

As mentioned, one of the causes of cirrhosis is fatty liver, and reducing high intake of fatty and greasy food can make a difference. Also, some studies made prove that caffeine can protect you against liver cancer.

2. Maintaining Proper Weight

Relating to fat, doing daily exercise routines can burn excess fats that start to accumulate in different parts of your body. Exercise also helps reduce the risk of the disease from developing.

Liver cirrhosis is common in fat or obese people. Talk to your physician or check out charts for the recommended body weight according to height. You can also seek fitness experts and trainers about different weight loss plans applicable to you and for their advice.

3. Refraining from Alcohol

Having an occasional sip of alcohol is okay. A little bit would probably do you good but excessive or abusive intake of such can result in liver damage and the increased risk of liver cirrhosis.

If you have other types of liver disease, ask your physician if occasional drinking can do you no harm. For someone who already has liver cirrhosis, common sense dictates zero-alcohol intake. Imbibing alcohol will worsen your condition.

4. Reducing Hepatitis Risk

A factor that can cause liver cirrhosis is hepatitis B and C. The disease is transmitted through direct contact with the blood of an infected person and exchange of bodily fluids such as saliva through kissing or using an infected person’s utensils or eating the same food. Exchange of bodily fluids through intercourse can also spread the diseases.

5. Changing Your Lifestyle

A person with liver cirrhosis will need to implement a change of lifestyle. Alcohol is now off the list. Refrain from eating foods with high salt content. Sodium triggers your body to retain fluids which could worsen some of your symptoms such as the accumulation of fluids in the peritoneal area and your legs. From here on then, you need to start a low- or non-sodium diet.

Liver cirrhosis makes you lose your appetite. You need to do everything to maintain proper nutrition and diet. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. Not eating and drinking right can cause malnutrition and extreme weight loss which could trigger other complications.


Summary

Choosing between curative and preventive, most people would rather learn how to prevent cirrhosis of the liver than risk getting one and then curing themselves. The process of curing the disease is not at all 100%, it’s costly, too. There is a chance your liver may not respond well to treatments. Genetics, pre-existing conditions and complications affect treatment. Although there is a considerable advancement in the field of medical science, there’s no denying the risk that failure happens.