Liver cirrhosis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Liver is the largest gland of our body that maintains the digestion process and helps to filter the toxins from blood and produce or store the enzymes that help digest the food. It stores nutrients and sugar to boost the immune system. Liver cirrhosis is the formation of scar tissue on the liver that replaces healthy liver tissue while partially blocking blood flow through the liver . Every day the liver is affected and damaged by harmful toxins. Liver cirrhosis develops because of excessive toxins collection in the body, and it reduces the liver’s metabolic function, leading to lack of nutrition to the body cells. Pitta is predominant Dosha for the liver. Most liver diseases are caused by aggravated conditions of Pitta dosha. Excessive bile production or a blockage in the flow of bile usually indicates aggravated Pitta dosha. Using excessive amounts of alcohol and having lack of exercise, eating junk food, and having a sedentary lifestyle are linked with liver cirrhosis. Main symptoms of liver cirrhosis are that the person may become tired, weak, itchy, have swelling in the legs, yellowing of skin, fluid accumulation in the abdomen or develop spider-like blood vessels on the skin.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Liver cirrhosis
Ayurvedic treatment of various liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis, has been used since ancient times. The Ayurvedic management of liver diseases includes correct lifestyle and diet management along with the use of some herbs which can effectively treat the condition. Detoxification of the body is an essential step to keep your liver healthy and functional. Panchkarma therapies such as Virechana (purification therapy) and Basti (enema), should be used for cleansing the bowels. Pranayama and other exercises like Yoga should be performed on a regular basis. Natural herbs help to maintain the digestion process of the body and prevent the liver from cell damage. Ayurvedic herbs help to maintain blood circulation and remove the excessive fat and toxins from the body. Ayurvedic treatment of liver cirrhosis includes taking various herbs like: Licorice, Flax Seeds, Turmeric, Amla, Triphala, Green Tea, Giloy, Gau Jaban, Guggul, Saunth, Naag Kesar, Safatika Bhasma.
Please note that we do not recommend trying Ayurvedic medicines to treat liver cirrhosis and other liver diseases without an Ayurvedic doctor’s supervision.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Liver cirrhosis:
- Complete abstinence from alcohol
- Drink freshly extracted juices from lemon, papaya, grapes
- Vegetables such as beets, tomato, carrot, bitter gourd, and egg-plant are useful
- All oils and fats should be avoided
- Avoid all refined, processed, and canned food
- Salt should be restricted in cooking
- Drink more water to keep your body always hydrated