Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to Alcoholic Liver Disease owing to the build-up of fat in the liver. It leads to scarring and inflammation and ultimately results in liver damage. Hence, the disease can be fatal. Since the liver is responsible for a mammoth range of tasks including storage of energy, filtering of toxins from the blood, making proteins, managing hormones, and regulating blood sugar and cholesterol, the liver damage can be fatal. The liver diseases are complex conditions which can be treated with an ayurvedic approach.
Different Types of Alcoholic Liver Diseases -
Some of the common types of Alcoholic Liver Diseases are:
● Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: In people suffering from this disease, excessive alcohol consumption leads to deposition of fat in the liver.
● Alcoholic Cirrhosis: In this type of liver damage, the liver gets scarred which means that hard and dead tissues replace soft and living tissues. People with this condition are at a high risk of developing liver cancer.
● Alcoholic Hepatitis: Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to inflammation of the liver. This can lead to liver cirrhosis too.
Diagnosis of Alcoholic Liver Disease -
There is no specific test to diagnose Alcoholic Liver Disease. Doctors go through past medical history and prescribe a number of tests to diagnose Alcoholic Liver Disease that includes blood tests, physical examination, ultrasound, etc.
Ayurveda and Liver Disease -
According to Ayurveda, the smooth functioning of the liver depends on the three doshas Pitta dosha, Kapha dosha, and Vata dosha. The imbalance of these three doshas in the body along with the five natural elements (corresponding to the five elements of the earth) lead to malfunctioning of the liver.
Studies About Effect of Ayurveda On Liver -
The effect of Ayurveda on Alcoholic Liver Disease has been studied deeply. Various researches have been carried out to determine the efficacy of this mode of treatment in alleviating the woes of people suffering from Alcoholic Liver Disease.
A study conducted to identify the efficacy of Ayurveda in treating people suffering from hepatic cirrhosis has found that it can be an effective treatment that may postpone the need for liver transplant and may gradually help in enhancing the overall health.
Take Away -
Though there are ways in Ayurveda to treat Alcoholic Liver Disease, it is always advisable to consult an ayurvedic liver specialist before opting for any medicine or remedy.