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Cirrhosis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Cirrhosis is a medical condition where the healthy tissue of the liver is replaced by scar tissues. This makes it difficult for the liver to function properly. The scar tissue slows down the processing of natural toxins, drugs, hormones and nutrients. This occurs due to the blockage of the flow of blood through the liver. It can also slow down the manufacturing of proteins made by the liver. It can even cause death if not treated on time.

What causes liver Cirrhosis?

Liver Cirrhosis is most commonly caused due to alcohol abuse, fatty liver and hepatitis C. Other causes of Cirrhosis in the liver include:

  • Fatty liver which is associated with diabetes and obesity.
  • Acute viral infections of the liver such as hepatitis D, B and C. This is somewhat rare.
  • Blockage of the bile which transfers bile to the intestines. Bile is generally formed in the liver and it helps in digesting food. Blockage of the bile duct can also be caused due to bilary atresia. In this condition, the bile ducts are damaged or absent which causes the bile to stay in the liver. This condition usually affects babies.
  • Continuous bouts of heart failure causing fluid to build up in the liver.
  • Diseases such as cystic fibrosis, glycogen storage disease (inability of the body to process glycogen into sugar), alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency (absence of a certain enzyme in the liver).
  • Diseases and disorders which are caused by hemochromatosis (excessive iron content is deposited in the liver and other vital organs), Wilson’s disease (unusual storage of copper inside the liver) and abnormal liver functioning.
  • Rare factors like parasitic infections, exposure to environmental toxins and reaction to certain prescription drugs can also contribute to Cirrhosis.

How is Cirrhosis diagnosed?

  • Physical exam- The doctor usually performs a physical exam to see how large your liver is and observes how your liver feels. A liver affected by Cirrhosis might feel irregular and bumpy instead of smooth.
  • CT scan and ultrasound- Tests like ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT scan) and radioisotope scan is performed to analyze Cirrhosis.
  • Biopsy- During a biopsy, a tissue from the liver is taken and tested for diagnosing Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Surgery- This is usually performed in severe cases, a laparoscope is inserted through an incision inside the abdomen. After the doctor gets an entire view of the liver he performs the surgery.
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Home Remedy for Cirrhosis of Liver

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (11386 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Home Remedy for Cirrhosis of Liver
Home Remedy for Cirrhosis of Liver
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Diet And Nutrition Tips For Liver Cirrhosis Patients

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (11386 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet and nutrition tips for people with cirrhosis Malnutrition, a common complication in liver cirrhosis, is associated with poorer outcome. Consequently, a diet that provides 25 to 40 kcal/kg body weight a day is usually prescribed. Nutrition therapy, particularly with branched-chain amino acids, can also help support patients who are losing weight due to poor appetite and may improve survival. Cirrhosis prevention or management: Low-fat diets: Excess dietary fat may encourage cirrhosis progression. High intakes of total fat, saturated fat and polyunsaturated fat have been implicated. High-fat diet can worsen cirrhosis as it contributes to fatty liver disease which is another cause of cirrhosis. No more than 30 percent of your calories should come from fat. Antioxidants and b-vitamins: Cirrhotic patients have significant reductions in antioxidant enzymes and lower blood levels of certain antioxidant nutrients, such as carotenoids, vitamin e, and zinc. Due to a reduction in food intake and documented deficiencies of several nutrients in cirrhosis, patients should take at least a multiple vitamin with minerals that meets 100% of the dietary allowance for all vitamins and minerals. Branched-chain amino acids and enteral feeding for malnourished patients -protein-energy malnutrition is common, occurring in 65% to 90% of patients with cirrhosis. Enteral feeding is also the recommended route for artificial nutrition in cirrhosis, and is associated with improved liver function and a lower hospital mortality rate. Limit salt: Salt retains water, which can cause further problems for cirrhosis patients. It is important that you limit your salt intake to less than 2, 000 mg a day or less. You can do this by avoiding salty foods, cooking for yourself, reading food labels carefully, avoiding fast-food restaurants, and reducing your intake of red meat. Watch your calories and protein: Cirrhosis patients may need additional calories and protein as they may lose their appetite or experience nausea or vomiting, leading to weight loss. Eating smaller, more frequent meals may help combat this while replenishing lost nutrients, calories, and protein. Protein should come from plant sources as meat-sourced protein is hard for your liver to filter through. Avoid alcohol: In many cases, alcohol is a main cause for cirrhosis, so continuing to drink will worsen your condition. Avoid alcohol at all costs. Avoid caffeinated beverages: Caffeinated beverages have been found to worsen liver disease. Weight loss due to loss of appetite and other factors lifestyle changes to reduce cirrhosis symptoms. Maintain a healthy weight. Some forms of liver disease, including cirrhosis, are linked to fat accumulation. Reduce your risk of developing hepatitis. Do not share needles, ensure you are vaccinated, and be aware of the risk of hepatitis when traveling to foreign countries. Avoid infections. Cirrhosis makes it difficult to fight off infections. Avoid people who are sick and wash your hands frequently. Don t smoke. This is toxic to the liver. Don t do illicit drugs. These too increase your risk of hepatitis and infection. Manage other health conditions. Control blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes as these can all take a toll on your liver, worsening your disease. Avoid harmful medications: Medications are processed through the liver, so certain drugs can worsen your condition.

Cirrhosis Liver - Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help!

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gupta 92% (291 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Certificate In Osteopathy, Panchakarma Training
Ayurveda, Udaipur
Cirrhosis Liver - Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help!
Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic and progressive condition in which the liver gets damaged and healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, ultimately causing dysfunction of the liver. Liver damage obstructs the circulation to the liver and also hinders the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, toxins as well as the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Liver cirrhosis is caused due to hepatitis C, fatty liver, alcohol abuse, viral infections, inherited diseases, and as a toxic reaction to drugs and environmental waste products. The modern management of this condition involves diet modification, reduction in salt intake, total abstinence from alcohol, and avoiding all the causative factors of this condition. Cirrhosis of liver causes multiple symptoms in the body including fluid collection in the abdomen, bleeding varices in the stomach, chronic heart failure, damage to the central nervous system, and various metabolic disorders in the body. Advanced cirrhosis of liver is ultimately fatal. Ayurvedic Treatment It is therefore of prime importance to commence treatment at the earliest possible. It is of utmost importance to treat the known cause of the condition. Ayurvedic herbal medicines have a definite action on the hepatic cells and can effectively treat inflammation within the liver. Ayurvedic medicines can also treat infection as well as metabolic dysfunction of the liver, and protect it from the toxic effects of drugs and environmental wastes. Ayurvedic medicines can therefore be effectively used to treat all the known causes of liver cirrhosis. Liver damage causes healthy cells to be replaced with scar tissue. This is preceded by a process of inflammation, swellingand gradual death of the liver cells. Early institution of Ayurvedic treatment can help dramatically reduce inflammation and swelling and thereby preserve the liver cells and prevent unnecessary damage. Even in the early phase of scar deposition. Ayurvedic herbal medicines can help remove scar tissue, minimize permanent liver damage, and help regenerate damaged or near-dead cells Ayurvedic herbal medicines, therefore, form a comprehensive treatment therapy for liver cirrhosis. The other symptoms resulting from liver cirrhosis such as ascites, esophageal varices, congestive cardiac failure and metabolic disorders start improving automatically when the obstruction in the liver is treated and removed. However, Ayurvedic medicines can treat these symptoms independently too, if these are observed to be severe in the affected individual and require urgent medical care. Improved functioning of the liver also helps to improve the overall metabolism and nutrition of the body and metabolize toxic substances within the body. Prompt and aggressive Ayurvedic treatment, therefore, helps comprehensively treat liver cirrhosis and significantly reduce morbidity and mortality resulting from this disease. Cirrhosis can also adversely affect the central nervous system and cause psychotic symptoms and permanent nerve damage. Prompt treatment with Ayurvedic herbal medicines also helps to preserve the brain function and treat the associated symptoms. If required, brain damage can be treated separately with herbal medicines which strengthen the nervous system and help rejuvenate nerve cells. Medicines which act on the nervous system also help improve confidence and self-control and are therefore equally useful in helping the affected individual abstain completely from alcohol, which is a known and predominant cause of cirrhosis. Depending upon the severity of the condition, most individuals affected with cirrhosis require regular and aggressive Ayurvedic herbal treatment for periods ranging from six to eighteen months, in order to obtain significant benefit and a possible complete cure from the condition. Ayurvedic treatment thus has a definite role to play in the management and treatment of cirrhosis.
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Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!

Dr. Paresh J Thakkar 86% (16 ratings)
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Successful Liver Cirrhosis Treatment With Ayurveda!
Liver cirrhosis is characterized by the replacement of normal liver tissue with fibrous tissue. This condition occurs when the liver has been exposed to certain causative factors for a prolonged period of time. Liver cirrhosis can be compared to Kumbhakaamla as stated in Ayurveda. In Ayurvedic terms, liver cirrhosis is through to result due to an extreme aggravation of the pitta dosha. The liver is considered as the seat of pitta and therefore, an aggravated pitta dosha affects the functioning of this vital organ that helps eliminate toxins from the body. It can lead to problems such as anemia, jaundice, hemorrhage, ascites, and liver and spleen enlargement. This may end up aggravating and dis-balancing other doshas as well. Because of aggravation of the pitta dosha, all the functions of the pitta such clarity of skin complexion, hunger, digestion, and production of blood are seriously affected. Because of the aggravation, the rasa and rakta dhatus are severely affected followed by other dhatus. Ayurvedic treatment for liver ailments is highly recommended as it is completely natural and does not result in any side effects. It helps reverse all of the symptoms of liver cirrhosis and other diseases while restoring the normal functioning of the liver. There are several Ayurvedic remedies that you can practice to relieve the symptoms of liver cirrhosis. The following are some of the most common Ayurvedic tips for liver cirrhosis: Patient must take expert opinion of an Ayurveda for the right treatment of liver cirrhosis Cirrhosis is a complicated and serious situation thus, home remedies or any single herb treatment is not recommended. Avoid foods that aggravate pitta, such as non-vegetarian food items, sour and spicy products, and oily foods. Incorporate sugar cane juice and raisins in your diet Consume well-churned buttermilk instead of curd Consume a mixture of 1 tablespoon licorice (mulethi) and 2 teaspoons honey twice a day Quit alcohol Eat a well balanced and nutritious diet that contains a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables Opt for sources of good fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, soy and olives Limit your intake of salt and sugar Avoid packaged food items with added preservatives, including pickles Ayurvedic treatment varies from person to person and therefore one must consult an expert and not try any home remedies.
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Cirrhosis Of The Liver - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!

Dr. Santosh Rayabagi 91% (1269 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Udupi
Cirrhosis Of The Liver - Ayurvedic Treatment For It!
Nobody prefers to suffer from ailments such as Cirrhosis of liver. After all, it is difficult for a person, if his or her liver is not functioning properly. However, if in case a person is suffering from such kind of chronic ailment, then one can opt for Ayurvedic remedies, which do not have any side effects. Why it occurs? In order to know how it is treated, it is essential to understand what causes cirrhosis of the liver and what it means to have this dreaded condition. While there is a range of causes for the chronic disease, fatty liver disease along with hepatitis B and hepatitis C are the most common causes of Cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol consumption on an excessive level also bears its fair share of responsibility. As a matter of fact, Cirrhosis of the liver is caused on account of this sort of alcohol consumption and is responsible for more deaths than any other type. Detoxifying your liver with Ayurveda When it comes to the Ayurvedic way to treat this serious issue that is liver Cirrhosis, the main focus is on the complete and effective detoxification of the liver. One of the first things that is involved in this sort of treatment is a radical overhaul of the habits of the person whose quality of life is being seriously impinged on due to this disease. De-addiction is a very important starting point. After all, it can be said to be only logical, that the treatment of a disease, which has been brought upon by the indulgence in a bad habit begins with the cessation of the habit. Diet restrictions are also part and parcel of getting liver cirrhosis treated by making use of Ayurveda s deep and ancient body of knowledge. In many cases, doing so does mean giving up consumption of meat. In addition to this, other things, which are to be done from the point of view of dietary changes include, but are not limited to, avoiding hot and oily food which tends to be heavy on the digestive system of the person who is undergoing treatment. With the body under so much pressure in any case, it makes no sense at all to add more load. While all this may seem to be very cumbersome, it is to be kept in mind what wonders Ayurveda can accomplish and how does it work in repairing the damaged liver of the patient who is undergoing this course of treatment. The end result makes all the sacrifices worth the effort.
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Popular Questions & Answers

Is liver Cirrhosis hereditary? My father expired due to this, so should I be worried?

Dr. Ajay Mishra 88% (55 ratings)
DNB, M.D. MEDICINE, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gastroenterologist, Surat
There is no hereditary cause for cirrhosis but yes there are few causes of liver disease which are familial and must be evaluated prior to reaching the stage of cirrhosis.
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I am 54 years. Male suffering from liver cirrhosis. I have not touched alcohol since more than 2 years. & regularly taking medicines for it. For vigour and vitality I should prefer Aloevera or which Chyavanprash. Please suggest. I have no BP & Blood Sugar.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 95% (14542 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Yes you can delay but not cure cirrhosis. Good food habits, fruits and green leafy vegetables help a lot.

My mother suffering with Lever cirrhosis and she had Type 2 sugar. Lever cirrhosis happen due to HCV HEPATITIS C VIRUS. And after 6 months course HCV came to negative but after that also blood vomiting carried for 4 times and Banding has been done. Is there any solution and also suggest diet to avoid repeated problem. My mother age is 60 years from south india please help.

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gupta 92% (291 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Certificate In Osteopathy, Panchakarma Training
Ayurveda, Udaipur
Liver cirrhosis can be treated with ayurveda very effectively. You can give ayurveda medicines with modern medicine. We have speciality in treating liver cirrhosis patients. You can consult with us. Indian cow milk is good for your mother. Thanks.

Hello sir I am facing the liver problems I mean I am a fully addicted to alcohol 4 months back I am getting jaundice and now I am taking alcohol again from past 3 weeks now I am getting digesting problem and feeling like vomit and I am getting very tired and getting fever some times I can not sleep without alcohol now I am afraid of cirrhosis of liver I did not test anything yet pls what I do now I need some medicine suggest and I am a psychiatric problem psychiatric doctor said I have panic disorder problem and he suggest lonazep and walbeta la 25 and nexito 10 but after I am taking that medicine I am feeling very fast heart beet and sweating and body shivering but I am feeling very afraid of cirrhosis of liver but I can not sleep without alcohol pls suggest me sir.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 91% (23487 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Only strong will power, determination, attending AA meetings and diverting mind when tempted will help you stop alcohol or may need professional help from a psychiatrist or de addiction centre. Try to do meditation and yoga. Read good books and listen to music and if you are believer attend Bhajans Alcohol causes 7 types of cancer, including breast, mouth and bowel cancers. When you drink alcohol, cancer-causing chemicals are formed. Alcohol also affects hormone levels and makes cells even more likely to be damaged by smoking. The less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer. No type of alcohol is better or worse than another, it is the alcohol itself that leads to the damage, regardless of whether it is in wine, beer or spirits. And drinking and smoking together are even worse for you. Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer. But on the whole, scientists have found that some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol than others. Every year, alcohol causes 4% of cancers .Tips to cut down on alcohol. There are lots of simple ways to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink. It can help to work out if there are particular times or situations when you tend to have a drink, whether that’s a bad day at work or a weekly pub quiz tradition, and plan what you’ll say and do differently next time. Have more alcohol-free days a week. For liver health it’s best to have at least 2 days off alcohol in a row each week. Try agreeing on certain days with your partner or a friend and help each some wi other and stick to it. If you are planning to drink alcohol, decide on a limit in advance and make sure you don’t go over it. Swap every other alcoholic drink for a soft one – starting with your first drink. Try shandy instead of a pint of beer, or swap ne for soda and have a spritzer. Don’t stock up on beer, wine or spirits at home. Finish one drink before pouring another, because topping up drinks makes it harder to keep track of how much you’ve had and when you planned to stop. Avoid buying drinks in rounds, that way you don’t have to keep pace with anyone. Tell a friend or partner that you’re cutting down on alcohol, they can support you – or even join you. You have to do counselling and do tests to determine that you have cirrhosis and fully stop alcohol.
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