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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2023

Hepatic Encephalopathy - How Ayurveda Plays A Role In Its Treatment?

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Dr. Paresh J ThakkarAyurvedic Doctor • 31 Years Exp.BAMS
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Hepatic encephalopathy refers to a serious liver condition in which the toxins build up to such an extent in the body that the liver becomes severely dysfunctional and the patient loses a normal level of consciousness. In this condition, the level of ammonia rises to a dangerous degree in the blood. It is an advanced stage of liver failure and is characterized by disturbing symptoms such as bloating, edema, amnesia, disturbed mind, changes in personality and in very advanced cases, even loss of memory and coma is reported. However, it is curable and Ayurveda offers to be of great help in treating this condition. It has numerous medicines and therapies to treat this condition.

Ayurvedic detox in hepatic encephalopathy
Hepatic encephalopathy is caused by extreme damage to the liver cells. This damage is the result of an excessive buildup of toxins in the liver, which overpower its filtration capabilities making the organ give up. It is similar to liver failure. Ayurveda tackles the disease by treating the root cause, that is, the buildup of toxins. Additionally, it helps strengthen the immunity while also ensuring relief in the painful symptoms. The remedies aim to remove the toxins from the system so that the liver cells can be restored to their normal state. So, such herbs and medicines are administered to the patients that possess diuretic, laxative, and cleansing properties.

Ayurvedic treatment effects
The liver detoxification medicines in ayurveda carry detoxification properties and they work with great efficacy in flushing out the toxins from the liver that have scarred the liver cells so badly. These Ayurvedic medicines also have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties and thus, they also relax and protect the liver. This is because, in hepatic encephalopathy, the damaged liver cells become inflamed and thus, anti-inflammatory medicines are also required to soothe the damaged cells. Apart from this, the damaged liver also requires protection and thus, proper consultation with an experienced doctor is highly recommended.

Ayurveda dos and don’ts
In hepatic encephalopathy, a regulated diet and abstinence from alcohol and smoking are also recommended. The former is given immense emphasis because the liver damage is so advanced that it cannot tolerate heavy and spicy food. A light and easily digestible diet are conducive to the recovery of the liver and in fact, acts as a medicine itself. In Ayurveda, nishedha (prohibition) is also equally important and in addition to oily and spicy food, alcohol and smoking are also prohibited. Alcohol is like poison to the damaged liver and smoking would further affect the immunity, negating the effects of the Ayurvedic treatment.

So, the patient, during the course of the treatment, should adhere to the do's and don’ts without any fail. They should eat what is recommended by their Ayurveda specialist and must bear in mind that Ayurveda is a holistic treatment procedure that targets the root cause and ensures permanent relief. Therefore, the patient must respond to the treatment in a holistic manner, adhering to the medicines as well as prohibition.

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