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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Hepatitis B And Its Ayurvedic Treatment!

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Dr. Paresh J ThakkarAyurvedic Doctor • 32 Years Exp.BAMS
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What is hepatitis B?

Hepatitis is a redness and swelling (inflammation) of the liver. It sometimes causes severe liver damage.

There are several types of hepatitis. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis D, Hepatitis E.

In hepatitis B, the liver is infected with the hepatitis B virus. This causes inflammation. The liver isn’t able to work properly.

Hepatitis B can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic).

  • Acute hepatitis B - This is a brief infection (6 months or less) that goes away because the body gets rid of the virus. 
  • Chronic hepatitis B - This is a long-lasting infection( it lasts more than six months.) that happens when your body can’t get rid of the virus. Having chronic hepatitis B increases your risk of developing liver cirrhosis liver failure and liver cancer

The causes of hepatitis B -

Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus. People pass the hepatitis B virus to each other. This happens when you come into contact with another person’s infected:

  • Blood 
  • Semen 
  • Vaginal secretions 
  • Saliva

Common ways this virus is spread are through:

  • Needle sticks 
  • Sharp instruments 
  • Shared razors and toothbrushes 
  • Unprotected sex with an infected person 
  • Sharing drug supplies

Babies may also get the disease if their mother has the virus. 

Who is at risk for hepatitis B? 

Anyone can get hepatitis B by coming into contact with the blood or body fluids of someone who is infected with hepatitis B.

Some people are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B. They include:

  • Children born to mothers who have hepatitis B 
  • People who have a blood-clotting disorder, such as hemophilia 
  • People who need dialysis for kidney failure 
  • People who use IV (intravenous) drugs 
  • People who have unprotected sex. 
  • People who have a job where they are in contact with human blood, body fluids, or needles 
  • People taking medicines(immunosuppressant) that weaken (suppress) the body’s infection-fighting system (immune system) 
  • People with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) or hepatitis C infections

Pregnant women should be tested for hepatitis B. 

Symptoms of hepatitis B

Hepatitis B has a wide range of symptoms. It may be mild, without symptoms, or it may cause chronic hepatitis.

Each person’s symptoms may vary. The most common symptoms of hepatitis B is as follows.

Diagnosis of Hepatitis B -

  1. Blood tests can detect signs of the hepatitis B virus in your body. 
  2. Liver ultrasound
  3. Liver biopsy

Complications of hepatitis B -

1. Liver failure can lead to death.

2. The risk of liver cancer is higher in people with hepatitis B.

3. Long-term or chronic hepatitis B can cause severe liver damage. The most severe liver damage is called cirrhosis. The liver stops working properly.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Hepatitis B -

Ayurvedic treatment mainly boost the immune system to get the rid of Hepatitis B virus. Specially ''Rasayan'' Ayurvedic treatment that is very effective to rejuvenate each and every cell of our body and mainly liver tissue. Nectar like Ayurvedic medicine help to slow down or stop the virus from damaging the liver.

Ayurvedic Treatment is helpful to decrease the amount and destructive energy of virus in the blood, Rejuvenate liver tissue, reduce complications.

Important points to prevent hepatitis B?

A vaccine is available to prevent hepatitis B. The vaccine is suggested for everyone age 18 years and younger, as well as for adults over age 18 who are at risk for the infection.

You can protect yourself and others from hepatitis B by:

  • Using condoms during sex 
  • Making sure any tattoos or body piercings are done with tools that have been cleaned properly and do not have any germs (sterile) 
  • Not sharing needles and other drug supplies 
  • Not sharing toothbrushes or razors 
  • Not touching another person’s blood or body fluids unless you wear gloves.

Though there are treatments available in Ayurveda, it is advisable to consult an Ayurvedic liver specialist before opting for any treatment.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!

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