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Last Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Liver Diseases - Know How Ayurveda Can Treat It Better Than Liver Transplant!

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Dr. Paresh J ThakkarAyurvedic Doctor • 32 Years Exp.BAMS
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Liver diseases such as cirrhosis, Hepatitis, Autoimmune hepatitis, PSC, Fatty liver, Alcoholic liver diseases, are not just dreadful, but they also cause irreversible damage to the liver. Modern medicine rely on transplanting the liver when its health reaches a point where treatment can no longer recover or stop its deterioration. So, a liver transplant is the way to go for modern medicine when there is end-stage liver disease. However, transplant is not a cure; rather it is an escape from the cure. An ailing liver can be cured through Ayurveda. This traditional form of medicine dates back to 1400 B.C. and has been tried and tested since then. The number of patients treated successfully by the way of Ayurveda.

Functions of Liver - The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile. This helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down balances, and creates the nutrients and also metabolizes drugs into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body or that are nontoxic.

More than 400 to 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver.

  1. Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion.
  2. Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
  3. Conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy) and to balance and make glucose as needed
  4. Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins
  5. Processing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content (the liver stores iron)
  6. Conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (urea is an end product of protein metabolism and is excreted in the urine)
  7. Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
  8. Regulating blood clotting
  9. Resisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream
  10. Clearance of bilirubin, also from red blood cells. If there is an accumulation of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow.

When the liver has broken down harmful substances, its by-products are excreted into the bile or blood. Bile by-products enter the intestine and leave the body in the form of feces. Blood by-products are filtered out by the kidneys, and leave the body in the form of urine.

The beginning of liver disease -

According to Ayurvedic principles mostly all diseases related to the abdomen are produced due to MANDAGNI (low/poor appetite) including liver diseases. Three main doshas VATA, PITTA and KAPHA are increased aggravate and obstruct the channels of sweat and other body fluids than accumulate in the digestive system disturb the whole abdomen and produce liver diseases.

How Ayurveda treatment work?

Ayurveda treatment helps to treat the root cause of disease nectar-like herbs of Ayurveda stop further scarring of liver tissue and it may regenerate liver cell. Remove accumulated toxins from the body. Help to keep the balance of VATA, PITTA and KAPHA DOSHAS. thus normalizing functions of liver and entire digestive system. As the liver functions improve all other complication (portal hypertension, Ascites, etc)disappear slowly. Moreover, it can help by: -

Diagnosing liver disease early.

  1. Recommending a proper diet and lifestyle to stop the degeneration of the liver tissue.
  2. Using hepato-protective herbs to protect the liver and stop the degeneration of the liver.
  3. Using other nectar-like herbs to regenerate damaged tissue, thereby helping the liver regain its health.
  4. Advising precautions to stop liver damage and keep it healthy.

Take Away -

A liver transplant is not a cure as the functioning of an ailing organ can be cured with attaining and maintaining the balance of natural elements in the body. Ayurveda cures the problem from its root and ensures that it will not occur in the future. However, it is advisable to consult an ayurvedic liver specialist before going 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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