Liver disease from the point of view of Ayurveda
Liver is one of the most important organs of the human body. It is responsible for removing toxins from the body, fights infections and controls cholesterol levels. Any disease affecting the regular function of the liver is called liver disease. The most common liver diseases are: alcoholic hepatitis, different hepatitis types A,B,C, fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis, jaundice and cancer. The increase in the number of liver diseases is associated with frequent daily contact with chemicals. Although the greatest risk to smokers, those who abuse alcohol and drugs and live in heavily polluted environments may be susceptible to developing liver diseases. Liver diseases affect human growth and development, fertility, cardiovascular work, and bone integrity. Maintaining a healthy liver is therefore vital to overall health and well-being.
Ayurveda recognizes that balancing liver function is a key factor in maintaining overall health. According to Ayurveda, the liver is a vital organ for metabolism. Ayurveda believes that when the liver is unable to perform well, it also leads to imbalance or distortion in all the three doshas – Vata, Pitha and Kapha. Pitha-based problems such as skin inflammation can be a direct result of liver imbalance.
The liver is one of the main sites of Agni or fire principle. Liver hosts bhutagni which are the subtle enzymes that digest the five elements in our food into forms that directly nourish our five sense organs – eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat liver disease
Ayurveda has been ingenios in treating liver diseases for centuries. The primary goal of Ayurveda is improving liver detoxification processes and helping prevent further liver damage. Right diet, lifestyle and Ayurvedic herbal remedies can help in having good liver health. In Ayurveda, the herbs that taste bitter are beneficial for liver health.
The Suryavathi is one of the most prescribed medicines for liver disorders in Ayurveda. Other herbs like Katuka, Vidanga, Kalmegh, Haritaki, Pippali, and Amla are used in restoration and healing the liver.
Depending on the cause and progress of the disease, our doctors determine the degree of liver damage and treatment methods using ancient Ayurvedic knowledge. Treatment therapies include detoxification cleansing treatments, lifestyle changes and intake of various Ayurvedic products that help restore liver function faster.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of liver diseases:
Bitter and cooling herbs and foods like aloe vera, neem, kutki, karela, amla, turmeric, bhumi-amala, punarnava, are widely used for both protection and boosting liver health
Green leafy vegetables, beetroots, carrots and apples are good for the liver
Drinking sufficient amount of water will helps the liver and kidneys do their thing a lot easier
Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt
Get more exercise
Check the Ayurvedic treatment for other liver&gallbladder diseases:
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