Liver Damage – Natural Remedies To Prevent And Treat Cirrhosis

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, cirrhosis and chronic

liver disease is the 11th leading cause of death. As per their latest data

published in 2006 – there were over 26,500 deaths in the US alone for 2004.

The liver is a vital organ that filters pollutants from the blood, maintains

glucose levels, assists in blood clotting, stores vitamins, processes fats and

produces urea among hundreds of other functions. Cirrhosis occurs when the liver’s

tissues get scarred due to alcohol abuse, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, drugs and

chemicals, blocked bile ducts, genetic disorders such as haemochromatosis, Alpha-1

antitrypsin deficiency, Wilson disease, galactosemia, and glycogen storage


Steps to treat and prevent cirrhosis:

1. Abstain from alcohol – Alcohol abuse is the single most important reason for

liver damage. Up to 100 percent of heavy drinkers show evidence of fatty liver,

about 10 to 35 percent develop alcoholic hepatitis, and 10 to 20 percent develop

cirrhosis. (Ref: Grant, B.F.; Dufour, M.C.; & Harford, T.C. Epidemiology of

alcoholic liver disease. Seminars in Liver Disease 8(1):12-25, 1988.)

2. Change your diet – Reduce sodium in your diet drastically. Avoid canned and

packaged foods. Use salt sparingly while cooking and seasoning. Eat several small

meals a day. Take adequate protein. Reduce fat. Blood sugar levels may be too high

or too low. Eating carbohydrates in moderation at every meal will help to control

blood sugar levels. You must be well nourished as liver damage can cause you to

inadequately process nutrients and lose weight.

3. Herbal Remedies – Milk Thistle is recommended as a herbal remedy for liver

damage. In addition the ayurvedic formulation Liv 52 is also well known for

detoxification and liver support in cirrhotic and pre-cirrhotic conditions. Its

ingredients include Capers (Capparis spinosa), Wild chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Negro coffee (Cassia occidentalis), Yarrow (Achillea

millefolium), Tamarisk (Tamarix gallica)