Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis & How to deal with them in Ayurveda

    Liver Cirrhosis: Overview

    Liver Cirrhosis is a condition which causes scarring (fibrosis) of the liver due to several types of liver diseases. In other words, Liver Cirrhosis is a complication of liver disease which results in an irreversible scarring of the liver and loss of liver cells. There is effective Liver Cirrhosis treatment in Ayurveda. This treatment involves the use of special herbs and herbal formulations which can be beneficial in managing the symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis.

    The occurrence of Liver Cirrhosis is basically a response to damage, caused to the liver, which is an important organ of the body. Liver carries out a number of important functions such as cleansing the blood, producing vital nutrients and detoxification of harmful substances in the body. The liver may get damaged due to many forms of liver diseases and conditions like hepatitis and chronic alcoholism which may injure and even kill the liver cells.

    Whenever there is some kind of damage to the liver, the organ repairs itself and its damaged cells. This self-repair process followed by the liver leads to the formation of scar tissue. Over a period of time, the increasing formation of scar tissue eventually hampers the proper functioning of the liver. The liver cells which do not die, when the liver is damaged start multiplying, in an effort to replace the cells that have died. Because of this, clusters of newly formed liver cells regenerative nodules develop within the scar tissue.

    The formation of scar tissue and other changes which are triggered by Liver Cirrhosis can further lead to the development of specific complications or Decompensated Cirrhosis which is a life-threatening condition.

    The damage which the liver undergoes in Liver Cirrhosis cannot be reversed. However, early diagnosis of the condition can be extremely helpful in treating its cause like commonly chronic alcohol abuse and viral hepatitis B and C to prevent further damage to the liver in time.

    Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis

    Generally, people affected by Liver Cirrhosis do not show any specific signs and symptoms of the condition. Nonetheless, some of the common indications which are considered to be the symptoms of liver disease are:

    • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin caused by accumulation of bilirubin in the blood)
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue
    • Itching
    • Nausea
    • Loss of appetite
    • Easy bruising and bleeding
    • Swelling in the legs
    • Weight loss
    • Redness in the palms; clubbing of fingers
    • Slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
    • Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen)
    • Confusion and drowsiness
    • Spider-like blood vessels on the skin
    • Lessening of body hair
    • Breast enlargement in men
    • Testicular atrophy in men

    Liver Cirrhosis treatment in Ayurveda

    Liver Cirrhosis treatment in Ayurveda constitutes a safe and natural approach for effective management of the condition. Since Ayurvedic experts believe that the symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis (and other liver diseases) are linked to aggravated conditions of the body’s ‘Pitta’ dosha, the herbs / herbal products recommended to the patients suffering from the condition are basically aimed at dealing with the ‘Pitta’ dosha.

    For managing the common symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis, patients suffering from the liver disease are advised by Ayurvedic experts to follow a natural approach which mainly includes the use of some very powerful herbs/herbal formulations which chiefly include:

    Herbs for liver detoxification

    A combination of several potent herbs can be very beneficial in detoxifying the liver. These herbs available in the form of Liver Detox capsules can improve liver function, reduce cholesterol levels, help in digestion, and provide healthy nutrients to the body.

    The main herbs for liver detoxification are: Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa), Haritaki (terminalia chebula), Katuki (picrorhiza kurroa), Kasni (cichorium intybus), Jhavuka (tamarix gallica), Kalmegh (andrographis paniculata), Makoy (solanum nigrum), Biranjasipha (achillea millefolium), and Himsra (capparis spinosa).

    Indian Echinacea (Kalmegh)

    Indian Echinacea or Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) is an amazing herb which is considered an excellent analgesic, antiseptic and blood purifier. It supports healthy functioning of the liver and the kidneys.

    For managing the symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis and other liver conditions, Indian Echinacea capsule is an effective herbal supplement. This formulation can clean the blood naturally by eliminating various toxins like urea, uric acid, creatinine, and high cholesterol.

    Phyllanthus Niruri (Bhumi Amla)

    The Bhumi Amla herb (Phyllanthus niruri) is also a very effective Liver Cirrhosis treatment in Ayurveda. This herb has acrid, cooling, alexipharmic and diuretic properties; and is also widely known for its ability to support the immune system.

    Phyllanthus Niruri capsules are a beneficial herbal formulation for managing Liver Cirrhosis because it can enhance liver function, purify the blood, treat anaemia, and manage several gastrointestinal conditions, such as hyperacidity, constipation, loss of appetite and excessive thirst.

    Yakritplihantak churna

    This is an excellent herbal powder which contains the goodness of a number of rare herbs which have proven capabilities to improve the functioning of the liver. The churna is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy for Liver Cirrhosis, jaundice, fatty liver, and other liver conditions as it can eliminate toxins from the body, regenerate the liver cells, correct liver metabolism, prevent liver failure, manage liver inflammation, and increase bile production.

    The herbal components of this churna are: Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Makoy (Solanum nigrum), Kasni (Cichorium intybus), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), and Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea).

    Other Ayurvedic treatments

    There are some other Ayurvedic treatments which are also very helpful in managing Liver Cirrhosis symptoms like improving the liver heath and preventing further damage. Some of these treatments include:

    • Powdered mixture of roasted cumin seeds and carom seeds
    • Chewing 1-2 garlic cloves daily / Adding garlic to daily diet
    • Mixture of liquorice powder with honey
    • Detox drink prepared from the juice of one carrot and a handful of spinach
    • Use of turmeric in daily diet to benefit from the goodness of ‘Curcumin’.
    Dr. Vikram Chauhan
    Dr. Vikram Chauhan
    Dr. Vikram Chauhan is MD in Ayurvedic medicine and an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh and practicing in Mohali, India. He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has been on various national/international TV channels for interviews and has written articles for various health columns in international newspapers. He has presented papers and given lectures at various national and international forums and congresses and offers free ayurvedic consultation to online patients.

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