You don’t see it, you don’t feel it and you might even be ensure of its location, but all day long your liver is working for you. It’s far more important to your overall health than you probably realize, unless you’re already having problems with it.
We think of the liver as an organ of detoxification, but this is merely one of its more important function. The liver also filter the blood, removing harmful bacteria and chemicals; breaks down excess hormones and help maintain water and body fluid salt balances. The liver assist in the digestion and metabolism of fats, carbohydrate and proteins, storage and production of some vitamins and minerals, and the manufacture of a wide variety of proteins and immune substances. The liver makes glycogen out of sugar and then stores it. Glycogen can be converted into glucose, or blood sugar, when the body needs it. Because of its production of bile, the liver contributes not only to elimination of drugs and toxins but also to the absorption of fats and fats soluble vitamins. There are numbers of liver disorder which hampers the normal functioning of liver. The most common clinical disorder are cholelitheasis, cholestasis, fatty liver, jaundice, hepatomegaly etc.
If you have a liver disease, you’ll want to take herbs to support the liver. Among the organs wonderful attributes is its good response to preventive therapy, so certain herbs can also help people who must take drugs that are potentially toxic to the liver. Such herbs can also provide relief to those with hormonal imbalance, headache, fatigue, long term skin condition, digestive complaints, allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Herbal therapy for liver disorder
- Milk thistle( silybummarianum)
This herb is the quitessential liver protector and healer. A great deal of scientific research has verified how well it heals. Itis hepatoprotective herb which also helps in enhancing the digestive system by stimulating the production of bile and it also helps in liver cell regeneration when damage has occurred. Finally, it does all this without side effect other than occasional loose stools.
Typical dosages: 70 to 210 milligrams of capsules containing of milk thistles active ingredient, silymarin, three times per day or ¼ to 1 teaspoon of milk thistle tincture three times per day.
- Dandelion (taraxacumofficinale)
Don’t rid your garden of this weed; it’s an excellent traditional liver remedy. The bitter constituents in the root enhance liver function by increasing production of bile and improving gallbladder function. Dandelion also contains choline, a form B vitamin that’s involved in normal liver function. Dandelion root is rich in vitamins and minerals, improves digestion and may even lower cholesterol.
Typical dosages: 1 cup of tea three times per day(simmer 1 teaspoon of dried, chopped root in ¼ liter of water for 10 minutes).
- Turmeric ( curcuma longa)
This aromatic yellow herb gives Indian curry dishes their unique flavor and colour. In addition to its many other medicinal benefits, turmeric antioxidant properties. It can nearly double bile output and increase the solubility of bile, thus preventing gallstones. Finally, turmeric has been shown to reduce cancer-causing agents in the urine of smokers of lowering the level of these toxins in the body.
Typical dosages: 250 -500 in capsules two to three times per day.
- Bupleurum( bupleurumchinensis)
This traditional Chinese herb protect against liver damage. It also stimulate parts of the system. Studies on Bupleurum have focused mainly on the treatment of viral hepatitis, where it has been proven to be beneficial.
Typical dosages: 1/8 to 1 teaspoon of tincture three times per day or 1 cup of tea three times per day.
- Schisandra ( schisandrachinensis)
The berries of this plant protect the liver from damage by a variety of substances, probably via its antioxidant effects. It also mild adaptive, meaning that it gradually improves overall health- a big help when long term stress is part of your bile.
Typical dosages: up to six 580 milligram capsules per day or 1 cup of tea three times per day.
Prepared: by Dr. ShivaniAmola