The liver is one of our body’s busiest organs, with a role to play in most of the biochemical processes that sustain life. It produces bile that is vital to digestion, produces plasma proteins, stores iron, regulates the clotting of blood, synthesizes cholesterol, stores glucose as glycogen, regulates the levels of amino acids in blood, is involved with clotting of blood, removes toxins from the body and produces immune factors that help prevent infections. With our modern-day food and lifestyles (think greater junk food, alcohol, smoking, stress and medication) we put a greater pressure on our liver and this can cause several health problems right from allergies and migraines to obesity and indigestion.
Homeopathy has proven its point in treating liver conditions of all types. Homeopathy not just treats the symptoms of liver malfunction but also treats its underlying causes like genetic tendency, viral infection, metabolic changes, alcoholic bad effects etc. and helps to treats person on the whole.
Homeopathy helps in increasing a person’s immune response and hence reduces the virus load and gradually improving the overall health of liver. If homeopathic medication is given to the patient at early stages it helps in preventing the disease in going any further and preventing further complications like liver failure or cancer from occurring. These are the associated disease of liver diseases like cirrhosis if not treated properly.
Homeopathy is hence very helpful in treating the disease efficiently and prevents the disease from progressing and if administered in early stages homeopathic medication helps in restoring most of the normal liver functions. Thus, homeopathic treatment for this disease is strongly advised and especially in the early stages.
Viral or bacterial infections of liver or by infestation with parasites have become common. Diseases of the blood or immune system may also interfere with hepatic metabolism and affect liver. Many different types of medication (e.g. acetaminophen, tetracycline, oral contraceptives, chlorpromazine, isoniazid, halothane, androgens) can produce an adverse liver reaction in certain people.
Other hepatotoxins (e.g. alcohol, fungal toxins, and anabolic steroids) can cause specific damage to liver cells. Alcohol-induced hepatic injury is a common problem.Toxic hepatitis may be clinically silent or severe enough to lead to the rapid development of hepatic failure. Unhealthy diet may cause liver damage. As a result of these, liver may exhibit symptoms such as jaundice, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, dark urine, generalised itching, fever, weight loss, anorexia and depression. Examination findings may include hepatomegaly, abdominal tenderness and liver enzyme abnormalities. The fatty degeneration of the liver is the most common abnormality observed in chronic alcoholics. In patients with underlying cirrhosis, manifestations of portal hypertension may predominate.
Jaundice: It is yellowish pigmentation of the skin and mucous membrane, due to increased levels of bilirubin in the blood (hyperbilirubinaemia). It may be due to abnormalities in the formation, transport, metabolism or excretion of bilirubin. It has non-hepatic as well as hepatic causes.
Hepatitis (due to Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D & E): Homoeopathy has a wide scope in viral infections and especially in hepatitis. A thorough case taking will be helpful to choose a remedy .
Alcoholic hepatitis: It is becoming common these days. After heavy drinking, symptoms worsen and tend to vary with the severity and progression of the disease. Sometimes symptoms do not present themselves until the disease is relatively advanced. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and tenderness, ascites, confusion, dry mouth / excessive thirst, fatigue, fever, jaundice, loss of appetite, nausea, weight gain due to ascites, etc.
Autoimmune hepatitis: It is inflammation of liver due to immune cells that mistake the liver’s normal cells as harmful invaders. A person with autoimmune hepatitis has autoantibodies circulating in the bloodstream that cause the immune system to attack the liver. The cause is predominantly genetic. However, certain bacteria, viruses, toxins and drugs can trigger an autoimmune response in people who are genetically susceptible to develop an autoimmune disorder. Case to be managed symptomatically.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: Fatty liver, also known as fatty liver disease (FLD), is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis (i.e. abnormal retention of lipids within a cell). Some measures like losing weight, regular exercise, improving the diet with fibrous food, avoiding alcohol and fatty substances, controlling cholesterol levels and diabetes are helpful.
Cholelithiasis: It is a medical term for gallstone. Aversion to fatty food, abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting after meals may be symptoms of cholelithiasis.
Bile duct obstruction: It is due to various causes like cysts of the common bile duct, enlarged lymp nodes in the porta hepatis, gallstones, inflammation of the bile ducts, narrowing of the bile ducts from scarring, injury from gallbladder surgery, tumors of the bile ducts or pancreas, tumors that have spread to the biliary system, etc. Scope of homoeopathy in individual case based on causative factor to be established before starting the treatment. Based on this, the choice of remedy & plan of treatment to be drawn.
Toxic hepatitis: It is inflammation of the liver due to medication or exposure to toxic (poisonous) chemicals. First the exposure to toxic substances is to be withdrawn if possible.
Cirrhosis: Though it is an irreversible pathology of liver, symptoms are well managed and quality of life can be improved. Homeopathy helps in controlling further damage to the liver cells. Homeopathy cannot help in curing scarred tissues as it is impossible to regenerate those affected tissues.
Digestive problems :
If you live for 70 years, your digestive system will have processed about 100 tons of food, absorbing the nutrients and discharging the residue. This enormous task takes place within the digestive or alimentary canal essentially, which is a tube about 9 m / 30 ft. long, starting at the mouth and then continuing through the oesophagus (gullet), the stomach, the small and large intestines, the rectum to end at the anus, the other organs of digestion are the salivary glands the liver and the pancreas.
Sedentary life-style, prolonged work hours, excessive mental strain and consumption of rich food stimulants such as alcohol, coffee and tea have made gastric problems like acidity into routine disorders. Not adding to the already “not-so-health-friendly” regimen that we follow, homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and by far the safest form of treatment available for such ailments.
These organs are responsible not only for the absorption and assimilation of nutrients but also for the excretion of the body’s waste materials such as worn-out tissue cells and of toxins. The digestive system is resilient and hard working nevertheless too often our life styles prevent us from giving it time to function smoothly. Indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome often stem from this; coupled with stress secondarily people suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia or simply eat or drink toxins like alcohol or caffeine that actually damage the organs. One malfunction of the digestive organs which can cause acute pain is the formation of stones, several organs, including the gall bladder and kidney will produce stones if the balance of materials passing through them is upset, gallstones are formed by a crystallization of cholesterol, if the liver and gall bladder can not deal with an excess fat intake. The appendix appears to be a vestigial organ which human beings no longer need. Stray food matter or bacteria can become lodged there and cause appendicitis, this can be mistaken for other digestive or urinary tract disorders.
Constipation is a condition where the bowels are opened only infrequently and with difficulty, most cases arise from a poor diet, where too much refined food such as white bread and cakes is eaten, an increased intake of fiber in the form of fruit and vegetables, bran,whole meal bread and brown rice will often relieve the condition. Some of the common ailments of Gastro-intestinal tract includes: Indigestion : Eating can cause a number of symptoms such as pain in the upper abdomen or behind the breast bone (heart burn) nausea and belching (flatulence )
These symptoms can often be alleviated if you avoid foods that are rich, fatty or spicy or if you replace large meals with smaller but more frequent snacks and drink extra milk, antacid indigestion tablets can also help but they interfere with the absorption of iron, if you need antacids regularly, you should consult your doctor so that the underlying cause of the symptoms can be investigated. Indigestion can be particular problem in pregnancy because of hormonal changes and late pregnancy.
The symptom of indigestion are heartburn, wind (gas) and cramping pains. They are usually caused by eating too much too quickly, especially if you are eating very rich food and drinking alcohol. Trapped wind (gas) can cause extreme discomfort. Late after noon or early evening is often the worst time for this and the feeling is sometimes accompanied by anxiety. The remedy often works well on people whose gastric system is the weakest part of their constitution Gastric Upsets : The main symptoms of stomach and intestinal infections are pain, wind (gas), nausea vomiting or diarrhoea, bear in mind that vomiting and diarrhoea are natural processes by which the body rids itself quickly of unwanted material, so these symptoms need to be treated only if they are persistent such problems can arise at any time and may be due to food poisoning or may just be a reaction to unfamiliar food, perhaps while you are on vacation.
Gastro enteritis : Gastro enteritis is the inflammation of the stomach and intestines that can follow various infections, dietary indiscretions such as too much alcohol or spicy food or certain drugs including antibiotics. Symptoms include pain vomiting and diarrhoea -Homoeopathic medicines can be very helpful in easing the discomfort severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines, usually as the result of a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water is called gastroenteritis, it causes diarrhoea severe intestinal pain, fever, head ache and fatigue, it often occurs when people are traveling abroad, sensible precautions include drinking only bottled water, refusing drinks with ice cubes washing and peeling fruit and avoiding salads and foods that may have been kept warm for a long time.
Constipation : Infrequency of bowel action often causes unnecessary anxiety as it is not unhealthy to have a bowel action only twice a week if the stool is soft, the symptoms of constipation are infrequent, hard stools that are pain full to pass and may cause bleeding from the anus. If you do have a tendency to constipation it may help to eat a diet that is higher in fiber, try eating more fruits and vegetables, pulses and whole meal flour or bread and whole grains such as brown rice, if you have been used to adapt to the different foods that you are eating, try to drink at least 2 liters / 3 pints of liquid per day and more in hot weather or when you are abroad in a hot climate you should always consult your doctor straight away if you suddenly become constipated for no apparent reason.
Regular bowel movements are vital for full bodily health but regular can vary for each person. Any thing between three bowel movements a day to one every three days is regarded as normal pattern and stools are so hard they are uncomfortable to pass, it is most often caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise, coupled with stress,constipation allows toxins to seep into the blood stream, from where they spread through the body and cause such symptoms as head ache and fatigue, joint and muscle pain and allergic reactions.
Belching and Flatulence : The sudden expulsion of gas from the stomach through the mouth known as “belching” often occurs after eating certain foods. Especially highly seasoned foods peas and beans, some vegetables and fruit that have a high carbohydrate content, flatulence is also often present with digestive upsets such as indigestion or when you suffer from a stomach problem if you have swallowed excess air when you are rushing and eat a meal too quickly. Indigestion and Heart burn : Indigestion is the discomfort that is felt in the upper abdomen which usually occurs after eating too much food which usually occurs after eating too much food, eating too quickly or eating fatty or highly spiced food, emotional stress can also be a factor however the term indigestion is often also used to describe a variety of symptoms including belching nausea and vomiting and also heart burn. Heart burn is a burning pain behind the breast bone that can be caused by the back flow of stomach acid during pregnancy, a hiatus hernia (protrusion of part of the stomach into the chest ) or obesity, it is aggravated by lying flat by bending over and by drinking alcohol.
Diarrhoea and Colitis : Gastro enteritis is the inflammation of the digestive tract and it is the most frequent cause of diarrhoea, inflammation that is confined to the colon (part of large intestine ) is called colitis and here the diarrhoea usually contains blood and mucus and may also be accompanied by abdominal pain and fever, colitis is a feature of crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Nausea and Vomiting ; Nausea and vomiting rarely last for more than 24 hours, but if you have frequent or prolonged episodes of nausea or vomiting. You should consult your doctor so that the cause can be investigated.
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