What is Liver?
The liver is an organ about the size of a football. It sits just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen. The liver is essential for digesting food and ridding your body of toxic substances. Liver disease can be inherited (genetic). Liver problems can also be caused by a variety of factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, alcohol use, and obesity.
Many health problems can keep your liver from functioning properly and cause disease.
There are several common symptoms of liver disease, including jaundice, liver failure and liver enlargement.
What is the function of the liver?
The liver regulates most chemical levels in the blood and excretes a product called bile. This helps carry away waste products from the liver. All the blood leaving the stomach and intestines passes through the liver. The liver processes this blood and breaks down balances, create the nutrients, and also metabolizes drugs into forms that are easier to use for the rest of the body or that are nontoxic. More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver.
Causes of Liver Diseases
1. Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice).
2. Abdominal pain and swelling.
3. Swelling in the legs and ankles.
4. Itchy skin.
5. Dark urine colour.
6. Pale stool colour.
7. Chronic fatigue.
8. Nausea or vomiting.
9. Loss of appetite.
10. Tendency to bruise easily.
Causes: Liver disease has many causes.
Infection: Parasites and viruses can infect the liver, causing inflammation that reduces liver function. The viruses that cause liver damage can be spread through blood or semen, contaminated food or water, or close contact with a person who is infected. The most common types of liver infection are hepatitis viruses, including:
1. Hepatitis A
2. Hepatitis B
3. Hepatitis C
Immune system abnormality
Diseases in which your immune system attacks certain parts of your body (autoimmune) can affect your liver. Examples of autoimmune liver diseases include:
1. Autoimmune hepatitis
2. Primary biliary cholangitis
3. Primary sclerosing cholangitis
An abnormal gene inherited from one or both of your parents can cause various substances to build up in your liver, resulting in liver damage. Genetic liver diseases include:
2. Wilson’s disease
3. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
Cancer and other growths
1. Liver cancer
2. Bile duct cancer
3. Liver adenoma
Additional, common causes of liver disease include:
1. Chronic alcohol abuse
2. Fat accumulation in the liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease)
3. Certain prescription or over-the-counter medications
4. Certain herbal compounds
Factors that may increase your risk of liver disease include:
1. Heavy alcohol use
3. Type 2 diabetes
4. Tattoos or body piercings
5. Injecting drugs using shared needles
6. Blood transfusion before 1992
7. Exposure to other people’s blood and body fluids
8. Unprotected sex
9. Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins
10. Family history of liver disease
Complications of liver disease vary, depending on the cause of your liver problems. Untreated liver disease may progress to liver failure, a life-threatening condition.
Prevention: To prevent liver disease
1. Drink alcohol in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Heavy or high-risk drinking is defined as more than eight drinks a week for women and more than 15 drinks a week for men.
2. Avoid risky behavior. Use a condom during sex. If you choose to have tattoos or body piercings, be picky about cleanliness and safety when selecting a shop. Seek help if you use illicit intravenous drugs, and don’t share needles to inject drugs.
3. Get vaccinated. If you’re at increased risk of contracting hepatitis or if you’ve already been infected with any form of the hepatitis virus, talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.
4. Use medications wisely. Take prescription and nonprescription drugs only when needed and only in recommended doses. Don’t mix medications and alcohol. Talk to your doctor before mixing herbal supplements or prescription or nonprescription drugs.
5. Avoid contact with other people’s blood and body fluids. Hepatitis viruses can be spread by accidental needle sticks or improper cleanup of blood or body fluids.
6. Keep your food safe. Wash your hands thoroughly before eating or preparing foods. If traveling in a developing country, use bottled water to drink, wash your hands and brush your teeth.
7. Take care of aerosol sprays. Make sure to use these products in a well-ventilated area, and wear a mask when spraying insecticides, fungicides, paint, and other toxic chemicals. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Protect your skin. When using insecticides and other toxic chemicals, wear gloves, long sleeves, a hat, and a mask so that chemicals aren’t absorbed through your skin.
9. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can cause nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Herbal Medicines for Fatty Liver
K.V. Ishan provides you with the best pack of effective herbal medicine that gives you good quality medicine. The use of this medicine gives you enough energy to fight the cause of the liver.
1. Livgest:- Take Two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician. For better results take it for 3-4 months.
2. Livgest Plus:- Take Two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician. For better results take it for 3-4 months.
3. Milk Thistle:- Take 10 drops in the morning and in the evening on an empty stomach or half an hour before the meal. Use it twice daily for 3-6 months regularly for better results.
4. Triphala:- Take Two Capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician. For better results take it for 3-4 months.
5. Aloe Vera Juice:- Use 20-25 ml twice or thrice a day with the same quantity of water or as directed by your Physician.
6. Safe Liver:- Children: 5 ml twice or thrice a day.
Adult: 10 ml twice or thrice a day or as directed by the physician.
7. Liver Care:- For better results take two capsules twice/thrice a day or as directed by your Physician.
NOTE:-Results may vary based on sex, age, health & diet.
1. Livgest:- Liver Protector, Helps in Digestion & increases appetite, Acidity Regulator, Relief Constipation.
2. Livgest Plus:- Liver protector, Helps in digestion & increases appetite, Acidity regulator, Relief constipation.
3. Milk Thistle:- Milk Thistle protects your liver, can help in the detoxification of the body, improved gallbladder function, and Helps with intestinal or indigestion issues.
4. Triphala:- Improves the digestive system by clearing the blockage, Helps in digestion, and promotes overall health physically & psychologically, It also helps with liver problems, ulcers, constipation & Diarrhea, It enhances appetite & digestive process.
5. Aloe vera Juice:- It helps build up a healthy digestive system, Helps reduce fat, tones your body, Improves your immune system, Protects your liver, Helps with constipation, is Great for the skin, Improves Cardiovascular health, Can treat diabetes, Promotes hair growth.
6. Safe Liver:- Safe Liver syrup is used as an appetite stimulant, It is an herbal mixture of Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), Punarnava(Boerhavvia diffusa), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Kutki(Picrorhiza kurroa), Haritaki(Terminalia), All these components have a stimulating effect such as gastric, bile, pancreatic thus it aids digestion, They increase the secretion of the salivary and gastric glands, sharpens appetite and promotes digestion.
7. Liver Care:- Liver care improves hyperacidity also regulates IBS (irregular bowel syndrome) helps in digestion & increases appetite. Builds up hepatic immune level. It also shows promising results in all kinds of liver problems.