What is Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver is a term that describes the buildup of fat in the liver. The most common cause is alcoholism and heavy drinking. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice, spider veins and increased white blood cell count. It is a reversible condition that can be resolved with changed behaviours. It often has no symptoms and typically does not cause permanent damage.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Fatty Liver
In Ayurveda, the liver is considered a pitta organ, therefore, the health of the liver requires balance in the pitta dosha to support the liver’s ability to flush toxins from the body.
The ayurvedic treatment for fatty liver helps to restore the balance in the body with diet, lifestyle changes and herbal remedies. Below are some guidelines and lifestyle changes recommended by ayurveda.
- Avoid spicy and fried foods and fatty meats, which are heating and overstimulating.
- Avoid all alcoholic drinks.
- B Vitamins – B vitamins are your liver’s helping hands when it comes to detoxification of harmful substances in your body. Your body requires B vitamins for such jobs as breaking down bile in the liver that aids in digestion, as well as breaking down cholesterol.
- Cooling, non-acidic fruits like melons, mangoes, pomegranates, berries and pears are good choices.
- Vegetables should be lightly steamed and served with ghee and small amounts of whole, unmilled grains like quinoa.
- Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal blend that helps balance the liver and digestive system.
- Aloe juice or supplements are cooling.
- Choline – Choline, a B Vitamin, is an essential nutrient that transports fats from the liver. Recent studies such as this one suggests that a lot of fatty liver cases are caused by choline-deficiency. Choline-rich foods include egg yolk and peanuts.
Herbs To Treat Fatty Liver
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) was approved in 1986 as a treatment for liver disease and it is widely used to treat alcoholic fatty liver.
Raspberry Ketones, commonly known as red raspberry, is known to reduce fatty tissue around the liver
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
Daniel Mowrey PH.D, author of “The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine” states, “Dandelion heads the list of excellent foods for the liver.” Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient, it is a general stimulant to the system.
Other Helpful Herbs
Hellebore root, embelia root, chicory seed, ginger and long pepper fruit may also be helpful. Each of these herbal remedies can help you achieve and maintain healthy liver function and assist in reversing Fatty Liver Disease.
The above guidelines should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by your medical doctor.