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Liver Disorders

Gallstones

Gallstones are abnormal concentrations of bile acids, cholesterol and phospholipids, formed in the gallbladder. They can be present for years without symptoms or they can cause extreme pain. Herbal treatment can aid the passing of these stones without the need for surgery.

Fatty liver (Steatosis)

Fatty liver (Steatosis) is characterised by an excessive accumulation of fats into the liver. This can be a temporary or long term illness, causing tenderness or pain in the liver, swelling under the rib cage, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly loss of appetite and increase in weight.The causes for this condition are varied and treatment will depend on whether there is a case for insulin resistance, oxidative damage or other possibilities.

Holistic treatment will include:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Amino Acid Vitamin Therapy
  • Lifestyle considerations

Hepatitis

Hepatitis A is transmitted by contaminated food, faeces, or physical contact with an infected person. This condition usually resolves on its own.

Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, sexual intercourse and from mother to baby at birth. A person can become a chronic carrier of this virus and may progress to chronic liver disease or liver cancer.

Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood and sometimes sexual intercourse. This is a common form of the disease and can lead to chronic liver disease.

Hepatitis D affects only those with hepatitis B

Hepatitis E is spread through faeces, contaminated food or water and is more common in Mexico, Asia and Africa.

Symptoms may include nausea, weakness, decreased appetite, lethargy, jaundice, low-grade fever and abdominal pain or distension.

Natural therapies will endeavour to support liver function, decrease the amount of damage caused to the liver and boost the immune system.

Hepatitis C is often treated with interferon - a cancer drug. The aim of natural therapies here would be to support this treatment and minimize any 'side effects' of conventional treatment, as well as supporting the liver itself.

 

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