Liver Enlargement is medically known as Hepatomegaly. It is a non-specific medical condition which can be broken down into infection, hepatic tumors, or metabolic disorder. Sometimes, Hepatomegaly will present as an abdominal mass which may be confused with other pathology. Depending on the cause, it may occasionally present along with jaundice. Liver enlargement is a clinical finding of some other pathology such as liver diseases, toxicity, or cancer
- Weight gain
- Any infection
- Overdosing of some medicine or alcohol
- Metabolic disorders such as high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
- Congestive heart failure is a condition in which the pumping from heart of blood
- Blockage of veins in the liver
- Cirrhosis of liver
- Hepatitis, caused by a hepatitis A, B, and C virus
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Fluid-filled pockets in the liver (liver cysts)
- Obstruction of the gallbladder or bile ducts
In cases of liver enlargement because of any liver disease, it may be presented by:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- A feeling of fullness
- Discomfort in your belly
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Fatigue and weakness
- Weight loss
In all the suggestive investigations, impression of enlargement of liver is present but the exact cause is rule out after further specific investigations. Following are some investigations:
- CT scan
To reduce the risk of an enlarged liver following are the precautions or measures which should be taken.
- Eat healthy food like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Limited use of allopathic medications.
- Maintain a bodyweight with concerning to height.
The liver is the only organ which is itself capable of regenerating itself, so it is essential to keep it healthy and eat foods that help the liver to go through its regeneration. The following is the list of food which is suitable for your liver function.
Garlic helps to reduce bad cholesterol and remove toxins from the liver, contributing to a healthy liver.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli that plays an effective role in cleansing of the liver and help in improving its function.
Avocados nearly contain 20 essential nutrients and vitamins that helps in promoting the production of glutathione, which help with toxin removal.
Apples helps to promote the liver in cleansing and remove toxins in the digestive tract.
Homeopathic Medicine for Liver Enlargement
Enlargement of liver can be maintained by adopting general measures as well as treated by homeopathy. Homeopathic medicine should be prescribed on the basis of complete symptoms of a patient not on single complaint after consulting a homoeopathic physician.
Homeopathy is the art of science, which is very effective in treating all type of cases either acute or chronic. Homeopathy takes a holistic approach to healing which means it considered a person as a whole.
Following are the medicine which can be used in the cases of Hepatomegaly:
CHELIDONIUM MAJUS: Main action of sphere of Chelidonium is on the liver. Persons of light complexion, thin body and mentally irritable and suffer from hepatic, gastric and abdominal complains. Dull and throbbing pain in the abdomen especially in the region of the liver with tenderness is also covered by Chelidonium. Constant pain is felt below the lower side of right shoulder. It mainly affects right side of the body. The liver enlargement is associated with constipation or diarrhea with nausea and vomiting depends on the pathology. The patient desires very hot drinks, cold drinks increase liver complaints.
LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM: All the liver complaints followed by gastric complains(acidity) is best treated by lycopodium. A patient experiences excessive accumulation of gas with loud belching, especially in lower abdomen is present get increases in the evening. The patient has intense desire for sweets and hot drinks.
CALCAREA CARBONICA: Calcarea carb is suited to persons who are generally fatty, flabby and fair. Fatty persons suffering from any liver disease can be treated by this medicine. The symptoms which are present are chronic constipation which used to be removed mechanically with distended abdomen. The patient is very sensitive to cold air, catches cold easily but sweat present over the head.
PHOSPHORUS: Phosphorus is the medicine very effective in cases of hepatitis, either acute or chronic and cirrhosis of liver. Region of left side of abdomen especially the liver area is very sensitive to touch with congestion. This is used to treat cases of fatty liver which are accompanied by regurgitation and sour eructation. The patient may complain of pain in the region of liver and excessive flatulence along with vomiting in some cases.
NUX VOMICA: Nux vomica is the best homeopathic remedy used in abdominal complaints. All complaints caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Liver enlargement is also present with pain in abdomen after eating. With the pain in the liver area, sour eructation is also experienced few hours after eating by the patients. A person wants to pass stool due to the above complaints but unable to pass.
ARSENIC ALBUM: Arsenic Alb is best indicated in cases results from bad effects of spoiled food or food poisoning. Ars. Alb is used in liver diseases like hepatitis with enlarged liver. Burning pain is present in the region of liver which relieved after drinking warm drinks. Burning thirst without special desire to drink is also important symptom but the stomach does not tolerate as it lies like a stone in the stomach.
CARDUS MARIANUS: Cardus marianus is a well-known remedy in the cases of cirrhosis of liver and liver cirrhosis with generalised oedema in the whole body. A liver is swollen that gets worse from pressure, is well indicated in carduus marianus.
NATRUM SULPHURICUM: Natrum Sulphuricum is one of the liver remedies, especially indicated where the complaints are arises due to living in damp houses, basements, cellars. Generally, complaints are aggravated in rainy weather and water in any form. It can be prescribed in cases of hepatitis or jaundice. The liver is very sore to touch with sharp, stitching pains due to which tight clothing around waist is unbearable worse by lying on left side.
BERBERIS VULGARIS: Berberis Vulgaris is the mostly prescribed in cases of formation of stones like gall stones. Stitching pain in the region of gall-bladder, worse by pressure which extend to stomach.
CHIONANTHUS VIRGINICA: Chionanthus is another well indicated and excellent medicine in liver problems. It treats the enlarged and soreness of liver in cases of jaundice and gall stones. Constipation is also associated with other complaints. Aching pain, feels as if a string were tied around the intestines which was suddenly becoming tight and then gradually loosened.
Enlargement of the Liver is a very predominant problem nowadays. Because of faulty lifestyle and sedentary habits like alcohol consumption, fatty food, long-continued sitting, etc. leads to liver diseases. Liver enlargement is a very severe problem, which lead to many chronic diseases which leads to even death. Homeopathic medicine, along with physical activities, exercise, and balanced diet plays a significant role in managing liver problems.