The human liver is one of the most active, multifunctional and dynamic organs of the body. This organ, sitting in the right side of the abdomen a little below the lungs, is the largest internal organ weighing roughly one and a half kilograms. It is the headquarter for all of our metabolic processes, helps maintain body temperature, breaks down toxic compounds, synthesizes proteins and enzymes, helps in hormonal regulation, maintains fat storage and helps maintain effective digestion. On top of these functions, it also has the unique ability to regenerate. This means that after prolonged damage to as much as 75% of the liver tissue, the remaining portion still has the ability to replace the lost tissue by regeneration.
Unfortunately, or perhaps because of these multifaceted properties, the human liver is probably also one of the most abused internal organs. A heavy diet with high quantities of fried, oily, greasy foods (which is increasingly becoming the norm these days) damages the liver and causes fat deposition on the organ; this is known as a fatty liver. Unchecked usage of allopathic drugs, especially steroids, hampers liver function significantly. This is a concerning problem as the employment of steroidal drugs in a wide variety of conditions is becoming increasingly prevalent nowadays. Indiscriminate alcohol abuse damages the liver tissue directly causing liver cirrhosis. Other factors harmful to the liver are recurrent viral infections that cause hepatitis. Parasitic infections also target the liver in some cases. Smoking is another injurious agent to the liver. The liver may also be affected by genetic or hereditary health problems. Untreated conditions may progress on to liver failure. Liver cancer is also increasing in incidence.
It is fortunate to note that in case of liver affections the disease is generally not silent. Symptoms manifest early in liver disease, although they are vague and non-specific. People not especially conscious about health may chalk up these symptoms as common, unimportant or non-urgent. This is a dangerous practice. If you find yourself harboring any of the following symptoms, consult a qualified physician to undergo relevant tests and treatment.
Tiredness and fatigue are probably the first symptom to be encountered in liver distress. The tiredness may extend on to the mental faculties also. Easy bruising that takes much longer than normal to heal should also raise suspicions. Indigestion, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, eructations, heartburn and heaviness in the abdomen are all vague symptoms pointing to liver dysfunction. Stool habits may change. Jaundice may set in in advanced cases. This causes yellowness of the nails, the oral cavity and the sclera of the eyes. Jaundice also manifests as itching of the body without any apparent eruptions. Pain and swelling of abdomen and legs may occur due to fluid accumulation. Bleeding problems with an impaired clotting response may occur. Confusion and drowsiness are seen in advanced stages.
Your doctor might write a variety of tests to diagnose liver dysfunction. LFTs, or liver function tests, are primary. So is the hemogram- the complete blood count, the number of red and white blood cells, platelets and hemoglobin levels. Lipid profile is conducted to examine the status of liver metabolism in the body; in case of liver disease it is seen to be majorly unbalanced. The serum bilirubin levels are also checked to rule out jaundice. Tests for hepatitis should be conducted. Another important investigation is the ultrasonography. Ultrasound of the liver helps detect fatty deposits on the liver among other complaints. Any investigation regarding the liver must also explore the gall bladder as gall bladder dysfunction is closely related to liver troubles. Stone formation in gall bladder is a common problem that should not be overlooked. Advanced cases may require a liver biopsy to explore specific problems ailing the liver tissue, most importantly, liver cancer.
There is an assortment of food items that you can include in your diet to keep your liver functioning smoothly and effectively. They help cleanse the liver and get rid of toxins that might be lurking in the bloodstream. As regards to fat metabolism, garlic is a super food. Beetroot, carrots and grapes have positive impact on the liver. Green tea is not only a rejuvenator but also favorably impacts the liver function. Green vegetables cooked in olive oil can be included in the diet to maintain a healthy liver. One apple every day provides support and energy. Along with these additions in the diet, adequate water intake is essential to regulate liver function, digestion and maintain general metabolism.
Homeopathy for liver health is not only highly effective but it has the added advantage of not damaging any other organ. The best homeopathy medicine for liver problem is the one which is individualized for the patient; it is not simply one specific combination, but it depends on the kind of symptoms that manifest in a person. For fatty liver, treatment in homeopathy is available and effective. A large number of people are diagnosed every day with fatty liver and homeopathy effectively resolves this problem and helps improve liver functioning. Similarly, for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver treatment in homeopathy is swift and fruitful. However, in the case of alcoholic liver cirrhosis homeopathy works well only after complete prohibition of alcohol intake so as to eradicate the maintaining cause of disease.
One of the best liver tonics in homeopathy is manufactured by Schwabe India and it has proved its benefits repeatedly. Alpha-Liv is an effective medicine for fatty liver in homeopathy and is also a general homeopathy liver tonic that helps to tone up digestion and liver metabolism. It is also used as a complementary medicine along with homeopathic potencies to regulate and maintain liver function in a variety of conditions. For weakened liver function after an acute or chronic illness this tonic can be safely given for a longer period of time to nurse the liver back to its full potential. This medicine is safe for children, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. However, it is strongly recommended to get your homeopath’s opinion about disease diagnosis and prognosis before you begin any medications.