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Homeopathic Treatment for liver


LIVER PROBLEMS?

The liver is the largest organ inside the body that helps the body digest food, store energy, and remove toxins Causes

InfectionVarious parasites and viruses can cause liver infection and inflammation that can reduces liver functions. The viruses can spread through blood or body fluids, or contaminated food or water, or close contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common types of liver infection caused by hepatitis virus

Immune system abnormality
Diseases in which body’s immune system attacks certain parts of body (autoimmune) include

  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hyperoxaluria and oxalosis
  • Wilson's disease
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Genetics
An abnormal inherited gene can cause substances to build up in liver, resulting in liver damage, and include:

  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis

Cancer and other growths
Examples include:

  • Liver cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Liver adenoma

Other
Additional, common causes of liver disease include

  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, arising from fat accumulaton in the liver


Risk factors

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Injecting drugs using shared needles
  • Tattoos or body piercings
  • Blood transfusion
  • Unprotected sex
  • Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Symptoms

Symptoms can vary according to the condition
  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark colored urine
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Aversion to food, loss of appetite
  • Painful, and/or tender liver

Complications

Complications of liver disease vary, depending on the cause of liver problems. Severe, untreated, and complicated liver disease may progress to liver failure, a life-threatening condition.

Prevention
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Avoid risky behavior.Avoid use of illicit intravenous drugs, sharing needles used to inject drugs, multiple partners, avoid tattoos or body piercings
  • Get vaccinated
  • Use medications wisely and as prescribed by doctor
  • Avoid contact with other infected people's blood and body fluids
  • Obesity can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Laboratory Investigations
  • Blood tests. Liver function tests like SGPT, SGOT, tests for hepatitis virus etc. are performed to diagnose liver disease
  • Imaging tests. An ultrasonography, CT scan and MRI can show liver damage
  • Tissue analysis. Removing a tissue sample (biopsy) from liver can help diagnose liver disease.

Treatment

Treatment for liver disease depends on the diagnosis. It can be treated with lifestyle modifications, such as stopping alcohol use or losing weight, or with medications or surgery. Complicated or severe liver disease may ultimately require a liver transplant.

HOMEOPATHY MEDICINES

Nux vomica is indicated in sedentary, irritable, quarrelsome and easily angry people who are prone to drinking alcohol, rich spicy foods intake, use of quinine and other allopathic medicines. Alcoholism leads to fatty liver diease. Pain in the abdomen, especially a few hours after eating. Constipation with cravings for fatty and spicy food. Jaundice due to fit of anger or imperfect formation of bile in the liver. Likes warm things

Phosphorus is indicated in persons who are tall, slender, with fair complexion. Useful for fatty degeneration, enlargement, hard and maligning disease of the liver with soreness pain and jaundice. Pain aggravates while touching the liver region and by lying on the right side. Stools are grayish white. There is great distention and rumblings in the abdomen with great flatus and diarrhea. Cold sensation in the abdomen and feeling as if abdomen is empty and drawing inward. Likes cold things but vomits on becoming warm in the abdomen. Craves for ice-creams, juices and cold drinks

Chelidonium: is indicated in the fatty degeneration of liver when it is accompanied by pain in upper right abdomen, liver enlargement, constipation, jaundice, extreme fatigue. Right side of liver is affected, constant pain under the lower and inner angle of right scapula, dense yellow or white cover on the tongue with redness on its corners. The patient desires for hot drinks that cause vomiting. Very useful in gall bladder stone colic if above symptom exists.

Lycopodium: This medication is very effective in treating fatty liver disease, especially if accompanied with gastric issues and acidity. Bloating of the stomach, burning of the esophagus with pain in the upper right abdomen. Cravings for hot drinks and sweets. Liver is sensitive to touch with tense feeling over there. Dull and aching pains in the liver region. Fullness in stomach and abdomen (lower part) after a small quantity of food intake. Dropsy, due to hepatic disease. Pain shooting across lower abdomen from right to left.

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