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Cirrhosis of the Liver

A chronic disease of the liver characterized by the replacement of normal tissue with fibrous tissue and the loss of functional liver cells. It can result from alcohol abuse, nutritional deprivation, or infection, especially by hepatitis viruses.

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  • 1) Cumulative poisons may be present. Insecticides, preservatives, and other toxins can be stored in the body and can harm the liver. Even if the toxin may not be stored, however, it could still damage the liver, especially if the support systems of the pancreas and/or the kidneys are harmed.
  • 2) An improper diet. Too little protein and too much carbohydrates and fats (with the majority being saturated fats) fried foods, and hydrogenated fats can be stressful to the liver and may limit the amount of protein building blocks that are required for the liver to repair itself. Poor food choices are thought to be processed foods, junk foods, refined white flour products, white sugar products, and imitation food that are manufactured to appear and taste like an original product yet lack the natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
  • 3) Overeating. Overeating can be the primary cause of liver damage. The reason for this is the liver cannot handle the burden that the excess places on the liver which can cause liver fatigue. Not only that, the liver needs to work overtime to remove the toxins from multiple chemicals that we have in our food.
  • 4) Drugs. Drugs can be very damaging to the liver. The liver does not recognize the drugs as being beneficial, so the liver will work harder to rid the body of the agents that the liver consider to be foreign. The liver will tend to neutralize the effects that the drugs have. Alcohol is especially damaging to the liver. When large amounts of alcohol are converged onto the liver, the liver can't function effectively. Caffeine and oral contraceptives may be recognized by the liver similarly to alcohol.
  • It may be possible to deter the effects of alcoholic cirrhosis if it is uncovered early enough.
  • Listed below are four reasons for a liver not functioning properly:
  • Studies in animals have shown that the average American's diet is insufficient to support the liver. It is possible to see allergies, digestive disorders, a low energy level, and an incapability to flush toxins from the body.
  • There have been studies that indicate that individuals with cirrhosis may not have the minimum daily requirements of essential fatty acids in their diet that are needed to protect their cells. When these individuals were given ten capsules of primrose oil on a daily basis for at least three weeks, these individuals were said to exhibit quite an improvement in the levels of essential fatty acids in their systems.

  • Be sure to have goat's milk, grains, almonds, seeds, and other products made from goat's milk in your diet.
  • Diet needs to have choline, inositol, lecithin, and bulk and fiber to keep from constipation.
  • Diet should have 75% of raw foods. Only severe conditions should you have only fruit and vegetable juices for 2 weeks.
  • Do not use Cod Liver Oil. Important to eat fish no more than 2 times per week. Never eat uncooked or raw seafood.
  • Essential to have vegetable juices.
  • For dietary fats only use cold pressed vegetable oils. Only intake oils in an uncooked form.
  • Important to cut out fats including shortening, butter, and margarine.
  • Important to detoxify ammonia by eating kidney beans, peas, and soybeans (legumes) in your diet.
  • Include green leafy vegetables and alfalfa sprout in our diet for the vitamin K.
  • Never take over the counter drugs use only drugs prescribed by a health care provider.
  • Never use laxatives to clean your system. You should use enemas that are natural 2 times per week.
  • Omit smoking.
  • Omit the following from your diet: alcohol, salt, pepper, candies, animal products, pastries, spices, caffeine, sugars, white rice, and white flour products.
  • Raise the amount of potassium in your diet by eating more dulse, kelp, rice, prunes, raisins, wheat barn and bananas.
  • Stay away from animal protein. Only consume vegetable proteins.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: High
Comments: Breaks up fat.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Aids in healthy digestion. Helps break down nutrients. Good for construction of red blood cells. High-potency is recommended. Consider injections under a physician's care.

Vitamin B12
Importance: Very High
Comments: Protects against anemia. Prevents nerve damage. Lozenge and sublingual forms are recommended.

Folic acid
Importance: Very High
Comments: Restores folic acid that is lacking.

Phosphatidyl choline plus Choline and Inositol
Importance: Very High
Comments: Use to help with fatty liver.

Primrose oil
Importance: Very High
Comments: Maintains balance of fatty acids in the liver.

Importance: High
Comments: Gets rid of toxins in the bloodstream and liver.

L-Arginine plus L-cysteine and L-methionine plus
Importance: High
Comments: Removes toxins from ammonia that is produced by protein digestion. Removes other toxins.

Importance: High
Comments: Decreases fat in the liver.

Importance: High
Comments: Potent antioxidant. May help prevent liver cancer.

Importance: High
Comments: Breaks up fat.

Multienzyme complex with Betaine and Hydrochloric acid (HCl) plus
Importance: High
Comments: Alleviates strain on the liver. Helps with digestion.

Ox bile extract
Importance: High
Comments: Replenishes lacking digestive enzymes (due to gallbladder not working).

Raw liver extract
Importance: High
Comments: Protects from anemia. Helps rebuild the liver.

Silymarin (milk thistle extract)
Importance: High
Comments: Rebuilds and renews the liver.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in constructing health digestive tract. Provides vitamin K. Stops bleeding caused bu lack of vitamin K. Tablet or liquid form is recommended.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps heal tissue. Good for the nervous system. Chelate form is recommended.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps heal tissue. Good for the nervous system. Chelate form is recommended.

Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Antioxidant. Buffered form is recommended.

Dimethylglycine (DMG)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides needed oxygen.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Alfalfa has a high vitamin K content and is helpful in the treatment cirrhosis as the patient is usually deficient in Vitamin K. As a detoxifier and blood purifier Alfalfa has been found beneficial in treating liver disorders. Alfalfa is a great source of mineral supplements which are alkaline and have a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract easing digestive problems.

Aloe vera juice
Type: Internal
Purposes: Aloe Vera is known to be one of the most powerful laxatives and body cleansers, that removes morbid matter from the stomach.
Dosage: 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice in the morning and 1/4 cup in the evening. This can be added to your tea.

Burdock Root, Dandelion, and Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: These three herbs made into tea are used as blood purifiers and have a stimulating effect on the liver, by their ability to repair the liver. These herbs can be combined or used alone to make a tea.

Milk thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Silymarin is a flavonoid complex that stimulates the liver protein creation, this allows the production of new liver cells that will replace the damaged ones. Milk Thistle protects the liver from toxins and pollutants and prevents free radical damage as it stimulates the production of new liver cells. Nature's Plus Liv-R-Actin Complex is a combination of six other herbs with milk thistle is recommended.
Dosage: 200 mg. - 1 capsule 3 times daily
Cautions: In Nature’s Plus Liv-R-Actin complex, Milk Thistle is precisely conjoined with six other herbs, including the widely popular goldenseal.

Barberry, Black Radish, Hops, Rose Hips
Type: Internal
Purposes: Barberry is rich in Vitamin C and the root bark contain berberine, a bitter alkaloid, that aids in the secretion of bile and is good for liver problems and helps to regulate the digestive process. Black Radish is rich in Vitamin B and C, sulfur, and fiber. Has antioxidant properties and is beneficial to digestion. Hops is rich in vitamin C and B-complex. Rose Hips is a significant source of vitamin C and helps to prevent infections.
Cautions: Barberry is not to be used if you are pregnant.

Echinacea, Irish Moss, Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Echinacea boosts the immune system and fights infections. Irish Moss is used to boost the immune system when recovering from a serious illness. Goldenseal also promotes healthy immune support. Goldenseal is not to be used if you are pregnant. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than one week at a time. If you have the following conditions: history of heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma consult your physical before using the herb Goldenseal.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains tannin which helps to stop internal bleeding

Oregon Grape
Type: Internal
Purposes: The roots are used in herbology as a nutritional aid to the digestive and circulatory systems.
Cautions: Oregon Grape is not to be used if you are pregnant.

Type: Internal
Purposes: It is believed that Fennel promotes the functioning of the kidneys, liver spleen and gall bladder, and reduces painful swellings. Fennel is also a good treatment for indigestion.

Fringe Tree, Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: Has been found useful in liver complaints. Thyme is a good digestive and used as a liver tonic.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains high amounts of the trace element germanium, a powerful immune stimulator. Suma also has a powerful ability to bring more oxygen to the cells due to the element germanium.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Has been an important herb down through the ages for treating liver diseases.
Cautions: Do not use this herb if you are pregnant.