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Buhner's Book (Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver (A Storey Medicinal Herb Guide))
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According to the American Liver Foundation: 30 million people or one in ten Americans have some form of liver disease. Liver disease is one of the leading causes of death here in the United States. Today I’ll be giving you basic herbal tools to help combat those liver diseases.
I want to make it very clear that these herbs will be rendered nearly useless if you do not change your eating habits. We need not a diet but instead, a healthy eating lifestyle of mainly fruits and vegetables in order for herbalism to work effectively. The cleaner foods we eat, the less burden that will be put on a diseased liver. Processed foods are most certainly not ideal for liver disease.
From a natural perspective, most liver problems actually start in the GI tract where significant amounts of acidic wastes accumulate and the kidneys are not filtering out additional acidic wastes. A weakness of the GI tract and kidneys causes autointoxication. Or even better put causes acidosis. I would recommend that you work on your GI tract and kidneys alongside the liver. I’ll talk about that in detail later on. For now, let's get you started with some of the top liver supporting herbs backed by scientific studies.
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
A study was done with Burdock administered 3 times per day for 1 and 7 days to rats with ethanol and carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage. Burdock was found to significantly improve liver health caused by these damaging chemicals. They even found Burdock could restore glutathione content and histopathological lesions. They believe the antioxidants present in Burdock may be responsible for the hepatoprotective properties.
Another study found Burdock can also prevent most of the liver damage caused by acetaminophen overdose in rats.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
The benefits of this popular spice has made its way around the internet and for a good reason.
Turmeric contains a bright yellow compound called curcumin. Studies show curcumin can reduce liver injuries in rats such as: injuries induced by ethanol, thioacetamide, iron overdose, cholestasis and acute, subchronic, and chronic carbon tetrachloride intoxication. Curcumin was even found to reverse some carbon tetrachloride induced cirrhosis.
Simply put, the next time you head to the grocery store don’t forget to pick up a handful of fresh turmeric root or powdered turmeric online to help protect your liver.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
In some cases the liver can become infected causing Viral Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Astragalus is known in traditional chinese medicine as an immune system enhancer. In the modern world, studies suggest astragalus may have promising therapeutic uses for patients with viral hepatitis. Astragalus was even found to be more effective than regular antiviral medications in a clinical trial.
Schizandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis)
Schizandra is another Chinese herb that is well known to support phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification.
A study found that schizandra berry was able to diminish alcohol induced fatty liver in rats and suggests it may be useful for humans experiencing alcohol induced fatty liver. This also includes potentially preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
This common weed that everyone mows and sprays to death has shown to be protective against alcohol induced liver toxicity by increasing antioxidants and reducing the oxidation of fats. Before you decide to brutally murder precious natural medicine in your lawn, instead consider picking it and making a tea. For safety reasons, if you’re not absolutely sure of its identification it may be better to buy already prepared dandelion root.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)
Milk thistle is commonly used to treat viral hepatitis, heavy metal poisoning, and general liver diseases. Milk thistle contains silymarin which can reduce the production of free radicals and aid the liver in detoxification. Silymarin may block the binding of toxins in the liver to protect the liver. Silymarin was found to reduce liver injury caused by various toxins such as acetaminophen, carbon tetrachloride, radiation, iron overdose and more.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Lastly, we have licorice root. Licorice is another Chinese herb that is well known to help detoxify the liver.
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