In Ayurveda, the liver is considered a fire – or pitta – organ, since it is essential to digestion and elimination. Therefore, the health of the liver requires balance in the pitta dosha to support the liver’s ability to flush toxins from the body. When the liver is overloaded with toxins like alcohol or fats, it will work too hard and burn too hot. This causes inflammation and problems throughout the body. Ayurvedic practitioners treat liver problems like fatty liver with a combination of dietary and lifestyle modifications and herbal remedies.
Fatty liver disease is caused by an accumulation of fat in the cells of the liver. There are two types of fatty liver disease: alcohol-induced and nonalcoholic. Alcohol-induced fatty liver is caused by excessive alcohol consumption, and causes the liver to swell and become tender on the right side. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice, spider veins and increased white blood cell count. Nonalcoholic fatty liver is usually a less serious condition in which fat builds up in the liver for reasons unrelated to alcohol. While usually harmless, in rare cases this causes inflammation and interferes with liver function. Only a medical doctor can correctly diagnose the condition of your liver.
- Pain in the central or right side of upper abdomen
- Poor appetite
- Enlarged liver
- Skin discoloration in the neck or under arm
- Viral hepatitis
- Hereditary factors
- Diabetes mellitus
- Hyper lipidemia
- Poisons or excess intake of prescription medicines.
- Lifestyle modification —
Healthy lifestyle should be strictly followed. Easily digestible light food at regular intervals and regular exercise is very useful.
- Yoga —
Yoga postures which give stretching and increase blood flow around abdomen area give good result. Gomukhasana (Cow pose), Dhanurasana (Bow pose) Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) are useful for fatty liver.
- Jogging or Brisk Walking —
Jogging or walking briskly helps stimulating all internal organs including the liver.
- Fruits, Vegetables and green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
- Water – ensure adequate intake of water about 1 ½ to 3 liters per day based on your current body weight or ½ of your body weight (lbs) in ounces. Herbal teas count, but drinks with caffeine do not.
- Fatty meat such as beef and pork
- Spicy, sour and fried foods
- High calorie junk food and aerated drinks
- Alcohol consumption
- Over use of prescription medicines
- Refined carbohydrates like potato, flour bread etc.
Home remedies –
- Giloy Kashaya – Make a decoction of Giloy – 30 ml mixed with a teaspoon of honey and is administered once a day.
- Regular consumption of Long pepper powder (2grams) with honey, once or twice a day for a month’s time.
- Guduchi churna + Musta Churna – 2 grams of each of these two mixed and administered once a day, along with hot water.
- Powder of Cardamom, cumin seeds, Bhumyamalaki and sugar taken in equal quantities – 3 grams mixed with half a teaspoon of ghee early in the morning.
- Paste of turmeric and three teaspoon on Amla juice is administered once or twice a day.
- Squeeze the juice of ½ lemons in a glass of water. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for several weeks, especially first thing in the morning.
- Drink 3 to 4 cups of organic green tea, hot or cold, every day to assist with fatty liver disease and protect the liver.
- Turmeric can be hard to absorb in the body. It dissolves better in a fat-containing medium like milk. You can mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it once daily or more.
- Mix together 1 tablespoon of licorice powder and 2 teaspoons of honey and have this mixture once daily for several weeks.
- Grind 5 to 6 dried papaya seeds and mix the powder with 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. Take this 2 times a day for 1 month.
I’m Dr. Malini Bhat MD (Ayu); an Ayurvedic Doctor and a health blogger. Follow me on social media to get daily health tips which you can easily adapt to a healthy lifestyle.