Fatty Liver Disease and Alternative Medicine

This report aims to discuss what Fatty Liver Syndrome is and how Chinese Medicine, Homeopathic and Diet can reverse this deficiency. Fatty Liver Syndrome-

Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of triglycerides and other fats inside liver cells. Triglycerides are a type of fat in the bloodstream and fat tissue. Too much of this type of fat can contribute to the hardening and narrowing of your arteries. This puts you at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Diseases such as diabetes, obesity, kidney failure or alcoholism can cause high triglycerides. Often, high triglycerides occur along with high levels of cholesterol another type of fat. Reye’s syndrome rare liver disease can cause liver failure, liver disease and coma.fattyliver1

Fatty liver Syndrome also known as steatosis, can be a temporary or long-term condition, which is not harmful itself, but may indicate some other type of problem. Left untreated, it can contribute to other illnesses. It is usually reversible once the cause of the problem is diagnosed and corrected.

The liver is the organ responsible for changing fats eaten in the diet to types of fat that can be stored and used by the body. Triglycerides are one of the forms of fat stored by the body and used for energy and new cell formation. The break down of fats in the liver can be disrupted by alcoholism, malnutrition, pregnancy, or poisoning. In fatty liver, large droplets of fat, containing mostly triglycerides, collect within cells of the liver. The condition may go unnoticed for a long period of time. In severe cases, the liver can increase to over three times its normal size and may be painful and tender.  Thirty out of one-hundred people have fatty liver disease. Only 3 to 6 will show symptoms related to liver function abnormalities such as feeling tired and poor endurance.

gallbladderNormal Liver function include breaking down harmful substances, removing waste products from the blood, storing nutrients and vitamins, and moderating chemical levels in the body.

The cause of Fatty Liver Syndrome-

In fatty liver syndrome, the liver function is damaged and there is a risk of fibrosis and cirrhosis.  Fibrosis is the formation of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ or tissue in a reparative or reactive process. Cirrhosis is is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase of chronic liver disease. Leading cause of fatty liver include overindulging in only sugary and alcoholic foods, loosing weight too quickly.

The most common cause of fatty liver in the United States is alcoholism.  In alcoholic fatty liver, over consumption of alcohol changes the way that the liver breaks down and stores fats. Often, people with chronic alcoholism also suffer from malnutrition by eating irregularly and not consuming a balanced diet. Conditions that can also cause fatty liver are other forms of malnutrition (especially when there is not enough protein in the diet), obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye's syndrome in children. Pregnancy can cause a rare, but serious form of fatty liver that starts late in pregnancy and may be associated with jaundice and liver failure. Some drug overdoses or toxic chemical poisonings, such as carbon tetrachloride, can also cause fatty liver.

Often, there are no symptoms associated with fatty liver. If there are symptoms, they can include pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, swelling of the abdomen, jaundice, and fever. Symptoms that occur less often in alcoholic fatty liver, but more often in pregnancy related fatty liver, are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.

Drugs That Cause Steatosis

 

Total parenteral nutrition-

TPN is used for patients who cannot or should not get their nutrition through eating. Your TPN may include a combination of sugar and carbohydrates (for energy), proteins (for muscle strength), lipids (fat), electrolytes, and trace elements. Your solution may contain all or some of these substances, depending on your condition.

Methotrexate-

Methotrexate is used to treat severe psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body) that cannot be controlled by other treatments. Methotrexate is also used along with rest, physical therapy and sometimes other medications to treat severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA; a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function) that cannot be controlled by certain other medications. Methotrexate is also used to treat certain types of cancer including cancers that begin in the tissues that form around a fertilized egg in the uterus, breast cancer, lung cancer, certain cancers of the head and neck, certain types of lymphoma, and leukemia (cancer that begins in the white blood cells). Methotrexate is in a class of medications called antimetabolites. Methotrexate treats cancer by slowing the growth of cancer cells. Methotrexate treats psoriasis by slowing the growth of skin cells to stop scales from forming. Methotrexate may treat rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing the activity of the immune system.

Tamoxifen-

Tamoxifen treats invasive breast cancer in men and women, the most common type of breast cancer, following surgery or radiation and for preventing invasive breast cancer in women at high risk. Tamoxifen also is used for ductal carcinoma. The most common side effects associated of Tamoxifen are hot flashes, weight gain, abnormal or absence of menstrual periods, vaginal discharge, and nausea. Cough, fatigue, fluid retention, bone pain, cataracts, and depression also occur. Tamoxifen is associated with blood clots leading to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.  Tamoxifen can cause abnormalities of liver test, reduced white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Reduced platelets can lead to bleeding. 

Treatment

Alternative treatment treat the whole body by improving the function of the liver and promoting a health liver by preventing further damage.  It will also improve other parts of the digestive system such as gall bladder complications and formation of gallstones.  Homeopathy inhibits other liver associated problems that weaken the immune and digestive system causing fatigue, obesity and allergies.  Homeopathy will neutralize toxins, act as an anti-oxidant and provide vitamin and minerals supplement to the body.

From an Oriental Medicine perspective, Liver has many important functions that are storing blood, ensuring the smooth movement of qi throughout the body and deep influence the mental state. Liver blood nourish the sinews, store blood for the uterus, and recovering energy and immunity. Smooth flow of Liver Qi will regulate and balance the function of the liver.  Fatty liver disease is blood stagnation, the treatment principle of the Liver steatosis will focus on nourish the blood and move the qi. Preventing liver cirrhosis or prolong is treating fatty liver immediate goal.  An acupuncturist would move qi and tonify Spleen.  Points would include Liver 14, Spleen 21, Gallbladder 34, Urinary Bladder 17,18 and Large Intestine 4.  [1]  Acupuncture points will also focus on soothing the liver qi and nourish the liver blood.  LV 3, LV 8, Sp6, Sp 10, GB 34, LV14, Ren6, Ren17.  If phlegm accumulated + ST40 If heat present + LI11 If damp accumulate + SP9 If Gallbladder (bile)involved + GB4.

20121014-091751.jpgAcupuncture is a complementary approach to over coming symptoms. In addition to an acupuncture treatment herbs will assistin in venting the liver: Chai Hu, Xiang Fu Herbs are good for soothing the liver: Bai Shao Herbs are good for nourishing and move the blood: Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong Herbs that help the qi moving: Chen Pi Herbs that help the lipid: Shan Zha.

In my research I cam across a study conducted by Dr. Hong-Chu Zhang from Chung Shan Medical University Hospital. Dr. Houng conducted a study of a 21 year old college student with an unhealthy diet of eating out copiously.  Dr. Hong-Chu study found that, TCM can both lower blood pressure and have hepatoprotective effects include Salvia Root, Reishi Mushrooms, Roselle (Luo Shen Hua), Lotus Leaf, and medicinal grade Red Yeast Rice. [2]

Salvia Root- invigorates blood circulation, cools blood, nourishes blood, and the heart. It is prescribed when the body presents blood stasis, blood heat, chest pain, postmenstrual abdominal pain, amenorrhea, irritability, insomnia and palpitations.

Reishi Mushrooms- is an anti oxidant that releases free radicals from the body.  It lowers the risk of heart problems and protects against radiation.  It’s function is primarily to strengthen the immune system.

Lotus Leaf- Lotus leaf is traditionally used to treat summer heat-dampness disorders, which usually manifest as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; it is also diuretic. Crataegus is used to aid digestion of fats and elimination of excess fats in the blood; it also vitalizes blood circulation. Alisma is used to drain excess moisture and aid solubilization of fats. Together, these herbs clear the phlegm-damp syndrome that often accompanies obese constitution. Although ho-shou-wu is usually viewed as a blood nourishing agent, its role here is to help prevent the absorption of excess lipids, especially cholesterol, and promote elimination of blood lipids. Similarly, cassia seed is known as a laxative herb, but in this formula its dosage is small enough that there should be no substantial laxative effect; rather, it inhibits absorption of excess fats.

Homeopathic Treatment

There are 16 homoeopathy medicines, which give great relief in fatty liver disorder.  Homeopathic treatment for Fatty liver addresses the underlying causes behind fatty liver, improves liver functions and reduces the symptoms as well as modifies the disease process. Homeopathy is recommended for cases of Fatty Liver.

Homeopathic treatments treat the liver sluggishness while the patient changes his diet to clear out the excess toxic materials from his body.  Homeopathic remedies improve the functioning of the liver and promote health.  Homeopathy prevents problems associated with a sluggish liver such as depressed immune system, constant fatigue, obesity, sluggish digestive system, allergies, respiratory ailments, unhealthy skin, irritability and so on.

Homeopathic medicines treat liver disease and prevent further damage to the liver in diseases like viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver, hemochromatosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and Wilson's disease.  Homeopathic remedies prevent healthy liver from damage caused by medications and alcohol.  Homeopathy improves gall bladder functioning, reduce inflammation and help dissipate gallstones.  [3]

Homeopathic medicines neutralize toxins and acts as a liver-friendly anti-oxidant, vitamin and mineral supplement.

Diet

fattyliver4When patients take high-fiber foods such as oats and also exercise, it really helps to improve their metabolism, which in turn reduces their weight, allowing their liver functions to return to normalcy.  Harvard's School of Public Health reports that dark green, leafy vegetables can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiac problems, such as heart attack and stroke. This group, which includes Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, kale and spinach, reduces toxins in the liver and promotes liver enzyme production. According to Disabled World, liver enzymes protect the liver and rid it of foreign particles, including toxins and fat deposits. Salad greens--dandelions, endive and chicory--and artichokes stimulate bile flow in the liver. Bile is the secretion that assists the body with fat digestion.

Foods with a high glycemic index are converted to sugar during the digestive process. These include breads and baked goods made with white flour, sweets with refined sugar, as well as those made with white rice or potatoes. A 2007 study conducted by Children's Hospital, Boston and reported on the Washington Post's website revealed that high-glycemic foods can cause fatty liver. Whole and/or unprocessed grains--durum, rye, oats and barley, to name a few--are among the grains most beneficial. [4]

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals--unattached oxygen molecules--in the body that promote tissue inflammation. In people with fatty liver, it could speed liver damage. Oranges and citrus fruits contain high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that assists the body in reducing inflammation. A 2003 Brazilian study published in "Nutrition Journal" revealed that consuming vitamin C prevented the onset of fatty liver in rats.

Among a good diet protocol, homeopathics, herbs and acupuncture treatment, a liver cleans is at the top of the list. A liver cleans.  A liver cleanse helps ensure your liver function is in tip-top condition. A liver cleanse helps cleanse and detoxify your liver and it is one of the most powerful procedures you can do to enhance your body's performance. It can significantly improve digestion, enzyme levels, a fatty liver, cirrhosis and energy, which is the basis of your health.

A sluggish liver can lead to serious fatigue, weight gain, water retention, and a host of other health woes. A liver cleansing can help with regularity, bloating and flatulence, diet, and save you thousands of dollars and months of pain by facilitating the avoidance of needless surgery for gallstones.

Before you consider maximizing your liver function, be sure to cleanse your colon first.  A major function of the liver is to clean your blood, and the best way to make it as easy as possible for the liver to do this is to cleanse the colon first, so the blood that comes to your liver is as toxin-free as possible.

If your colon is obstructed with years of accumulated debris, the massive amounts of toxins to be eliminated from a liver cleansing cannot easily be evacuated from your body if your colon is blocked. Therefore, it is imperative to cleanse the colon.  The liver is a complex, unique organ serving many functions crucial to sustaining life. From circulation to digestion, it is constantly processing blood for use by the rest of the body.

Weighing three to four pounds, the liver is the largest internal organ in the human body. It is glossy in appearance, and dark red in color from the rich supply of blood flowing through it. Sometimes called The Great Chemical Factory, your liver neutralizes harmful toxins and wastes, stores glycogen (a blood-sugar regulator), amino acids, protein, and fat.

In today's world, our liver – all of our organs, in fact – are at great risk of contamination from environmental toxins and over-processed foods infused with many unnatural chemicals. If your liver is not functioning well, a hazardous buildup of toxins may occur.

The liver performs many important functions to keep us healthy. It removes harmful material from the blood; it makes enzymes and bile that help digest food; and it converts food into substances needed for life and growth.

From its sheltered position in the abdominal cavity, the liver filters blood and performs many functions vital to health. Our bodies depend on the liver to regulate, synthesize, store, and secrete important proteins and nutrients.

The liver functions - over 500, including:

  • Filtering blood
  • Purifying and clearing waste products, toxins, and drugs
  • Regulating and secreting substances important in maintaining your body's functions and health
  • Storing important nutrients (such as glycogen glucose), vitamins, and minerals
  • Metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates
  • Creating bile
  • Metabolizing hormones, internally-produced wastes, and foreign chemicals
  • Forming urea
  • Assimilating and storing fat-soluble vitamins
  • Synthesizing blood proteins

The liver is the most resilient body organ. It is capable of regenerating itself, and is able to recreate lost tissue in order to help maintain its essential functions, even in the face of moderate damage.

When part of the liver is removed, a healthy organ may grow back to its original size. But its capacity to repair itself can be exceeded by repeated or extensive damage.

 Conclusion

These are all great ways to control fatty liver disease.  Results will take time to achieve.  The main focus is to understand that,  change made to improve health is a lifestyle.  When the systems in our bodies shut down it is our body telling us that it needs to be reset.  Resting our body is changing our diet and adjusting our lifestyle so that we can perform at our optimum physical health.

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Reference

http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/fatty-liver-disease

Fatty Liver and Homeopathic Treatments http://www.homeopathictreatment4u.com/fattyliver.html


[1] http://www.livestrong.com/article/539940-acupuncture-for-a-fatty-liver/

[2] http://www.suntenglobal.com

[3] http://www.homeopathictreatment4u.com/fattyliver.html