Hepatic steatosis another name for fatty liver in which fats get accumulated in the liver. When there is a small amount of fats present in the liver than it is a normal health condition but too much accumulation of fats is considered as fatty liver. In human body, liver is the second largest organ that processes nutrients from food & drink that we consume. Its function is to filter harmful substances from the blood. There are mainly two types of fatty liver diseases one is known as an alcoholic fatty liver disease that develops when someone drinks a lot of alcohol. Another is a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that is due to not drinking a lot of alcohol but including excessive fat in your diet. The wrong lifestyle is the main reason for it.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?
Fatty liver patients face the problem of pain & discomfort in the upper right side of the abdomen. The signs & symptoms related to fatty liver diseases are:
- General weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowish discoloration of skin & eyes
- Itching in the skin
- Pain in the abdomen
- Swelling in the abdomen
- Swelling in the legs
- Increased bruising
What are the Causes of Fatty Liver Disease?
The causes of fatty liver are when too much fat is stored in the liver cells. Drinking too much alcohol is the reason for fatty liver disease. But the other factors that play an important role in developing the fatty liver disease are high blood sugar, obesity, high levels of fats, insulin resistance, & medications like amiodarone injection, tamoxifen, amiodarone oral, & methotrexate.
What is the Ayurvedic View of Fatty Liver Disease?
In Ayurveda, fatty liver disease is correlated with “Yakrutodar roga” in which the abdominal cavity causes distension of the abdomen “Udararoga”. Agni (digestive fire) plays an important role in the manifestation of this disease.
What is the Ayurvedic Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease?
In Ayurved, there are numerous herbs that will treat the fatty liver disease from its root cause. Chandigarh Ayurved Centre introduces “Fatty Liver Care Kit” for the proper treatment of this disease. This kit contains six ayurvedic medicines that will help naturally treat the fatty liver condition.
Here are the details of ayurvedic medicines in this kit:
1. Detox Premium Powder
This powder is a herbo-mineral preparation that contains moti pishti, shukta pishti, giloy satav, parwal pishti, akik pishti, jahar mohra pishti, gandhak rasayan, sutshekhar ras, sudhyog tablet, yavakshaar, shwet parpati, & tal sindoor. These all ingredients in combination reduce extra fats from the liver & deal with the symptoms associated with fatty liver.
Recommended Dosage: Take one sachet twice daily with normal water.
2. Trikatu Syrup
Trikatu syrup is formulated with three herbs named as pippali, marich, & shunthi. It promotes healthy digestion, appetite, stimulates the liver to secrete bile. This herbal syrup relieves abdominal pain, bloating, loss of appetite, & indigestion problems related to fatty liver.
Recommended Dosage: Take two teaspoonful twice daily before meal.
3. Yakrit Vati
The herbal ingredients used for the preparation of this vati are kaasni, punarnava, kalmegha, sharpunkha that gives effective results in fatty liver. As these ingredients in combination remove extra fats from the liver, increases appetite, reduces abdominal pain & swelling.
Recommended Dosage: Take two tablets twice daily with normal water.
4. Panchsakar Churna
Panchsakar churna is prepared from five herbal ingredients such as shatapushpa, balaharitaki, swarnapatri, shunthi, & saindhava lavana. These all ingredients in combination reduce abdominal pain, loss of appetite, swelling, & remove extra fats in the form of toxins from the body. This herbal churna provides effective results in fatty liver patients.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with lukewarm water.
5. Triphala Guggulu
Triphala guggulu is a classical herbal preparation that contains amla, haritaki, bibhitaki, pippali, & guggulu. These all herbs in combination show digestive, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, carminative, & laxative properties. The use of triphala guggulu remove extra fats from the liver, maintain digestive fire, deal with the loss of appetite, reduces abdominal pain & swelling.
Recommended dosage: Take 2 tablets twice daily with normal water.
6. Sheet Dhara Syrup
Sheet dhara syrup is a herbal preparation for fatty liver that is formulated with ingredients like ajwain satv, peppermint, & mushk kapoor. These all in combination provide a cooling & calming effect on the body. The symptoms like loss of appetite, general weakness, indigestion, hyperacidity, abdominal pain related to fatty liver patients are treated with this syrup.
Recommended dosage: Mix one teaspoonful of this syrup in 30 ml of water. Drink this early in the morning on an empty stomach.
What is the Panchakarma Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease?
Panchakarma plays an important role in treating the fatty liver disease as it removes excess pitta dosha from the blood circulation, removes excess fatty liver cells, restores agni, & rejuvenates the hepatic cells. The panchakarma treatment for fatty liver helps in the overall detoxification of the liver & keeps it healthy. Vasti is the main panchakarma procedure given to the patients dealing with fatty liver disease. There are two types of vasti named as anuvasna vasti & niruha vasti. Anuvasna vasti is (oil enema therapy) in which herbal oil is administered through the anal region for removing extra fats. Niruha vasti (herbal enema therapy) in this procedure, an ayurvedic herbal decoction is administered in the patient through anal region. These vasti helps in the detoxification of the whole body.
Healthy diet & lifestyle
Healthy diet & lifestyle plays an important life in fatty liver patients. A healthy diet along with herbal & ayurvedic medicines give effective & good results to the patients. Here are some healthy tips along with the lifestyle that will help you:
- Include vegetables such as bottle gourd, ridge gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, fenugreek, coriander, etc. in your diet. Avoid vegetables such as potato, yam, sweet potato, brinjal, etc.
- Avoid fried foods, pizza, burger, pasta, maggie, cold drinks, etc. Instead of that include fresh juices, soups, & salads that contain seasonal vegetables & fruits.
- Drink plenty of water for removing extra toxins out from the body.
- Use a teaspoonful of olive oil, mustard oil, or cow’s ghee for cooking purposes.
- Drink green coconut water daily.
- Do perform yoga poses such as Padangusthasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Gomukhasana, Naukasana, Paripurna Navasana, Adho mukha svanasana, etc. Along with these do perform meditation to keep your mind relaxed.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.