Why is the liver important?
- The liver is the second largest, reddish–brown organ on the right side of the belly which feels rubbery to the touch.
- Weighing about 3 pounds, It performs hundreds of vital functions for health and well-being including regulation of metabolism, production of clotting proteins, and blood detoxification.
- The liver filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing to the body, detoxifies the chemicals, metabolizes drugs, secretes bile in the intestines, and makes some proteins important for blood clotting and other functions.
- The liver has two lobes, the right lobe, and the left lobes. The gallbladder present under the liver, along with parts of the pancreas and intestines. The liver and these organs work together to digest, absorb the food.
What is fatty liver disease?
- Fatty liver disease is a broad term for the accumulation of triglyceride fats in the liver.
- This condition is common, and most people show no signs or symptoms and do not experience any serious effects. However, fatty liver is a progressive disease and it can cause irritation, inflammation, and scarring known as fibrosis.
- When the fat content of the liver increases up to greater than 5 to 10%, its function can become significantly impaired.
What causes fatty liver?
- There are two types of fatty liver disease that have different causes but their result in similar liver injuries.
- The first is Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD) and is caused by high alcohol intake (>20 grams/20 milliliters per day). It is the earliest stage of alcoholic liver disease which may progress to severe stage and cirrhosis.
- The second type is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and occurs for reasons other than alcohol consumption.
- It is often associated with symptoms of insulin resistance a condition that affecting fat metabolism including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Other risk factors for fatty liver disease include some medications such as corticosteroids, certain antidepressants and antipsychotics, Amiodarone, and Methotrexate.
- Hepatitis infections, auto-immune or inherited liver disease, fast weight loss, and malnutrition are others causes.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms are usually mild or may not be present some include
- Loss of appetite and weight,
- Difficulty concentrating.
- The liver enlargement causes pain in the upper-middle or upper right quadrant of the abdomen.
How is fatty liver diagnosed?
- Certain blood tests provide a definitive diagnosis for fatty liver. Elevated levels of the enzymes ALT, AST, and GGT.
- Imaging studies such as ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI scans visually determine if fat has infiltrated the liver.
- These tests, however, cannot determine how far the disease has progressed. A liver biopsy will be necessary to access the severity of the disease.
Is fatty liver disease curable?
- There is no specific medication or medical procedure that can cure fatty liver disease. However, weight reduction has a positive effect on the fatty liver.
What can I do to prevent the disease from progressing?
- Daily exercise routine. Be active for at least 180 minutes per week such as by walking.
- A diet that consists of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Replace butter with healthier fats, such as extra virgin olive oil.
- Avoid soda and other forms of refined sugar.
- Study shows that limited amounts of dark chocolate can be beneficial in fatty liver
- Focus on protein-rich foods such as lean poultry, seafood, eggs, and Greek yogurt.
- Avoid red meat.
- Coffee may be beneficial.
- Consider taking a daily Vitamin E supplement. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and may relieve symptoms of NAFLD.
- Detox Premium Powder – As the name suggests this herbal powder helps in overall detoxification of the liver. This herbal powder contains ingredients such as giloy satv, shukta pishti, parval pishti, kamdudha ras, gandhak rasayan, etc. It reduces pain, swelling, abdominal pain, & abdominal swelling.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.
- Liver care tablet – Liver Care tablet help in balancing Pitta dosha. These tablets stimulate the growth of new liver cells, promote functions of liver, and improve blood flow from the liver. It helps in the treatment of fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, Hepatitis, hepatomegaly, and obstructive Jaundice. Liver Care Tablets contains Ingredients like Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kutaki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhumi amla( phyllanthus niruri), Giloy(Tinopora Cordifolia), Yavakshar( Hordeum vulgare), Imli Kshar( Tamarindus indica), Mukta Shukta pisti etc. It helps in removing fats from the liver cells & keeps your liver healthy.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
- Kutki Capsules – Kutki capsules are a pure herbal extract of Kutki herb whose main function is to balance Vata and pitta doshas. It helps in the removal of harmful toxins from the body. Kutki capsules of CAC show great results in the case of liver diseases, purify the blood, and treats respiratory disorders. It maintains the overall digestive system and useful in various diseases like abdominal distension, ascites, constipation, etc. it has anti-inflammatory properties, also reduces the stiffness of joints.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 capsule twice daily with plain water.
- Panchsakar Churna – As the name suggests five ingredients are used for the preparation of this herbal churna. The ingredients such as shunthi, shatapushpa, balaharitaki, saindhavan lavana, & swarnapatri are used for removing toxins from the body. The abdominal pain, swelling, loss of appetite, fatigue, etc related to fatty liver are treated.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with lukewarm water.
- Liver Care Syrup – Liver Care Syrup is a herbo-mineral Syrup which is purely ayurvedic formulation. CAC Liver Care syrup helps in balancing Pitta dosha. This Syrup enhances regeneration of liver cells, promote functions of liver, and improve blood flow from the liver. It helps in the treatment of fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, Hepatitis, hepatomegaly, and obstructive Jaundice.
Recommended dosage: take 2 tablespoon morning and evening after meal
Dr. 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 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.