Hepatitis

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Hepatitis:

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Comfrey
  • Dong Quai
  • Kava Kava

Natural Cures and Remedies for Hepatitis

To reduce the risk of contracting colds and flus, it is important to exercise caution when interacting with infected people. For example, wash your hands after touching a person (or touching objects the person has recently touched) who has such an infection. To reduce your risk of HIV and some types of hepatitis, avoid unprotected sexual contact or other exchanges of body fluids, such as through the use of unsterilized syringes.

Sometimes people with chronic hepatitis may be asymptomatic, and at other times they may experience extreme fatigue and loss of appetite. In both acute and chronic hepatitis liver enzymes become elevated—one sign of liver disease. Noninfectious hepatitis may result from drug or alcohol abuse. Often, the stress of hepatitis reduces levels of glutathione, one of the body’s principal antioxidants, which is made in the liver. The viral and inflammatory stresses, combined with low glutathione levels, compromise liver function and may lead to cirrhosis or liver failure.

Blue-Green Algae, Comfrey, Dong Quai, Kava Kava

There are still other forms of hepatitis. One laboratory indication of hepatitis infection is an elevation in liver enzyme levels.

Hepatitis literally means liver inflammation. It is usually, though not always, caused by a viral infection. Symptoms of acute hepatitis, which generally lasts fewer than six months, tend to appear suddenly and include fever, nausea, vomiting, and a general feeling of being ill. Many cases of acute hepatitis evolve into chronic low-grade liver infections.

Foster and Yue (1992) note that the drug has been clinically tried in more than 5000 hepatitis cases, successfully lowering SGPT levels 84–97.9% (FAY). Schisandra is hepatoprotective against acetaminophen, aflatoxin, CCl4, chloroform, galactosamine, gossypol acetic acid, and thioacetamide. Schisandra in 189 patients with hepatitis C returned alanine-transferase to normal, and increased liver protein and glycogen synthesis. Alcohol extracts help regenerate liver tissues (SHB).

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