Liver diseases affect the whole body
Liver diseases are among the common ones, and at the same time leading to premature death. It is like that, because the liver functions are numerous and integral for the whole body /digestion, metabolism, purification, various hormones, enzymes, temperature and many others/, and the liver diseases can develop without symptoms, until they reach fatal forms and stages.
Example can be given with the hepatitis type B and C, which may turn into chronic without obvious signs of infection and development of the disease; and also, with cirrhosis. The hepatitis B virus is highly contagious – between 50 and 100 times more contagious than the HIV-virus and is the 10thmost fatal in the world. It can be contracted through:
● Infected blood or the relevant blood products during transfusion
● Common syringes or devices with thedrug addicts
● Common shaving devices and devices for brushing teeth and gum cleaning
● Not properly sterilized instruments in the dentistry, tattoo, etc.
● Infection can happen with sexual intercourse as well, or to be transmitted during delivery from the mother to the child. 500 000 people die from HIV annually.
The death tolls from hepatitis C, which has turned into a chronic one and has caused severe complications, are more than 350 000 per year. It is estimated that the infected-with-that-virus people are more than 170 billion in the world. That hepatitis, as well as the B-hepatitis can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer. That’s why the two types – B and C are known as the silent killers’
The hepatitis-C tolls, whose disease had turned into a chronic one and had caused heavy complications, are 350 000 per year. It is considered that the chronic infections of this type of hepatitis are more than 170 billion. This hepatitis, as well as hepatitis B can lead tocirrhosis and liver cancer. That’s why both types of viruses – B and C, are known as ‘the silent killers’.
In cirrhosis, there is destruction of liver cells, which cannot be fully replaced. That disease is the 12-th by toll rate. It can happen as a result of development of hepatitis, caused by misuse of alcohol.
Cirrhosis does not show symptoms before it develops into a severe form. Then, the temperature appears, dull pain on the right under the ribs, gases, nausea, lack of appetite and weight loss, atypical hairiness and others. Cirrhosis can also be caused by problems with metabolism, toxins, heart diseases, etc.
Ayurveda treatment of liver diseases
According to the Ayurveda philosophy, the body functions through 3 vital energies.
They are called Doshas and each one controls the activities of certain body organs, as well as entire systems. Nature sets everybody’s Doshas in a certain unique balance and thus they are a part of his whole harmony.
When this harmony is disturbed by any of the energies, which has come out of balance, this causes diseases, because the functions of the relative organs are disrupted. The liver is controlled by Pitta energy, which controls the transformation processes in the body – from digestion to degradation of the substances in order to carry out the metabolism.
Thus, the liver diseases guided Ayurveda towards balancing Pitta. This is done through various kinds of food and diet by adding certain spices, a lot of which can be used like herbs both individually and in combination.
An essential part of the treatment is the body cleansing from toxins both liver cleansing and detoxification of the whole body. For the purpose, herbs are used – rubbing-in, sauna, inhalations, as well as oils for pouring-over, ayurveda massages; in specific cases, the oils can be taken orally as well. The external procedures are combined with internal purification with laxatives and purgatives. Yoga is also included in the treatment.
The pacifying food and the food restoring the balance of Pitta should be lukewarm; pungent, salty and sour tastes should be excluded; astringent and bitter ones, which are cooling, are recommended. Appropriate products are the wheat, the oats, the buckwheat, barley, basmati rice; mashes are recommended; fresh vegetables and fruits are healthy, as well as the freshly-squeezed juices. Algae are widely-used – chlorella, spirulina, etc.
From the spices and herbs, dill, cinnamon, coriander, etc. are used. From the oils for pouring-over, the most appropriate one for Pitta is the coconut oil; while from the sweet-smelling ones like saffron, jasmine, iris, rose, lotus, spearmint, lavender are appropriate.