Ayurvedic Treatment to Improve your Liver Health

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    The liver is the largest organ of our body responsible for digesting, metabolizing, and manufacturing essential compounds to keep our body healthy.

    According to Ayurveda, the liver plays a crucial role in converting Rasa Dhatu (clear plasma) to Rakta Dhatu (blood). It scans and identifies the toxins in the Rasa Dhatu, and stores them to prevent them from entering the blood. This process helps maintain the purity of the blood by keeping ama (toxins/impurities) from mixing with it.

    The liver secretes bile and uses it to break down and digest fatty acids. It also produces blood-clotting factors and creates protective elements to prevent blood clots from blocking the circulatory system.

    It converts sugar into glycogen and stores it for muscles in the form of glucose energy. Valuable trace elements like iron, copper, Vitamins A, D, and B12, proteins and cholesterol are also stored. One of the essential roles of the liver is to ensure that toxins/impurities are safely removed from the blood.  

    Causes of Liver Damage

    • Dehydration leads to an increased risk of illness so it is essential to drink requisite amount to water to avoid liver diseases
    • Excessive consumption of alcohol damages the liver
    • Smoking causes lung and liver cancer  
    • Obesity/ being overweight also leads to liver diseases
    • Food containing high-sugar should be avoided as frequent and sustained fructose consumption leads to irreversible liver damage
    • Heavy meals at night should be avoided as the liver does a majority of its work at night. Eating rich and heavy food just before bedtime place extra pressure on the liver leading to damage eventually
    • High doses of medications can harm the liver as each medicine is broken down by it and thus affects the liver’s health
    • A stressful and inactive lifestyle increases the risk of liver damage

    Some common Liver disorder symptoms:

    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Abdominal pain and Yellow discoloration of skin and eyes
    • Severe prolonged itching
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Portal hypertension
    • Dark urine
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Swelling in the legs and ankles

    Follow these simple yet effective steps to keep your liver healthy

    • Tikta rasa- Bitter tasting and cooling herbs like aloe Vera, neem, katuki, karela, amla, turmeric, Bhumi Amalaki, Punarnava, and others are used for both protection as well as boosting liver health
    • Eating healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
    • Drinking plenty of pure water to flush out toxins/impurities is beneficial
    • Abhyanga – The practice of abhyanga (self-massage with oil) helps to lubricate and rejuvenate all of the tissue, and supports cleansing and detoxification throughout the system, thereby supporting the liver. 
    • Maintaining a healthy weight helps to keep the liver healthy and free from fat deposits
    • Routine Yoga & Pranayama practices
    • Virechana (purgatives) – purgation helps to remove accumulated Pitta in the small intestine and Vamana can improve the functional and metabolic activities of the body
    • Active Lifestyle: We should adopt a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent ourselves from Liver diseases
    • One should follow Periodic seasonal detoxification, as it plays a vital role in the prevention of and also in enhancing the vitality of the organs.

    Herbs for liver

    • Sharapunkha – It is used in liver cirrhosis and splenomegaly
    • Bhoomyamalaki- It detoxifies liver and promotes its action
    • Katukarohini – Hepatoprotective herb, offers support to the liver functioning by secreting bile which in turn helps the liver enzymes to normalize.

    Conclusion: The liver serves as our primary organ of detoxification and it is very resilient and capable of regenerating itself. The best way to prevent liver imbalance is to keep Pitta dosha in balance. It is essential to follow a healthy lifestyle, a balance between good diet and regular exercise to prevent your joint condition from worsening. But before you make any changes to your diet, You can contact online Ayurvedic doctors at Total Ayurveda Care and get more healthy tips. As we at TAC believe that everybody is different in its own way.  Get in touch with our experts now and learn what suits your body the best.

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