What is fatty liver?
Fatty Liver disorders are of two types alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Ayurveda explains this as Yakrit Roga (liver disorder) and to some extent as Medaroga (body fat disorder) because both aspects are present in this disease. Generally, the problem is seen more commonly in men, however, women are also at risk. The disorder is seen in ages 25 to 55. Excessive intake of milk and dairy products and spicy foods as well sleeping during the day are commonly observed causes of the disorder.
Ayurveda provides effective treatment through a holistic combination of herbs-mineral medicines, Sahara (diets), vihara (lifestyle recommendations) and Oyama (mild exercise).
Ayurveda View of fatty liver
Ayurvedic View for Cause of Fatty Liver. In accordance to Ayurveda, Fatty Liver disease happens due to imbalances of three types of physical energy, or doshas (vata, pitta and Kapha). The liver is regarded a fire or pitta organ, as it is essential for digestion and elimination. So the good health of liver needs to balance the pitta dosha. This …mucilage that can soothe and protect irritated or inflamed internal tissue) are also prescribed to nourish the nervous system and alleviate imbalanced body energies.
What is the cause of fatty liver?
- Insulin resistance
Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas secretes into your bloodstream after you have eaten. It enables the glucose from your food to enter your cells, where it is burned for energy. In people with insulin resistance, the insulin doesn’t work properly. If insulin is not doing its job properly, less glucose will be burnt for energy and more of it will be converted into fat.
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
SIBO is defined as an increased number and/or abnormal types of bacteria in the small intestine. The condition encompasses yeast overgrowth such as Candida too, but excess bacteria is more common and a bigger problem. There is not supposed to be a lot of bacteria in your small intestine. This part of your intestine is designed for nutrient digestion and absorption. Most of the bugs in your gut are supposed to live in your colon (large intestine). The bacteria present in SIBO are not necessarily bad bacteria, like the ones that cause gastroenteritis or food poisoning. The problem is, the bacteria are just in the wrong place.
- Celiac disease
People with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) are at higher risk of getting a fatty liver and also more serious liver conditions. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. That means when people with the condition consume gluten, their immune system attacks their small intestine. The chronic inflammation to the gut lining can impair nutrient absorption and lead to many nutritional deficiencies. The most common ones are iron, calcium, vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins (A,E and K), and essential fatty acids. An inflamed gut lining can cause fatty liver in the same way that SIBO does.
Hepatitis B and C are well known for raising the risk of chronic liver inflammation. The inflammation usually begins as fatty liver but may progress in time to cirrhosis or liver cancer. This is more likely with hepatitis C. In fact, many people with hepatitis C eventually develop insulin resistance. This typically causes fat accumulation around the torso that is almost impossible to shift
Several different drugs can cause the development of fatty liver, particularly if used long term. Some anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers, immuno-suppressants, and cholesterol-lowering drugs are common culprits. Other drugs that may cause or contribute to the fatty liver include Amiodarone, Perhexiline, acetaminophen, calcium channel blockers (eg. diltiazem and nifedipine), methotrexate, chloroquine, hycanthone, synthetic estrogens, glitazone drugs used in diabetics, and Tamoxifen.
Symptoms of fatty liver
- Abdominal pain or a feeling of fullness in the upper right side of the abdomen (belly).
- Nausea, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
- Yellowish skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice).
- Swollen abdomen and legs (edema).
- Extreme tiredness or mental confusion.
Ayurvedic Treatment of fatty liver
Due to the rapid surge of liver diseases, there is a need for effective and safe treatment. So what can be the best ayurvedic treatment for fatty liver? It is a well-known fact that Ayurveda has a medicine for many systemic and local infections. It can treat fatty liver also. Ayurveda along with medicinal herbs and dietary guidance can cure and protect the liver from excess fat accumulation. In Ayurveda, the liver is termed as “Yakrut” and any disease related to it is called Yakrutodar yoga. Below are some of the options which act as ayurvedic treatment for fatty liver.
Home Remedies for fatty liver
- Many herbal remedies either in single or in combination available for the treatment of liver disease. Medicinal herbs like Bhumyamalaki, Punarna, Kasani, Bhringraj, and Kalamegh can act as an excellent ayurvedic remedy for fatty liver. They mainly help the liver in regulating enzyme production and functioning. They are antioxidants and prevent the liver from damage by scavenging the radicals and help in countering the toxins produced due to any injury or infection.
One of the symptoms of liver infection is loss of appetite. Appetite-inducing tonic or enzyme can help to prevent this condition. Also, it is important to prevent the damage of liver cells once the infection is established. There are many commercialized therapeutic ayurvedic medicines available in the market which can reduce liver cirrhosis, increase appetite. Few of the medicines with Trade names like Liv 52, Forestica syrup, Lyvomyn tablets are being used by doctors to treat fatty liver. However, the choice of such medicine is subjected to the advice of an expert medical practitioner.
- Insulin resistance