Liver is one of the largest glands of human body with the primary function of clearing out the blood toxins and supplying the purified blood to the heart. At times when the liver is not functioning well it results into the ailments which affects other organs as well. The usual signs of liver dysfunction include weight loss, nausea, extreme fatigue, swelling of abdomen, edema, urine darkening and yellowing of eyes and skin. Jaundice is also a symptom of liver dysfunction. The liver diseases can lead to number of other disorders which may include cirrhosis, fatty lever and hepatitis.
For the people who believe in natural systems of treatment and want to avoid any side effects of Allopathic and prescription medicines, the herbs are present as a major source for the treatment of liver related disorders. These herbs are majorly used as the herbal tonics which destroys the harmful effects of liver toxins. The commonly used herbs for the treatment of liver diseases are as described below.
Dandelion is used as a liver tonic in the common herbal remedies for liver diseases. It is particularly effective in reducing the inflammation of liver which is a common symptom of liver related diseases. The herb also helps to enhance the bile flow and provide a good source of vitamins and minerals for the body which in turn protects the liver and boosts the immune system of body.
Liquorice is reported to deactivate and neutralize the liver toxins. It was used in the Chinese medicine for the first time for the treatment of liver diseases. In the research going on in present times, it is being studied for the effects on Hepatitis and other related ailments since this herb has been used from the olden times to treat the chronic hepatitis all over the world.
Ginger is useful in terms of providing the boost for other herbs by enhancing the ability of human body to assimilate them. Liver is responsible for breaking up of various substances from the diet into easily digestible form and supplying them into blood. But in this process it eventually breaks down the useful substances also from the different herbs. Ginger at this place protects these substances from being destroyed and deactivated by liver and hence provides them a path to bypass the liver metabolism process. This activity helps in expression of the effects of herbs and their compounds in the body by passing through the liver metabolism and hence been able to be circulating in the body for a longer time. Ayurveda has also proved that the ginger in corporation with the other carminatives such as black pepper and long pepper helps in digestion of other herbs.
Turmeric is also helpful in the treatment of liver diseases. This is the eastern spice which is responsible for the yellow color of curry. It is very helpful in the treatment and its healthy dose is present in every meal which is incorporated with the curry powder. It is actually bitter in taste and used for the stomach related disorders. This enhances the digestion along with the carminative effect.