Helping Hepatitis Naturally

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Helping Hepatitis Naturally

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, usually caused by a viral infection. The liver becomes tender and enlarged and is unable to function normally. As a result, toxins that would normally be filtered out by the fiver build up in the body, and certain nutrients are not processed and stored as they should be.

The symptoms of hepatitis include fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, appetite loss, muscle aches, joint pains, drowsiness, dark urine, light colored stools, abdominal discomfort, jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and elevated liver enzymes in the blood. Flu-like symptoms may be mild or severe.

There are different types of hepatitis, classified according to the virus that causes the condition. In the last 15 years, scientists have identified the viruses responsible for three leading types of the disease, called hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. There are also other, less common types known as hepatitis E, and non-A, non-B hepatitis. All are contagious.

Healing Herbs

- Burdock and dandelion are important in cleansing the liver and the bloodstream.

- Studies have shown licorice to be effective in treating viral hepatitis, particularly chronic active hepatitis, due to its well-documented anti-viral activity.

- Milk thistle extract contains silymarin, a flavonoid that aids in healing and rebuilding the liver. It can be taken in capsules or alcohol-free extract form. Take 200-400mg three times daily.

- Other herbs beneficial for hepatitis include black radish, goldenseal, green tea, red clover and yellow dock.

Other Recommendations

- Eat a raw vegetable and fruit diet for two to four weeks. Start this diet with a cleansing fast.

- Include artichokes in the diet. Artichokes protect the liver. Globe artichoke extract is also available.

- Drink "green drinks," carrot juice and beet juice.

- Drink only or pure water.

- Consume no alcohol.

- Avoid all fats, sugar and highly processed foods.

- Avoid all raw fish and shellfish, and eat no animal protein. Also avoid chemicals and food additives.

- Get plenty of bed rest.

- Use a chlorophyll enema three times a week. Use one pint and retain it for 15 minutes.

- Apply warm castor oil packs over the liver area.

- Keep a person with hepatitis A in isolation to avoid spreading the infection. Wash hands and all clothing and bed linen often.

- Especially when traveling, beware of contaminated water or foods from polluted water.

excerpt from Prescription for Nutritional Healing -- Second Edition by James and Phyllis Balch.

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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