Liver cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a chronic condition caused by the replacement of normal liver tissues by fibrous scar tissues resulting in gradual deterioration and malfunctioning of the liver. Liver is able to regenerate most of its cells when they become damaged. But with the end stage of cirrhosis, the liver loses its ability to replace the damaged cells resulting in partial blocks that interfere with the flow of blood through the liver. Cirrhosis also impairs numerous other functions of the liver that include:

  • Infection control
  • Removing bacteria and toxins from the blood
  • Processing nutrients, hormones and drugs
  • Production of proteins that regulate blood clotting
  • Production of bile that help absorb fats including cholesterol and fat-soluble vitamins

Causes of liver cirrhosis

Most of the population believes that the main cause of liver cirrhosis is due to excessive alcohol consumption. However, alcohol consumption is not the only cause for developing cirrhosis. Other factors damaging the liver include:

  • Viral infections such as hepatitis B, C viruses
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Heredity
  • Obesity
  • Prolonged use of certain corticosteroid medication
  • Diabetes
  • Protein malnutrition
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals

Symptoms of liver cirrhosis

Most people do not develop any symptoms at early stages of cirrhosis. However, as the disease progresses one or more symptoms develop including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever. fatigue, nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Bruises and itchy skin
  • Yellowing of the skin or the whites of eyes
  • Fluid retention and swelling in the ankles, legs, and abdomen
  • abdominal pain and bloating
  • Confusion, disorientation, personality changes
  • Blood in the stool
  • Portal hypertension
  • Sensitivity to medications
  • Immune system dysfunction

Ayurveda Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis

Ayurveda offers a highly effective treatment for liver cirrhosis. According to Ayurveda, Pitta is the major part of the liver and most liver disorders are caused due to the aggravated conditions of Pitta. Vitiated Pita dosha interferes with the production and flow of bile from the liver, which in turn affects the enzyme activities responsible for digestion and metabolism process. This affects the complete liver function and other doshas are also hampered. When this condition is left untreated the liver cells becomes dry or rough resulting is complete damage and malfunctioning of the organ.

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