Liver Cirrhosis

Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is associated with a condition of liver damage due to build up of scar tissue. When liver attempts to recover from a certain health condition, the formation of a scar tissue results as a byproduct. The more the scar tissue build-up, the more advanced condition of liver cirrhosis is reached.

Causes

Alcohol abuse being the prime cause of liver cirrhosis, viral infections like hepatitis B, C viruses, autoimmunity and heredity may also be the cause. Glycogen storage disorder, Wilson’s disease and cystic fibrosis may also cause the liver disorder.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anaemia
  • Jaundice
  • Portal hypertension
  • Digestion issues
  • Liver enlargement

Ayurvedic View

Ayurveda attributes liver cirrhosis to extreme aggravation of pitta dosha. As a result, the Rasa and rakta dhatus are intoxicated and other dhatus become weak. As liver is a vital organ, many bodily functions are affected including digestion, complexion of skin and production of blood.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Food items that are hot, spicy, oily and heavy need to be avoided.
  • Opt for a vegetarian diet.
  • Avoid foods that include refined flour, polished rice, mustard oil, asafetida, canned and preserved foods, alcoholic beverages, and aerated drinks.
  • Rather, consume whole-wheat flour, brown rice, fruits including mangoes, bananas, grapes, Indian gooseberries (amla) and dried fruits like dates, raisins, almonds and cardamom.
  • Avoid stressful conditions.
  • Take complete rest.