Cirrhosis of the LiverThe liver is the important organ of the body as it regulates the digestion, metabolism, and many other physiological functions of the body. Damage of this organ may therefore lead to chronic gastritis(swelling or inflammation of the stomach lining
), morning sickness and constipation. Apart from loss of appetite, the patient losses weight because of defective metabolism. He may suffer from diarrhea and flatulence.
|Normal Liver vs Cirrhosis Liver|
There may be little pain in the right upper portion of the abdomen where the liver is located. Slowly size of the liver increases and because of the pressure on the diaphragm, the patient suffers difficulty in breathing and coughing. He may suffer from nausea and vomiting. The liver tissue becomes fibroses and it shrinks in size. Because of this shrinkage the venous circulation gets obstructed, and there is accumulation of water in the abdomen.
TreatmentCirrhosis of the liver generally occurs because of faulty diet and excessive intake of alcohol, the liver helps in neutralization of the toxic effects of some drugs and beverages like tea and coffee which contains nicotine. If these toxins are consumed habitually in excess, the liver becomes unable to cope with the demand for neutralizing their effects. This result in the cirrhosis of the organ. It is therefore desirable in the first instance, to ask the patient to give up these harmful beverages and drinks.
The drug of choice for the treatment of this condition is Bhringraj. One teaspoonful of the juice of this plant is to be given to a child patient below 8 years of age, three times a day. The taste of the juice of bhringraj is slightly bitter and astringent. Therefore it is always prescribed to be given to the child with half teaspoonful to honey. This juice will act better if administered on an empty stomach.
Katuki is the drug prescribed by the physicians especially when cirrhosis occurs in adults. This herb grows at high altitude in the Himalayas. The rhizome or the root of this plant is used in the medicine. It is bitter in taste. The powder of this drug in a dose of with honey in good quantity. If there is constipation then the dose of this powder may be increased to two teaspoonful three times a day and it should be given with a cup of warm water each time to produce more bile. The excretions of this bile in large quantity defunct start reviving. A compound preparation called Aarogyawardhini contains katuki . In addition, this compound preparation contains copper in the form of bhasma. Copper in Ayurveda is considered to be the potent drug to revive the activity of processing.
DietThe patient should not be given any food which is difficult to digest. Oil, ghee, other fats to be avoided. Vegetables which are bitter in taste like patola, bitter gourd and drumsticks should not be given to patient.
|Diet in Liver Cirrhosis|
Buffalo milk, which contains high percentage of fat, is contraindicated. Goat’s milk and cow’s milk can be given in small quantity. Camel’s milk in this is considered very useful. Curd should not be given to the patient but buttermilk prepared by churning the curd is exceedingly useful. Garlic is useful .if there is accumulation of water in the abdomen, the patient should be given salt free diet, he should be advised to miss a few meals and observe fasting which helps in promoting the function of liver.
Other regimensThe patient should be prohibited from sleeping during daytime and riding a fast moving vehicle on an uneven surface. He should not be exposed to violent jerks and should not resort to any strenuous physical exercise.
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