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Cirrhosis of the Liver

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:39pm 3 Comments

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. It serves as a combination of manufacturing plant, chemical laboratory and storehouse of nutrients. It produces many vital elements and pours them into the blood stream, or stores until needed. Some of its functions are the production and storage of substances essential to the manufacture of red blood cells, the elimination of poisons and protein and the regulation of the numerous by products of protein metabolism, the storage of sugar, the storage and utilisation of fats, the control of cholesterol metabolism, and the production of bile acids, bile salts, and substances important for blood coagulation.

Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the most serious diseases of liver. It refers to all forms of liver disease characterised by a significant loss of cells. This disease is quite common in old age.

Symptoms ::

In the early stages of the disease, there may be nothing more than frequent attacks of gas and indigestion, with occasional nausea and vomiting. There may be some abdominal pain and loss of weight. In the advanced stage, the patient develops a low grade fever. He has a foul breath, jaundiced skin and distended veins in the abdomen. Reddish hairlike markings, resembling small spiders, may appear on the face, neck, arms and trunk. The abdomen becomes bloated and swollen, the mind gets clouded and there may be considerable bleeding from the stomach.

Causes ::

Excessive use of alcohol over a long period is the most potent cause of cirrhosis of the liver. It has been estimated that one out of 12 chronic alcoholics in the United States develops cirrhosis. The disease can progress to end-stage of hepatic failure, if the person does not abstain from alcohol. Cirrhosis appears to be related to the duration of alcohol intake and the quantity consumed daily. Recent researches indicate that the average duration of alcohol intake to produce cirrhosis is 10 years and the dose is estimated to be in excess of 16 ounces of alcohol daily.

Treatment ::

The patient should be kept in bed. He must abstain completely from alcohol in any form. He should undergo an initial liver cleaning programme with a juice fast for five to seven days. Freshly-extracted juices from red beets, lemon, papaya and grapes may be taken during this period. This may be followed by the fruit and milk diet for two or three-week.

"A stay at any naturopathy hospital, expert doctors on naturopathy and yoga treat youwith natural foods , yoga and your daily schedule during your stay". Below is an example of daily routine at naturopathy hospital.

The Schedule ::


5 AM -5. 15 AMMorning wake up with Tanasan, Relaxation, Holy & Healthy creative auto suggestion.

5. 15 -6.45 AMMeditation, Prayer, Amritvani, Jalneti, Walking therapy, Kunjal, Dhouti, Basti and THERAPY as required (according to ailment)

6. 45 -7. 00 AMLemon Juice, Honey and water or Methi and water.

7. 00 -8. 30 AMYoga

8. 30 -9. 00 AMSwasthya Sadhak's Breakfast, with Juice or Fruit therapy

9.00- 11.30AMTreatment for ailment / Rejuvenation (various therapies)

11. 30-12. 30PMLunch - Vitalizing food therapy

12. 30 -2. 30PMRelaxation (body, speech and mind), silent relaxed awareness

2. 30 -3. 00PMFruits or Juice Therapy

3. 00 -6. 45PMTreatment for ailment / Rejuvenation Juice of Fruit Therapy

6. 45PM- 7.45PMDinner - Treatment or Vitalizing food Therapy

7.45 PM-8.00PMAfter dinner vajrasan or slow walking or Relaxation

8.00- 10.00PMGroup Therapy - (satsang or group dsicussion or self awareness

10.00PMGo to bed with noble spiritual silence
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my husband is post liver transplant of 9 1/2 years he has Hep C . they say he is one step away from cirrhosis what does that mean they say he has cirrhosis in his portal vainss?   GGT 578  AST 65  ALT 98 PLATELET COUNT 99WBC 3.7  WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
my dad died from this and i am always affraid that it might be passed down to me...can this condition be heriditary??
I am an alcoholic and have been sober for almost 2 years.  I started drinking heavily in 1997 and this continued pretty much daily for 11 years.  I went to rehab in June, 2008.  My counselor there told me that my swollen right side was likely my liver due to the alcohol.  I have gained 20 pounds also which makes it hard for me to tell what is what!  I am 5 ft 4 in and 140 pounds.  I normally weigh 115 to 120.  I am also 40...any ideas?  My weight gain is primarily from my lower waist to my breasts.  Hips are smaller than mid-section.   Any input is appreciated.  Thanks...I am trying to decide if I should go to the doctor to have it checked out or just exercise more!  ;)
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