Ayurvedic Treatment of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Abstract

Considered as the most common form of liver disease in children, Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease presents itself with weakness, fatigue, nausea and pain in the right side of the abdomen. With obesity and type 2 diabetes as the commonest causes of such disease, some Ayurvedic formulations prove to be of immense benefit to the suffering population of patients as it provides a wide range of natural herbal remedies for the treatment of the same. These formulations aim at increasing the overall functioning of the liver cells and also aid in detoxification of liver cells.

non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Introduction

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is commonly caused by the build-up of fatty layers on the liver organ. If this disease manifests where more than 5-10% of the liver’s weight is fat then it is called as Fatty Liver (Steatosis).

  • Therefore a more severe form of NAFL is NONALCOHOLIC STENOHEPATITIS (NASH).
  • It affects people who drink little or no alcohol.
  • This excess fat leads to liver inflammation and the build-up of scar tissue in the liver cells.

Etiology of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

The chief causes for non-alcoholic fatty liver are enlisted as below:

  • Increase in the number of fats in the blood.
  • Development of Insulin Resistance.
  • Overweight
  • Hyperglycemia.

Risk Factors of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

  • Obesity, Hypothyroidism
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Increased levels of Cholesterol
  • Diabetes (Type 2 especially)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)
  • Pregnancy

Complications of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

  • Cirrhosis: The most common complication of NAFL is cirrhosis of the liver which occurs due to inflammation of liver cells and thereby produces scarring i.e. fibrosis of liver cells. This may result in diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting followed by abdominal swelling and pain along with other related symptoms.
  • Ascites: It is characterized by fluid accumulation as a complication of the advanced stage of cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Liver Cancer: Cirrhosis is one of the leading causes of primary liver cancer. It is the growth and spread of unhealthy cells in the liver organ itself.
  • Liver Failure: It is the process where the organ liver fails to function properly.
  • Oesophageal Varices: This is the most common manifestation of Liver diseases in which the veins in the esophagus which connects the throat to the stomach are enlarged. They also develop in cases where the normal blood flow to the liver organ is thereby obstructed by scar tissue or a clot. This clinical presentation is one of the most initial presentations of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is followed by variceal bleeding.

Symptoms of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

  • Spider-like blood vessels
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
  • Mental confusion
  • Edema of Legs
  • Ascites (accumulation of fluid.)
  • Enlarged liver or spleen (Hepatomegaly or Splenomegaly).

Diagnosis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

  • Blood Tests: To diagnose increased levels of Liver enzymes.
  • Ultrasonography (USG): To confirm Nonalcoholic Fatty liver disease.
  • Liver Biopsy: It is done if the above tests are inconclusive.

How Can this Disease be Prevented?

  • Requires a healthy balanced diet.
  • Requires efforts to maintain a healthy weight according to height and age.
  • Regular follow up of exercise regimen.
  • Decrease the intake of alcohol or related beverages.
  • Decrease the intake of medicines by following the doses regimen.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda as a whole provides a vivid variety of natural herbal Ayurvedic formulations that are easily available and 100% safe and free from any potential side effects. These Ayurvedic medicinal supplements help in the treatment of the diseased state like that of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease bringing the symptoms back to normal if taken as per the dosages given as under :

Liver Care Pack

This effective Ayurvedic herbal remedy is advised as a natural herbal remedy for the treatment of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver disease.

Herbal Supplements of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver

BuyProducts Description

  • Liver Detox Capsules
  • Yakrit Plihantak Churna
  • Echinacea Capsules
  • Phyllanthus Niruri

1. Liver Detox Capsules

This effective herbal formulation is prepared with the following ingredients namely: Punarnava, Kalmegh, Makoy, Biranjasipha, Haritaki, Kaasni, Kutti, Jhuvaka, Himsra.

Benefits

  1. It is an effective remedy for fatty liver.
  2. It also restores and stimulates the functioning of the liver.
  3. It also improves digestion due to the eradication of liver toxins.
  4. Help and aides in sugar control.
  5. Increases the overall energy levels.
  6. It decreases cholesterol levels.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

This effective Ayurvedic natural herbal formulation is a mixture of the following ingredients namely:

  • Bhumi Amla
  • Makoy
  • SharpunkhaKalmegh
  • Bhringraj
  • Kaasni
  • Katuki
  • Punarnava

Benefits

  1. Helps in fat metabolism and digestion
  2. It helps in the removal of toxins from the liver cells.
  3. It also balances the three doshas of the body namely: Pitta, Vata, and Kapha doshas.

How to Use – Boil the powder 1 teaspoonful in 400 ml water, keep it boiling until it remains 50 ml. Strain it and drink the water. Leave the residue. Do it twice daily. Make fresh every time.

3. Echinacea Capsules

Indian Echinacea also is known as “King of Bitters “is a natural effective Ayurvedic supplement also called Kalmegha meaning Dark Cloud in Ayurveda.

Benefits

  1. It possesses anti-viral, anti-biotic and anti-microbial properties, therefore, wards off all types of infections residing in the body.
  1. Boosts up the immune system energy effectively.
  2. It also inhibits the body’s inflammatory mechanisms and thereby boosts the overall health.
  3. It also decreases the multiplication of herpes virus, influenza, and Hepatitis B.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice dailywith plain water after meals.

4. Phyllanthus Niruri

These capsules are prepared by using a pure herbal extract of Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri). Bhumi Amlais one of the most effective natural Ayurvedic herbal remedies for the diseases such as Jaundice, Hepatitis (A, B,C,D,and E), Liver Diseases, and Hepatomegaly.

Benefits

  • It also cures indigestion and hyperacidity.
  • Its leaves are effectively used to balance the three doshas of the body namely: Pitta, Vata, and Kapha doshas. If taken empty stomach.
  • Also helpful in curing liver conditions like liver cirrhosis.
  • It further helps in digesting the toxins, increasing Bile secretion and therefore restores the normal functioning of the liver cells.
  • In addition to this, it is also used as an effective Ayurvedic remedy for fatty infiltration of the liver.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Read More

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