Cirrhosis of Liver/Liver disease

Cirrhosis of Liver/Liver disease

Cirrhosis of the Liver or Liver disease is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. Not to forget, liver performs more than 500 functions in the human body. The scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and naturally produced toxins. It also slows the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Hepatitis B and C, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes of cirrhosis of the liver. Fatty liver associated with Diabetes and obesity may also be one of the causes of liver cirrhosis. Prolonged use of medications including prescription and over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, some antibiotics, and some antidepressants, can also lead to cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can cause weakness, loss of appetite, easy bruising, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), itching, and fatigue. Complications of cirrhosis include oedema and ascites, bruising and bleeding, oesophageal varices, splenomegaly, jaundice, gall stones, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, risk of infections, kidney and liver damage etc. Liver cirrhosis according to Ayurveda is considered as the extreme aggravation of Pitta dosha in the liver. As this disease can develop into a serious condition due to its complications, it should be attended immediately. At RISA, we have specialized consultants who can diagnose, assess the condition and effectively manage or advice accordingly. The course of treatment may include detoxifying treatment Panchakarma procedures, Virechana (therapeutic purgation) and different types of Basti.  The other measures would include strict dietary restrictions and lifestyle modifications. In the case of alcoholics, implementation of the de-addiction program is absolutely necessary. It is also important to know that non alcoholic fatty liver is more dangerous than the alcoholic fatty lever. Diet should include fresh food that can be easily digested, milk in case of alcoholics, vegetables like bitter gourd, snake gourd, fruits such as pomegranate, grapes etc.. Stale food, sour, salty and pungent foods, curds, fatty stuff should be avoided completely. Avoid sleeping during the daytime and travelling on uneven and bumpy roads, exercise and over-exertion. Our doctors at RISA will constantly guide you and help you on your road to recovery.

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