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Liver cirrhosis

Ayurveda about Cirrhosis

Modern medical treatment of liver cirrhosis is focused mainly on providing symptomatic relief, however there is no permanent cure for liver cirrhosis in modern medicines. 

In Ayurveda liver is called Yakrut. Treatment of cirrhosis depends on how severely your liver is damaged. The first step is to treat the condition that's causing your cirrhosis to prevent any further damage.

From Ayurvedic perspectives, Liver Cirrhosis reflects extreme aggravation of pitta dosha. Since the liver is one of the main sites of pitta, aggravated pitta affects the liver function and later vitiates other doshas as well. Almost all functions of pitta such as digestion of food, complexion of skin, feeling of hunger, production of blood etc get considerably hampered and therefore treatment of cirrhosis is important

Ayurveda recommends the following methodologies for treatment, Shodana chikitsa (detoxification through Panchakarma procedures), Shamana chikitsa (Palliative researched Ayurvedic medicines). Our treatment is useful in improving the liver heath and preventing further damage.

Cirrhosis is a serious condition that permanently damages your liver, the healthy liver tissues of someone affected by Cirrhosis are replaced by scar tissues.

The liver is a very hardy organ and is normally able to regenerate damaged cells. 

Each time your liver is injured maybe due to a disease, excessive alcohol consumption or any other causes, it always tries to repair itself. 

During the repair process, scar tissue forms.Scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue and prevents your liver from working normally. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function.

For cirrhosis to develop, long-term, continuous damage to the liver needs to occur. With the increase in scar tissues the flow of blood through the liver is blocked.

Cirrhosis in itself is already a late stage of liver damage. In the early stages of liver disease there will be inflammation of the liver. If this inflammation is not treated it can lead to scarring (fibrosis). At this stage it is still possible for the liver to heal with treatment.If fibrosis of the liver is not treated, it can result in cirrhosis

The liver damage done by cirrhosis generally can't be undone. But if liver cirrhosis is diagnosed early and the cause is treated, further damage can be limited and, rarely, reversed.

You may not have any symptoms at first. But as time goes on, and the damage to your liver gets worse, you may notice things like:

Fatigue

Easily bleeding or bruising

Loss of appetite

Nausea

Swelling in your legs, feet or ankles (edema)

Unexpected Weight loss

Itchy skin

Yellow tint to your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)

Spider Like blood vessels on your skin

Redness in the palms of the hands

For women, absent or loss of periods not related to menopause

For men, loss of sex drive, breast enlargement (gynecomastia) or testicular atrophy

Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech 

Some other symptoms you might get include:

  • Vomiting blood
  • Severe muscle cramps
  • Brownish urine
  • Fever
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Bone disease, causing bones to break more easily

Keep in mind that you may not get all these symptoms, and some of these problems are also signs of other conditions.

Cirrhosis always develops because of another liver problem or disease. If you don't treat the cause of your cirrhosis, it'll get worse, and over time your healthy liver cells won't be able to keep up.

The most common causes are:

  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
  • Other conditions that can lead to cirrhosis include:
  • Obesity
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Too much iron buildup in your body
  • Wilson's disease, where too much copper is stored in the liver
  • Autoimmune diseases that cause your body to attack liver cells
  • Blockage of the bile duct, which carries digestive enzymes from your liver into the intestines
  • Certain genetic digestive disorders
  • Some infections, including syphilis and brucellosis
  • Bad reactions to certain medications

Stages of Cirrhosis

Compensated cirrhosis

If you have compensated cirrhosis, you won't have any symptoms. Your liver can still do its job because there are enough healthy cells to make up for the damaged cells and scar tissue caused by cirrhosis. You can stay in this stage for many years.

Decompensated cirrhosis- is the stage that comes after compensated cirrhosis. At this point, your liver has too much scarring and you start to develop complications.