Understanding the Causes and Ayurvedic Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease
With International Liver Day around the corner, on April 19, we are here to share ayurvedic treatment for fatty liver disease and liver’s health. Check them out!
What is Fatty Liver Disease?
Fatty liver disease is a common condition characterized by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. This can cause inflammation and damage to the liver over time, leading to more serious health problems.
Fatty liver disease is a condition where there is an accumulation of fat in the liver. This condition can range from simple fatty liver, where there are no symptoms and no liver damage, to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which can cause inflammation and damage to the liver. In severe cases, it can lead to liver failure and liver cancer.
There are two types of fatty liver disease: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD). While alcohol consumption is the primary cause of AFLD, NAFLD is often linked to obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease:
Symptoms of fatty liver disease can vary from person to person. Some people may not have any symptoms, while others may experience:
- Yellowing skin
- Belly pain or discomfort
- Itching on body
- Swelling on body
- High/borderline cholesterol
- Engorged abdomen
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
If left untreated, fatty liver disease can progress to more severe forms of liver disease, such as cirrhosis and liver failure.
Understanding the Ayurvedic Perspective on Fatty Liver Disease:
Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, has been used for centuries to treat a range of diseases and conditions, including liver disorders. According to Ayurveda, the liver is an essential organ responsible for digestion, metabolism, and elimination of toxins from the body. When the liver is imbalanced, it can lead to a variety of health problems, including fatty liver disease.
The causes of fatty liver disease are not fully understood, but there are several factors that can increase the risk of developing the condition. These include obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, rapid weight loss, and certain medications.
Causes of Fatty Liver Disease – According to Ayurveda:
The ancient Indian system of Ayurveda characterizes the body’s constitution into three “doshas” – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Pitta dosha is known for its hot and light qualities, which facilitate metabolic and biochemical processes that produce energy and heat. On the other hand, Kapha dosha is characterized by a cold and stable nature.
However, if the Kapha dosha becomes excessively elevated, it can suppress the function of Pitta, which supports the liver. This imbalance may lead to the development of fatty liver disease. Therefore, it can be understood that there is a correlation between the elevation of Kapha dosha and the onset of fatty liver disease.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease
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Detox Therapy – Panchkarma:
Detox is the Ayurvedic cleansing process for body, mind and emotions that helps you to create holistic health and well-being in your life. Digestive impurities such as mucus and metabolic toxins pile up in the veins, intestine, liver and joints. They circulate throughout the entire body and block the system. Continuous build-up of these impurities can cause physical and mental disorders and disease. A Detox helps to clean out toxins. Marma points help to remove blockages and improve circulation.
Panchakarma is a detoxification treatment in Ayurveda that involves five therapeutic procedures to eliminate toxins from the body and balance the doshas (bioenergetic forces).
Fatty liver disease, also known as hepatic steatosis, is a condition where there is an accumulation of fat in the liver cells. Panchakarma treatment can help in the management of fatty liver disease by improving digestion, eliminating toxins from the liver, and restoring balance to the doshas.
The following are some of the Panchakarma treatments that can be beneficial for fatty liver disease:
1. Abhyanga –
This is a full-body oil massage that can improve blood circulation, aid in the elimination of toxins, and reduce stress levels. A warm herbal oil is applied to the body and massaged in a specific pattern to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote detoxification.
2. Swedana –
This treatment involves a steam bath that can help to open the pores, improve circulation, and eliminate toxins through sweating. A herbal decoction is added to the steam to enhance the therapeutic benefits.
3. Virechana –
This is a purgation therapy that can help to eliminate excess Pitta (heat) and toxins from the liver and digestive tract. It involves the use of herbal purgatives to induce controlled elimination of bowel contents.
4. Basti –
This is an enema therapy that can help to eliminate toxins and excess Pitta from the colon and liver. It involves the administration of herbal decoctions and oils through the rectum.
5. Nasya –
This is a nasal administration of medicated oils or herbal extracts that can help to cleanse the sinuses, improve respiration, and balance the doshas.
It is important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before undergoing Panchakarma treatment for fatty liver disease. The practitioner will assess your individual health status and customize the treatment plan accordingly. The treatment may also involve dietary and lifestyle modifications to support the healing process.
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Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations for Fatty Liver Disease:
In addition to herbal remedies, Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of lifestyle changes for treating fatty liver disease. This includes following a balanced diet that is low in fat, sugar, and processed foods, along with regular exercise and stress-management techniques. Ayurvedic practitioners may also recommend specific yoga postures and breathing exercises to support liver health.
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Ayurvedic Home Remedies to get relief from Fatty Liver Disease:
The Ayurvedic approach to treating fatty liver disease involves a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, along with herbal remedies and therapies. One of the key herbs used in Ayurveda for liver health is Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa), which has been shown to reduce inflammation and protect liver cells from damage. Other herbs commonly used in Ayurvedic liver remedies include Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), and Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia).
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Blog Author: Dr. Sayali
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd