Hepatitis is a potentially serious condition that affects the liver and causes yellowing of the eyes and skin, fatigue, joint pain, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, fever, and dark or discolored urine. Hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and can be life threatening.
What Causes Hepatitis?
The most common cause of hepatitis is a viral infection. The hepatitis A virus is contagious and is found in human feces. Hepatitis B, C and D are blood borne. It is important to sanitize your surroundings and take antiviral herbs if you have been exposed to someone with the virus. Other causes include:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Food toxins
- Prescription medications
Antivirals such as olive leaf extract will give your liver a chance. Of course, stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, and stop eating sugar.
Glutathione (glutamine) strengthens the liver. High doses of enzymes taken between meals support the liver in its work of processing toxins. Milk thistle herb helps cleanse the liver. A potent liverstrengthening combination and viral killer is drinking licorice tea twice daily and taking milk thistle, selenium, Nacetylcysteine (NAC), alphalipoic acid, Sadenosylmethionine (SAMe), vitamin B12 (methylcobalamine variety), green tea extract, and garlic.
A Chinese herbal blend commonly called Liver Tea consists of bupleurum, citrus peel, cyperus, ligusticum, white peony, auratium fruit, and licorice. This will thoroughly cleanse the liver and, if used over a twoweek period, will help dissolve gallstones and kidney stones. Fill a large pan with purified water and bring it to a boil. Add a handful of this herbal combination (available in health food stores, online, or where Chinese herbs are sold) to cover the top of the water completely. Boil for 20 minutes, then turn off the flame, and steep for two hours. Drink at least two 12 ounces glasses per day without food. The more the merrier and the faster it acts.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners also prescribe burdock tea for liver problems, as it is believed to improve liver function and cleanse the blood. To make burdock tea, use 12 teaspoons of dried burdock root powder per cup of hot water, or add 23 drops of burdock extract to hot, distilled water.
High quality colloidal (microscopic particles) silver is a powerful antiviral. Intravenous vitamin C can be useful in strengthening the immune system against the hepatitis virus.
Avoid a high-protein or high-sugar diet and acetaminophen containing analgesics (like Tylenol) when hepatitis is present. You may also want to work with a healthcare practitioner who does UV (ultraviolet) blood cleansing or ozone therapy.