Ayurvedic treatment for Hepatitis

Hepatitis

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Hepatitis Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS HEPATITIS?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The most common cause for hepatitis is the hepatitis viruses but toxic substances (e.g. alcohol, certain drugs), other infections and autoimmune disorders can also cause hepatitis. Hepatitis is divided into 5 types - A, B, C, D and E.1

Hepatitis falls under yakrut vikaras category (liver diseases). Viral infection hampers the liver metabolism causing vitiation of pitta dosha, vata dosha, ras dhatu, and rakta dhatu. These vitiated elements diminishes digestive fire leading to poor metabolism of the liver.2

Causes

Hepatitis

HEPATITIS CAUSES

Hepatitis A:

  • It is caused by the hepatitis A virus which is transmitted mostly by consuming contaminated food and drinks.

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which is transmitted from the blood of an infected person. It can spread to babies from infected pregnant mothers, injection drug use, blood transfusion and unprotected sex.

Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. It may spread through injection drug use, using contaminated injections during medical procedures and transfusions of contaminated blood and blood products

Hepatitis D

  • Hepatitis D is caused by the hepatitis D virus. Spreads through blood-to-blood contact or sexual contact. As it need hepatitis B virus to survive, it only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B. The dual infection of HDV and HBV can result in a more serious disease.

Hepatitis E

  • Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus. Spreads by consuming contaminated drinks or food.

Alcoholic hepatitis

  • Alcoholic hepatitis is a type of hepatitis caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years.

Autoimmune hepatitis

  • Autoimmune hepatitis is caused when the immune system attacks and damages the liver.

Symptoms

Hepatitis

HEPATITIS SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of hepatitis are:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Temperature above 38°C
  • Feeling sick
  • Fatigue
  • Appetite loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark yellow colored urine
  • Pale, grey-colored feces
  • Itchy skin
  • Jaundice

Diagnosis

Hepatitis

HEPATITIS DIAGNOSIS

Few tests that will help your doctor diagnose the condition are:

  • Evaluating Liver Function – Albumin, ALP, ALT, AST, Bilirubin levels
  • Viral Serology or Hepatitis Panel - a group of blood tests that determines the strain of hepatitis and the severity of the illness. They include:
    • Hepatitis antigen
    • Hepatitis antibody
    • DNA Test for Hepatitis B
    • Rapid Tests for Hepatitis C
    • Hepatitis C RNA Testing
    • Liver Biopsy

Management

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HEPATITIS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

The Ayurvedic management of liver disease include correct lifestyle and diet management along with use of some herbs which can effectively treat the condition.

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Avoid food that aggravate pitta:
    • Alcohol and coffee.
    • Red meat and egg yolks.
    • Oily and fried foods.
    • Spicy, salty and sour foods.
    • Dairy products like butter, yogurt, cheese and sour cream
  • Include bitter and sweet vegetables such as asparagus, cucumbers, green sweet peppers broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower brussels, sprouts, and leafy greens in diet.
  • Consumer ripe fruit, sweet fruit such as pineapples, cherries, melons and apples
  • Use grains such as barley, wheat and oats
  • Restrict use of salt in food
  • Consume carbohydrate rich diet

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Adequate sleep is an important part of healing
  • Awake early in the morning and go to bed early to get 7 to 8 hours sleep.
  • Avoid daytime naps
  • Avoiding anger and stress
  • Perform yoga and meditation.
  • Avoid spending too much time in the direct sun

FAQS

Hepatitis
  1. Are there more than one kind of hepatitis infections? If so, how are they caused?

Yes, there are 5 types of hepatitis infections that occur referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. The most common cause of hepatitis are viruses, but hepatitis may also be caused due to substance/drug abuse like excess use of some medicines or alcohol and some autoimmune diseases. The different hepatitis infections and their causes include:

Hepatitis A:

  • It is caused by the hepatitis A virus which is transmitted mostly by consuming contaminated food and drinks.

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus, which is transmitted from infective blood, semen and other body fluids. It can spread to babies from infected pregnant mothers during delivery, use of infected syringes, injection drug use, blood transfusion and unprotected sex.

Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. It may spread through injection drug use, using contaminated injections during medical procedures and transfusions of contaminated blood and blood products

Hepatitis D

  • Hepatitis D is caused by the hepatitis D virus. Spreads through blood-to-blood contact or sexual contact. As it need hepatitis B virus to survive, it only affects people who are already infected with hepatitis B. The dual infection of HDV and HBV can result in a more serious disease.

Hepatitis E

  • Hepatitis E is caused by the hepatitis E virus. Spreads by consuming contaminated drinks or food.

Alcoholic hepatitis

  • Alcoholic hepatitis is a type of hepatitis caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years.

Autoimmune hepatitis

  • Autoimmune hepatitis is caused when the immune system attacks and damages the liver.
  1. In jaundice, why do the eyes and skin become yellowish?

Jaundice is caused due to elevated blood levels of a body pigment secreted by liver bilirubin  which leads to yellowish discoloration of white coloured portion of the eyes, the skin and mucous membranes. Bilirubin is a yellow colored waste product that remains in the bloodstream once iron is removed from the haemoglobin. It is important to remember that jaundice is not a disease per se, but rather a visible sign of an underlying disease process.

  1. Is jaundice common in heavy alcohol drinkers?

Excessive intake of alcohol over several years, especially when nutrition is not adequately healthy, may lead to inflamed liver, which ultimately may cause a condition called as alcoholic hepatitis. People with alcoholic hepatitis usually have high blood levels of bilirubin (which is a yellow coloured waste in the blood), which is most commonly known as jaundice. 

  1. A family member has recently been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis. How can Ayurveda help in managing the condition?

Ayurveda believes in holistic management of liver cirrhosis through correct lifestyle and diet regime which can help manage the condition. These include:

Diet recommendations

  • Complete abstinence from alcohol
  • An initial liver cleaning may be advised. Freshly extracted juices from fruits like lemon, papaya and grapes may be consumed; as per physician’s recommendations.
  • The patient may gradually start well-balanced diet of three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts and grains, (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits
  • An adequate high quality protein diet should be consumed
  • Vegetables such as beets, tomato, carrot, bitter gourd, egg-plant, radishes, squashes and papaya may be useful in this condition.
  • Oils and fats should preferably be avoided for several weeks.
  • The patient should avoid refined, processed and canned foods, preparations cooked in ghee, oil or butter and all meats rich in fat.
  • The use of salt should be restricted.

Lifestyle recommendations

  • The patient should be advised complete rest.
  • Warm water enema may be used for cleansing the bowels, as per physicians advice
  • Breathing and other exercises may be practiced.
  1. My doctor says I have fatty liver disease which has been caused due to factors other than alcohol intake. What could these reasons be?

Fat deposits in the liver cause fatty liver disease. Alcohol is a very common cause, but there are many other reasons for fatty liver disease, which in this case is called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These include-

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Metabolic disorder like - Type 2 diabetes, High blood pressure, High cholesterol
  • Age over 50 years
  • Smoking

References

Hepatitis
  1. What is hepatitis? WHO 2016. http://www.who.int/features/qa/76/en/
  2. Ayurveda In Treating Hepatitis. http://www.theayurway.com/ayurveda-in-treating-hepatitis/
  3. NHS 2016. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hepatitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  4. Diagnosing Hepatitis: Tools and New Tests. http://www.everydayhealth.com/hepatitis/diagnosing-hepatitis-tools-and-tests.aspx
  5. Ayurvedic Medicine for Hepatitis C. http://www.livestrong.com/article/505363-ayurveda-medicine-for-hepatitis-c
  6. Acute Hepatitis (Kumbha Kamala). http://www.ayushveda.com/health/acute-hepatitis.htm
  7. Keywords: Hepatitis, Liver disorder, Kamala, Ayurvedic medicines

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