Cirrhosis of the Liver

Cirrhosis of the LiverWhat is Cirrhosis of the Liver?

Cirrhosis is defined as a condition by which the liver deteriorates slowly. It then loses its ability to function correctly due to a chronic injury. In this condition, the healthy liver tissues are replaced by scar tissue, which causes the flow of the blood through the liver to be partially blocked.

The ability of the liver to control infections is then impaired. Other essential functions of the liver such as removing bacteria and harmful toxins from the blood, making proteins that are necessary in regulating blood clotting, process drugs, nutrients, and hormone, as well as producing bile that helps in absorbing fats including cholesterol, are all impaired. This malfunctioning of the liver affects all other functions of the body, as it is one vital part that is responsible for the body’s normal processes.

Usually, the liver has the ability to produce or regenerate damaged cells, but when cirrhosis of the liver is already in its advanced stage, the liver could no longer replace damaged cells and will just continue to deteriorate. It must be noted that a healthy liver is necessary for one’s survival.


What Causes Cirrhosis of the Liver?

  • Excessive use of alcohol. Persons who are alcoholics and have taken alcohol for a long period of time are at a higher risk for developing cirrhosis of the liver compared to non-alcoholic drinkers. Drinking alcohol has been regarded as one of the most potent causes of the disease. It was estimated that in the United States, 1 out of 12 chronic alcoholics end up suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. The disease would end in much worse hepatic failure if the alcoholic would not abstain from alcohol. One of the primary considerations leading to the disease is the daily alcohol intake. Researches show that it would take 10 years of alcohol consumption, at more than 500ml or alcohol daily, in order for cirrhosis to surface.
  • Poor nutrition. This is another factor in the development of the disease. Considering that the alcoholic seldom eats.
  • Excessive intake of hi-seasoned food.
  • Taking quinine habitually over a long period. Quinine is an antipyretic used for treating malaria.
  • Taking of drug treatments for syphilis.
  • Highly toxic body system. This body condition overburdens the liver causing cirrhosis in the end.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver

Early Stages

  • Frequent attacks of gas
  • Indigestion
  • Occasional nausea
  • Occasional vomiting
  • Some abdominal pain
  • Loss of weight

Advanced Stage

  • Low grade fever
  • Foul breath
  • Jaundice skin
  • Distended veins in abdomen
  • Some reddish hair-like markings that appear to look like spiders may appear on the face, trunk, and arms
  • Abdomen becomes swollen and bloated
  • Mind gets clouded
  • Bleeding from the stomach


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Cirrhosis of the Liver

  • Patient must be kept in bed. One must not take any alcohol during this period. Any form of alcohol is a no-no.
  • Patient must undergo an initial programme for liver cleaning. This would mean that he has to fast for seven days. Freshly extracted juices from red beets, papaya, grapes, and lemon can be taken during this time. This can be followed by a two-three week diet on fruit and milk. In this type of regimen, the patient must have 3 meals in a day. Each meal must only consist of fresh juicy fruits and milk. Make sure that milk is fresh, unboiled, but you may opt to make a bit warm if you desire. Sipping must be done slowly. After fruit and milk diet, opt for a balanced and healthy diet which primarily includes vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains, and fruits. Protein is necessary. Best sources are raw cottage cheese, raw nuts especially almonds. Eat more vegetables like squash, eggplant, bitter gourd, beets, carrot, tomato, and radish.
  • Avoid fats and oil for several weeks.
  • Avoid processed and refined foods. These would have to include tasty canned foods.
  • Sugar, condiments, and spices must be avoided as well.
  • Abstain from strong coffee and tea too.
  • Salt usage must also be restricted.

Other Helpful Remedies

  • Keep your weight within the normal range. Make sure that you are not overweight as it makes the liver work on the double and could worsen any type of liver disease.
  • Steer clear of illegal drugs. These could also increase your risk for developing Hepatitis B and C.
  • Aside from drugs, abstain from taking any medications. This would include vitamins and herbal supplements, and other types of medication that you may secure without any prescription. Having cirrhosis would render you sensitive to medications so it is always best to avoid them.
  • Avoid raw shellfish and oysters. These can harbor bacteria and can cause infections to people who are already suffering from cirrhosis.
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