Inflammation of the liver is known as hepatitis. Viral infection is the most common cause of hepatitis, but it can also develop due to alcoholism, side effects of certain drugs or an autoimmune disorder. Viral hepatitis is a common cause of chronic liver damage and cirrhosis. It can even lead to liver cancer. Although symptoms such as jaundice, abdominal pain and loss of appetite may quickly appear in patients suffering from acute hepatitis, in case of chronic hepatitis, the symptoms develop slowly and are rarely noticeable at the early stage of the disease.
Along with conventional medications, certain herbal remedies can help in arresting progression of the disease and restoring the normal liver function. Herbs with antiviral property can help in inhibiting replication of the hepatitis viruses.
The Following Herbs Are Considered Most Effective For People Suffering From Hepatitis.
Because of its antiviral property, licorice can help hepatitis patients.(1)Glycyrrhizin, the main bioactive constituent of licorice, is recognized for its anti-hepatitis property. Licorice seems to help in reducing liver inflammation and inhibiting liver damage. Furthermore, the strong anti-viral effect of licorice helps in diminishing risk of secondary infection that tends to develop in hepatitis patients with weakened immune system.
Phyllanthus amarus and other closely related Phyllanthus species found in the tropical regions are known for their anti-hepatitis effect. (2) Clinical studies with Phyllanthus amarus has shown that it helps in suppressing replication of the hepatitis B virus and improving the liver function. This herb is considered beneficial for people with chronic hepatitis.
In the traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus is recommended for people suffering from liver infections. (3) In chronic hepatitis patients, astragalus seems to help in slowing down progression of the disease and inhibiting further liver damage. The hepatoprotective effect of the herb can reduce risk of fibrosis and liver cancer in hepatitis patients. People with hepatitis can take 4 to 7 grams of astragalus powder daily.
Dandelion is known for its hepatoprotective property that can help hepatitis patients. It assists in liver detoxification and improving the liver function. (4) It helps in reducing liver inflammation, jaundice and appetite loss. Hepatitis patients can take dandelion tea four to six times a day.
Milk thistle has been used for centuries as a remedy for liver disease. It can even help people with chronic hepatitis. (5) It helps in protecting the liver cells from toxin damage. It is also known for its antioxidant property. Studies suggest that it helps in inhibiting liver fibrosis.