Herbal Treatment of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL) with Ayurveda
Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL): Abstract
NAFL is generally considered a commonly-occurring liver disease associated with the modern lifestyle. The instances of NAFL are being widely reported from all across the world in present times because people are increasingly consuming foods that contain high amounts of unhealthy fat. NAFL affects nearly 10 million people in India every year and around 80-100 million people in the US. NAFL is usually not considered a serious liver disease, though it can progress into Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) or to liver cirrhosis. The increased severity of NAFL disease – or its progression into NASH – can, in some cases, lead to liver cancer, liver failure, cardiovascular disease, and other complications. In order to avoid the side effects caused by steroids and modern medicines, one must prefer Ayurvedic treatment for everlasting results and healthy life.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL): Introduction
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) is a common liver disease that is characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the liver (hepatic steatosis) due to causes other than alcohol use. It is a chronic and mostly benign liver disease which can affect the sufferers for several years and can even be a life-long disorder.
- NAFL can cause the swelling of the liver because of the fat deposition. Although it is normal for the liver to contain some amount of fat, NAFL underscores a condition marked by a ‘fatty liver’ i.e. when the fat in the liver accounts for 5-10% of the liver’s weight. Fatty liver is categorized into three grades, based on the extent of fat buildup, inflammation, ballooning, and disarray. The three grades of fatty liver are Grade 1 (mild), Grade 2 (moderate), and Grade 3 (severe).
- People of all age-groups can be affected by NAFL which is, incidentally, the most common type of liver disease in children. When the disease affects people in their late 40s or later ages, the potential risk of heart disease or insulin resistance is fairly high.
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL): Causes
The exact cause behind the occurrence of nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) disease is not clearly known. Nonetheless, some of the risk factors usually linked to the disease are:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High cholesterol or high triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- A diet containing high fructose
- Older age
- Gastric bypass surgery
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL): Symptoms
In most cases, there are no specific symptoms of Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) because the disease does not have any significant impact on the normal functioning of the liver. However, some of the signs and symptoms which can apparently be an indication of NAFL are:
- Pain in the abdomen
- Rapid weight loss
- Fluid retention
- Swelling of the abdomen (ascites) and legs (edema)
- Poor eating habits or loss of appetite
- Mental confusion
- The appearance of spider-like blood vessels on the skin
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFL): Treatment
There is no medical treatment presently available for NAFL. Hence, the management of the disease is largely focused on dietary and lifestyle changes which can help prevent the possible onset of liver damage or reverse the disease in the early stages. More specifically, NAFL patients can control the buildup of fat in their liver through weight reduction, regular exercise, lower cholesterol levels, etc. In some severe cases, doctors may recommend bariatric surgery to the patients suffering from the disease.
NAFL can also be managed effectively with the help of herbal remedies. Renowned herbal manufacturing company Planet Ayurveda offers some extremely beneficial herbal products for managing the disease in a safe and natural manner. These products include liver detox capsules, Indian Echinacea capsules, Phyllanthus Niruri capsules, and Yakrit Plihantak Churna.
1. Liver Detox Formula
A number of potent herbs are used for preparing these capsules. The herbs well-known for their liver detoxification properties include Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Makoy (Solanum nigrum), Kasni (Cichorium intybus), Himsra (Capparis spinosa), and Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium), and Jhavuka (Tamarix gallica).
The use of Liver Detox capsules is beneficial for managing NAFL because the herbal components have the ability to cleanse and detoxify the liver, maintain healthy liver function, reduce cholesterol levels, support digestion, and ensure sufficient amounts of healthy nutrients for the body.
2. Indian Echinacea
Standardized extract of ‘Indian Echinacea’ herb (Kalmegh or Andrographis paniculata) is used for the preparation of these capsules. The herb is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations because of its anti-parasitic, anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and immuno-stimulant properties.
Patients suffering from NAFL diseases can benefit from the use of Indian Echinacea capsules which can effectively manage liver and kidney diseases. The capsules can enhance the functioning of the liver, cleanse the blood, eliminate toxins from the body, cure gastric disorders, treat bowel problems, and manage HIV and Hepatitis B.
3. Phyllanthus Niruri
These capsules are prepared from the pure and standardized extract of ‘Bhumi amla’ herb (Phyllanthus niruri). The herb is widely known for its acrid, cooling, alexipharmic and diuretic properties, as well as its ability to boost the immune system.
The use of these capsules is beneficial for NAFL patients because the capsules can improve liver function, purify the blood, treat anemia, and manage several gastrointestinal problems, including hyperacidity, constipation, loss of appetite, and excessive thirst.
4. Yakrit Plihantak Churna
The preparation of this churna – herbal powder – involves a combination of several beneficial herbs which have the capability to improve the functioning of the liver. The herbs include Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea), Makoy (Solanum nigrum), and Kasni (Cichorium intybus).
People suffering from NAFL disease can benefit from the use of this churna because its herbal components can regenerate the liver cells, prevent liver failure, manage liver inflammation, improve liver metabolism, and increase bile production and excretion. The churna is specifically an excellent herbal remedy for fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, jaundice, and other liver diseases.
Conclusion: Planet Ayurveda’s herbal products for managing Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) are prepared from herbs which have been mentioned in Ayurvedic texts for their ability to support healthy liver. These 100% natural products are completely safe to use because they do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, additives, artificial colors, binders, or fillers. However, despite the evident benefits of these herbal products in managing NAFL, it is advised that patients suffering from the disease should use the products in consultation with an expert Ayurveda practitioner.