The liver is a Master Gland of the human body. It is one of the major organs of the body and it is involved in various life-sustaining functions like emulsion of fats during digestion, production of various enzymes, conversion of ammonia into urea and thereby aids in its removal through excretory system etc.
Amongst all kinds of liver disorders, Hepatitis is one of the fatal disorders of the liver.
Hepatitis B is caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). It has been declared to be endemic in the human population. Transmission of Hepatitis B mainly takes place through the body fluids. Therefore, it can spread through:
- Mother to child during delivery
- Breast feeding
- Indulgence in sexual activity with the infected person
- Sharing of needles for injection
- During medical, surgical or dental procedures through the use of similar needles.
Since the transmission of Hepatitis B virus is water borne, so the consumption of food and water contaminated by this virus can also cause the disease.
What are the symptoms of Hepatitis B?
- Yellow discolouration of nails, eyes and tongue.
- Dark reddish yellow discolouration of urine.
- Poor appetite
- Generalized itching
- Burning sensation
Hepatitis B according to Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda, liver is the seat of Pitta dosha. If Pitta dosha is abnormal in the body, it results in changes in Alochak Pitta (disturbance in colour, vision etc.), Bhrajak Pitta (changes in colour of the skin, nails and tongue), Ranjak Pitta (derangements in blood parameters), Pachak Pitta (digestion and metabolism) and Sadhak Pitta (mental factors such as anxiety, depression etc.).
What is the Ayurvedic treatment of Hepatitis B?
Ayurvedic management of Hepatitis B not only ensures faster clearance of viral load but there are significant changes in biochemical parameters as well. Ayurveda uses herbs, herbal formulations along with changes in diet and lifestyle. Ayurvedic management of Hepatitis B is safe, quick and effective.
Herbs useful in the treatment of Hepatitis B are:
- Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri): Bhumi Amla is found to be very effective herb for Hepatitis B as it clears away the toxins by detoxifying the liver and brings down SGOT and SGPT levels.
- Due to its sheet virya (cold potency), it balances Pitta dosha. It improves taste, useful in anorexia and acts as anti-hepatotoxic, anti-viral, billary and astringent.
- It detoxifies the damaged liver and nourishes it because of its Rasayana properties.
- Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): Kaasni commonly known as Chiretta is a popular herb worldwide for its healing effect on the liver.
- It is used as a liver tonic. As liver is the main site of metabolism in the body, kaasni works by improving the metabolism by stimulating digestive fire.
- It also improves appetite associated with Hepatitis B.
- Kaasni is an excellent blood purifier as well.
- Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata): Kalmegh is another herbal remedy for liver problems including Hepatitis B.
- No Ayurvedic liver herbal formulation is considered complete without Kalmegh herb as an ingredient.
- It contains alkaloids which help in regeneration of damaged liver cells as well as remove toxins from the liver. It checks and prevents the growth of HBV (Hepatitis B Virus) and also enhances the overall functioning of the person’s immune system thus acts as immune booster.
- This herb also helps in increasing the level of serum and globulin component of protein.
- Bhringraj (Eclipta alba): Bhringraj has been known to therapeutics since ancient times.
- Vagbhat highlighted its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property in the ancient texts.
- Bhringraj is considered to be effective in converting the HbsAg positive patients to negative.
- It is useful in Hepatitis-B due to its anti-inflammatory action.
- Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): Punarnava is a natural diuretic herb. It rejuvenates the liver and makes the body new again.
- Punarnava has been described as shoth hara (anti-inflammatory), rasayana (rejuvenative), diuretic, digestive etc.
- It helps in regeneration of the liver cells
- Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Giloy is also known as Amrita in Ayurveda due to its property of treating variety of disorders.
- This plant shows immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic as well as hepatoprotective properties.
- This wonder herb helps in reducing the toxic load on the liver and enhances immunity as well.
Diet and Lifestyle:
- Oily, spicy, non-vegetarian and junk food should be strictly avoided.
- Alcohol, tea and coffee consumption should be avoided.
- Light food should be taken.
- Sexual intercourse with multiple partners should be avoided.
Thus, Ayurveda has a lot to offer to the society and there is a successful management of Hepatitis B in Ayurveda.
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