The liver is about the size of a football, and this organ sits just under the rib cage. It is on the right side of the abdomen. The liver is essential for digesting food and clearing the body of toxic substances. The liver is a resilient, maintenance-free organ that’s easy to ignore – until something goes wrong. Because of its wide range of functionalities, the liver often comes under attack by viruses, toxic substances like alcohol, contaminants and disease.
According to modern science, liver disorders occur due to infections, injuries, exposure to toxic compounds, genetic defects, cancer, etc. Among the most common symptoms, inflammation, fatty acid obstructions, clotting abnormalities and liver failure are common in a majority of the cases.
In Ayurveda, liver disorder is grouped and termed as Yakruth Vikaras. Yakruth means liver and Vikara refers to dysfunction or derangement or disfigured or diseased condition.
Signs and symptoms of liver disease include:
- Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
- Itchy skin
- Dark coloured urine
- Pale coloured stool or bloody or tar-coloured stool
- Chronic fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- A tendency to bruise easily
Treatment for liver disease
Complications of liver disease vary depending on the cause of liver problems. The untreated liver disease may lead to liver failure.
Some liver problems can be treated with lifestyle modifications, such as stopping alcohol consumption or losing weight and careful monitoring of liver function. Herbal remedies are focused on giving a safe route for relieving liver disease and protecting the liver. Along with that, Panchakarma – a detoxification treatment is also adopted.