There is a superb, and free, online book that talks a lot about the liver – the Jon Barron book: Lessons From the Miracle Doctors. My article on his book has a link to his book at the bottom of the web page:
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It is very common for cancer patients to suffer liver damage due to cancer, chemotherapy or radiation. However, understand that once the liver is completely dead the patient will die very quickly.
However, if the liver is damaged, but still functioning, there are some herbal and other remedies that may help.
Warning #1: The herb celandine is sometimes used to treat liver problems. There is not universal acceptance that celandine is good for the liver. Some believe it may cause liver damage. It is normally used for acute gallstone attacks. Before using celandine, check with a physician to determine safe dosages and to learn the maximum length of use.
Warning #2: A woman who is pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment, should not take any liver treatment without a physician's approval.
The Big 3
The most common formula specifically for liver damage that I have seen, is the combination of:
- Milk Thistle Extract (Seeds or Fruit), with the key ingredient: Silymarin,
- Dandelion Root,
These three herbs act synergistically:
Milk thistle nutritionally supports the liver's ability to maintain normal liver function. It has shown positive effects in treating nearly every known form of liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, necroses, and liver damage due to drug and alcohol abuse. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
Liver, spleen and pancreatic tonic, kidney tonic, helps dissolve kidney and bladder stones, stimulates liver, good for hepatitis, jaundice, anemia, acne and skin conditions. Fresh dandelion greens are highly nutritious and the flowers are edible, too.
Another classic bitter herb, artichoke protects the liver against toxins and infections. Artichoke also lowers blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and has been shown to stimulate the regeneration of liver cells.
A typical vendor of these three herbs is:
Essiac Tea is a major cancer treatment which has been around for about 50 years. The major problem with the vendors of Essiac Tea is that many of them do not know how to properly make the tea (e.g. you have to be an expert in herbs to know how to “cook” the tea).
The point is that two of the four herbs which are in the tea are specifically for the liver. Not only does it protect the liver but it also helps cure cancer!!
I have an article on Essiac Tea which links to some vendors:
Essiac Tea Article and Vendors
An electromedicine device, the iMRS, has been very successful at treating liver problems!! It is a special type of magnetic pulser which literally energizes the liver.
However, you must buy this device from someone who knows the exact protocol for using it on the liver. Use Google to find a vendor.
Another combination of nutrients that impressed me was at the website:
This vendor uses:
- Milk Thistle Extract (80% Sylimarin),
- Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) – derived from soya,
- Turmeric Extract (95% Curcumin)
I already discussed Milk Thistle (which is probably the most used of all herbs for rebuilding the liver), let me talk about the other two items:
Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) is a cell nutrient, and a major building block for the membrane systems in the survival and functioning of the cells … Numerous controlled clinical trials prove that PC has unique benefits for those with liver damage. Whether the damage is due to alcoholism, toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, malnutrition or viruses, supplementation with PC significantly speeds liver regeneration and recovery time.
In addition to Turmeric Extract being used as a superb cancer treatment, by itself, I quote for the article:
Turmeric contains 0.3-5.4 % curcumin; an orange-yellow volatile oil. Studies shows that turmeric has a very powerful antioxidant effect. In one particular study, curcumin was shown to be a potent antioxidant in inhibiting lipid peroxidation in rat liver cells. Compared to other spices principles for their abilities to prevent lipid peroxidation, curcumin had the highest results. The same study also included comparison of curcumin to fat-soluble vitamin E. The results showed curcumin to be eight times more powerful than vitamin E in preventing lipid peroxidation. Studies showed that curcumin helped decrease levels of lipid peroxides and subsequent reduction in the processes of inflammation. Turmeric also contains a water-soluble peptide, turmerin, which is very rich in methionine, the sulfur-containing amino acid, and a known antioxidant. This explains why turmeric has such a strong antioxidant property.
Other Vendors to Look at:
- Another herb useful for the liver is Burdock Root, which is part of Essiac Tea, a very common cancer treatment!
- Another plant/herb is Beet Root or Beet Leaves. These plants rebuild liver cells and improve liver function. They are frequently part of the “Raw Food Diet” vegetable drink (e.g. carrot juice, beet juice, beetroot juice, etc.)
Other Key Herbs and Nutrients:
- Agrimony (stimulates liver)
- Black Radish (activates liver cells, repairs liver)
- Codonopsis Root (rebuild liver health)
- Fennel (Repairs liver damage)
- Vitamin B12 (rebuilds liver – a MUST supplement)
I should also mention that a person trying to repair their liver should drink lots of natural water.