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LIVER DETOXIFICATION


Clinical Applications

[liver damage with high levels of SGPT and SGOT

[Liver detoxification: enhances the normal metabolic and detoxofication functions of the liver.

[Hepatitis: treats hepatitis with or without jaundice, repairs liver cell damage

[Liver cirrhosis from excessive alcohol intake

[Addiction: detoxifies liver during alcohol, drug or smoking cessation

[Cholecystitis with increased liver enzymes, possibly with liver impairment

Western Therapeutic Actions

[Enhances the liver function by increasing the regenearation of liver cells.

[Protects the liver from damage due to foreign chemicals and substances, medications, and alcohol.

[Anti-oxidant effects to neutralize free radicals and prevent cell damage.

[Lowers elevated levels of hepatic enzymes

Nutrition

[Patients with liver cirrhosis should increase the intake of vitamin K found in such foods as green leafy vegatables, almonds, bananas, kelp, prunes, raisins, rice, wheat bran, and seeds. They should increase their intake of vegetables, especially srtichokes, carrots, and beets. Water intake should be increased

[Artichokes contain cynarin, a substance that stimulates the bile flow and regulates the liver.

[Patients with hepatitis should avoid alcohol, sugar, fat, raw fish, shellfish and highly processed foods with chemicals or food additives. fat, butter, margarine, cheese, fish, fowl, meat, salt, soft drinks, sugar, tea, cod liver oil, vitamin A, spicy, an fried foods shouls be aliminated from the diet. Also avoid over-eating, cigarette smoking, alcohol, coffee, and drugs.

[Patients with jaundice should not consume alcohol, raw or undercooked fish, meat or poultry.

[Hepatitis

          -Recommendations: rice, barley, millet, azuki beans, pearl barley, squash, cucumber, grapefruit, dandelion greens, beet greens, pears, water chestnut, carrot, cabbage, spinach, celery, winter-melon, rice vinegar, pinapple, and lotus root.

          -Avoid dairy products, alcohol, coffee, sugar, fatty and fried foods, overly spicy foods, cold and raw foods, tomato, eggplant, bell peppers, and shellfish.

Cautions

[Liver DTX is contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. It should be used with caution in cases of qi and yang deficiencies.

[Do not use this formula to treat liver failure - such conditions must be sent to the emergency room for immediate medical care.

[Decrease the dosage to 2 capsules twice a day if there is loose stool sfter taking teh herbs.

[Patients who are on anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapies, such as Coumadin (Warfarin), should use this formula with caution as there might be a slightly higher risk of bleeding and bruising.

Modern Research

Liver DTX id formulated with herbs that enhance the normal metabolic and detosification functions of the liver. Clinical applications of the Liver enzymes and possible liver impairment, liver cirrhosis from excessive alcohol intake, and detoxification of the liver during alcohol, drug or smoking cessation. Ingredients in Liver DTX have demonstrated functions that increase the generation of liver cells, protect the liver from damage by foreign chemicals and substances, prevent and repair liver damage, neutralize free radicals thereby preventing damage to liver cells with their anti-oxidant effect, and lowering elevated levels of hepatic enzymes.

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Western Medical Approach: Liver diseases, such as hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, are serious and very complicated diseases. In western medicine, these conditions are usually treated with interferon. These drugs, however, have limited success, but are extremely expensive and create significant number of serious side effects, including dizziness, confusion, coma, arrythmia, heart failure, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and many others. In severe and life threatening cases, such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer, surgery may be performed.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach: In traditional Chinese medicine, treatment of liver disorders is also a very challenging and complicated matter. These conditions are usually treated with herbs that drain damp-heat from the liver. Pharmacologically, these herbs have hepatoprotective effects that remove toxins from the liver, prevent the entrance of toxins into the liver cells, and increase blood circulation to the liver to facilitate recovery. In most cases, herbs are most effective in early stage of liver disorder characterized by increased liver enzymes. Immediate and aggressive treatment with herbs generally lowers liver enzyme levels and reverses the illness. Once the disease progresses into various stages of hepatitis and/or  liver cirrhosis, customized treatments should be considered for maximum effectiveness.

Summation: Liver diseases, such as hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, are serious and very complicated diseases that are challenging to both western and traditional Chinese medicines. Herbal treatment is generally more effective for early stages of liver disease, ones with mild to moderate severity. Drug treatment, such as with interferon, are generally not utilized unless there is moderate to severe liver disease, because the risks of side effects are generally greater than the potential benefits. Unfortunately, severe cases of liver disease are extremely difficult to manage for both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Under these circumstances, customized treatment with careful supervision is most effective.

Case Studies

A 41-year-old male complained of ocassional bouts of irritability. He had elevated liver enzymes, elevated HCT and was positive for Hepatitis C. The practitioner diagnosed his condition as damp-heat in the liver and gallbladder. After taking Liver DTX, the liver enzyme levels tested within normal limits. The patient's medical doctor, after recognizing all supporting evidence, encouraged the herbal treatment wholeheartedly.

          P.C., Stanwood, Washington

M.C. a 49-year-old highly stressed executive, presented elevated SGPT, LDL and cholesterol levels. He stated he frequently checked his blood pressure and it ranged from 135-148/85-91 mmHg. He was never diagnosed with hypertension but had an upcoming insurance physical and wanted to lower his blood pressure naturally. He also complained of low-grade temporal headaches, presured feeling in the head, neck and shoulder tension. His blood pressure at the time was 148/94 mmHg and his heart rate was 72 beats per minute. He worried excessively, in part because his son was giagnosed with brain tumor ten years ago. He also suffered from insomnia, and fist clenching that lasted throughout the day. He daid that his stress caused numbness and tension on his left shoulder and rhomboid area.