Homeopathic medicines for fatty liver

By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS

Published October 17, 2019, Last updated October 17, 2019

Homeopathic medicines for fatty liver are very effective and can cure the problem completely.
Fatty Liver

What is Fatty Liver

Fatty Liver or Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a common outcome of today’s lifestyle. Liver, by its very nature contains some amount of fat. If the amount of fat increases beyond 5-10% of the weight of the liver, it is called Fatty Liver or precisely NAFLD.  Another name for it is Steatosis. Before we come to the homeopathic medicines for fatty liver, let us understand a little more about the problem, its causes and symptoms.

Incidence of Fatty Liver

It is important to know that liver is the largest internal organ in human body. As I have mentioned earlier too, 5-10% of the weight of liver comes from fat. But when the amount of fat crosses this range, we call it fatty liver. The problem of fatty liver is quite prevalent in the western world and is becoming more and more common in India too. In some countries, it affects close to 25% of the population.

What is Fatty Liver or Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty Liver is a broad term for a range of diseases of the liver that occur in people who do not consume alcohol. Increased deposition of fat in the liver is the primary factor. Triglycerides are the major component of the fat in the fatty liver. Too much fat in the liver can cause inflammation of the liver. This can progress to scarring of the liver, cirrhosis of liver and ultimately to liver failure.

Causes of Fatty Liver

As I have mentioned earlier, fatty liver is more of a lifestyle problem. It has more to do with our diet which is becoming more and more saturated with fat and refined carbohydrates. Abundant intake of aerated drinks is another reason. These aerated drinks are full of fructose which is known to increase liver fat accumulation.

At the same time, our physical activity is reducing by the day. We are becoming slaves to gadgets, machines and vehicles. Therefore our ability to burn off the fat that we consume is declining. A part of this fat ultimately collects in our liver.

Symptoms of Fatty Liver

In most of the patients, there are hardly any symptoms. They come to know about the presence of this problem during a routine USG or while undergoing investigations for some other problem. In other patients, there are some vague and generalized symptoms. Only in advanced cases, where liver cirrhosis happens, the symptoms become pronounced.

The following are the main signs and symptoms of fatty liver-

  • There is generalized fatigue and weakness.
  • In some patients, there is loss of appetite.
  • Slight pain in the right side of abdomen may be present in some cases.
  • Nausea and vomiting are also present in some patients.
  • In some cases, there is redness of the palms.
  • Liver enzymes may be increased. The reading of SGOT and SGPT or AST and ALT may be on the higher side.
  • Triglyceride levels may also be on the higher side.
  • In advanced disease, jaundice may be present with yellowness of skin and eyes.
  • Even the spleen may get enlarged.

Management of Fatty Liver

An important part of the treatment of fatty liver is to lose weight. It makes sense to lose around 10% of one’s body weight. Even half of that can improve the condition. Fatty liver often leads to a condition called insulin resistance. This means that your body has enough insulin but is not able to use it properly. This leads to increased glucose in your blood. The liver turns this glucose into fat.

Increasing intake of certain fats in your diet can help your body use the available insulin in a better manner. Therefore increasing intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats helps. These are found in fish, nuts, flaxseed, olives and green leafy vegetables. At the same time, one should avoid saturated fats which get easily deposited in the liver. These saturated fats are found in red meat, poultry, fried foods and sugary or aerated drinks.

Treatment of fatty liver

Allopathy hardly has any treatment for fatty liver. Their advice is more and more geared towards management of the problem. It is primarily to keep one’s intake of fat in check. At the same time, one should lose weight and the abdominal fat. Exercising regularly is another useful advice. But all these are general in nature and apply to everyone. How much these things are able to reverse the process is a debatable point. There is hardly any specific medicine for fatty liver.

Homeopathy for fatty liver

Homeopathy has some very good medicines for the treatment of fatty liver. These medicines are more specific in nature vis-à-vis allopathy and act primarily on the disease process affecting the liver. At the same time, it is important to understand that homeopathy selects the right medicine on the basis of the holistic symptoms of the patient and not just the diagnostic name of the disease. Here, I am giving a short list of the 5 best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver. These are based on the totality of the symptoms of the patient and not just the name of the disease.

5 best Homeopathic medicines for Fatty Liver

  1. Chelidonium- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for fatty liver with pain under the right scapula

  2. Lycopodium- One of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver with fullness of the stomach after eating just a little

  3. Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver due to high life

  4. Phosphorus- One of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver with increased thirst

  5. Calcarea Carb – One of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver in obese people

An exhaustive listing of all the symptoms of the medicines is beyond the scope of this article. Prominent indicative symptoms of the medicines are being given to help you understand the salient points.

  1. Chelidonium- One of the best Homeopathic medicines for fatty liver with pain under the right scapula

    When there is pain just under the right scapula, Chelidonium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver. Scapula or the shoulder blade is the flat bone at the back, just behind and opposite to the right lung. The tongue is large, flabby and yellowish in colour. It takes the imprint of the teeth. The taste in mouth is bitter. Patient prefers to eat and drink hot food and drinks. There is pain in the stomach through to the back and right shoulder blade.

  2. Lycopodium- One of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver with fullness of stomach after eating just a little

    When there is heaviness and fullness in the stomach and abdomen even after eating just a little, Lycopodium is one of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver. Most of the symptoms of this medicine move from the right to the left. Food tastes sour. There are sour eructations too. He prefers hot drinks and food. There is pain shooting across right side of abdomen to the left side.

  3. Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver due to high life

    When one gets this trouble as a result of living the high life, Nux Vomica is one of the best homeopathic medicines for fatty liver. Abuse of tea, coffee and alcohol over a period of time contributes to this problem. To top it off, the patient hardly has any physical activity and leads a sedentary life. Such a patient is irritable and quite prone to get violently angry easily. There is pain like that of a weight in the stomach, more so after eating. The patient is chilly and cannot tolerate cold.

  4. Phosphorus- One of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver with increased thirst

    When there is increased thirst with other symptoms, Phosphorus is one of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver. The patient cannot tolerate warm water and as soon as the water becomes warm in the stomach, it is vomited out. The patient is usually tall and skinny. There is a weak and an empty sort of feeling in the stomach. The symptoms are worse by lying on the left side.

  5. Calcarea Carb – One of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver in obese people

    When the patient is obese and this obesity is one of the important reasons for the fatty liver, Calcarea Carb is one of the best homeopathic remedies for fatty liver. There is strong craving for indigestible things like chalk, earth or pencils. Heartburn and loud belching is present. There is pain in the liver region while stooping.

 

 

 

N.B Homeopathic medicines are very safe and do not have any side effects when taken under the supervision of an expert homeopathic doctor.

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