Causes of Hepatitis disease
Hepatitis А and hepatitis B are liver diseases and Ayurveda associates them directly with imbalance of Pitta – one of the three vital energies in the body. These energies are called Doshas and each one of them manages a certain part of the biological processes in the organism.
Pitta is responsible for the transformations – digestion and degradation of substances. Thus, the beneficial ones are absorbed and they nourish the cells, respectively the tissues, and the systems of the organism develop.
For its part, the liver is a processing organ – for the metabolism of vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins and fat degradation. It has also a digestive function through the production of bile.
When Pitta in the liver goes out of balance, its natural state is disturbed, it gets sick and the functions are imbalanced. According to Ayurveda, hepatitis is mostly related to the production and distribution of the bile.
These conditions are inflammations in the liver. They can be caused by viruses, parasites, poisonings caused by accumulated toxins. The accumulations of toxins is also related to imbalance in Pitta – if the digestion is bad, food remains re left in the tract. They start to rot, which causes releasing of poisons, and the blood spreads them in the body. Especially, the abuse of alcohol is a risk factor.
Hepatitis А is the most common viral hepatitis, because it is easily transmitted in poor hygiene – dirty hands, contaminated food, water. However, its course is relatively light.
Its hidden period is between a week and 50 days, averagely about 25-30 days. The disease itself lasts up to 2 months. The recovery period after that may reach half a year, as the hepatitis doesn’t become chronic.
Hepatitis В is also one of the most common vira hepatitis, it is transmitted by blood and sex. The virus is more resistant and dangerous, with hidden period of averagely 120 days. The course of the disease is severe and longer, the acute hepatitis В can become chronic.
Treatment of hepatitis
The Ayurveda treatment of acute hepatitis includes a strict diet for balancing of Pitta. The patient has to exclude the warm foods, spicy, salty, sour, too sweet ones. He should also avoid fried foods, meat, fish, oils. In some severe cases even the ghee butter should be avoided.
In case of hepatitis, it is recommended to consume for cleansing, mung beans, basmati rice, unprocessed green leafy vegetables, sprouted grains. Very effective for cleansing of the liver are the coriander, turmeric, as it is advisable to be consumed with fresh aloe vera juice.
In fact, aloe vera juice itself is curative – it stimulates the liver and improves its condition. In case of hepatitis, it is recommended to be consumed more often, for example, the medicines shouldn’t be taken with the juice.
In the treatment of hepatitis, Ayurveda uses bitter herbs with versatile action – for stimulation of the liver cells to form a bile, blood clotting and laxative. Very useful is the Guduchi tincture, which may be included in various herbal combinations, berberis is also used.
Good medicine for the liver is the potion of grated dandelion root. Three spoons should be boiled for 15 minutes, then the potion should be consumed three times a day. The liver cells are recovered with the help of Milk thistle seeds – infusion of one spoon of crushed seeds should be consumed three times a day. The fresh artichoke reduced the bile fluid.
Herbs can be taken in the form of powder, tablets, potions, independently or with food. They may be combined with different cleansing products. Trifala, for example, contains three herbal ingredients in equal amounts: amla, baheda and harada and it has a unique detoxifying effect. The laxatives and diuretics are used to release Pitta of toxins, heat, acids.
Full rest is recommended, without sexual activities, physical exercise and travel. To prevent the hepatitis of becoming chronic, the treatment should last for about 3 months.