Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver and is mostly caused by a virus but can be caused by other factors such as alcohol consumption and certain medication.The more serious cases of hepatitis may progress to cirrhosis (permanent damage to the liver) or even, in some instances, liver cancer.Many medicinal herbs have been documented to have a positive effect in restoring the liver to healthy function. Plant extracts that promote healthy liver function will generally have one or more helpful characteristics.
An herbal remedy for hepatitis may:stimulate the production of bile,
act as antioxidants (the “hepatoprotective” quality of a plant chemical is typically determined by testing it in animal livers that havebeen exposed to carbon tetrachloride),have strong antiviral activity, specifically against the hepatitis virus HBV,
and/or supply needed nutrients to the liver.There are many medicinal herbs for hepatitis that are common and a few others that are less well-known — at least in western culture — but have shown some promise in treating viral hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, and C).
Some tropical plants, while they may not be as common in western herbal medicine, have been used traditionally by many cultures around the world and show some promise as herbal remedies for hepatitis.Researchers in India, in particular, are examining the properties of many tropical plants that have been traditionally used as medicine in Asia and other parts of the world. These plant extracts are not necessarily more difficult to find and are worth knowing about.
It should be remembered that supplements alone are not enough for maintaining health. An overall healthy lifestyle is essential. For anyone concerned with liver health, abstaining from alcohol—or drinking in moderation—and reducing saturated fats from one’s diet are important actions to take to reduce stress on the liver.