‘Hepatitis’ is a term used to describe the Inflammation or the Swelling of the Liver cells or the Hepatocytes. It is a ‘Silent Killer’.
Causes of Hepatitis:
Hepatitis is commonly caused by a Viral Infection, but there are many other possible causes of Hepatitis. These include Autoimmune Hepatitis (Our own body makes Antibodies & attacks our own Liver Tissues), NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis) and it can also be caused with usage of some Medications, Drugs, Toxins, Exposure to Poisons, Other Infections, Industrial Solvents & Wastes and particularly Alcohol Abuse.
Symptoms of Hepatitis:
Many people with Hepatitis do not show any symptoms but others develop Jaundice, Loss of Appetite, Fever, Nausea, Vomiting Sensation, Extreme Tiredness, Abdominal Pain, Diarrhoea, Yellowish Urine, Light coloured Stools, Unexplained Weight Loss etc.
Acute vs. Chronic Hepatitis:
Some forms of Hepatitis are Mild and some are Serious. Acute Hepatitis resolves on its own within 6 months; if it progresses for more than 6 months then it is called Chronic Hepatitis, which sometimes leads to progressive Liver damage, Scarring or Fibrosis of Liver, Liver Cirrhosis, Liver Failure, Liver Cancer& Death.
Types of Hepatitis Viruses:
Viruses that attack the Liver cells are called Hepatitis Viruses. These viruses alone attribute to more than 50% of Hepatitis in people. There are 6 types of Hepatitis Viruses including types A, B, C, D, E, & G. Hepatitis A, B, C are the most common.
All Hepatitis Viruses can cause ‘Acute Hepatitis’. Viral Hepatitis B& C can cause ‘Chronic Hepatitis’. Hepatitis A & E are mainly Water Borne or spreads by Contaminated Food & Water. Hepatitis B is transmitted & spreads through Blood & Body Fluids & through Sexual Contact and can be passed from Mother to Child during Pregnancy & Child birth. Hepatitis C is spread through Blood such as Sharing or Reusing Needles, Syringes; Intravenous Drug Users etc. Hepatitis D can be seen in those people who are already infected with Hepatitis B. Hepatitis G is recently discovered and is closely resembles that of Hepatitis C and its role in Humans is not clear.
Diagnosis of Hepatitis:
- Physical Examination,
- Liver Function Tests,
- Autoimmune Hepatitis Panel Tests,
- Viral Serology Tests,
- Ultra Sound Abdomen,
- Liver Biopsy,
- Paracentesis etc are done.
Complications of Hepatitis:
- Liver Damage
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Fibrosis of Liver
- Scarring of Liver
- Cirrhosis of Liver
- Liver Failure
- Liver Cancer &
Hepatitis & Best Treatments through Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is a Holistic Medical Science that is based on multitude of theories related to Health and Sickness and on ways to Prevent, Manage, or Treat Health related Problems. The Liver is a well-known organ for Ayurveda and is known as ‘Yakrit’ (Yadaa tadam karoteethi yakrit) which comes from Sanskrit word i.e., Yat (Conversion) & Krit (To do). ‘Pitta’ is the predominant dosha in Liver. If the imbalance in the ‘Pitta’ continues for a long time, serious diseases of the Liver, including Hepatitis, Liver Cirrhosis, Jaundice and Liver Cancer, could develop.
Ayurveda classics had described the Hepato Biliary Diseases either in Kamala (Jaundice) or in Udara Roga (Abdominal Disorders) context. A significant number of Liver Diseases are described in Ayurveda like–Kamala – Shakhashrita Kamala, Koshtashrita Kamala, Kumbha Kamala, Halimaka, Pandu Roga, Jalodara (Ascitis), Yakritdalyudhara (Heptomegaly), Yakritplihodhara, Yakrit Kshaya (Cirrhosis of Liver), Pittashmari (Cholithiasis) etc.
Ayurveda is traditionally skilful in treating all the Chronic Liver Diseases since centuries. There are many plants and their extracts that have been shown to possess Hepato-Protective Activities. There are more than 300 Herbo-Mineral Preparations in Indian system of medicine for the treatment of Jaundice & Chronic Liver Diseases. More than 60% of Jaundice patients of our country have Ayurveda as their first choice& relay on Ayurveda & Herbal Medicine for Liver Diseases.
Our Approach to Liver Disorders:
We @ Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital understand & recognize that Balancing Liver Function is pivotal to ensuring overall health. In dealing with problems of the Liver, the primary goal within the system of Ayurveda is to enhance Liver Detoxification Processes and help protect against further damage to the Liver
Researched Herbs are selected and combined for their ability to help promote “Balance” within the body and to nourish the Liver and related functions, including Digestion and Bile Acid Secretion. For treating Liver complaints, we @ Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital prepare our own researched medicine that consists of multiple herbs that may individually have a tremendous variety of properties is commonly used. This Researched Medicine works on multiple biochemical pathways capable of influencing several organ systems simultaneously. The benefit of our Medicine is that it can nourish the body as a whole by supporting various organ systems, yet its main focus will be on to support the Liver.
Deepana (Carminatives); Pachana (Digestives); Mrudhu Virechaka (Laxatives) & Pitta Virechaka (Cholegogues) Herbs are recommended. Panchakarma Therapies especially Vamana and Virechana treatments are used mainly in Treatment of Liver Disorders. These treatments help to expel out aggravated Kapha and Pitta Dosha.
We @ Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital have Reinvented the Practice of ‘Agneya Chikitsa’ – The Speciality Treatment to treat all the GIT Diseases from Simple Acidity to the Chronic Liver Cirrhosis & Incurable Tumors& the Cancers of the Gastro Intestinal Tract.
We provide the Best & Highly Effective Treatments for all forms of Hepatitis by Removing the possible Root Cause, Reducing the Virus Progression & Growth, Re - Enlivening the Liver Tissues, Protecting the Hepatic cells from Recurrence & overall Healing of the Damaged Liver. One should follow Specific Pathya (Wholesome Food) Ahara & Vihara for a Healthy & Performing Liver.