Are you suffering from Hepatitis?
Hepatitis is an inflammation condition of the liver and liver tissue, caused mostly by infectious agents.
The word Hepatitis is derived from the Greek hêpar (ἧπαρ), meaning “liver”, and -itis (-ῖτις), meaning “inflammation”.
Symptoms of Hepatitis
Some people have no symptoms whereas others develop
- Yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes,
- Poor appetite
- Abdominal pain, or
Hepatitis may be temporary (acute) or long term (chronic) depending on whether it lasts for less than or more than six months.
Acute & Chronic Hepatitis
Acute hepatitis can sometimes resolve on its own, progress to chronic hepatitis, or rarely result in acute liver failure.
Chronic hepatitis may progress to
- Scarring of the liver
- Liver failure, or
- Liver cancer
The most common cause of hepatitis worldwide is viruses.
There are five common Hepatitis Viruses – A, B, C, D, and E.
Other causes of Hepatitis
- Other viruses, including the Epstein-Barr or Cytomegalovirus, have been implicated as causative agents of hepatitis
- Worms and
- Autoimmune hepatitis
Inflammation in the liver and the immune system attacks the liver.
- Autoimmune diseases
- Post-transfusion hepatitis, or long-incubation hepatitis
- Certain drugs & medications
- Other Infections
- Alcoholic hepatitis
Liver inflammation caused by drinking too much alcohol. Heavy alcohol use.
- Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Non–alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an advanced form of non–alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD, the buildup of fat in the liver. When this buildup causes inflammation and damage, it is known as NASH, which can lead to scarring of the liver.
There is no specific treatment for NASH; however, a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, a healthy diet, and weight loss, is essential.
Five main types of Viral Hepatitis
Currently, there are five main types caused by viruses, known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis A and E are mainly spread by contaminated food and water.
Hepatitis B is mainly sexually transmitted, but may also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
Hepatitis C infection is caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
Both Hepatitis B and C are spread by infected blood, such as may occur during needle sharing by intravenous drug users.
Hepatitis D can only infect people already infected with hepatitis B.
Hepatitis D is a severe liver disease caused by infection of the hepatitis D virus.
A liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus.
Worldwide in 2015, hepatitis A occurred in about 114 million people; chronic hepatitis B affected about 343 million people and chronic hepatitis C, about 142 million people.
In the United States, NASH affects about 11 million people, and alcoholic hepatitis affects about 5 million people.
Hepatitis results in more than a million deaths a year, most of which occur indirectly from liver scarring or liver cancer.
Hepatitis A is estimated to occur in about 2,500 people a year in the United States, resulting in about 75 deaths. 
Aims of Treatment:
- Provide diaphoretic therapy for the acute infectious phase.
- Support the immune system with herbal antivirals and immune modulators.
- Support the liver with herbal hepatoprotectives and
- Address dietary considerations, e.g. avoidance of alcohol, fatty foods,
artificial food additives and unnecessary drugs.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
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Tissue Salt Rx
These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.
Jaundice with constipation, swollen liver, white-coated tongue lack appetite, light-coloured stools and headache.
Liver is sore, congested; the child is yellow, vomits bile and has a greenish coating on the tongue.
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.