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Is a liver disease identified by a regular destruction of the liver cells. These cells are then progressively replaced with fibrous tissue, which then leads to hardening.

What to look for

Normally no symptoms appear until the disease has entered the late sages. Because it prefers to come on gradually the symptoms include: the unusual gain or loss of weight, your urine is a dark colour the loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. The vomiting of blood, yellow coloration of the skin and eyes. Thinning hair, itching. bloody, black stools or unusually light- colored stools. Abdominal swelling. Red palms, swollen feet or legs. Fatigue or loss of stamina the enlargement of men’s breasts sleep disturbances and confusion.  Spider like blood vessels on the chest and shoulders, in men the loss of sex drive and menstrual problems in women. If the cases is serious, mental disturbances .

Eventually the liver loses the ability to function as required. if the damage is serious the patient cannot function mentally and coma and possibly death can result. Because the liver is badly scared the blood cannot flow through, it then collects in the veins and they may burst because of the pressure. In some cases this pressure becomes so great that the vessels rupture. The only way to cure a liver that is damaged through cirrhosis is through a liver transplant. it can often be helped if is caught early enough.

The liver is very important to the body so you should take good care of it. The liver performs the following essential functions- it rids the body of harmful chemicals, caffeine, alcohol by acting like a filter. It helps break down fatty foods, regulates the composition of the blood, traps the old red blood cells, it helps remove virus and bacteria

Causes

The most frequent cause of Cirrhosis is the high consumption of alcohol over a long period. there are other possible causes like viruses, genetic deficiencies, prolonged obstruction of bile flow, and long periods of exposure to drugs and other toxic substances.

Hepatitis is the next most common cause of cirrhosis after alcoholism the most frequent cause of cirrhosis is hepatitis, which inflames the liver.

Dietary Considerations

Freshly squeezed juices from carrots, beetroot and celery, as well as carrot and apple, grapefruit and pear juice. Is good and nutrition that can help your liver. You should eat more leafy green vegetables, tossed salads including cabbage rocket lettuce, dandelion and thistle leaves with a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.

Protein is good for the liver however you should monitor how much protein you are consuming Remember- too little is as bad as too much, speak to your doctor and find out how much protein you are allowed to take.

Prevention

Do not drink to excess and if you have been and you are diagnosed with cirrhosis you should stop immediately. You should not mix alcohol and drugs. Also do not eat uncooked shellfish, maintain a very healthy diet. keep away for industrial chemicals, which can enter the bloodstream and cause liver damage.

Be very careful and avoid contracting hepatitis.

When to seek further professional advice

If you have any of the above symptoms or if you think you do contact your doctor ASAP

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Chinese Medicine : self-medication can be dangerous; remedies should be prescribed only by a Professional.
Herbal Therapy: before using Milk thistle that is believed to boost a healthy liver function. consult a Professional
Homoeopathy :consult you homeopathy for remedies

Traditional Treatment

You must immediately stop drinking if alcohol is the cause of your cirrhosis. if you continue the condition can become fatal you can have a liver transplant as a last resort but there are certain people who are not permitted to undergo this operation. People whose cirrhosis is due to alcohol abuse must abstain from alcohol for a Length of time before this operation will be performed.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18