Liver Detox in Chinese Medicine
The liver plays an important role in many bodily functions from protein production and blood clotting to cholesterol, glucose and iron metabolism. A variety of illnesses can affect the liver, but Cirrhosis occurs whenever normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue as a result of chronic liver disease. Symptoms of liver diseases include weakness, fatigue, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and yellow discoloration of the skin or jaundice. In Chinese medicine we look at this as a combination of the patterns: Accumulation of heat and toxins, Liver qi stagnation, fluid accumulation, paired with a deficiency of transforming and transporting.These patterns must be addressed from several aspects of your life, including lifestyle, dietary and environmental changes.
In Chinese medicine in addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbs can be very helpful in managing this combination of patterns, if your looking for a more modern day formula to: Spread liver qi, clear heat and toxins, drain dampness, and tonify deficiency look for one containing one or more of the following herbs:
Chinese Herbs for Liver Detox
Dang Gui – Clear heat, also detoxifying and improving the liver function.
Zhi Zi – Purges liver fire, and clears damp-heat from the lower jiao, as well as cools the blood.
Fu Ling – Clears excess heat through the urine.