Liver, ailments and all remedies

Liver, ailments and all remedies

How to maintain good health and purify the liver thanks to a correct diet and natural remedies useful against the most frequent ailments of this organ.

The liver is the largest gland in the human body and plays a vital role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids. Exposed to a wide variety of attacks that often come from food, there are several natural remedies to treat it and keep it healthy.

>   Anatomical description of the liver

>   Natural treatments and therapies 

>   Yoga for the liver

>   Traditional Chinese Medicine

>   Curiosities about the liver

Liver, ailments and natural remedies


Anatomical description of the liver

The liver is an organ located in the abdomen weighing 1,200-1,500 grams, the largest gland in the digestive system.

It is held in its position by the vessels to which it is connected and by the pressure present inside the abdomen. The triangular ligaments (right and left) and the sickle cell ligament (which divides it into left and right lobe) contribute to the stability of the liver.

The hepatic hilum (or hepatic peduncle) contains the main vascular structures of the liver:

  • the hepatic artery , which originates from the celiac tripod, itself a branch of the aorta;
  • the portal vein , which originates from the confluence of the splenic vein (which comes from the spleen) and the superior mesenteric vein (which comes from the intestine);
  • the biliary tract, which originates from the biliary canaliculi that are inside the liver and carries the bile produced by the liver to the intestine.

On the posterior surface of the liver, on the other hand, the inferior vena cava flows, which collects venous blood from the lower limbs and kidneys .

Natural treatments and therapies for the liver

At the heart of the metabolism, as well as responsible for “detoxifying” the organism, the liver is exposed to a great variety of attacks that often come from food.

Excess lipids, especially saturated and hydrogenated ones, overload the hepatobiliary system , disturbing the functional balance of the liver.

When high temperatures are reached during cooking, the condiments (oil or butter) undergo important alterations and generate toxic substances that contribute to weighing down the liver (see: frying oils).

Overweight, hypercholesterolemia diabetes  and obesity are conditions that facilitate the onset of liver problems. In addition to not exceeding the consumption of fats, it is very important to keep the total calories supplied by the diet under control and to limit the consumption of sugars (sweeteners, ice creams, confectionery products and sugary drinks). It would therefore be advisable to periodically subject the body to a detoxification treatment, through the intake of detoxifying foods .

Inflammation and necrosis (death) of cells can be caused by infections (especially viral), toxic causes (including drugs and alcohol), and autoimmune reactions.

When there is an imbalance between the liver and gallbladder, a form of discontent and irritation can occur as a chronic state.

The recommended Chinese herb is qing pi , which has an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and tranquilizing action. Helps to “circulate” the energy of the liver and to thin the bile. It can be taken every evening during the initial two weeks of spring and autumn , in the form of a decoction. The dose is 2-4 grams in half a liter of water.

For a month, before breakfast and dinner, drink a glass of natural mineral water with twenty drops of dandelion extract. This plant allows the liver to regain its regular function.

Excellent liver-friendly teas are fennel -based teas or anise -based teas .

The natural cure to fortify the liver comes through diet and nutrition : fill up on fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid alcohol. Green light for artichoke, milk thistle , apple, blueberry, pollen, yeast, cabbage and daikon, the Japanese root that helps purification .

It is also useful to take  Agaricus blazei murrili, a  hepatoprotective medicinal mushroom , useful as an adjuvant in the various forms of hepatitis.

You can learn more about homeopathic remedies for liver treatment


In the yoga universe,  the liver is connected to the third chakra, Manipura , which is located where the solar plexus and digestive function blend metaphorically but also anatomically.

The main functions of this chakra are action, will, power and personal affirmation. The associated keyword is I CAN.

Digestive function is entirely “controlled” by the plexus through the action of two “hollow” organs, the stomach and intestines, and two important “full” organs, the liver and pancreas. Another small hollow organ is linked to the liver: the gallbladder.

These organs allow digestion and assimilation of food; this means that food, part of the extra individual world that is brought into the individual, arrives in the stomach, the biological “furnace”.

Through a chemical fire (for example, hydrochloric acid), food is digested, “burned”, that is, its shape and individuality are destroyed.

It is thus transformed into its simplest components, also through the action of the liver and pancreas, in such a way that it can pass into the intestine, where it is assimilated, that is, carried into the blood, in direct contact with the individual who ate it. to then become part of its own cells, that is, its integral part.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine the Liver ( Gan ) performs the function of defense and assault, as indicated by the two ideograms that make up the emblem. The liver is the impetus of life which must be supported by the vital power of the Kidneys. This organ is the seat of the Hun , of strongly Yang manifestation , creative and concretizing.

The liver is the capacity for expansion, realization, ensures the flow of Qi throughout the body at various levels: emotional, digestive . The liver in TCM also regulates the secretion of bile and exerts an action on the blood in general and on menstruation in particular.

The Liver controls the tendons and joints, manifests itself in the nails, its opening is the eyes, has a defense and protection role, is connected to the sleep-wake balance.

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Under the entry iecur , liver in Latin, you will read: “seat of feelings and passions, particularly of sensual love and anger”, in other words what the heart is for us. This clearly explains why even today it is said to have guts in the sense of having courage (or not being afraid).

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