Liver is the key part of our digestive system. It is the largest gland in our body and also one of the hardest-working organs in the body. It has a number of functions to perform. Apart from producing digestive juices and bile, it digests fats, stores glucose for future use, it is chiefly responsible for cleaning out toxins from the blood, it processes medicines, it produces proteins which help in the clotting of the blood, etc.

When the liver is not functioning properly, it can have serious health effects later because liver disease doesn’t usually cause any symptoms until the damage is fairly advanced.

This is the reason why it’s important to know how to recognize symptoms of a potential liver issue, so that a liver disease becomes easier to manage with early detection.

Even when there is no frank liver disease detected, even when your liver function test comes out you be normal, we can deduce that the liver is weakened by the presence of certain symptoms that body throws. Liver function tests or LFT shows abnormal deviation only when the situation becomes worst and much advanced. But with the help of symptoms our body displays we can know that the liver is weak much before the laboratory tests turn out to be abnormal. Symptoms are indications or signals that our body tries to send us to let us know that something is wrong. If we learn to understand these subtle messages we may be able to avoid a lot of problems in the future. 6 most obvious ways to know that the liver is weak or over taxed are listed as under:

1. DIGESTION

  • Gas
  • Burping
  • Heartburn
  • Frequent stomach upset
  • Intolerance of fat
  • Alternate diarrhoea and constipation 
  • Loss of appetite

2. SKIN

  • Jaundiced or yellow
  • Itching without a rash or eruptions 
  • Tendency to bruise easily 
  • Spider naevi (small spider-shaped arteries that appear in clusters on the skin).

3. EXTREMITIES

  • Pain in right shoulder
  • Swollen legs or ankles

4. HEAD

  • Headache in the morning

5. MIND

  • Fear
  • Cowardice
  • General anxiety
  • Unable to face confrontation

6. GENERALS

  • Lack of energy
  • Unrefreshed feeling in the morning
  • Desire for sweets
  • Desire for alcohol
  • Yellow sclera (the white part of eye)
  • Frequent blocked nose with much mucous
  • Dark urine 
  • Swollen and flabby abdomen due to fluid retention

If you have any one of the above symptoms then take extra care of your liver. Maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, avoid toxins, use alcohol responsibly and avoid the use of unnecessary drugs. 

Common homeopathic remedies used for strengthening the liver are Andrographis-paniculata, Carduus-marinus, Chelidonium, Carica-papaya, Lycopodium, Myrica, Nux-vomica, Taraxacum, Thuja, etc. Choice of the right remedy in the right dosage should solely be left upon your homeopathic physician. For online consultation, book an appointment with us.