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April 10, 2006

Keeping Your Liver Healthy With Herbs

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What does your liver do?

The liver is found within the lower part of the rib-cage on the right hand side of the body. It has a huge variety of functions in the body and is the only organ that can repair and re-grow itself after damage. The liver is the second largest organ in the body and is often seen as the most important one. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, a healthy liver is seen as the most critical element in the body’s ability to fight disease and function optimally.

For this reason, complimentary and Holistic Medicine always emphasizes liver health as one of the most vital components in overall systemic health. Amongst other important functions, the liver is responsible for eliminating and detoxifying the poisons that enter our blood stream.

It is very important in the digestion of food and produces bile which is essential in the breakdown of fats, thereby preventing obesity – one of the biggest contributors to ill health. It also regulates blood sugar and stores any excess sugar in a useful “quick-release” form for when it is needed.

The liver clears the blood of old red blood cells, bacteria and other infectious organisms as well as ingested toxins including alcohol. It is responsible for producing a large number of different proteins including hormones and blood clotting factors and is the organ which stores Vitamin A, D, E and K.

Environmental pollution, fast foods, drugs, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to sluggish and diseased livers. The result? Depressed immune systems, constant fatigue, obesity, sluggish livers and digestive systems, Allergies, respiratory ailments, unhealthy skin and many other health problems.

What can go wrong with your liver?

As with all organs of the body, the liver is subject to a range of disorders and diseases. The liver’s functioning does not really decrease with age so, in the absence of disease, the liver should work optimally right into very old age.

The most common diseases affecting the liver are Viral Hepatitis and alcoholic Liver Disease. Hepatitis A, B and C are the commonest causes of Viral Hepatitis. Although Hepatitis A is usually a transient infection, both Hepatitis B and C can be serious and progress to chronic Liver Disease, even causing liver Cirrhosis or liver cancer. There are usually very few warning signs until Liver Damage is far advanced.

Liver Cirrhosis can be due to any long-term, continuous cause of Liver Damage. These causes include alcohol excess, Hepatitis B and C and inherited Liver Disease. When the liver is damaged some of the functioning cells die and are replaced by Scar Tissue. Once Cirrhosis has developed, the process cannot be reversed even if the underlying cause improves.

Alcoholic Liver Disease does not affect everyone who drinks alcohol. Though it is dependant on the amount of alcohol drunk over time, some people seem to be more susceptible to the adverse effects of alcoholic beverages.

Consistent heavy alcohol intake can cause a condition called Fatty Liver in which the liver cells become filled with fat. It can also cause alcoholic hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver) or Cirrhosis.

What are the symptoms of Liver Disease?

  • Jaundice (Abnormal yellow discoloration seen on the skin and in the eyes.)
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Itching of the skin
  • Vomiting blood or bloody/black stools
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Libido

How is Liver Disease diagnosed?

There are a number of laboratory tests that may be done to establish Liver Disease. Commonly, enzymes produced by the liver when it is damaged are measured in order to see if the levels are raised. Bilirubin- a breakdown product of destroyed red blood cells may also be measured as well as proteins produced by the liver such as albumin and blood clotting factors.

How is Liver Disease usually treated?

Effective drug treatment of Liver Disease is very limited and is often restricted to treating the symptoms and preventing complications.

Treatment will depend on the specific condition; commonly used medications are anti-viral drugs for Viral Hepatitis, steroids for auto-immune disorders and iron-removing or copper-removing medications in the inherited disorders Hemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease respectively.

Medications that cause very unpleasant and even dangerous side-effects when combined with alcohol, are commonly used to try and keep people who are dependant on alcohol from drinking. In people taking anti-viral drugs, which are used to prevent virus replication in Hepatitis B and C, relapse is common once the drug has been discontinued.

People with Liver Disease or dysfunction need to be very careful about the drugs they choose to take as many common prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be toxic to the liver and severely worsen the condition and functioning of this important organ. In extreme and irreversible cases of Liver Damage such as liver failure due to Cirrhosis, liver transplant is the only long-term effective therapy.

Can Natural Remedies help?

If ignored or left untreated, many liver diseases will lead to permanent and irreversible damage to the liver and can be a significant threat to your health.

Liver problems respond well to a holistic approach, including complementary medicine, avoidance of alcohol, drugs and other toxins as well as a healthy diet.

These measures can prevent organ damage, improve Liver Functioning and ward off irreversible changes due to toxins. As the treatment options in the allopathic medical world are very limited and liver transplants are uncommon, a holistic approach to liver dysfunction and disease is your best chance of keeping this vital organ healthy and functioning well into old age.

In the ‘old days’ people used to say that they were ‘feeling liverish’ to describe a feeling of being bloated, uncomfortable, slightly nauseous, lacking in energy and generally ‘out of sorts’. Liver tonics were more widely used than they are today – with good effect.

What is Liver Dr.?

At Native Remedies, we recognize the vital importance of liver health – for quality of life and wellbeing, as well as for the treatment of Liver Disease and dysfunction. For this reason, together with the experts, we developed Liver Dr. to address these important health needs.

Liver Dr. is a 100% Herbal Remedy containing Herbs known for their ability to improve the functioning of the liver and protect it from damaging toxins and disease, thereby improving overall systemic health.

Apart from their beneficial effect on the liver, the Herbs chosen for Liver Dr. also have other important therapeutic benefits, which further contribute to a healthy body and better quality of life.

Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

Use Liver Dr.:

What are the ingredients of Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. contains the following ingredients in our unique 100% herbal formula:

Silybum marianus: (Milk Thistle) This herb has been used since ancient times for treating a wide variety of ailments but particularly liver problems. Milk Thistle is widely prescribed for preventing and treating Liver Disorders including Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease associated with long-term alcohol usage. Studies suggest that this herb protects the liver from damage by Viruses and toxins including alcohol and drugs and is widely used for treating Hepatitis C. Milk Thistle is also a potent antioxidant and laboratory studies indicate it may have useful anti-cancer properties.

Taraxacum officinale: More commonly known as Dandelion, this herbal ingredient contains bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on the liver and Digestive System. It is considered a very effective general tonic and is known to improve bile flow and reduce inflammation associated with hepatitis and Cirrhosis. Dandelion also improves Gall Bladder Functioning and helps to dissipate Gallstones. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Verbena officinalis: Also known as Vervain or Wild Hyssop, this herb is native to the Mediterranean region. Used as a hepatic (liver) remedy, it will treat inflammation of the gallbladder and is also used for jaundice. It is well-known for its ability to Relax Tension and Stress and relieve mild Depression.

(Liver Dr. contains no animal products, gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has Liver Dr. helped others?

“I have to thank you for helping me to improve my health naturally- I have been using Liver Dr. to help my liver as I am infected with Hepatitis C and I have really seen the effects. My condition is in the early stages and my main aim was to prevent the long-term problems that I know Hep C can cause like liver cancer. Amazingly, I have already noticed that my constant Aches and Pains have improved, I have more energy and my Digestive System has settled down. Thanks for a great product- I am definitely going to keep taking it!” JF, 34 years old

“Although I wouldn’t call myself a big drinker I certainly feel the effects of a few glasses of wine the morning after. Knowing I had a number of parties and functions coming up I decided to minimize the damage and give your Liver Dr. a try. Not only did I feel 100% after my nights out- I have been feeling better and more healthy overall. I am going to make your Liver Dr. a regular supplement- it’s great to enjoy a few drinks with my friends without the guilt of how I am damaging my liver or the reminder the next day!” Amy, USA

“I started taking your product when I was diagnosed with Gallstones and scheduled for Surgery. Not only did the pain and Indigestion improve within weeks but my surgeon was also dumbfounded as to how much smaller the stones seemed when he took them out! If I had realized how effective this remedy would be or had been diagnosed earlier I probably could have avoided the knife! Either way I love your Liver Dr. and just wanted you to know that.” Pam

“After years of heavy drinking and generally not taking care of his health very well, my husband had to be hospitalised for alcoholic Liver Disease. He was completely yellow and very sick for a few weeks- we were all so worried about him. When he was discharged he swore off alcohol and took a great interest in his health- understandably. He heard about your product but he had been told to stay away from all medications including herbal ones to avoid any more Liver Damage. My husband took the information from your site to his Dr who researched the ingredients and said they would be “liver friendly” and he could give the product a try. Ray has been using Liver Dr. for 3 months now and his Liver Function has improved hugely! When the test results came back I could see he was so proud of sticking to all his new healthy habits- especially his “herb drops”! Thank you so much!” A very grateful wife

How do I use Liver Dr.?

Liver Dr. comes in convenient tincture form and is diluted in water or juice.


Adults: Dilute 15 drops in about 1/4 cup water or juice three times daily.

Children over 6: One drop per age year in 1/4 cup of water or juice three times daily.

Caution: Safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Note: Use together with Immunity Plus for viral infections of the liver and/or Fatigue Fighter for chronic fatigue conditions.

It is recommended that people with Diabetes use Liver Dr. along with Insulate Plus and Triple Complex Diabetonic.

How long till I see results?

With regular use, results should be noticed within 3 – 6 weeks, although some people may respond sooner. You should begin to feel more energetic, notice improved digestion and a greater sense of well-being.

By far the most important results, however, will remain ‘unseen’, as Liver Dr. silently and effectively works to protect and condition the liver to achieve optimum health.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of Liver Dr. should last 3 – 4 weeks.

What else can help?

1. Avoid alcohol completely if you have any liver problems.
2. Quit Smoking.
3. Exercise regularly and drink plenty of water (preferably purified or still mineral water)
4. Be very careful of using any prescription or over-the-counter medications. Liver Disease can make you very susceptible to the adverse effects of medications. Even seemingly safe medications like paracetamol can be extremely toxic and damaging to the liver.
5. Avoid eating raw shellfish. These can harbor bacteria that cause severe infections in people with Liver Disease.

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