Of all the organs in our body the liver is the most easily regenerated. It completely replaces itself every seven years making it the longest organ to regenerate. When patients ask me if their liver will ever fully recover I inform them that provided they manage to stay alive and do everything they can with herbs and diet that in seven years they will have a totally new and healthy liver.
The list of the liver’s many jobs is extensive. It is a metabolic powerhouse of detoxification, chemical organisation, and regeneration. It actually performs a staggering 500 functions in the body. No wonder it weighs 3 lbs.
All of the blood leaving the stomach and intestines pass through the liver. In fact, at any given moment, our liver is holding 13% of our body’s blood supply.
The liver is responsible for breaking down old and damaged blood cells. Specifically, it clears bilirubin (a by-product of the breakdown of haemoglobin). Its accumulation will turn the skin and eyes yellow, which is recognized as jaundice and indicative of liver failure.
It also converts ammonia- an end product of protein metabolism which is toxic in the bloodstream- to urea. Urea is less toxic and is carried by blood to the kidneys where it is diluted with water and leaves the body in the form of urine. The liver metabolizes drugs and other chemical substances.
Foods to promote a healthy liver
The most important foods are garlic, grapefruit, green tea, and green vegetables.
Herbs which are good for our liver and gallbladder
An ailing liver is rejuvenated by the Ayurvedic herb Punarnava. This herb also detoxifies the liver as does the herb cat’s claw.
Milk thistle is excellent for the liver and improving its general health. Along with Bilberries and the medicinal mushroom Grifola, can be used for fatty degeneration of the liver. It is even applicable for use with liver cirrhosis, along with dandelion leaf and cat’s claw.
If you are unlucky enough to develop gall stones garlic oil is very helpful. Also shitarke mushrooms Assuming they aren’t too large, a way of flushing them out is by using 2 tbsn olive oil with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. The addition of magnesium citrate 300mg per day will help relax the bile ducts. Herbs like Fringe tree will help liquefy the bile. All hard fats need to be avoided and eat more vegetables, nuts, seeds, oily fish etc.
If your stones are too large to be flushed out, they will need to be softened first. The link below will take you through step by step how to naturally remove them without having to resort to surgery.
For chronic (long term) gall bladder complaints I like to use Century. This is a native herb and nice and gentle in its astringent action. It can also be used to stimulate and remove gall bladder obstructions along with Greater Celandine. The Ayurvedic herb Wahoo is good for gall bladder tension and motherwort can be used for any spasmodic pain.