LIVING WITH HEPATITIS -- Staying Healthy

Herbs and Supplements

There is little western scientific evidence that herbs have anti-viral properties or impact the progression of hepatitis in any way.

Yet, the use of plants for medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years -- and many people believe that herbal remedies have helped them remain healthy.

Before deciding to use any herbal remedy or supplement, however, please consult your doctor first. Many herbs and supplements can damage the liver.

Problems using herbal remedies include:

  • Some herbs can be toxic or cause adverse effects.
  • Dosage and quality is inconsistent.
  • Poor labeling from manufacturers.
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  • Treatment plans are often poorly supervised and follow-up monitoring of the therapy with lab tests is often neglected.
  • Undue reliance could lead to neglect of measures directed at health maintenance.
  • Failure to disclosure use of herbal medicines to your doctor could lead to failure to diagnose adverse drug reactions, or to interactions with conventional drugs.

But with those caveats, here are some herbs and supplements used by a number of persons with hepatitis B and C.

Major herbs and supplements for hepatitis

Herbs & Supplements Anti-Viral Immune Support Anti-Inflam. Anti-Cancer
Milk Thistle*
x
Echinacea
x
x
St. John Wort
x
x
Garlic
x
x
Ginger
x
x
Turmeric
x
x
Selenium
x
x
x
Vitamin C
x
x
Vitamin E*
x
x
Co Q10
x
x
Green Tea
x
x
Zinc
x
Shitake
x
x
Reishi
x
x
x
x
Olive Leaf
x
Liponic acid
x

*Milk Thistle has liver-protective and anti-fibrotic properties. Vitamin E has anti-fibrotic properties.

Important Chinese herbs for hepatitis

Chinese Herbs
Anti-Viral
Immune Support
Anti-Inflam.
Anti-Cancer
Schizandra
x
x
Licorice
x
x
x
Salvia
x
x
Astragalus
x
x
x
Bupleurum
x
x
x
Andrographis
x
x
x

Natural interferon boosters:

Studies indicate that many natural substances can activate the body's own production of interferon. Interferons are proteins normally produced by the body's immune system in response to a viral infection. These proteins are designed to help the immune system kill the virus. Some better known natural interferon boosters are: echinacea, ginger, Co Q10, maitake mushroom, astragalus and bupleurum.

Antioxidants:

Antioxidants prevent free radical damage to cells and are useful for immune support. Leading antioxidants include: vitamins C & E, selenium, milk thistle, turmeric, green tea, ginger, Co Q10 and alpha liponic acid.

Other herbs:

Other herbs recommended by many for good liver health include: artichoke, dandelion, germanium, burdock, ginseng, red clover, black radish and the Chinese herb picrorrhiza.

Toxic Herbs:

There are a number of herbs that are toxic to the liver. These include: barberry, comfrey, golden ragwort, mistletoe, pennyroyal, sassafras, skullcap, senna, valerian, germander, wood sage, hops, gentian, chaparral and nutmeg.


All information provided in this site is offered for educational purposes only, and it is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult your own physician or healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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