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The liver produces bile which aids food digestion and makes the faeces brown. It metabolises proteins and carbohydrates, and helps to regulate the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. It stores and metabolises fats. It also produces blood-clotting chemicals. It synthesises vitamin
A and stores it together with vitamin B12, D and K. It removes drug poisons and worn-out red blood cells from the bloodstream. Because the liver is such a complex organ, it has a vast number of possible disorders. Inflammation of the liver is called hepatitis. Infectious hepatitis A is caused by a virus transmitted by food and drink. Serum hepatitis B is spread by sexual intercourse and infected blood and blood products. Cirrhosis, in which scar tissue replaces dead or injured liver cells has several causes, including alcoholism, hepatitis, blockage of the common bile duct by gallstone, disorder of the immune system and chornic heart failure.
Warming If you suspect any liver disorder consult your doctor before a course of alternative treatment.
Blood clotting, hepatitis, chornic heart failure
Patients with hepatitis A are advised to rest, eat little or fat-free diet and to take plenty of fluids. Pay careful attention to hygiene. An injection of gamma globulin before going to high-risk areas gives some protection against hepatitis A. Corticosteroids may reduce the inflammation in cases of hepatitis B. The disease can be prevented by immunisation. There is no cure for cirrhosis, but it can be halted by removal of the cause.
An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info