Last Modified on Aug 17, 2014
Autoimmune disorders are especially complicated as they involve the body’s natural ability to fight itself. Autoimmune hepatitis is no different, but it can be treated. In addition to medical supervision, natural remedies, such as milk thistle, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar, can help restore the body’s natural functioning and treat the condition.
What Is Autoimmune Hepatitis?
Like many other autoimmune conditions, autoimmune hepatitis is characterized by chronic inflammation. However, with this illness, inflammation is situated in the liver. The condition ranges from mild to severe and may fluctuate in levels of intensity combined with relapses and remissions.
Many individuals experience no symptoms and only identify the condition following a routine blood test. Other individuals experience fatigue, loss of appetite, drowsiness, muscle aches and pains, joint sensitivity, and jaundice of the skin and eyes.
What Causes Chronic Inflammation of the Liver?
The exact cause of the condition has not yet been identified; however, research suggests that the condition is linked to certain white blood cells in combination with foreign substances in the body misreading liver cells and attacking them. This attack causes the characteristic inflammation and liver deterioration.
How Is the Condition Typically Treated?
Depending on the severity, you may or may not need treatment at all; however, you should still see a qualified professional for proper diagnosis. Depending on the severity, you may be put on a regimen of corticosteroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs to fight inflammation.
What About Natural Remedies?
You can also use natural remedies to relieve inflammation and prevent further progression of the condition. Milk thistle, turmeric, and apple cider vinegar are three of the most effective treatment options.
1. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle contains an active compound known as silymarin. This compound helps protect the liver from damage and reduces inflammation.
Turmeric contains a spicy compound known as curcumin. This compound helps cleanse the liver and energize the blood. It also helps alleviate inflammation and reduce pain.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
One cause of liver damage is too much ammonia in the blood. ACV helps alkalinize the body and reduce ammonia levels.
In addition to these natural treatments, you may also want to try Ted’s one day aspirin regimen or any of the other reader-contributed suggestions below.