Last Modified on Jun 18, 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.
03/19/2013: Jigar from Maninagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: "My father has problem with Autoimmune Hepatitis since one year. But no medicines are working. Kindly provide some suggestion so that problem can be sorted out."Replies
10/26/2013: Joe Shmoe from Chicago replies: "Steroids to suppress the autoimmune disorder in blood or a get a Liver transplant performed."
05/17/2014: Alorah from New York: "Looking for natural ways to lower ammonia levels in blood chemistry."Replies
05/17/2014: Karen from Canada replies: "I have read that Asparagus helps to alkalinize the body due to its ammonia levels, but that's all I know. It was recommended to eat it 2 - 3 times a week."
05/18/2014: Timh from Ky replies: "Dr. Hulda Clark always recommended L-Ornithine to her patients for ammonia removal, as Amm is a common byproduct associated w/ parasites."
09/11/2013: Aparna from London, Uk: "Autoimmune hepatitis: Hi my name is Aparna. I had abnormal blood test. Also I have non alcoholic fatty liver. I have been taking milk thistle everday, drink milk with turmeric, go to gym 3 times a week, eating more salad, but still I have constipation and can't loose weight. My height is 5 feet weight 58 any sugession?"Replies
09/12/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Aparna: Try 1 grm L-Methionine plus 1000 mcg Vit-B12 daily. This combination is the single best fat burner I have encountered."
08/12/2011: John from Chicago, Il: "I am Jack 50 years old. Can anyone suggest about curing auto immune hepatitus?"
11/21/2009: Gautami from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Country: "Elevated AST and ALT after autoimmune hepatitis
Thank you very much for doing a very good service to people in suffering.I am suffering from autoimmune hepatitis. When this was diagnosed my AST, Alkaline Phosphatase and ALT levels were 1300 . I am on prednisone for the past three months. I saw a post on aspirin therapy in Earthclinic and completed that remedy also to cure any other bacterial cause for this. In spite of these measures, My Gama GT continues to be elevated (1000 ). Alkaline Phosphatase level started coming down but stays steady at 330. The Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C etc have been ruled out. MRI does not show any problem as per the doctors. There no obstructions.
Is there any other natural remedy I can try for my condition?
Thanks and regards
10/22/2009: Ramasamy from Madurai, India, Tamil Nadu: "Can you give me some home remedy to reduce Alkaline Phosphatase enzymes on the liver?
Hi, I am recently diagonised with autoimmune hepatitis and all my liver enzymes are very high. And I am taking prednisol now ( with 40 mg), but still my Alkaline Phosphatase is going on increasing. Is there any way I can reduce it ? please help me.
11/01/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "High liver enzymes is a common problem of high bacteria count in the body where the body cannot effectively reduce their numbers. Most bacteria in fact can be digested with a simple aspirin. If a person doesn't have problems with aspirin (Reyes Syndrome), the dose is 500 mg of aspirin dissoved in a 1/2 cup of water taken at 50 minute intervals for a total of four doses. It's a one day cure I used effectively against a chlamydia that resists all kinds of antibiotics, but does an excellent job against the swine flu, dengue fever to boot - all one day cures for me, at least.
If autoimmunity is a viral condition we need a separate remedy. The Shilajit humic acid. Or just humates.
P.S. Yes, aspirin digests the bacteria. Aspirin also digest the virus. Makes for very good antibiotics where these pathogen have no resistance! The secret is the hourly dose:
500 mg for adult 120 pound dose;
a 7 year old requires 250 mg.
It's very exacting or it doesnt work.
50 minutes to 1 hourly dose.
4 doses..one day cure.
A lot better than mandatory vaccinations"
03/14/2011: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "My liver enzymes AST was 60 and my ALT was 77. A little high. I have a nonalcoholic fatty liver. I saw the aspirin cure and was concerned about one thing. Aspirin is a blood thinner. Would this be a problem if I were to be in an accident or cut myself? If I stay home while I do this, how long should I wait before I go out? What kind of a controlled situation should I be under?"
03/14/2011: Kenny from Monroe, Nj, Usa replies: "Please check out the herbs phyllanthus niruri, boerhaavia diffusa and picorhiza kurroa. Used in India for thousands of years for all types of kidney and liver problems even today. It does bring the counts down quickly."
03/16/2011: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "Thank you, Kenny. I will go to the Asian market and see if they have these herbs there. I do have hyperparathyroid which effects the kidneys. Hopefully, this may kill two birds...."