Last Modified on Dec 17, 2013
Cirrhosis of the liver refers to the tough, fibrous scarring of liver tissue caused by chronic inflammation. The scarring replaces normal liver cells, but is not functional. Scarred tissue is unable to detoxify the body. The goals of cirrhosis treatment are to prevent more scar tissue from forming and to treat cirrhosis complications and symptoms (hepatitis medications, for example). Antioxidants help reduce damage from free radicals: Vitamin E (1-2000 IU daily), Vitamin C (1000 mg. 2x daily) and Selenium 200 (300 mg daily).
Natural Cirrhosis Treatment
- Avoid alcohol, smoking and eat healthy low-sodium diet with lean protein. Don't eat raw seafood. Avoid infections, aspirin and ibuprofen.
- BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) is an antioxidant derived from phenol. 350 mg. 2x daily restored liver function in a month.
- Green smoothies w/spinach, wheat-grass juice and a liver tonic.
- Ted from Bangkok, Thailand recommended: "Bleeding may be helped with vitamin K1 100 mg x 5, and vitamin K2 100 mg x 5. Liver cirrhosis needs granulated lecithin 1 teaspoon tube fed, 2x daily, and vitamin C 500 mg x 8 times a day. The best vitamin K is Glakay, 15 mg x 5 times a day, it is K2 M4, but is hard to find. The N Acetyl Cysteine non-effervescent is given 250 mg x 8 times a day, initially to detox as it is a precursor to glutathione.
- Milk Thistle (Silymarin) and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Also did wheat-grass enemas and epsom salt baths.
- Milk Thistle and Turmeric.
- German Camomile Tea, 3 cups a day. Tomato juice also good.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA)
Alpha Lipoic Acid
02/01/2013: Kim from La Verne, Ca: "I have cirrhosis of the liver, here is a list of the medications I'm currently taking:
Aciphex 20 MG TBEC 2 daily, Risperidone 0. 5 MG, Tab ZDY 2 daily, Aciphex 20 MG TBEC 2 daily, Risperidone 0. 5 MG, Tab ZDY 2 daily, Propranolol 10 MG, Tab PLIVA 2 daily, Spironolactone 25 MG Tab 2 daily, Furosemide 20 MG Tabs 1 daily, Lactulose 10 MG/15 Sol HI, 8 Sertraline 25mg daily
Can I take Alpha lipoic acid with all the other medications?"
06/09/2013: Sheshe from Wilsonville, Oregon, Usa: "Does BHT help only with Hep B & C or does it also help with alcohol induced cirrhosis?"Replies
06/10/2013: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Sheshe from Oregon, here is what S.from Sacramento reported in this forum regarding BHT and liver damage:
03/23/2012: S from Sacramento, California replies: "Hello everyone, I would like to post my results after a little over a month of BHT 2x a day 350. These results are amazing. I have normal liver function thanks to this forum. Thank you, Oscar!!
Ast 19 (13-39)
Alt 30 (7-52)
Ggt 20 (9-64)
Bilirubin total 0.2 Low (0.3-2.0)
Before I was told in 2006 that I had stage 4 liver damage due to my hepC that my counts were in the millions with this other test done by oncologist.
12/07/2013: Abigail from San Felice Circeo Italy replies: "Primary Billary Cirroshsis, Laurie from Groton, Ct . I wanted to know if Lauie's brother is still well after starting to juice as mentioned in the reply she gave to Jennifer, from South Bend In. Thanks, Abby"
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
07/10/2012: Jennifer from South Bend, In, United States: "I am 37 years old and recently diagnosed with PBC. Otherwise I am in good health. I am taking the one prescribed medication and I am responding well. It is in stage 1. I am still tired at times (more then I should be) but other then that feel ok. Does anyone have this and have any suggestions since they say "you can't get rid of this"?"Replies
07/13/2012: Laurie from Groton, Ct replies: "My brother cured cirrhosis of the liver with wheatgrass juice, green smothies w/spinach, and a liver tonic. The wheatgrass was flash frozen raw. He was getting on the transplant list but because of his acities and terrible condition none of the drs thought he would make it. He also had a condition with his kidneys that would eventually require a transplant. That has been reversed also. I hope this will help you. It didn't happen over night, But each day things got a little bit better."
08/26/2012: Lalita from Delhi, India replies: "Hi, My husband who is 56 years old is a type 2 diabetic with hypothyrodism and has been recently diagonised with Liver Cirohsis ---which is in an intial stage. He is a non alcoholic and non smoker and a vegetarian. He is otherwise very active and shows no symptoms. On routine tests of LFT, CBC and KFT we found that the CBC showed low platelets and LFT showed increased Billirubin and increased Alkaline phohsphatase.. On an ultrasound we found enlargement in spleen and hence continued the investigations to know the cause of Spleno megaly and increased AFT... Although it has been established that he has Cirohsis of Liver the score of which is 5% currently the cause of Cirohsis is still under diagnosis and should be known by this week end... For the past ten days he has been on a low salt diet and only raw vegetable juices and boiled veges for food along with home made cottage cheese - ( 100 gm ) per day and sprouts and yoghurt..... And of course no spices at all except cumin seed powder on yoghurt and a little turmeric on veges while coooking... Wanted to know more from you if you can help on the different diets that could be given and also the quantity of juice that can be consumed each time of the day. Your comment above is a great source of encouragement... And hence looking forward for help and advise... Thank you and God Bless! Lalita"
08/26/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Lalita, Please look into pranic healing. Since you are in India, you can google and find many healers who specialize in this form of healing which will help him resolve his issues. Good luck, T"
08/27/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Lalita, you seem to be doing good diet so far. Much more will be needed. Here are some web links that will help.
09/19/2012: Paul from Indianapolis, In replies: "Your doctor should give you urso. As a dietary supplement, you might want to try curcumin or milk thistle. I live in IN as well, and my wife has PBC. Take care."
05/08/2013: Haya from Toronto, Canada replies: "Dear Laurie from Groton, What type of liver tonic did your brother used? Did he have ARPKD? My douther has ARPKD, and the fact your brouther healed him self is so incoraging for us!!!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! love & health, Haya"
09/30/2012: Jessica Diaz from Bell, Ca, Los Angeles: "Hi Every One, My mother is suffering from liver cirrhosis and hepatitis C as well as water accumulation stared about 2 years ago. But about 3 to 4 months ago she stared retaining water. Shes been to the hospital once to take her fluids out, they took out about 8 to 9 liters. She was release from the hospital about two weeks... When she got back home all she wanted to do was sleep. I figure it was because she was tired and she hasen't sleep very well... She would not eat not user the restroom. This when on for about four days, on the fifth day she she was unconsious. Took her to the E. R. Found out her amonia levels were to high as well as her potacio. But now shes back to having her abdomen large PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP! I've beeen reading about milk thristle, ALA, SELENIUM. Can anybody please expalin how that works..... Were to get it? What's the dosage? I am desperate and breaking down need your help A.S.A.P."Replies
09/30/2012: Wayseeker from Modesto, Ca/ Usa replies: "Dear Jessica, I don't know about how to lower ammonia levels, etc. , but I would look up Oscar's posts on BHT for Hep C. Use the toolbar above to navigate until you find the alphabetical posts, and under "B" you'll find BHT. Read everything, and order some online, and she could try it. As other people read this, they may have additional suggestions.
Your mother in my prayers for healing (Iasis in Hebrew). --T."
10/01/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Jessica: to help the body remove ammonia take the amino acid Arginine/Ornithine as directed on label. In conjunction to the other supplements suggested to you, take a high quality whole food multivitamin. If you live close to a health food store you will find most everything there OR you can buy at any of literally hundreds of nutrition stores online. Not many hf stores carry the BHT but VitaminLife does, along with just about everything suggested here. Also, some Cranberry capsules would help the kidneys as would some Parsley; or you might find a "Kidney Formula" w/ these two herbs plus others for kidney function (this will help remove the water). Also take Liquid Liver Extract to help the body make healthy liver cells. Take everything as directed on labels and your mom should improve immediately."
05/05/2013: Tina from Taylor, Mi replies: "the Japanese use comfrey vinegar extracts for treating cirrhosis of the liver."
03/22/2012: Elena from Katy, Tx, Usa: "This is my question for Ted, or anyone who can help. My brother is in the intensive care with the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis, internal bleeding from varicose veins (1-2 stage) in the oesophagus and ascites. He is very weak (borderline unconscious) and is not able to speak.
The doctor managed to stop internal bleeding. What can be done to save his life and make a recovery?
I would appreciate any help from wonderful people of this amazing website. I need your help urgently. Thank you!"Replies
03/22/2012: Raw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Dr. Burt Berkson has had success treating severe liver disease with alpha lipoic acid IV's and LDN. Please Google Dr. Bert Berkson, cirrhosis. I tried to post the link but it is not working. Good luck."
03/22/2012: Marilyn from Milpitas, Ca replies: "Cirrhosis liver means the person needs more hydrating water to drink. 8 glasses recommended daily.
Cayenne is recommended by Dr Christopher to stop internal bleeding & external also. Make it like a tea.
1 teaspoon per cup boiled water. Let steep 5 -10 minutes & drink. For external bleeding shake powder on sore. Stops bleeding right away.
A friend of mine years ago had a bleeding stomach ulcer & drank the tea by the gallon & when he got into the drs office they told him it looked like the ulcer had been cauterized.
Hope you can help, your brother is my prayer.
03/25/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Bleeding may be helped with vitamin K1 100 mcg x 5, and vitamin K2 100 mcg x 5. Liver cirrhosis needs granulated lecithin 1 teaspoon tube fed, twice a day, and vitamin C 500 mg x 8 times a day. The best vitamin K is Glakay, 15 mg x 5 times a day, it is K2 M4, but it isn't available, generally speaking. The N Acetyl Cysteine non-effervescent is given 250 mg x 8 times a day, initally to detox as it is a precursor to glutathione.
03/28/2012: Elena from Katy, Tx replies: "Dear Ted, thank you for your answer, I have more questions for you regarding my brother condition. He is still bleeding, not much, but his stool is black. He is also suffering from brain and liver encephalopathia, pnemonia, ascites. He is in russian hospital. Doctors are using vit K3, vit C (less than you suggest), vit B complex, they refuse to use Acetylcystein because it can provoke more bleeding. They use of cause a bunch of other drugs. There is no tube because of possible bleeding, so no lecetin. We manage to find vit K1 here, no vit K2. What else can be done? Thank you. God bless you."
03/30/2012: Norm from Portland, Texas Usa replies: "I heard where someone needed a liver transplant and took milk thistle and didn't need the transplant."
04/01/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Drink some cayenne tea (steep some cayenne pepper in a cup of boiling water) wait for it to cool a bit and drink. Cayenne will stop internal bleeding."
04/05/2012: Al from Montreal, Quebec/canada replies: "Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about the conditon.. My wife has been through this 2 years ago and also was treated for a bleed.. The vein must be tied to stop the blood flow.. She hasn't had a bleed for 2 years now.. However, she does take Nadalol once daily to prevent any bleeds.. She also had to change her nutrition.. She still has ascites and must be drained every 3 months now for a few liters.. Besides this she feels great.. Of course she must eliminate 2-3 times daily to prevent the toxins from building up.. She hasn't used Lactulose for a long time now.. There are alot of follow-up blood tests.. I feel for you and hang in there..."
09/03/2011: Gerry from Tampa, Fl: "I have just been diagnosed with cirrhosis. I also have hep- C... I am a non drinker, so I was surprised.
This is my first post, as I have been looking for remedies. Is BHT O. K. For these conditions and also is juicing with beets, carrots, celery a good idea.. Thank you for reading."
08/12/2011: Janjan23 from Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines: "I'm john 23 y/o from philippines I just want ask if you have any suggestions about curing liver cirhosis.. And any herbal or alternative dewormer?because I assumed your country has similarity of my country and maybe I'll be able to find plants or herbs that you also used... Thak you sir ted
08/12/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Janjan23 from Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines:
Milk Thistle is one of the best herbs for protecting the liver.
However if there is already liver damage there are only 2 natural products that will provoke the liver into making new healthy tissue. One is tomato juice and the other is German Camomile. Drinking 3 cups of German Camomile tea each day has been shown in lab tests to cause a liver to regrow healthy liver tissue as required. In one lab test, part of a healthy liver was removed and grew back with regular ingestion of German Camomile tea."
08/12/2011: Paula from Denver, Colorado replies: "Hello - just wanted to tell you that I had a raging case of Hep C and was in need of a liver transplant. I did not take the drugs - I ate 80% organic instead - all juiced or blended foods, no meat, caffiene, no alcohol, only fresh juices and water for 3 months while taking high amounts of Milk Thistle and Alpha Lipoic Acid. I also had weekly colon-hydro-therapy (you can all do wheat grass enemas and take epsom salt baths) Within 3 months my liver started to repair and although some people call it "remission" - I have no symptoms of a cirrotic liver, no pain and no viral load when blood is tested... I continue to take the alpha and Milk Thistle and get massage and have regular colonics to de-worm and detox."
08/29/2011: Vincent from Boise, Idaho replies: "Would you please elaborate with regard to "juiced and blended foods"... I don't understand... Thank you"
02/11/2011: Raj from Princeton, Nj: "Any tips for those in early stages of liver cirrhosis?"Replies
02/11/2011: Karl from Vienna, Austria replies: "Hi Raj, Try milk thistle and tumeric. Both herbs have great antioxidative effects. If they cannot cure your cirrhosis they might stop progression of the disease.
Best wishes, Karl"
02/25/2012: Keith from Merced, California replies: "There's a product all over the internet called Liv-52 which claims to have 277 clinical trials and in some articles claims to cure liver disease. Myself, my brother and a friend have had good improvement within 3-4 weeks. The product is watered down some and called LiverCare for the US market. If you use the US version... I take a little more to bring it back up to the international dose. Google it and check it out. It's not exspensive either. Get the capsules not the pills."
03/11/2013: Steve from Dallas, Tx replies: "Hi all, I've read few times about the ALA positive effect on cirrhosis, is it ok if I use a sustained formula of Alpha Lipoic with Biotin instead of the R-ALA ...I've read pretty good reviews about the sustained formula online or should I just go back and get the R-ALA... Thanks much, Steve"
03/12/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Steve: Either will certainly make a difference, but the R-Fraction is marketed as the most potent. Not familiar w/ the Biotin+ ALA, although Complete B is recommended for any liver disorders. Personally, I have been getting better results by pre-dosing MSM (3gms) 30 minutes prior to ALA."