Cirrhosis Treatment

Last Modified on Oct 22, 2014

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)

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Alpha Lipoic Acid   0  0   

Posted by Kim (La Verne, Ca) on 02/01/2013

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?

BHT   0  0   

Posted by Sheshe (Wilsonville, Oregon, Usa) on 06/09/2013

Does BHT help only with Hep B & C or does it also help with alcohol induced cirrhosis?

Posted by Oscar
Syracuse, New York, Usa
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.


Posted by Abigail
San Felice Circeo Italy
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

NAFLD Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Dr. Burt (United States) on 03/20/2014

My cousin Kirk has N.A.F.L.D non alcoholic cirrhosis he has been told by a very well known big hospital that he was defiantly a candidate for a liver transplant but that his insurance was not good enough & even if they did the surgery he wouldn't be able to afford the drugs after. Now he has been in their local hospital for a blood clot in his shoulder & artery in his neck, it was determined that it would be too dangerous to be removed & was put in rehab, but he signed himself out & said that if he was going to die he wanted to die at home he is that far into his disease. Could the remedies you suggest help him at this late stage of his disease?

Posted by Mike62
Burt: Yes he can. There are famous stories of many people who have recovered from deaths door. The reason is easy. He doesn't have a disease. He has a condition. Wild herbivores don't have conditions because they eat raw organic vegetation. Wild carnivores don't have conditions because they eat raw green fed herbivores. His condition is caused by eating cooked conventionally grown food. Eating right changes the condition from getting worse to getting better in seconds. This may seem hard to believe but all he needs to do is improve the gut. The cells in the gut require the same nutrients as the rest of the body. Let's suppose the gut is in the worst shape imaginable. He is going to need probiotics that make it through the stomach acid. There is one on Amazon that has the most favorable reviews. Oxy powder gets rid of the crusted gunk that prevents nutrients from entering the blood and where pathogens hide behind. He needs parasite cleanse. The three herbs are wormwood, clove, and black walnut hulls. Crushed papaya seeds, papaya, and pineapple are good. Make green smoothies from organic baby leaves and organic chili. This is not a diet. He has to take a lot with water frequently. Every 2 hours would be good. Organic strawberries are the best fruit. Desiccated liver is the best meat. Expeller pressed coconut oil and black chia seeds are the best fats. Activated barley is the best carb. Keep fat below 5%/g of carbs. Non denatured whey is the best protein. Hawaiian spirulina, chlorella, and raw cocoa powder are the best super foods. Take 2g/4x/day colostrum and 1ml/4x/day skate liver oil. Make sure he takes all of the items or he'll mis required nutrients.
Posted by Chris
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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis   0  0   

Posted by Jennifer (South Bend, In, United States) on 07/10/2012

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"?

Posted by Laurie
Groton, Ct
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.
Posted by Lalita
Delhi, India
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
Posted by Tina
Houston, Usa
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
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1295 Posts
Lalita, you seem to be doing good diet so far. Much more will be needed. Here are some web links that will help.

Posted by Paul
Indianapolis, In
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.
Posted by Haya
Toronto, Canada
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

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Jsmitty77 (Slc, Ut) on 10/17/2014

Hello, my boyfriend has cirrhosis of the liver due to alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency. A year ago he was on his death bed, only to find this out. In November he had a stint put in which has helped him immensely! The only problem is he gets ammonia on the brain and takes quite a lot of meds. His MELD score is now too low to qualify for a transplant. Once one has reached this point is there anyway to reverse it? Also, how effective could MSM and or DMSO be for his liver?

Thank you in advance!! Jessica

Posted by Anne
Jessica, my husband is in a similar situation. Alpha 1, low MELD, just had the TIPS done yesterday. I have found that alpha's usually have low MELD even if they are very sick.... there's a couple alpha 1 groups on Facebook... can you find us there or email me. I've just gotten in contact with a couple others... there aren't many, as it's such a rare cause. Anne

Posted by Jessica Diaz (Bell, Ca, Los Angeles) on 09/30/2012

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.

Posted by Wayseeker
Modesto, Ca/ Usa
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.

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1295 Posts
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.
Posted by Tina
Taylor, Mi
the Japanese use comfrey vinegar extracts for treating cirrhosis of the liver.
Posted by Elouise Jones
Fullerton Ca
2 Posts
Jessica how is your mom now and what did you all use????

Posted by Elena (Katy, Tx, Usa) on 03/22/2012

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!

Posted by Raw
Uniontown, Oh
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.
Posted by Marilyn
Milpitas, Ca
2 Posts
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.


Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
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.


Posted by Elena
Katy, Tx
4 Posts
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.
Posted by Norm
Portland, Texas Usa
I heard where someone needed a liver transplant and took milk thistle and didn't need the transplant.
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
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.
Posted by Al
Montreal, Quebec/canada
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...

Posted by Gerry (Tampa, Fl) on 09/03/2011

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.

Posted by Janjan23 (Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines) on 08/12/2011

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


Posted by Jay
Toronto, Ont, Canada
64 Posts
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.

Posted by Paula
Denver, Colorado
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.
Posted by Vincent
Boise, Idaho
Would you please elaborate with regard to "juiced and blended foods"... I don't understand... Thank you

Posted by Raj (Princeton, Nj) on 02/11/2011

Any tips for those in early stages of liver cirrhosis?

Posted by Karl
Vienna, Austria
5 Posts
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

Posted by Keith
Merced, California
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.
Posted by Steve
Dallas, Tx
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
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1295 Posts
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.

Serrapeptase   0  0   

Posted by Eva (California, US) on 10/10/2014

A friend of mine was just diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis and fatty liver. Would Serrapeptase help with both? Does anyone have experience with it? What else should she take? Do the recommended supplements work with it?

Posted by Timh
1295 Posts
Yes, take the Serra or Nattozymes to remove the scar tissue. The Lipotropic nutrients B-Complex, Carnatine, Lecithin/Choline, Methionine & B-12 will remove the fat. Doing these remedies simultaneously is very important so as to allow healthy liver cells to repopulate those areas of former "dead space".

Oh, it is also very important to explore the likely possibility of gallstones (which can cause the fatty liver which causes fibrosis). Taking any kind of medicine which is hepatotoxic with the presence of gallstones greatly increases the likelihood of disease.

Inflammation is also a major problem with fibrosis. Use a strong magnet directly over the liver to reduce inflammation.


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