Natural Cures for Liver Damage

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What Causes Liver Damage?

The Liver is located on the right side of the abdomen, just below the rib cage, and is crucial for digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and eliminating toxins from the body. Some people are genetically prone to liver trouble, but many liver problems are as a result of viruses or chemicals causing damage. Common afflictions of the liver are hepatitis (A, B, C, D, E), alcohol damage, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer, and liver damage from acetaminophen.

People who are exposed to others' blood and bodily fluids, have body piercings, have diabetes, use alcohol heavily, are on prescription medications, share needles, are obese, or have tattoos are at risk for liver damage. Symptoms of liver damage include jaundice or a yellowing of the skin and eyes, abdominal pain and swelling, itchy skin, dark urine coloring, pale stool coloring, chronic fatigue, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Treat Liver Damage Symptoms with Folk Medicine

On this page you can find a number of different user submitted natural remedies for liver damage. Some of our popular home cures for liver damage are castor oil, coconut oil, turmeric, and a garlic tea recipe. In addition, we have a number of discussions concerning dietary suggestions and detox options for your liver. Let us know what you try and how it works for you; and if you know a remedy that's not yet listed here, please don't hesitate to share it with us.

ALA, Milk Thistle

Posted by Walter A. (Australia) on 02/04/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My GGT in liver blood tests were 400 u/l. After taking ALA and Milk Thistle, they have dropped to below 90 u/l in 6 months.

Replied by Ann

What is ALA please? How many mg did you take of ALA & Milk Thistle? Thank you

ALA, Selenium, Milk Thistle

Posted by Lynn (Alvin, Texas) on 11/08/2013

My husband was diagnosed with fatty liver; started routine of ALA, selenium, milk thistle 2 weeks now; also suffers from nausea, dry heaves. Any idea of a projected time for any improvement or is that just a futile wish on my part? Acites is horrible, 9 liters removed last time; the water pills are not working

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Lynn: Definitely add SAM-e to the protocol your currently using. L-Carnitine is also indicated for fatty liver. This should help.

Replied by Art

The following abstracts may be applicable for your husbands condition and gives an approximation of an expected response time.

Melatonin is liver protective and is naturally produced by the body, but production declines as we age.

Melatonin also helps protect the stomach.

Melatonin has a very good safety profile.


Replied by Steve

I went through something similar with nausea and some chest pain as well. Liver flushes and coffee enemas are the fastest cure for fatty liver and nausea. It may take doing a few of them to get the best results.

Replied by Lynn
Alvin, Texas

Fatty liver and ALA: I need more information about ALA and selenium; how do we know it is working? Will normal liver enzymes show up in a blood panel test in a few months? Am just flying blind here...

Replied by Corky


I was also diagnosed with fatty liver disease, and found the thing that helped me the most is organic, non-GMO soy lecithin granules. I took 2 teaspoons in the morning for two days and the liver discomfort was gone. I also added milk thistle, ALA and Selenium after a while along with ACV. I have only minor occasional discomfort now, usually when I eat too many bad foods.

Replied by John
United States

Look up gerson therapy.

Replied by William
Nc, US

I am using the plan with ALA and Milk thistle on my father who got his liver damaged from a dose of chemo therapy while his bioduct stent was clogged and it damaged his liver and kidneys.

We are having problems with him swallowing pills and I need to know if it is safe to take the contents of the ALA out of the capsule and put it in something like applesauce for him to take.

Please Help, William

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear William, We have done this with many different supplements for my children, though we have never used ALA. Since the medicine will still be going straight to the stomach, it seems like it should be fine. ~Mama to Many~

Replied by William Rossell
North Carolina, US

OK next question

I have read a lot on the Budwig diet and I got the book.

??? Is it safe to do the Flax seed oil and cottage cheese plan along with doing the ALA , SAMe , L Carnatine, Milk thistle and the other item that were mentioned????

Hardest thing to get under control is my fathers Sodium level dropping toooo low and the retention of fluids.

Need some good advise, Doctors are not helping anymore they have given up on my father. Can't understand it his blood pressure is great and heart is in great shape along with his lungs.

Replied by Rocky
Washington, US

Reishi Mushroom Tea

Replied by Pony
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

I was diagnosed with Hep-C in November 2014.

I have been taking Goldenseal and everyday detox liver tea simmer together with honey, lemon is good too. Milk Thistle as well. I take Echineacha 400 mg 2 caps daily to build your immune system to help fight the virus.. I am feeling better. I have always done natural remedys/herbs all of my life..The hot tea settles smoothly in my body and I am not nauseated when I keep drinking it.

Replied by Barb
Fl, Usa

First off, Ascites isn't cancer, it's the fluid leaking out of the damaged blood vessels and spilling the liquid into the surrounding tissue......

Secondly, STOP EATING ANIMAL PRODUCTS. Use a whole food diet of plant based materials and fresh/natural/organic/etc foods. Don't eat things from packages. Shop the outside edge of the supermarket and stock up on fruits and veggies. Limit salt to no more than 2,000 mg a day. It's hard when eating processed food, just to warn ya!

Thirdly, Supplements are great. Sam-e, seleium, milk thistle, vit C. Drinking hot (warm) lemon water first thing out of bed is great. Also coffee enemas are helpful, but graphic. I tend to stay away.

Fourthly, I'm no doctor. I'm telling you what worked for me!

Replied by The Dane Man

Anyone have an opinion on food grade 35% hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or borax?

Replied by Lberry
1 out of 5 stars

Ascities is NOT stomach cancer. It is the accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, causing abdominal swelling. Please do not scare people with your false information.

Replied by Dave
Wichita, Ks

Green juices are the only way to help the liver to start healing itself. Then, milk thistle and raw garlic after stress is taken off liver and healing has begun.

Replied by Pati

Oh my gosh. Ascites is definitely not terminal stomach cancer. PLEASE do not listen to any of these people and get your own information from MEDICAL sites, not random people.

Replied by Jerry
Sugar Land Texas

Melatonin can irritate the stomach, check warnings first.

Replied by Jerry R.
Sugar Land, Texas

I've read many articles about melatonin, it can cause irritation to the stomach...all of you check your facts.

Replied by Art
768 posts

In reply to Jerry R. (Sugar Land, Texas),

Yes, checking facts is important! Melatonin is on my list of very useful supplements for multiple health issues. Here are several abstracts and studies on melatonin suggesting it is gastroprotective among many other health benefits. Something that might be expected from a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body:


Alkalizing the Blood

Posted by Martin (Miami, Florida) on 12/14/2013

Do you have a cure for renal failure? I know one has to alkalize the blood. I need to know how.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Martin,

You say you are looking for alkalizing formulas...the how to do it...just go to "Remedies" on Earth Clinic and under "A" you'll find alkalizing formulas...all Ted's stuff. I know this renal failure issue is frightening but keep up the fight and never quit looking and trying out solutions.

Replied by Beth
Happytown, Usa

1/2-1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 hr before meals and bed.

Replied by Kat
South Africa

What does the baking soda help for?

Replied by Jonathan

Baking soda is not advised just before meals as it is highly alkaline and therefore interferes with stomach acids required for good digestion.

Replied by Azna Dharini

Sorry, I just saw this post. I am not sure if after seven years, Martin is still interested in something to treat renal failure.

Cleansing of the colon first, followed by cleansing of either the liver or bladder/kidneys. Colon cleansing has to be done first, before cleansing any of the other organs of elimination. Since we absorb so many toxins through the air, water, environment, etc., doing a colon cleanse, followed by a liver cleanse, kidney/bladder cleanse once a season, four times a year, can be extremely beneficial for our health. This applies to everyone, regardless of where we are living. We could be living on an island far away from civilization and we still are going to have to cleanse our organs of elimination due to the prevalence of toxins in the atmosphere, etc. An organic only, whole-foods, unprocessed, vegan, plant-based diet is extremely helpful.

A raw vegan diet consisting of high-raw foods is even more beneficial. Drinking organic greens juices and organic vegetable juices in the morning, along with organic green smoothies.

Do not eat anything between 4:00am and 12:00pm other than organic fruit, or drinking organic vegetable juices or drinking green smoothies. This is because our bodies go through an elimination cycle at this time. Do not eat after 7:00pm.

See herb doc for more info.

Replied by Joseph

Your post on this subject is very instructive. I am suffering from hepatitis B infection. I tried alpha lipoic acid and milk thistle but each time I take them, I come down with serious abdominal pain. I had to stop the medication. But I am afraid that my liver is at risk. Advice me before please.

Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium, Milk Thistle

Posted by Puneeth (Hyderabad, Ap/india) on 09/23/2012

Hi Every One, My Father is suffering from Liver cirrhosis and water accumulation started an year back. Since an year the water was suctioned for 7 times and Doctors now tell Liver transplant is the only way out. I cant take him to DR Berkson as I am from India. Can you help me with the dosages of ALA, selenium and milk thistle as well as any way out any any exists. I am emotionally down and need you help ASAP.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Puneeth... Normally the Berkson protocol also includes ALA by IV several times a month, but his essential internal protocol is the following:

ALA -- 300 mgs taken twice a day at mealtimes.
Selenium -- 200 micrograms taken twice a day with meals.
Milk Thistle -- 900 mgs taken twice a day at meals.

Dr Berkson also uses Low Dose Naltrexone, Cysteine and a full vitamin and mineral protocol as well in his remedy. Also taking all the B vitamins daily is important because ALA tends to use up the B vitamns in the body. And if you can't go to Dr Berkson's Clinic in New Mexico, then perhaps your local doctor in India can just contact him by email or phone to find out the exact details of how he administers ALA by IV so that your local doctor can do the IV procedure for your father locally in India. Here is Dr Berksons webstite:

Replied by Wayseeker
Modesto, Ca/ Usa

Have you looked into BHT? It could really help with this condition, according to results people are getting. But, I think it isn't as effective when used with milk thistle extract, as I recall. --T.

Replied by Puneeth
Hyderabad, Ap/india

Hi Bill, Thanks for you reply. Have some quick question regarding the dosage of Milk Thistle. is it 900mg per day or 900 X 2 per day?

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Puneeth... The dosage for Milk Thistle is 900 mgs which is taken twice a day. The total dosage per day is 1800 mgs.

Replied by Reggie
Secunderabad. Andhra Pradesh, India, Andhra Prades

Dear Friends, My wife is 53 years old and is suffering from liver cirrhosis. She has been in hospital for times and is now back at home. She has become very weak and requires help to be walk to the toilet, dining table etc. The doctors have said that she should undergo a liver transplant and it is frightfully expensive 20 Lakh Rupees and there is no gurantee if the operation wil be successful.

I am very worried for her. We have two small children (twin) girls of age 9 and I would have to sell everything that I have to put up for the operation. Also since she is soo weak, I am not sure if she they would be able to do a operation.

I have seen a Mail from Punneth who lives in Hyderabad and his father had a problem with his liver. Would want to know how if he got cured and also as to how to get ALA and the rest of the suggested remidial medicines.

Would greatly appreciate your help and advice.


Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

Dear Reggie from India, There have been some people reporting success with BHT [ butylated hydroxytoluene ] for advanced cases of liver damage. As sick as your wife is, she needs to use caution if she chooses to try this treatment. By that I mean start out with a very low dose of BHT and slowly work up to the larger doses discussed here and elsewhere. I would think no more than 50mg of BHT per day and over a week ramp up the dose used to 250mg of BHT per day. See how she does at 250mg per day for at least two weeks to see how it effects her. If her condition gets worse always lower the dose of BHT used. Here is what S. From Sacramento has to say about BHT and advanced liver disease as reported here in this forum:

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!!

> > Now
> > 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."

I think this BHT treatment just might work for your wife also because of BHT`s proven and well documented ability to deactivate harmful chemical entities know as free radicals and reactive oxygen species. These harmful chemical entities are assoociated with liver damage and play a big role in causing such damage. The BHT has worked for S. From Sacramento and some others with very damaged livers also. Of course I can NOT guarantee success. But from what you have reported your wife is running out of other options....Oscar

Replied by Reggie
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dear Oscar, Thank You for your reply. My wife has been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis grade II. She has never ever had alcohol in her life. Please let me know as to how does one get the BHT as recommended by you, in India. Is there a place that I can purchase this medicine from in India? Appreciate your reply. Regards, Reggie

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

Dear Reggie from India, Here is the website of a company that claims to be a " Worldwide Distributor " of BHT and other health supplements:

If for any reason that company does not sell to India try a google search to find one that does.

Also, do you know the cause of your wife`s cirrhosis ? What have the doctors told you the cause of your wife`s cirrhosis is ? I am surprised that these doctors are talking about a liver transplant for someone with stage 2 liver cirrhosis. Though obviously any cirrhosis is not good, stage 2 is not as bad as stage 4. Stage 4 is where S. From Sacramento was when he or she pulled through, got well with this BHT treatment. So don`t get so discouraged. I think there is a very good chance your wife can recover and am hoping this BHT can help her a lot. She should also be taking some vitamin B12 in a dose of 1mg per day. Vitamin B12 is sold in micrograms [ mcg ] dosages. One mg is the same as 1,000mcg. So do not confuse that. She wants to be taking 1,000mcg [ micrograms ] of vitamin B12 per day. Some vitamin C will also help. I think 500mg of vitamin C is a safe and effective dose to take. Also, a low fat diet is recommended for people with liver disease. Eating a healthy diet with some moderate use of vitamins can go a long ways in helping people with liver disease. If she has hepatitis vitamin E supplements should NOT be taken. Does your wife have hepatitis ? Has she been tested for hepatitis B and C or not ? It is important to know what caused this cirrhosis of her liver to occur. The BHT can also help a lot with hepatitis B and C. Give the BHT a try along with the vitamins I discussed. 250mg of BHT with water on an empty stomach has worked for many people. If she tolerates that dosage well it may help to go to the two doses of BHT per day. But only if she tolerates the one dose per day with no problems. There is THE NEW BHT CURES GROUP if you wish to join. I am a moderator there and there are other people there focusing on helping people with liver disease. Here is that website:

Stay in touch and keep this forum updated on your wife`s condition. I very much hope this BHT treatment works as well for your wife as it has for many other people. Sincerely, ...Oscar

Replied by Baldev
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Hi Raggie, I am in Mumbai and I had procured BHT some time ago and it is for " LAB USE ONLY ". If Oscar could confirm for it's use, and if you have some one to collect it from me, I will be more than happy to give it. Baldev (09322887066)

Replied by Reggie
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh India

Dear Mr Baldev, Thank You So Much, Shall call and speak with you and also shall make arrangements for some one to collect it from you.

Dear Oscar, My wife was tested for Hepatitis B&C and it was negative. The doctors do not know as to what is the cause of the Cirrhosis. One Gastro doctor who we were consulting said that it could be due to fatty liver. I will surely join the group and keep you updated about the health of my wife. I will definitely like to use your recommendation as mentioned in your mail.

Thank You So Much

Replied by Mike Giller
Denver, Colorado

dear reggie I have been reading the desperate lamentations for your wife for some time and I feel as though I may be of some assistance I dont mean to come across as a prosecutor who is condemning you but you have to consider that whatever you have been doing is not effective the food you are eating going to the hospital talking to doctors 6 years ago I did the same things 1 indians tend to over cook their foods inactivating the medicinal properties in the spices 2 grains beans peas and lentils dont want to be food they want to be a plant herbivores eat them during the summer when they are growing after they mature the plant makes toxins called leptins that poison whoever eats them scientists have discovered this while doing research in labs when they are growing the toxins would interfere with the growth

3 paleontologists have discovered in sites all over the world that when our hunter gatherer ancestors changed over to agriculture the bones declined 4 an accumlation of free radical damage 5 every day some tissues are being replaced when we dont get enough nutrients the organs get smaller and weaker the tissues require oils proteins and nutrients 6 dieting is for fat people not for sick people sick people tend to diet they need the strength to get well 7 taking 4 or 5 or 40 or 50 grams of remedies is not going to fix eating 4 or 500 grams of bad food the wrong way these are the solutions 1 organic india began over 20 years ago with 10 farms today they have over 200, 000 get some of their produce the best vegetable is baby leaves because they contain growth factors the best fruit are berries grind them up in the blender with 1 gallon of water take 1 cup every hour if they dont have them get whatever raw organic produce you can 2 the dosage is not tied to the day but to the water the more water she drinks the more dosages she can take like washing clothes not enough water and the clothes dont get clean if she gets bad detox reactions reduce the dosage and maintain or increase the water the phytochemicals in the organic fruits and vegetables kill the bad guys the acids attach to the bad stuff and the water washes them away 3 to the 1 gallon of water add 4 grams of sun dried sea salt or himalayan salt add 4 grams dead sea salt if you can get it add cayenne powder or raw fresh organic chilis have her chew raw organic whole root turmeric let that dissolve through her gums 4 to rebuild the tissues she is going to need efas and proteins take 15 grams a day of organic cold pressed flax oil with 15 grams a day of organic coconut oil taken together in divided dosages the wall of every cell is made from the efas 3 6 9 too much 9 cause hardening of the arteries too much 6 causes them to become brittle too little 3 is what most people have if you cannot get the flax oil it is very important that you get omega 3s not from fish that is for another purpose but from plants 5 the proteins that give strength to the tissues are called bioactive bcaas with their cofactors the best and easiest and most affordable is nondenatured microfiltered whey protein either concentrate or isolate the protein in mothers milk is 60% this type of protein if you can get this have her take 60 grams a day in divided doses with the organic fruits and vegetables and water do not buy any whey protein that does not say non or undenatured because it wont work if you cannot get this get raw yogurt from grass fed organic cows or goats the fermentation increases the bioactive bcaas if you cannot get this get try to get some raw proteins from somewhere 60 grams a day she is going to need these types of proteins to rebuild her liver and other tissues raw sprouted and fermented plant proteins contain these type of proteins

7 to recap the phytochemicals in the raw organic produce kill the bad guys and provide free radical protection the acids in the raw organic produce attach to the bad stuff the water washes it away the oils 3 6 9 and the bioactive bcaas with their cofactors rebuild the small and weak liver and other tissues 1 more idea the very best and easiest remedy you can take is eggs from pastured hens eaten raw not grinded up in the blender or stirred with a fork crack the yolk with her teeth the yolk should be firm and orange if the yolk is soft and yellow do not buy them these types of eggs when taken raw provide all the oils and proteins including the bioactive bcaas with their cofactors and nutrients because the egg turns into an animal take 1 every hour another idea that is very easy is colostrum that too needs to be dissolved through the gums like raw organic whole root turmeric because it is not absorbed through the digestive tract make sure you purchase the colostrum from a reputable company because it has to be prepared perfectly from start to finish another good idea is that if you can get the superfoods shipped there they are extremely beneficial hawaiin spirulina do not get the one from india because it is contaminated japanese or south korean chlorella raw organic cocoa powder dessicated liver would be very beneficial also raw fermented cod and skate liver oils another good idea would be to get raw liver from organic grass fed cows eat that raw it tastes bad but is very beneficial I hope that what I have told you cures your beloved wife for carbs take raw honey and sun dried organic sugar called succanet do not eat any cooked food except organic tomatoes for the lycopene.

Replied by Reggie
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh India

Dear Mike, Thank You so much for writing in. Shall surely use your input. Shall keep you and the team posted about her progress. Regards, Reggie

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand

Dear Reggie, I have great sympathy for your wife's predicament and I'm sure she has had numerous tests to find out why she has cirrhosis, but possible that an iron storage disorder could be implicated. Apparently, severe liver damage occurs above ferritin levels of 1000.

Replied by Mr. Ree

My liver enzymes were each close to 200. I had 5 monthly phlebotomies since last winter and my enzymes are 46 and 75 and still going down... It takes iron out of your system and your liver is happier... Plus brand new blood... and no drugs involved...

Replied by Sandy
Naperville, Chicago

Hello Reggie,

What kind of medicines you need from USA? and which you do not get in India. Please let me know, I can send it. My friend's parents are coming to Hyderabad on 3rd October. I can buy it here and send it to you. Please reply immediately.

Replied by Roy
5 out of 5 stars

Its worth while googling RSO Rick Simpson Oil and cancer. If you are in India then finding the ingredients to make some oil or at least some cannabis butter. many 'terminal patients' who'd been sent home to die by their doctors have had the cancer completely clear up By putting drop of oil under their tongue a few times a day. Amazing results!

I have HCV and my liver has been thru a lot over the years but I've also been fasting and juicing regularly for 3 decades. Which maybe why I'm still alive when many of my old friends aren't. Sadly where I live it's very illegal to use cannabis oil.

I recommend taking some turmeric everyday and selenium, milk thistle, and ALA if u can get some (I mix a drink everyday of turmeric cinnamon cayenne black pepper and flaxseed oil in water or freshly juiced veg which goes down very nicely and can feel it doing good inside) best of luck to you both.

Replied by Mike
Rocklin, Ca

If you are still looking for it, you can get it off eBay, Amazon, or online in general. I mean let me know what's up.

Replied by Sammy
Georgia, US

I'm currently taking milk thistle and Lotrel for high blood pressure. Will this interfere if I start on the BHT regimen? Thanks

Replied by Jamie
San Diego

hi my name is Jamie and my brother has A.L.L leukemia and after about 8 rounds of chemo he now has liver damage and kidney problems. I have been reading about the A.L.A milk thistle and selenium and would like to know if we can treat him with this combination will the fact that he has leukemia change anything and if I can give him this combination, what is the does please help of yesterday the hospital he is in is saying there is nothing else they can do for him.

I am leaving to go to him tomorrow and I have gotten the selenium 200mcg the milk thistle in 1300 mg and the A.L.A in 600 mg please let me know asap thank you.

Replied by Elaine

I would certainly try it. See also castor oil packs on this site. Very helpful for the liver.

Replied by Serlinia

Hi Bill, Where can I buy milk thistle in the Philippines?

Posted by Peter (Seattle, Wa., Usa) on 10/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Alpha Lipoic Acid, along with selenium and milk thistle are a very helpful treatment for liver problems includidng cirrhosis. Burt Berkson, M. D, Ph. D., of Las Cruces, New Mexico has been treating patient with it for decades and has written a book and several monographs on the subject. I was very ill from cirrhosis, had severe ascites, could not walk witihout a cane--and only then a few yards-- and told I had to have a liver transplant or I would be dead in a month or two.

I began taking these subtances orally (600 mg. ALA with breakfast, 300 with dinner, along with selenium and milk thistle) annd immediately began to improve. I then went to Dr. Berkson's clinic and took a course of I.V. Alpha Lipoic Acid from him. It's been two years later and I am still well and able to walk miles, excercise, work and lead a normal life. You can find Dr. Berkson's monographs on line. It saved my life.

Replied by Laura
Weatherford, Texas

What is this stuff and where could I find it? Could you explain a little more detail about how it is suppose to be taken? And is it safe for peoples with hcv?

Replied by Peter
Seattle, Washington, Usa

Sorry for the delayed response. You can purchase ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Selenium and Milk Thistle at virtually any vitamin store in the U. S. And many other countires as well. I took (and take) 600 mg. ALA with breakfast and 300 with dinner. I also took/take 400 each of selenium and Milk Thistle twice a day with meals. It's a good idea to take a B vitamin if your taking the ALA because it seems to deplete B a bit in its metabolism. Obviously a number of other things help liver health as well including a number of things on this site (good low fat diet, beets, tumeric, castor oil packs, etc.)

ALA is also being praised as a superior anti-oxident by Bruce Ames, Ph. D. Of University of California who may be the most respected researcher of anti-oxidents in the world. For that purpose he recommends you take it 250 mg. Along with 500 mg. Carnitine. They market a commercial mix of the two called Juvenon that Dr. Weil sells on his web site though you could probably buy the items cheaper on your own.

Peter F. In Seattle, USA

Replied by Anne
San Antonio , Tx

Did this eliminate your ascites or did you have to be tapped also? Did you have edema and was that eliminated also? Because your have used this combination, how are your liver enzymes and blood test results? Please respond asap, as my husband was recently diagnosed as having liver cirrhosis - no biopsy as yet, but has these symptoms. He has been tapped but the ascites comes right back. We need your input.

Replied by Peter
Seattle, Washington

I had severe bloating (ascites) and could only walk a few steps. I was at death's door step. I was "tapped"(paracentisis) about six times--the last time they removed about 7 liters of fluid from my abdomen. The Berkson protocol (Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium, and Milk Thistle) worked for me. It did not cure my hepatitis C but all my enzymes improved dramatically along with my health. I went from not being able to walk without a cane to being able to walk 3 miles plus, and reasonably good health. I started to recover within a week or two and went to his clinic in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he administers the ALA intervenously--twice a day. If you type in his name on line (Dr. Burt Berkson) you should come up with some articles as well as the Integrative Medical Clinic of New Mexico. If you are in Texas you are not too far from him.

Replied by Dawn
Milwaukee, Wi

I have not been to a doctor but I know I drink too much and am beginning to worry. I have been reading up on cirrhosis and found that itching is a symptom and I do have that. Every once and a while I do have some pain on my right side. My question is if I take this ALA , Selenium and Milk Thistle now will it help? Also, I vowed to give up drinking during the week but would like to have a few on the weekends, would this stop the ALA, Selenium and Milk Thistle from working?

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Usa
2109 posts

Dawn, the nutrients you listed will help your liver if you take them.

If you don't have gallstones or hepatitis, then you are several big steps out of the danger zone. In chronic alcohol consumption, the first thing to happen to the liver is the buildup of fat. If fatty liver continues it will become enlarged and cirrhotic. If you eat well and don't drink severely and you do take a good multivitamin/min, you should not have progressive fatty liver.

As for supplements, zinc is also critical for alcohol control. Choline and Carnitine are the two main fat burners, but all b-vit are good and augment the C & C. Also you must have lots of the omega 3's in your diet as alcohol depletes them.

Replied by Dawn
Milwaukee, Wi

So, It's okay for me to have a few drinks on the weekends as long as I take all of these supplements and this will not damage my liver any more? What about the itching and the pain in my abdomen? I used to have 4-5 glasses of wine each night, now only on weekends, could this have caused the fatty liver you discussed?

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Usa
2109 posts

Dawn, any or all the nutrients will greatly help your liver regardless of your past or current lifestyle. Try any or all these supplements and if the pain & itching is your liver, it should subside. If the pain & itching is severe, you may want to have your liver checked out by a physician. A parasite infestation or some kind of infection may be causing these symptoms, so also consider herbals for that possibility.

Report back as to your progress.

Replied by Olavo
Latin America, La

I too enjoy drinking a little too much and I do struggle to cut back. I have found vitamin therapy (especially niacin) and water cure (thirst was triggering cravings) helped a bunch! I suggest you read the entries related to alcoholism in

Replied by Jesse
Milwaukee, Wi

What brand and/or where to buy? Alpha Lipoic Acid

Replied by Jules
Palmetto, Florida

So I have read all the lists of the past couple of months and want to know if any of you writers are still finding any remedies.. Better, what did or did not work, ect... I was just diagnosed.

Replied by Gokhan
Istanbul, --, Turkey

Dear Peter, thanks information you gave... I am from Turkey. My mother has Liver cirrhosis. I read lots of good things about Dr. Burt Berkson's protocol. I want to try ALA, Selenium, Sylmarian with B complex on my mother. But I am confused about dose... I will try to give 100mg ALA 3x in a day (total 300mg in a day). Than go up to 300mg ALA 3x in a day (total 900mg in a day). is it reasonable ? when we must stop to give ALA?

ps. I found that, Dr. Berkson recommends Metabolic Maintenance, Carlsons, and Biotech vitamin manufacturers. One of the interview he says dose about ALA.. "he has never gone above 15 mg/kg. For primates it takes about 90 mg/kg to kill a primate.

Replied by Peter From Seattle
Seattle, Wa.. Usa
5 out of 5 stars

Gokkan, I don't think there is any need for a "slow" introduction to Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). Dr. Berkson recommends 600 mg. In A.M. and 300 in P.M. Taking it and other vitamins with your largest meals of the day (Dr. Berkson gives these amount I.V. in his clinic in New Mexico, USA). It probably doesn't matter if the doses are split in 3-300mg. doses. May even be more absorbable that way. There is no particular harm in continuing the ALA after her liver problems are under control. ALA acts as an enzyme, as well as a liver protectant, and facilitates many positive chemical reactions in our bodies.

Replied by Anup
Mumbai, Ap/india

Hi Peter, what are the dosages for the ALA IV and was it the only infusion given or any other IV was given to you. Did the water accumulation stop for you?

Replied by Peter From Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Re: Appha Lipoic Acid I.V.: The I. V. Dosage I recieved (and I believe What Dr. Berkson used for the majority of patients) was 600 mg. Am and 300 pm. Given in 100c. c. D5W drip I. V. Over 45 minutes to an hour. One should eat an hour or two before the I. V. And the physician should be aware of possible hypoglycemic side effects. I know Dr. Berkson uses (or used) McGuff Compounding Pharmacy in Santa Ana, California, USA as a supplier for the Apha Lipoic Acid he administers I. V. He also give a 1c. c. B complex or B12 shot after the I. V. Remember the ALA solution has the potential to lower blood suger--if this happens a teaspoon of honey and a protein bar will be helpful

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales

i was drinking coz of chronic pain xxxxxxxx The only way is STOP!!!!! Take alpha lopoic, drink water, distilled if possible xxxx Selenium, and also b-vits. You will get a healing crises too xxxxxxxxxx Listen to your body xxxxxxxxx The meds I was put on, oxycodone, valium, are doing a number on me xxxxxxxx They made me crave ciggarettes and alchohol xxxxxxxxx And my liver is trying to run away!!!!!! I also got BLETHERITIS fro these bastards xxxxxxxxxx There is no easy way out xxxxxxxxxx You have to STOP all of it xxxxxxxxxxxxxx MAN!!! Your gonna feel it too!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I refuse to get DOCTORS involved, they will give you MORE DRUGS????? Its no good xxxxxxxxxx Will your self to live xxxxxxxxxxxx Its hard!!!!!! BUT remember, it took years of medical abuse to put you there xxxxxxxxxxx It will not be an over night cure. What works for 1. May not work for another xxxxxxxxxx Keep trying <3 <3 <3 You will find your own path <3 It takes time xxxxxxxxxxx Love Andrea c

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx

@Laura from Weatherford, TX: There's a pharmacy in Whitehouse, TX (near Tyler) that carries milk thistle with artichokes. It works great. They are called Whitehouse pharmacy and it is near 110 and 346 (on 110 just north of 346). Hope that helps.

Replied by Wecair2
Moose Jaw, Sk.
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! I have been sick without a diagnosis for several years. Recently I was finally diagnosed with an oversized liver from non alcholic fatty liver. The Dr. was no help , so I checked Earth Clinic and tried this treatment. It has been about 2 weeks and I can not believe how much better I feel! No more pain in the liver, I feel stronger and generally on my way to good health. Next month is my DR. appointment and I am anxious to hear her feedback. THANKS AGAIN!

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales If You Can Give Any In Put, I Would

Do you know if they zap the products you mentioned with radiation at the airport?? I am from UK and have been x rayed so many times it's unreal!! A lot of people suggest LUGOL'S IODINE to conteract this, but EVERY WHERE you go in UK for medical help, they zap you!! I am real ill, and refuse to go back to hospital or a dentist coz they zap you as well! It is taking it's toll on me, so I am hiding from them!!!

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
2109 posts

Andrea: When you say "zap" do you mean x-ray??? If so, this is surely a health threat, and someone or group needs taking legal action against such invasive procedure.

Anyway, if it is radiation poisoning you are experiencing, you need to take mineral hot baths especially Backing Soda & Epsom Salt. The herb Sarsaparilla and the antioxidant Rutin are recommended as well.

Replied by Alisha
Little Rock, Ar

Please let me know how this works. I have same issues with doctor saying the same thing.. Please help

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx

@Andrea from Cardiff - I'm not sure about this, but I noticed the blepharitis subsided when I cut gluten out of my diet. Also, when I eat gluten again, I get bumps on my forehead. Also, I get a "crawling" sensation. I cross checked on the Internet and gluten causes a whole list of autoimmune diseases and lupus. It is lethal. Check it out.

Replied by Robyn

Andrea C, like you I drank to try to subdue the unbelievable pain! & I wasn't believed. Now I can't touch the stuff. I have to take some meds but I have cut back 1/4 of what I was prescribed & none of some of it. I am very concerned about the radiation. There was mechanical issues with my spine, had lots of xrays etc but they would never take any notice of them, 8 yrs later and its now all degenerated, pinching the nerves and ruined the facet joints. Infections, body trauma, chronic stress, not high quality food mostly due to being in so much pain I couldn't cook, couldn't get a carer because Im so allergic. Now can barely use a computer or any of those pads or phones. There is wireless and wifi everywhere. Doesn't this concern anyone?

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales

I am sorry for your suffering xxxx Thank's for Replying.

Replied by R H
Hobe Sound, Fl

As far as drinking to kill the pain and then damaging the liver.... I have heard that Kratum is a good pain med. I haven't tried it myself, but know someone that went from percoset every day to Kratum for pain.

Replied by Sanjiv

Where I will get alpha lipoic acid in UAE?

Replied by Syrena
South Fl

Wecair2, what protocol did you do? The ALA, Selenium and Milk Thistle? What dosages per day? Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil

Posted by Arlene (Ripon, Calif/ USA) on 11/12/2009
1 out of 5 stars

I have been drinking ACV 3 times a day and taking coconut oil-3tsp. a day- I have a fatty liver- nonalchoholic- I have fibro, chronic fatigue and have had cancer 4 times. I cannot get my liver cleaned up .... any suggestions?

Replied by Sarah
Denver, Co, Usa

If you have not yet tried it, I will suggest going to a homeopathic practitioner. After having elevated liver enzymes due to fatty liver, I talked to my regular homeopath as well as a medical energy reader. They both prescribed tinctures and homeopathic remedies, and a month later my enzyme levels are normal and the pain is almost gone...It's worth a shot. Good luck!

Replied by Tashimoto
Vancouver, British Columbia

See the mini beet protocol elsewhere on this site. Proceed with small amounts of beet juice at first as it seems to be quite a powerful cleanser for some people.

EC: Here's the link for the mini beet protocol:

Replied by Faithinhealing
Forest Park, Ohio, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

I use the apple cider vinegar for liver support and it really helps with detoxification. I use this, one tablespoon, three time a day in a glass of water with raw honey, as well as a number of other natural things to detox. But this one helps a great deal to keep me regular. I also use it thirty minutes before a meal to help metabolize the fat.

Replied by Nashville_nelly
Nashville, Tn


Replied by Zanele
Pietermaritzburg (kzn)

My child got hapititis A and is admitted in hospital Dr said there is no change can apple cider viniger help my child 😢😢

Replied by Samina

Which homeopathic tincture and medicine did they give you?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cranberry, Lemon

Posted by Michelle (Houston, TX) on 06/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I take a daily concoction of 1 tsp ACV, 4 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice, 12 ounces of water, and half of a squeezed lemon. It's part of an eating plan and it's said to help cleanse the liver. All I know about it after seven days is that I feel generally better. I am prone to UTI's so the cranberry is definitely helping, and I've lost 4 pounds in eight days. (Of course, I'm following a prescribed plan of eating all natural foods and eating every three hours). It's a bitter drink, but I'm still drinking it!

Replied by Carlos
Los Angeles, California


Ayurvedic Remedies

Posted by Tenny (Kochi, India) on 01/16/2012

300 gms of aloe vera-washed n chopped

1/2 ltr of honey

4tbs of brandy

Beat all this well , and refrigerate if required. Have 1 tbs an hr before each meal. That would be 3 times per day, get the mix to room temp before ingesting it. This course is to be had for 10 days and then a 10 day gap should be taken. Ayurveda says that this mix is so strong that there is a tendency for it to do away with all the good bacteria in the colon as well. The 10 day gap is for the replenishment of this bacteria, which are an essential part of your gastrointestinal tract. Continue this as long as the problem persists. My mom's been using this for the last 7mths. She has stage4 breast cancer. She's been having it along with the graviola fruit whenever available and tablets whenever scarce. She also has soya milk and cod liver capsules in her diet.

Beet Juice, Tomato Juice, Sage Tea

Posted by Susan (Syracuse, Utah) on 08/15/2012

Hola Oscar, este mensaje va para (ImReady) en jahoo foro, siento mucha pena que el no halla tenido resultado con el BHT, aqui le voy a dar remedio para curar su higado, con el cual yo he tenido exelente resultado, tiene que tener un extracto de jugos 1/4 de taza de jugo de remolacha, 3/4 taza de jufo de tomate fresco y 1/2 taza de te de sage afficinalis creo que asi se escribe, la que se usa para cosinar, fresco, juntarlo todo y tomarlo todos los dias en ayuna, puedes tomarlo varias veces si desea, es un rescontitullente del higado, espero que tu puedas tener tan buenos resultados como yo, mis mejores deseos.

Hi Oscar, This message is for (ImReady) in Jahoo forum, I feel very sorry that is not had results with BHT, here I'll give remedy to cure his liver, with whom I have had excellent results, must have a extract juice 1/4 cup of beet juice, 3/4 cup fresh tomato jufo and 1/2 cup of sage tea afficinalis think so is written, the cosinar used to cool and put it all together take it every day in fasting, you can take it multiple times if desired, is a liver rescontitullente, I hope that you can perform so well as I, my best wishes.

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

I am pretty sure you are Alicia, Is that true? Anyway, thank you for your helpful advice. How are you doing Alicia? I will post your advise over at the BHT CURES group. I hope you are well. Please let me know how you are doing. Your Freind, ...Oscar

Carbonated Water, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt

Posted by Taylor (Tollhouse, Ca) on 08/30/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Stage 4 cirrohsis of the Liver

Internal Body Cleanser,disenfectant & Rejuvenator
Water (Carbonated Spring, mineral) it has to be carbonated.
Pure Lemon Juice ( from lemons, a lemon squeeze, bottled 100% lemon juice)
Sea Salt

If you are not a fan of the salty food this may take some getting use to.This elixer is a rejuvenator for the a sick,dying liver. Not for the healthy.

Mix sea salt into water in large glass, until it is salty to the taste but still drinkable add lemon juice until you taste salty lemon. Drink it slowly. First time you drink it, it will give you severe diarhea. Drink it slowly & have 2 to 3 glasses a day.

Warning: I took lots of slack from the family. The medical professionals won't like the idea either. I knew. I just knew after much research on cirrohsis, that a very sick liver will begin to recover slowly at first & then your blood tests will begin to come back with much better numbers in the various catagories they check for. This is not a quick fix but is meant to be done over a long period of time. You will see an improvement after about 8 weeks. In between drinking this eleixer make sure you drink plenty of water. Eat lots of vegetsbles, fruit & the leaner meats.Stay away from breads, tortillas & eat sweets in strict moderation especially at first.

You need to take care of yourself & make your health a priority.Something that has probably been missing from your life. I have to take monthly blood tests now 4 years after I was diagnosed with stage 4 cirrohisis. Say goodbeye to any alcohol addicition, if that's why you got this terrible disease.Your liver is sick, slow & lazy. This elixer will wake it up again.Your blood tests should begin to improve in their results within a few short months.. I went from being on the transplant list, to being moved to hepatology & now a family practitioner for monthly visits & blood tests. I have now had quite a few blood tests come back near normal except for slight anemia.I continue with lasix & spirolactone, also laculose although as time passes in less doses. I once thought myself fortunate to survive 2 years after my terminal diagnosis but now going on 5 yeras, I'm no longer consider myself terminal in any sense of the word. I do not have an expiration date any longer!

Replied by Shawn
Tustin, Ca

Reg: your liver remedy.. I'm 33 but have really lived life in the fast lane.. I have been experiencing the following: Swollen belly, dramatic weight loss, nausea, blurry vision, sharp paines in the liver area, extreme migranes, havent been officially diagnosed but symptoms started 7yrs ago.. Did you experience any of these and what else should I do more of or eliminate from my diet? Any feed back would be appreciated. Thanks..

Replied by Yankee
Houston, Tx, Usa

You don't say how much of salt or lemon you add to the carbonated water. Just as a healthy tonic, I made this up with a tall glass of the carb. water, then I added one teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 juiced lemon. It was delicious and I could drink it all day; love the salty sweet. But I'm curious... Why do you say the doctors won't like you drinking this. Is it bad for you? Can I take in too much salt this way? should I limit it? Also, am I even adding enough salt and lemon to be of good use? And what, since your article does not say, is the benefit of the salt? Thanks so much.

Replied by Anglii
Edmonton, Alberta

A swollen belly is ascites and you should never take sodium (salt) for ascites. You need to follow a low sodium diet.

Replied by Ann
Deer Park, Wa

Thank you for the formula. I've been taking one glass after meals and it seems to help my digestion. I have also made a drink of salt, ACV and seltzer water that I drink a couple of hours before bed. After reading more about ACV and the need to add baking soda for best results, I am thinking of adding that to my nightly drink.

Replied by Rachellelvn
Covina, Ca/usa

Sodium is only bad in its MANMADE form, sea salt is natural including all its naturally occuring elements included, it thins the bile, which is the livers way of detoxing, this is why it helps.

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales


Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales Uk

can we please not argue. Can you post your results. it is no good getting angry. what we ARE here for, is trying to help each other. I am not against ALLOPATHIC medicine My friend, who is TOTALLY, against DOCTORS AND DRUGS admitted, even HE, had to GO SEE THE DOCTOR. The 'EARTH CLINIC' is trying to HEAL your self WITHOUT PHARMACITICALS. Unfortunately, as 1 lady pointed out, we have to go to the DRUG BASHER'S occasionatley to get a RESULT, to tell us what the problem is. I am SSSOOOO anti PHARMA... It probably makes me look like a bloody anti chem terrorist!!!!!! But some time's, BLEGH!!!!! They are your only hope. I DO NOT 'AGREE' with a 'PILL' for every ill. Any way, the point I am trying to make here, is GOD'S LAW' will take time. You can not espect to use MOTHER NATURE' to 'CURE YOU OVER NIGHT'. I have seen many people saying... 'OH I TRIED IT ONCE, AND IT NEVER WORKED... If it was that easy, we'd ALL have a 'MIRACULOUS' recovery! You have to walk the path........ As the BEATLE'S sang, the long and winding road. ALSO... IT AIN'T EASY - we are HUMAN... If there was a silver bullet, it would be 'POSTED' on here. I am not being rude, BUT... RECOVERY, by nature, take's a while. PHARMA HAMMER, does not 'CURE' it masks the 'SYMTOMS' then once your body gets used to it, you need MORE... To take you BACK to the very beggining??? Look, you're going to feel real bad when your DETOXING....and a DOCTOR will just prescibe a HIGHER DOSE of what ever drugs you are on I am sharing my EXPERENCE to try to esplain this. When you start DETOXING, you may think you're bloody dying!!!!!!!!! NOT TRUE!!!! But what I will say, if you're freaked out by 'DETO' symtom's go see the PHARMA HAMMER medicine man. THAT does not mean you have to take PRESCRIBE'D' Drugs It may just be helpful to know what is wrong with you, and use GOD'S PHARMACY' to get well. It does not happen over night. IF I KNEW THE SOLUTION I would glady give it away for free I am not DR MERCOLA....... AND CRONIE'S.... I think it is wrong to 'BRAIN WASH' people suffering into buying products, that they belive is the 'ULTIMATE CURE?????? THAT'S SICK!!!!! If I could find something for some one suffering, I would glady give it away for FREE!!!!!!! When your ill, and in agony you will end up buying EVERY THING to take it away I know, I have done it myself... spent LOADS of money I can't afford on ALL sorts of lies BUT there may be some thing that will help you on here. READ THE SIDE EFFECTS ON DRUGS.COM that even what you eat, will interact with your body IF I RULED THE WORLD and found a 'CURE' for what ever ails you, I would give it away for nothing I am disgusted, that people that had bad illnesses, found a 'CURE' and now want to sell it to us, THAT'S WRONG!!!! DONT GIVE UP!!!!! I am very ill BUT I won't stop trying And if I find a ROUTE I will post it on here GOD BLESS ALL THE EARTH BOUND ANGEL'S


Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales

Look what I am saying is this xxxxxxxxxxx Go get the TEST'S done, but can we belive the blood results??????? But take a shot, my docs are ALWAY'S telling ME, I need to got to the SUGERY for a blood test??????? If I could i'd fly up there!!!!!!! NHS????? NOT all HUMAN'S are worth SAVING???

Replied by Chris
Yelm, Wa

My husband is stage 4 liver cirrhosis. I'm going to be trying this for him. Is there anything else I can do to help him get better? Please let me know, Thank you.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Chris...You could also try giving you husband daily amounts of the following supplements:

Shown dosages should be taken twice a day at mealtimes:

Alpha Lipoic Acid(ALA) -- 300 mgs

Selenium -- 200 mcgs

Milk thistle -- 500 mg

Low dose naltrexone(LDN) should be taken once a day in the evening with water. Dosage is between 1.75 mgs to 4.5 mgs per day.

Other nutrients that should be taken are Vitamin C(1000 mgs 3 times a day) and B50 complex twice a day with meals.

This simple treatment is based on research evidence from Dr Burt Berkson's Triple Anti-oxidant Therapy for Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C etc.

Dr Berkson's Triple Anti-oxidant Therapy

Dr Berkson also uses ALA by IV in his own therapy at his clinic. So if you are interested in arranging an appointment at his clinic in Las Crusces, New Mexico then see this link.

Dr Berkson has had tremendous success with curing Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C etc and his treatment will not cost you an arm and a leg. Dr Berkson uses no dangerous or expensive drugs in his treatment. This is just another option for you.

Replied by Timh
2109 posts

Also, as important as any nutrient yet often disregarded, is consuming cooked chicken or calf liver Or taking Raw Bovine Liver Tablets to ensure proper & speedy replication of new liver cells. A sick liver cannot properly convert food proteins into non-essential amino acids, thereby depleting the very amino's needed for new liver cells.

Replied by Krystal
Temecula, California

I tried before pink Himalayan salt, sodium bicarbonate and both were very detrimental to my ascites. Potassium bicarbonate is OK and potassium chloride as salt substitute.

Replied by Gloria

Thank you for this info. I was diagnosed with hep c last November. I am on my last 3 weeks of a 12 week regiment of Mayvert. Last 2 blood test came out no more hep c virus. However, come to find out I have stage 4 cirrhosis. I have been researching everything I can about this. I truly believe with faith in Our Lord and these natural remedies will heal me I'm going to fight this. If I lose the battle no sadness it just means Our Lord has called me home.

Castor Oil

Posted by Brooke (Montgomery, TX) on 03/09/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have always used Castor Oil Packs to strengthen my liver and kidneys. The liver can grow itself back if you take the time to do it.

You get cold pressed castor oil, wool flannel, a heating pad and a piece of plastic - I use a garbage bag. There are sites online that will explain it in details.

I put the castor oil into a sealed container with the wool flannel and shake it up. You want the castor oil to e dripping from it slowly. I then put the container into the microwave for about 15 or 20 seconds - just to get it heated up. I then put a couple of towels onto my bed or couch and lay down on them. Then I take the wool flannel and put it on my stomach. If you are trying to heal the liver, put it a little bit more over your liver, if you are trying to heal the kidneys, put it over that area. Then I put the garbage bag onto th flannel and then the heating pad - all the way on high (or as high as you can handle). Leave it on for at least one hour and meditate on what you are trying to achieve. After you are finished, wipe your self off with a mixture of Baking soda and water,to get your skin back to the proper ph.

Do this for 4-5 days on and then leave off for the remaining days.

The is a good book calld Edgar Cayce and the Palma Christi. It tells of all the wonderful things that Castor Oil (the Palma Christi) does!

Replied by Lois
Portland, ME

I am a little confused on the directions for the castor oil. I would presume the garbage bag would burn with the heating pad. Please go into more detail. Thank you.

EC: We prefer using a hot water bottle for castor oil packs rather than a heating pad. We place a thin kitchen towel in between the plastic bag and the hot water bottle to prevent scalding!

Replied by Faithinhealing
Forest Park, Ohio
5 out of 5 stars

Castor oil has greatly improved my liver function! I've been using the castor oil packs for over a month nightly. I've noticed that the swelling has gone down dramatically, and my appetite is returning, and I'm beginning to lose weight. I also have candida and I notice that this really helps to dump the yeast. It's actually very relaxing so I do it right before bed. Castor oil is very inexpensive and can be found in the laxative section of your pharmacy.

Replied by Faithinhealing
Forest Park, Ohio

I just wanted to add that you can also add SLICES OF GINGER to the flannel and castor oil... I just put the castor oil on the flannel and the ginger on my skin and cover... It detoxifies the liver in better with the GINGER!!!

Replied by Tricia
Silver Spring, Md

I think what you do is great. I do want to suggest looking into the overwhelming negatives related to using a microwave and what it does to anything inside of it. If your intention is - to heal - I would avoid using a microwave all together, period.

Replied by Michael A
Central Florida

I love your ginger idea, but isn't it kind of spicy hot?

Also, a general question to all - I think it's either my gallbladder or my liver acting up right now (illeosecal valve is staying stuck open) & I have seemingly inflamed, maybe referred discomfort under left breast/stomach. I'm ready to do castor oil pack, which worked for me for something so long ago that I've forgotten. But where do I do it? Where I feel the seeming inflammation on left side, or where my liver or gallbladder are? Any thoughts?

Cholestatic Pruritus

Posted by Chamel (Memphis, Tn) on 02/11/2012

Hi, I'm finding some of your tips very helpful. Here's somthing I hope you can help me with. I have a 5 year old with Vitamin Deficiency in her liver. She's been tested for everything since she was 6 months old that's all they can find. She's on Rifampin for itching. I don't think it's working anymore. She and I now are up all night from her scratching. She misses alot of days from school. Her school clothes, sheets, panties and fingernails are bloody from her scratching. She cries in her sleep. This has been going on for the past 3 years. The doctors said there's nothing they can do. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Replied by Mh
Toronto, On

Which vitamin(s) does your daughter have inadequate liver stores of? Orthomolecular experts believe that many serious health conditions are the result of some individuals having unusually high requirements (i.e. , metabolic abnormalities) for specific vitamins or minerals. Depending on the regulations where you live, a naturopathic physican may be able to try IV-administered high doses of the vitamin(s) in question. Try a Google search for your region's naturopathic association and look for someone who mentions orthomolecular medicine as an area of practice.

Replied by Stefanie
Palm Springs, Ca

I myself went through a horrific battle with pruritus (and jaundice); I finally figured out that it can be controlled with diet; I stopped eating everything except fruits and vegetables and it stopped. But of course I lost 20 lbs, but it was such a relief. I was so skinny I couldn't look at myself; I finally got over my problem, which turned out to be caused by drug I was given (macrobid/nitrofurentoin). Now I am back to normal.

Replied by Minkxy
Brooklyn, Ny

Hi. I can"t speak for sure about the vitamin Def in her liver. Check Dr. Group's Global Healing Center site. As something that may soothe her skin, I recommend you try a vitamin C shower filter. Maybe she could drink that water also. I have one and recommended it to a friend who has had dandruff and his head would turn bright red, itchy and painful after shower. It became a trip of horror each shower. All dandruff shampoos didn't help. He tried the filter and INSTANTLY pain, itching, redness, dandruff was gone. He has been using it for 2 weeks, with natural olive oil soap to clean, and thinks he is in heaven. And told his 3 brothers across the ocean about it.

This may well soothe her, it costs about $40, maybe $8 shipping. Money well spent and I hope you get it. God Bless

Replied by Minkxy
Brooklyn, Ny

The filter neutralizes chlorine and such. It is great for city dwellers. You can look up Ben Fuchs as he is good on specific nutrition.

Replied by Missg
Richmond, Pe/canada

Hi, my father, has a rare liver disease called primary billary cirrosis. His mother and two sisters also had it. His itching was really bad, similar to your daughters. Also, his mom and sisters seemed to be worse. He takes urisol (that spelling is incorrect). His itching is almost gone. The dr did perscribe an anti itch drug, as reactine did not help and is harmful to the liver. He hasn't had to take the anit itch drug in almost a year. The urisol pushes the bile out of the ducts. I hope this helps. It is agony watching them suffer so much. One of my aunts used to get her husband to tie her hands so she couldn't scratch, once she started scratching she couldn't stop.

Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont

Chamel, please see if you can find someone who deals in supplements (vit/min, nat. Remedies, etc), and muscle testing, like applied kinesiology, For myself, this works, I know what I'm taking I really need to take, no guess work. And w/ kids, it adds another level of assurence that you aren't harming them w/ drugs and causing life long injury to their organs. For an at home. Extra virgin coconut oil, applied externally after bath before drying is great, it is anti-viral/bacterial/septic and it is soothing to the skin. I also like to add calendula oil. They have a tonic on site, 2 TBS ACV 1/4 tsp Baking soda and 8 oz water ( you can add honey to sweeten if you want, I add just a little of pure stevia) that is a basic liver tonic, just figure out how many times a day she needs to have it to stop the itch. I would still find a natural med. Person so you can know that all deficiencies are being adressed, and also if this is a case, instead, of what she is exposed to, like flouride, chlorine, chemicals used to clean your house, pesticides, HFCS, etc... We have so much in toxins around us and there are easy things we can do to stop it and detox it.

Replied by Milaine
Fairport, Ny

Hello Chamel, Just a thought, did you think about changing her alimentation. A lot of people are doing allergies because of milk, cow milk (this one on the store). Do you give her that? Just my 2 cents. Hope that everything will turn right.

Replied by Marina
Brooklyn, Ny

Try low histamine diet.

Replied by Tracy

I read that the best coconut oil to use in therapy is ORGANIC UNREFINED COCONUT OIL

Coconut Oil

Posted by Vida-vanessa (Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa) on 11/23/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I know some one who has been healed from Kidney / liver problem by consuming virgin coconut oil and by applying some of the oil on his skin.

Replied by Eric
Takoradi, Ghana


Replied by Lance
Hk, China

To answer your question about coconut oil for liver issues, VCO (virgin coconut oil) is very good for increasing the liver's excretion of bile which helps overall metabolism and a variety of other health benefits. There are well over 50 other positive health benefits which result at various intensities from person to person, depending on the individual's body chemistry and current state of health as well as other things you're doing to your body such as a proper and healthy diet. Coconut oil, by itself, however, may not be enough for some people or conditions. For example, if you research Hulda Clark's works on parasite cleansing, you'll find that many people have damage to the body due to parasites and must rid themselves of those before attempting to do an overall cleanse. It is estimated that 80% of the world's population, including all developed countries such as the USA, have parasites living in their bodies. Opposed to popular belief and expectation, it's not merely a 3rd world problem. Only about 20% of these parasites are visible to the naked eye; the rest are microscopic. Many people with liver disease have problems due to their dietary lifestyle feeding a kind of liver parasite known as a fluke. If you try to cleanse your liver while having these flukes living there, you will find yourself becoming very sick. Using an herbal concoction Hulda recommends first to kill the parasites may be necessary before attempting the toxins cleanse from the liver.

Having said all of that, for my own liver / thyroid / kidneys I eat 2 Brazil nuts morning and night along with a handful of goji berries. The Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium which are essential for cleaning out the free radicals associated with these organs producing hormones, and the goji berries have a super powerful blend of minerals and vitamins which have been known for over 1000 years by the Tibetan Chinese to cure nearly every ailment from cancer to diabetes to eye problems. Both the nuts and the berries will tremendously boost the immune system to keep you well. Furthermore, the high levels of Omega 3 fat found in Brazil nuts assists in the reversal of heart disease, memory issues, cancer, blood sugar and cholesterol levels and many other health issues.

CAUTION! Do not exceed 4 Brazil nuts per day. Brazil nuts have the highest levels of selenium of any known food in the world. This is great for boosting immunity in the proper amount, however, selenium in higher than recommended quantities can eventually result in dementia or other selenium poisoning symptoms. 4 nuts per day is a very safe and effective amount and has greatly improved my own health as well as the health of my friends and loved ones.

I hope this information helps. I've also heard that milk thistle, extra virgin olive oil and lemon work well, but I've not tried that kind of cleanse for myself yet.

Replied by Lance
Hk, China

As far as the Hep B... My father-in-law cured himself several years ago of Hepatitis by simply drinking Banaba tea. NOT banana. He lives in the Philippines and found a banaba tree (free from pollution), gathered a few fresh and healthy leaves, rinsed them off and boiled them into a tea. After drinking this tea for a few months, he tested negative for hepatitis and remains healthy until this day. Banaba, as well as a number of other powerful herbs, is very anti-viral and works well to kill pathogens in the liver as well as other organs.

Please keep in mind when drinking some things like powerful herbs or Apple Cider Vinegar for cleansing that you must drink plenty of water to prevent the expelled liver toxins from settling into the kidneys. This can create painful kidney stones. You will notice that the urine turns darker yellow from the toxins, but this also can be an indication that you probably need more water to help pass the toxins out without poisoning the rest of your body.

God bless and heal well.

Replied by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales

where can you get the tea you mentioned??

Replied by James Lucky
Ibadan, Nigeria

Hello am James pls how can some one with liver problem take coconut oil. I mean daily consumption and applying. Thanks I will be looking forward to hear from you.

Replied by Diamond
5 out of 5 stars

James; Most times just by applying Coconut oil to your skin can be easily absorbed through your body & might work just as well. I do this because I cannot tolerate the oil by mouth.I drink lots of coconut water because it has 5 essential electrolytes. Good Luck


Posted by Neili (USA) on 11/03/2008

Hi Ted,

I just came across this webpage, which discusses using coffee amongst other things to help promote bile flow.

I love the moderate use of coffee but abstain from it as most complementary health practitioners, including Traditional Chinese Medicine say to avoid it. I'd love to hear your feelings on drinking coffee when the liver / gallbladder are impaired and when there is also already a danger that the body is too acidic. Thanks and bless you.


Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Dear Neil:

The article does not directly deal with the real cause of the issue. Gallstones are formed not from chlorogenic acid deficiency, but it is formed from eating very oily foods that exceeds the liver's capacity to emulsify the fatty food. When this happens fat collesce to form tiny balls of fat which form gallstones, along with excessive calcium. But it is also true that excessive fats lead to liver cirrhosis, or a fatty liver. The issue is that Western dietary habits eat too much fatty food and the body simply accumulates fat. While it is true that chlorogenic acid did reduce gallstone, the sad story is it shouldn't happen in the first place if excessive fatty foods weren't eaten at all. Time and time again I mentioned the use of granulated lecithin taken along with food to emulsify the fat, avoid the use of vegetable oils in cooking, fatty foods, and sugar. Chlorogenic acid real action is it prevents the body from increasing blood glucose quickly enough, or something like sugar spikes, when this happens the liver has to overwork and store them or tuck them and converted into fats before it damages the body system. So the issue hence becomes controlling blood sugar, and chromium, which I found can reduce weight, and it doesn't have to be chromium picolinate. I found out a much cheaper chromium chloride works quite effectively in reducing weight, blood sugar to more normal levels and even cured hirsute both men and women, within weeks. Coffee really have a problem of gout and increased uric acid.

A major component of bile is actually water, bicarbonates, and salt. The baking soda and water with sea salt is also a major remedy I have always post almost as consistently. There is an urban legend about not drinking water while eating. This urban legend caused a major problem, it tends to put stress on to the liver with insufficient water, excessive salt, and lack of bicarbonates leading to gallstones, despite the fact that the liver is an efficient organ in emptying the liquids BEFORE it begins to digest. This is why water goes right through the stomach fast and then you have an urge to urinate within a short time.

The issue of bicarbonates is one of the reason why alkalization remedy was chosen: to support the liver function as well as granulated lecithin to emulsify the fat. That alone isn't sufficient, metabolic acidosis, excessive sugar intake causes problems too. If the body's pH is acid, calcium in the bones dissolve and blood serum calcium is high, clogging up the heart, causing stroke, clogging the liver causing If the food has excessive oils, in particular vegetable oils which biochemically becomes cholesterol, as well as excessive eating of meats leads to cholesterol. People actually don't normally think chicken to be high in cholesterol of they don't eat the skins. This thinking is wrong. Cholesterol is found just as high level in white chicken meat as it is found in any meats. Only eating more green vegetables can people lower the cholesterol. I once had an extreme case of high blood cholesterol and had trouble with reducing this issue so a more radical steps was needed to simply avoided all pork, beef and chicken as an emergency measures eating only vegetables for about a month, the figures within a month was within normal parameters. As to the goodness cholergenic acid, it is a lot simpler to just take chinese herbs high in cholergenic acid (chrysanthemum flower, lonicera flowers (jinyinhua), ucommia bark and gardenia fruit which has 20% cholergenic acid) taken ocassionally without the added risk of gout, acidosis, caffeine addiction, and dehydration associated with drinking coffee. Women get more gallstone then men because they keep going into weight crashing diets which dehydrate the body, increase the blood fats, causing gallstones when the blood becomes too concentrated and bile is too concentrated too.


Replied by Stefanie
Palm Springs, Ca

Gallstones are not formed from fatty foods; they can be formed from too much calcium, too much progesterone, and disorders in the liver concerning bile or cholesterol, etc. Women do not get gallstones because of diets, they get them more than men because of progesterone from birthcontrol pills, from pregancy, from hormone treatment. I am a nutritionist who eats healthy, sans mammal meats and dairy, and I had 44 gallstones that I extracted naturally myself using the gallstone flush. They formed because I was on too high a dose of progesterone.

Michael A
Central Florida

Hi, Stephanie: if I changed from a paleo diet about a month ago to a plant based whole foods (Protective Diet) about 5 weeks ago, do you think an inflammation in my left chest under breast area in last few days could be result of detoxing from previous diet? Maybe stones or bile? I looked it up and both liver & gallbladder are on right side, correct, so I'm wondering if this sensation of fullness in left abdomen, way under heart, could be from either? Confused!

Replied by Rachellelvn
Covina, California

Actually it is estrogen that causes the increase in cholesterol in bile not prgesterone, if this was the case we would see a decrease in stones as women got older and periods ceased however the opposite is quite true, gallstones increase when periods cease due to decrease in progesterone.

Replied by Jaime
Boston, MA
5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to comment and add some helpful tips regarding detoxing and the liver.

I was diagnosed with Polycystic Liver Disease, as we know is a congenital disease. I'm in my late 30's and have been in the Fitness and Wellness Industry as a profession since my early teen years. I ate well for all of my life and in my late 20's switched all my foods to Organic. I've worked out as an Aerobics teacher and personal trainer. So when I was diagnosed with PLD it was a bit of a shock. I started experiencing burning in my right upper abdomen and extreme bloating by any foods that I ate was extreme. I looked like I was 6 months pregnant every time I ate. I always ate gluten free, higher organic meat proteins in moderation with low sugar including organic vegetables and fruits. I also work as a full time Sports Massage Therapist and have heavy demands on my body. When I went to the ER the conventional medical doctors were not helpful at all. They basically wanted to give me pain meds and send me on my way. I took it on my own as a Wellness person to investigate and change up my heathy lifestyle and design my diet to what fit my new disease.

First, I took out all animal protein. Consuming the heavy meats while having liver cysts would slow the liver down while it was trying to detox. A lot of fitness people try and consume 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per body weight. For some people this would be fine, but for others that have PLD or any liver dysfunctions it would be toxic. Once the meat is broken down, there can be an over abundance of ammonia in the bloodstream, which can be very toxic.

Next, I took out any organic dairy, which included cheeses for me. Dairy is one of the hardest substances for the liver to process.

Next, I cut out wine and coffee. Wine I only consumed twice a month and coffee I had organic every morning. I got it out of my system.

Next, I installed a water filtration system in my house. A lot of water in certain cities now has Chromaline in the bathing water which is absorbed in the bloodstream. It's basically toxic ammonia that cities use to cleanse water of bacteria and is cheaper for them to use than anything else. A lot of people have gotten very sick with different types of digestive disorders affecting the liver and causing tumors.

Next, I added tons of plant proteins, tons of veggies, brown rice, quinoa, herbs and ACV. I used metabolic enzymes, digestive enzymes, milk thistle, tumeric, b 12, niacin, zinc, d, c, e, and a good probiotic.

Since my change, I have no liver pain and all my bloat decreased. My energy level increased and I feel even healthier than before. Anyone can adopt this lifestyle. Any type of liver disease, I would address enzymes in the body and killing parasites. Also, the water you're drinking and bathing in. Finally, the liver absorbs all your emotional stress. Taking time away from noise, negativity and addressing past fears and anger is a priority as well. Staying away from prescription drugs and getting fresh foods with plenty of sleep can help wonders. I hope this helps. It's been 5 months for me and I will go back next year to check and see if I've shrunk my liver cysts. So far I can tell on my own I'm 75 percent better. If you're a women, keeping hormones balanced and avoiding high estrogen dominant foods and staying away from birth control is important. Try consuming at least 2 liters of filtered water a day to remove toxins and add lemon. May God bless all of you and may he heal your pain and disease.

Replied by Daisy

Have you had a repeat test to see if you have improved?

Replied by Rima
Vancouver, Bc

Hi Jamie,

hope you getting better and was wondering if you would like to share your results. I'm pretty much in this situation and have similar lifestyle. Very much appreciate!


Posted by Cinderella (Aurora, Colorado, U.s.a.) on 03/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I'm new to this forum but wanted to share a liver cleanse recipe with you guys. 1 cup of shredded carrots, 1 tsp of virgin olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Eat throughout the whole week along with your regular food intake. It really does work!

Replied by Jen
Bozeman, Mt, Us

Mmmmm.... I am going to have to try this one. It sounds kind of yummy for a liver cleanse:) I love carrot salad.

Replied by Flower's Mom
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm
5 out of 5 stars

Hello, I have been recovering from a severe infection of candida and fungus and am currently healing from the damage it did to my body. My routine consists of first detoxing, then cleansing, and finally nurturing and fortifying the organs, one system at a time so as to not overwhelm my body while in this fragile state. I came across this recipe and decided to add it to my ritual since it sounded so good and easy. I used 1 cup shredded carrots, 1 cup finely chopped celery, 1 T. EVOO and fresh lemon juice. I also added 1 T. ACV, some fresh chopped parsley and cilantro and some Himalayan sea salt.

I must say it is truly delicious, has been very helpful, and I look forward to this detoxing "salad" every time I decide to make it. Just wanted to share this information. I hope it is helpful. And thank you, Earth Clinic, for your valuable contributions. God bless, and long may you live!

Replied by Anna W.

Thank you, thank you. I am still in the very, very early stages (4.5 months) of going after what has been a lifelong (67 yrs old) candida infestation. Bill Thompson's book and revised protocol has been my bible with really, really good, if small progress.

I cannot go head-on, as I might wish, as the side effects are debilitating - but if I do a little and let myself adjust, I seem to be making good steady progress.

I have been wanting to find a gentle liver cleanse for ages and sounds like yours is something I can handle and even enjoy. Please, please, what is EVOO?

EC: EVOO - Extra virgin olive oil.

Replied by Flower's Mom
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm

Hello Anna,

I know what you mean about approaching this process slowly. I have been on this healing and recovery path for 4 years now, but granted, I was on the cortico steriods which led to my severe candida infection for decades, so I expected a long journey, and I do not want to overwhelm my body, which only sets you back anyway. So listen to your body, it will tell you when it has had enough and you need to slow down or take a break. Although I am not there yet, I am light years from where I started, so I want to encourage you! This forum, has been lifesaving and life changing for me and my family, and I tell everyone about it. I am glad you found something here that will help you as well. God bless and good health! Flower's Mom