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Tips and home remedies for effective liver detoxification
In this article, we'll show you how to naturally detoxify your liver. This is the largest organ in the human body, which can weigh up to two kilos and is divided into lobes in the right upper abdomen. Among other things, it produces the bile, which is released via the gallbladder and regulates fat metabolism and cholesterol balance.
The liver has to function properly in order to produce a sufficient amount of bile - but the work of the important detoxification organ can be severely restricted by unfavorable nutrition, environmental toxins, medication as well as excessive alcohol and nicotine. The result is complaints such as feeling of fullness, chronic fatigue and lack of drive. Regular liver cleansing using proven home remedies can have a preventive effect and ensure good liver health.
The liver as the central detoxification organ
As a "detoxification center", the liver is responsible for the conversion of toxic metabolic and waste products, which can be excreted through the kidneys, among other things. The largest internal organ ensures that medication and alcohol are broken down and passed out of the body with the help of bile and kidneys. Overuse of the liver is shown less by pain, but rather by tiredness, itchy skin, skin problems, increased (bad) liver values, exhaustion and a gradual decrease in performance. In order to give the "liver burnout" no chance, an annual detox can be carried out with simple home remedies.
Detoxification of the liver with medicinal plants
Medicinal plants that can be used to detoxify the liver are primarily dandelions, artichokes and milk thistle. Because they all have a wonderful effect on the liver-bile system.
Dandelion stimulates bile flow
Root and herb of dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are mostly used together for medicinal purposes. For this reason, phytotherapeutic literature and tea recipes mostly read "Traxaci radix cum herba". Bitter substances, triterpenoids, phytosterols, tannins, essential oils, flavonoids, choline and inulin are known as ingredients of the plant. In their entirety, these stimulate the bile flow and appetite and promote the excretion of waste materials via the urinary tract.
Danger: However, caution should be exercised in the case of known biliary obstruction, pathological processes with pus in the gallbladder or intestinal obstruction. An additional increase in digestive activity is strongly discouraged here. In healthy people, after ingestion of dandelions by the bitter substances it contains, there may be an excess of acid in the stomach, which e.g. can be associated with heartburn.
For liver detoxification, the application is suitable as a tea cure.Pour in a cup of dandelion tea:
- One to two teaspoons of dandelion herb with root
(dried in the pharmacy) with
- 0.25 liters of boiling water
- After 10 minutes, the infusion is strained
- Drink the tea two to three times a day for four to six weeks
Alternatively, there is fresh juice squeezed in pharmacies, health food stores and organic food stores, of which one tablespoon is taken two or three times a day. In spring, the freshly harvested young stems can also be chewed daily or prepared as a dandelion salad.
Regeneration using the artichoke
The artichoke leaves (Cynarae folium) are said to have, among other things, a liver detoxifying and regenerating effect, which is attributed to the contained coffeoylquinic acid derivatives and other bitter substances. The focus here is on the bile-specific effect, which regulates fat digestion and, as a result, reduces blood lipid and cholesterol levels. The artichokes can be consumed as vegetables, taken as fresh juice or drunk as tea.
Danger: Since the stimulation of bile activity can lead to painful colic or even a breakthrough of the gallbladder when the gallbladder and bile ducts are blocked, these conditions are considered a contraindication to the use of the artichoke.
Liver detoxification with milk thistle
A direct effect on the liver tissue is achieved by using milk thistle fruits (Cardui mariae fructus). The effective silymarin acts as an antagonist of various known liver toxins, for example the poison of the green tuber agaric. By changing the surface structure of the liver cells, it protects them from the ingress of toxic substances. It stimulates the formation of new liver cells and thus promotes the organ's ability to regenerate.
Milk thistle can be used for detoxification by drinking 2 to 3 cups of a fresh infusion daily.For a liver tea with milk thistle you need:
- 0.25 liters of hot water
- 30 grams of milk thistle fruits
- 15 grams of dandelion herb with root
- 15 grams of peppermint leaves
- 15 grams of horehorn herb
Bring the water to a boil. Mix the herbs and pour hot water over two teaspoons. After 10 minutes, the infusion is strained. If necessary, the tea can be sweetened with a little honey.
Strengthen the liver with daisies and wayfaring
The list of medicinal plants that act on the liver and bile is long. Suitable are e.g. Liverwort, celandine, boldo leaves, yarrow, milfoil, Odermenning, angelica root, yellow sorrel and turmeric, which is also known in Germany as "turmeric". An Austrian-American research team led by Michael Trauner from the Medical University of Graz, for example, was able to confirm in a study a few years ago that turmeric can be successfully used to treat liver problems.
Another proven home remedy from the field of herbal medicine is a tea with daisies. Because the herbaceous plant has always been valued for its protective and strengthening effect on liver health.For a daisy infusion you need:
- A quarter liter of water
- 20g daisy flowers and leaves
- 20g nettle leaves
Mix the herbs. Bring the water to a boil and scald two teaspoons of the mixture. After 10 minutes of brewing, strain the tea and drink a cup of it two to three times a day.
If the bile flow is disturbed and the liver as a whole is to be strengthened, the Wegwarte can offer good support. As the name suggests, this grows preferentially at the edges of the path, but also occurs, for example, at the edges of fields and embankments.
The sky blue flowers are characteristic of the plant family from the daisy family, whereby the flower heads are usually only open in the morning. The Wegwarte has a detoxifying, stimulating and strengthening effect on the liver and bile, but is also used, for example, for skin diseases and eczema.
- Take a teaspoon of the root and herb of the medicinal plant
(dried in the pharmacy available)
- Pour a quarter liter of cold water over the mixture
- Heat the infusion and let it cook for three minutes
- Strain the tea and drink two to three cups a day
Even without the direct supply of toxic substances such as alcohol, drugs or medication, the massive influence of chemicals and environmental toxins, the liver is properly used just by breaking down, building up and converting food and the resulting metabolic products. This applies all the more, the more unreasonably and greasy the meals turn out and the more the food preservation procedures were exposed.
Accordingly, it is important to strive for a permanent change to a varied diet with untreated, whole foods. Above all, a lot of fresh vegetables, cereals and legumes should be represented on the menu and to a certain extent also dairy products, meat products and fish.
A fasting cure can do a good job for targeted cleansing and detoxification of the liver. However, this should be done slowly and moderately, otherwise the organism would be overloaded by the excreting toxins. For example, the fasting cure can be started with a three-day apple diet (fasting) and then transferred to a juice cure.
In addition to carrot juice, beetroot juice, spinach, celery and parsley juice, only water should be consumed. If the detoxification process causes itching on the body, a glass of hot water in the morning, to which the juice of half a lemon is added, usually helps.
The resulting body and bad breath can be reduced with chlorophyll tablets, which are available in the pharmacy. Of course, alcohol, nicotine and other harmful substances are not used during the entire time. The liver can be supported in its detoxification process with warm wraps (or a hot water bottle) or daily packs of castor oil.
Detoxification of the liver with Glauber's salt
Detoxification of the liver can also be done with Glauber's juice. It is sodium sulfate (Natrum sulfuricum), which is used orally as a laxative. After a few days of preparation, in which mainly apple juice is to be drunk, the Glauber's salt is taken in combination with grapefruit juice and olive oil for two consecutive days. In the subsequent vigorous bowel movement there are now numerous green stones that float on the surface of the stool and as gallstones, i.e. as the smallest gallstones.
The liver cure with Glauber's salt is often referred to as a "horse cure" due to partly violent vomiting and massive diarrhea. No. 10 from Schüssler's mineral therapy is a gentle alternative. Sodium sulfuricum D6 stimulates the function of the liver and bile and supports the elimination of toxins from the body. The Schüssler salts can be taken for a long time, even during a fasting cure.
In a consistently psychosomatic way of looking at things, such as Dethlefsen and Dahlke's classic “Disease as a Path”, there is a psychological correspondence with the function of the organ in the material area. In this way, a healthy liver function is interpreted as a physical expression for the ability for the “right measure”, a good evaluation and assessment of people and things in one's own life, and the distinction between what is beneficial or toxic for you.
For good liver hygiene, you can check for yourself whether there is an excessive amount in the field of professional, interpersonal relationships or beliefs or people, circumstances and circumstances that are not good for you. Subsequent sorting and "garbage removal" should also lead to relief on the physical level (see e.g. "Shamanic exercises for modern people"). (jvs, nr)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Jeanette Viñals Stein, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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