What natural supps help a swollen liver?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by alaska3355, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    It's not for us, it's for a friend of mine. Her daughter came down with mono last summer (she's 21) and never really recovered. The doc is now guessing she has CFS but she has had an enlarged liver, to the point where she was advised not to ride her horse anymore. I know milk thistle is a good support for the liver...is there anything else she could be doing? I don't know the particulars of her treatment with her doc. Terri
  2. kch64

    kch64 New Member

    Milk thistle is good, but tell her to be very careful.

    She may want to try acupuncture also. It's a really good help for many things that western med can't help.

    [This Message was Edited on 03/15/2006]
  3. SherylD

    SherylD Guest

    I was just reading Stormyskyes post...She ment to say...Milk thistle and Dandelion root...

    Good luck..
  4. kbak

    kbak Member

    People think of mono as not to serious. In some people it's not bad, in other's it can be devestating. We had one young man here in town who got mono that went to his liver, and ended up losing his liver.

    I'm not sure who's treating your friends daughter, but I hope he's taking this liver swelling seriously. Altho milk thistle is great for the liver, it could be she might actually need an anti viral.

    Milk thistle should not be taken everyday. 4-5 day's on 2-3 off. I don't know what their doing for your friend's daughter, but I hope it's more than just saying there's not much they can do. Mono can cause serious side effects that can have life long consequences.

  5. lolee

    lolee New Member

    Several years ago when I was having some unrelated lab work done the doc noticed something wonky concerning my liver, so he did ALL the tests, leading up to the final of testinf for Hep C, which came back Negative.

    He seemed to think that I must have had it at one time, but my body was able to fight it off . . . . .go figure . . .

    ANYWAY, I've always been able to feel when it was "backed up" as I call it.

    Right before and leading up to being diagnosed with this DD andlong with some other things, I was eating like 16 Vicodin ES's a day. The tyelenol alone was enough to kill me. So I started on the Milk Thistle. One (1) capsule, once a day for one (1) week, then one (1) capsule twice a day, from there on out. I no longer had the liver "pains" and twinges, I felt cleaner, my pee - well I don't know how to explain it, Stormyskye could probably put it into words better then I, but I felt like when I peed and/or pooped that I was truly ridding my body of toxins.

    I just felt better, like I said cleaner.

    I'm now on a whole supplement routine, more supplements then Rx's. Working toward less and less Rx's. And have bout the the Dandilion and will be adding that next week.

    Also, if you look up some of Stormy's previous posts she talks about a 3 week on and 1 week off program for supplements. I actually need to read it again so if I see it later today, I will bump it up for you, or if you find it first please bump it for me . . . . okay?

    Love and happiness!!

  6. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    First, I'm not a doctor. I have had hepatitis A and mono at the same time, back in my early 20's. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks. It took me a year to fully recover.

    The liver is such a critical organ. As I found on the internet, prompt professional medical treatment is warranted:

    Enlarged liver: Swelling of the liver.
    Introduction: A swollen liver is the symptom of many possible disorders, and needs prompt professional medical investigation. It is often related to a similar symptom: swollen spleen. There are many condition that may cause swollen liver or enlarged liver, including liver disorders such as hepatitis and various other diseases not directly related to the liver.

    One idea that could be helpful together with other treatment is the Castor Oil Pack. I will post the info below. But a doctor, MD or ND should be consulted.

    Best wishes for speedy healing to your friend's daughter.

  7. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I've had a swollen liver in the past. Dandelion is the gentlest, and I'd also use glutathione or NAC intermittently, both are very good for allergies too. I get too strong a herx from milk thistle.

  8. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    Castor Oil Packs

    Why castor oil packs may help?

    The skin is a living organ that absorbs external substances. When you place a hot pack of castor oil on your skin, the healing qualities of the oil can be absorbed. For this reason, it's important to use organic castor oil, which you can obtain from a health food store.

    If you are in liver overload due to taking prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, drinking too much alcohol, or because you have AIDS, or other conditions that tax or compromise your immune system, castor oil packs may be beneficial.

    Castor Oil Compress

    Simple procedure for detoxification and cleansing
    Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to ancient Egypt. Derived from the castor bean (Ricinus communis), the oil was once used internally as a laxative but is now primarily used externally due to its potential toxicity.

    Ultra pure, cold pressed, edible, top quality, hexane free (such as Palma Christi)

    Castor Oil Compresses may be used to treat the following ailments (partial list):
    • Problems involving lymph flow
    • Congestion
    • Inflammation: joints, arthritis, bursitis, muscles, organs
    • Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder)
    • Various liver conditions such as cirrhosis and torpid liver

    How it works

    A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.

    How it is made

    Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack.

    A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:

    • The right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver.
    • Castor oil packs are often recommended as part of a liver detoxifying program.

    Safety precautions

    Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or during menstrual flow.

    Castor Oil Compress Materials

    • Three layers of undyed wool or cotton flannel large enough to cover the affected area
    • Castor oil (use a high quality
    • Plastic wrap cut 1-2" larger than the flannel (can be cut from a plastic bag)
    • Hot water bottle (or electric heating pad)
    • Container with lid
    • Old clothes and sheets. Castor oil will stain clothing and bedding.

    Castor Oil Compress Method

    1. Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping.
    2. Place the compress over the affected body part.
    3. Cover with plastic.
    4. Place the hot water bottle (or electric heating pad) over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place.
    5. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda.
    6. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25-30 times, except for AIDS or any infection; change each time in these instances

    Frequency of use

    It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detox.

    This article is for information only. For treatment, consult your health care practitioner.

  9. kbak

    kbak Member

    Your always such a hoot! Your typings fine!

  10. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    As everyone else has said, milk thistle and dandelion tea are very good for the liver. Also, lemon juice is very cleansing and helps digestion. I add it to my water daily.

    It would best to find out why her liver is swollen. It may be a virus or something else. I had chronic liver problems for several years and finally discovered that I had toxins built up from chemical solvents from a job I had had 30 years ago. I had to do a major liver detox which was rather rough, but my liver has been much better since, and I do take milk thistle regularly, in additoin to the lemon juice.

    I was helped a lot by a chiropractor who does muscle testing - he directed the liver detox and gave me a supplement which helped with it, but it was specific for the chemical solvents. So that's what I always recommend people do - find a good chiropractor or other health care practitioner who does muscle testing. They're not all equally competent, but I was very lucky to find one who is very skilled.

  11. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    I always get such great responses on this board...I am going to copy these and let her know all of the ideas that came up. I think her daughter may join us so she can ask her own questions...the more the merrier, eh? I will ask her what her doc is doing for her, though. Terri