Liver inflammation, or hepatitis, is a common symptom of a large number of liver diseases . Mild or more severe hepatitis is one of the most common liver diseases. Strong hepatitis restricts the functioning of the liver and the accumulation of bile dyes in the blood leads to jaundice. But even mild chronic hepatitis caused by drugs or alcoholism makes the liver consistently harm and leads to liver cirrhosis . Hepatitis is also a risk factor for liver cancer .
The hepatitis that is feared is infectious jaundice - infectious viral hepatitis. Jaundice is an ancient viral disease that occurs in all mammals and benefits from the blood filter function that the liver performs. In addition, the liver produces bile which returns to the intestine. This makes the liver an appealing target for parasites. All that a parasite has to do is run through the intestine into the blood, and after it's trapped in the liver, it grows there. The bruising then easily enters the intestine and out of the body where it can infect other hosts. This is how not only infectious jaundice, but also many tapeworms and motolice.
There are several types of hepatitis ( Hepatitis A , B , C and others), but all work similarly. During their long evolution, the hepatitis viruses have gained unprecedented resistance - dirt, soil and water in the affected areas is full of viable hepatitis viruses waiting for their opportunity. After successful infection, it is very beneficial for them to stay in the liver for years and to give as many new infectious material as possible. The hepatitis virus does what it can to do harm to its host, so many people are genuinely indifferent to its existence. However, it is not possible to avoid hepatocyte consumption, mild or stronger liver inflammation (hepatitis) and an increased risk of liver cancer . If the hepatitis virus was even smarter and did not even cause these problems, we could ignore it all just as we ignore the cunning Demedox folliculorum parasite that cleanses our pores to make our skin look better. Because the virus of jaundice is unfortunately not so smart, we should only know about it and protect it with proper hygiene or vaccination.
Potential of adaptogen against hepatitis
Adaptogens have direct antiviral and even antibacterial effects , but these are not enough to cure an extensive internal infection such as jaundice. The cytoprotective effect of adaptogens, however, greatly reduces the damage done by the hepatitis virus in our body. It's a similar situation to influenza - they do not have herbs or drugs for immediate cure, but they can significantly alleviate the annoying nature of the disease and speed up the return to health.
Specific hepatic protective effects ( hepatoprotective effects ) have multiple natural adaptogenic effects . Their protective effect is due, in part, to increasing the ability of the liver to withstand chemical and biological stress (for example, oxidative stress), partly by the action of inflammation of the liver and partly by improving the regeneration of the liver.
Particular mention should be made of the natural adaptogens used to treat liver diseases in TČM. According to Lam2016hec, these are mainly latin , ginseng right (and other types of ginseng ), Chinese coptis, Chinese gourd , licorice , turmeric and two standard herbal mixtures of TČM, which I describe on the page about liver diseases in general. Wogonin of Bayal Shihak has an effect against the hepatitis B virus. According to Guo2007, hepatitis B infection is also associated with the chemoprotective effects of adaptogens.