Red palms can indicate liver issues.

Cirrhosis is a chronic liver disease that is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time. The damage to the normal liver tissue prevents this important organ from cleaning the blood. If the damage is not stopped, the liver gradually loses its ability to carry out its normal functions. When this happens it is called liver failure.

Symptoms of Cirrhosis

Symptoms of cirrhosis vary, depending on severity of the condition. Mild cirrhosis may not exhibit any symptoms at all. Furthermore each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms in men may include breast enlargement, hair loss and the shrinking of testes. They may also lose their sex drive and feel tired all of the time.

The appearance is affected by the curling of fingers, jaundice, muscle wasting, redness of palms, weight loss and spider like veins in the skin.

Other symptoms include abnormal nerve function, coughing up or vomiting blood, itching, lack of appetite, redness of palms, weakness, fever and the enlargement of salivary glands.

High blood pressure also occurs in more than half of people who are afflicted with cirrhosis, so natural treatments focus on that as well. This type of blood pressure, known as portal hypertension may also cause bleeding into the intestines and fluid accumulation throughout the body.

People who suffer form cirrhosis are also more at risk for infections because their livers cannot form the proteins that are needed to fight infection off.

Yet another symptom is a wound or cut that takes longer than usual to stop bleeding.

Causes of Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis occurs as the result of chronic damage to the liver. The most common cause of cirrhosis is alcohol abuse. Chronic damage causes scar tissue to slowly replace normal functioning liver tissue. Over time blood flow to the organ is diminished and nutrients, hormones, drugs, and poisons are no longer processed effectively. In addition, protein production and other substances produced by the liver are inhibited.

Aside from alcohol and drug abuse, cirrhosis is also caused by hepatitis, exposure to chemicals, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and high levels of copper in the body and high tyrosine levels in the blood at birth.

Ways to Halt Cirrhosis Naturally

Treatment for cirrhosis cannot reverse liver damage, but it can stop or slow progression of the disease and reduce complications. Treatment depends on what is causing the cirrhosis and which particular complications, if any, have appeared.

Stop smoking and drinking. The immediate front line treatment for the disorder is to stop smoking and drinking immediately. In many cases this means that the individual get treatment for alcoholism from a therapist or a support group.

Avoid Ibuprofun. Sufferers of cirrhosis may also be advised to stay away from medications like ibuprofen as they can cause the liver to become inflamed

Cut down on salt. This helps reduce water retention and slows down the degeneration of liver tissues.

Drink Green Tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress, which initiates cirrhosis of tissues. Plus, it has a protective effect against liver disease and has antiviral properties that help fight viral hepatitis.

Eat Your Antioxidants. The antioxidatns in fresh fruit and vegetables such as berries m carrots, garlic, artichoke, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage can help treat the condition.

Most treatment is directed to preventing complications. There are many medicines, such as penicillamine or chochicine that may be prescribed to halt the degradation of liver cells.

Herbs such as Eclipta, Papaya Seeds and Milk Thistle may also help the condition.

Cirrhosis is a progressive liver disease, and damage sustained to the liver is irreversible. However, with proper nutrition, avoidance of certain toxins (such as alcohol), vitamin supplementation, and management of cirrhosis complications, further liver damage can often be delayed or stopped

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