How to heal your liver with natural remedies and diet, while addressing the emotional and metaphysical causes of liver ailments.
By Javier Ramon Brito
In Energy medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture, your liver is ruled by your Liver Meridian, which is more active between 1 and 3 AM.
When your liver energies are unbalanced, your body tells you about it in different ways. Some of these physical symptoms may appear in your body:
• Waking up between 1 and 3 AM.
• Pain (or an uncomfortable feeling) in the upper right side of your abdomen.
• Intolerance to fats and greasy food or to spicy food.
• Jaundice (yellow color in the white part of your eyes or on your skin).
• Yellow or gray feces.
• Nausea or low appetite.
• Pain (or uncomfortable sensation) around the 4th and 5th thoracic vertebrae.
• Pain in your right shoulder.
• Pain or uncomfortable sensation in your lower second premolars in your mouth.
There are several natural herbal remedies for your liver:
1. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum).
2. Bold tea (Peumus boldus).
3. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
4. Horehound (Marrubium vulgare).
5. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
There are also some vitamins and minerals which are essential for your liver.
• Choline has proven to be beneficial for your liver. Choline is an essential nutrient, a member of the B-complex family, which teams up with Inositol to utilize fat and cholesterol. In other words, it minimizes the excessive deposits of fats and cholesterol in the liver and the arteries.
• Vitamin K is also important for your liver.
• Al the B vitamins are also needed to restore your energy.
• Potassium is key for the good health of your liver.
• Selenium and vitamin E are also important to fight free radicals that can damage your liver.
• Coenzyme Q10 increases tissue oxygenation at cellular level, so it might be helpful in case you need to fight a viral infection.
• Chlorophyll helps to restore and detoxify the blood.
• Vitamin C and bioflavonoids can also be useful, as they have an anti-inflammatory effect. Catechin, which is a bioflavonoid, is helpful in treating the symptoms of hepatitis.
• Acidophilus (and bifidobacteria) are known to help maintain a friendly flora in the gastrointestinal tract.
Please note that it is usually advised to avoid any iron supplements when you have a liver infection, because a damaged or stressed liver cannot process iron effectively.
Yes. The remedy of choice for the liver is Chelidonium. Also useful are Hepar Sulph. and the cell salt Kali. Sulph. (Kali Sulphuricum).
Bach flowers are also very helpful at vibrational level to balance the energies of your liver meridian. They work with the emotional causes of liver complaints (which are explained below). The remedies of choice in this case are Impatients, Willow and Holly.
Diet is very important to restore and fix your liver energies. You should avoid fats, greasy foods and fried foods.
Also, a weak liver does not handle well diary products.
Avoid also red meat, chocolate, oranges, tangerines, nuts or oils that have been subjected to heat (either in processing or in cooking), potato chips, sausages and processed meats.
Also avoid alcohol in any form. That goes without saying.
Try to include more vegetables, legumes, seeds and natural fruits in your diet. Vitamin K is important for the liver and you can take it from green leafy vegetables.
Also increase your consumption of foods high in potassium, such as bananas, almonds, brewer´s yeast, dulse, kelp, raisins, prunes and rice.
Limit your intake of fish to a maximum of two serving a week (and do not eat raw for undercooked seafood), because a damaged liver cannot handle well the high amount of vitamin A that is contained in these foods.
Your liver is the seat of anger and primitive emotions, as Louise Hay rightly stated. So liver problems indicate a pattern of chronic complaining, justifying fault-finding to deceive yourself. Jaundice reveals internal and external prejudice, and when it comes to hepatitis, there is a clear resistance to change, with fear, anger and hatred, as Louise Hay says. (1)
Also, as Claudia Rainville points out, the ailments that affect the parenchyma of the liver (the functional part of it), refer to emotions of lack, because the liver is an organ for the reserve and distribution of nutrients. (2) So watch for any emotions you may have that involve feelings of “lack”, which are most often than not accompanied by some feelings of anger about it.
A third ingredient is a feeling of unhappiness, as Dr. John Diamond has discovered. As in the case where you are very unhappy because your lover has left you and you think everything would be perfect if only your lover would come back. The basic idea is that you feel that the fault always lies with someone else. (3)
Another perspective comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where the liver meridian is associated with the Wood Element. Disturbances in the Wood Element involve confusion about where you are going and why, as Dr. Rudolph Bellentine states. So anger about being out of synch with your Plan leads to liver problems. (4)
It is therefore advised to face also these possible emotional and metaphysical causes of your liver complaints. Stop complaining. Stop the anger. Make peace with your Plan and your expectations about it.
This involves inner work. Meditation is a wonderful tool in this regard. You can join my meditation class , which makes it easy for you to meditate.
You can also read my book How to Find Your Passion and Purpose in Life to have clarity about your passion and your purpose in your current circumstances.
(1) Hay, Louise. Heal Your Body. Hay House, 1982, pp. 40, 45, and 47.
(2) Rainville, Claudia. El Gran Diccionario de la MetaMedicina. Ediciones Obelisco, 2015, p. 331.
(3) Diamond, John, M.D. Life Energy. Paragon House. 1985. pp. 111 to 117.
(4) Ballentine, Rudolph, Dr. Radical Healing. Rider, 1999, p. 191.