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Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment - Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Posted 1/1/2019 11:19:00 PM By Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment By Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH) is a potentially serious form of ‘non-alcoholic fatty  liver’ disease, which is characterized by the inflammation of the liver. The  damage caused by this disease to the liver is histologically indistinguishable from the liver damage resulting  from excessive use of alcohol.

Similar  to other liver conditions that fall under the umbrella term of ‘Non-alcoholic  fatty liver disease,’ the occurrence of Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is  a result of ‘storage of too much fat in liver cells.’ The excess fat acts as a toxin  to liver cells.

Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH) is considered a serious type of Non-alcoholic fatty  liver disease because it can progress to the scarring of the liver and can  cause irreversible damage to the liver. In the most severe cases, NASH can also progress to  potentially fatal liver conditions, such as liver cirrhosis and liver failure.

NASH can  affect people of any age group, but the risk of the disease is usually high for  people in the 40s and 50s. Moreover, people with Diabetes and people who have a body fat concentrated  in the abdomen are also at a high risk of the disease.

Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH): Causes

The  exact cause behind the occurrence of Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH),  because of accumulation of fat in the liver, is not yet clearly known. However,  doctors believe that certain health conditions, are apparently linked to NASH and cause fatty  livers to develop inflammation. These conditions may include:

  • Obesity (a condition of being overweight,  particularly with fat concentrated in the waist area)
  • High blood sugar levels (Hyperglycemia), indicating  Type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin resistance (due to which cells fail to take  up sugar in response to the hormone insulin)
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High blood pressure
  • High levels of ‘triglycerides’ or abnormal  cholesterol level in blood
  • Metabolic syndrome.

Due to  these health conditions, the deposits of fat in the liver cause the  inflammation of the liver, and may lead to a buildup of scar tissue (fibrosis)  in the liver.

Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH): Symptoms

Some  of the common signs and symptoms related to the occurrence of Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH) are:

  • Enlarged liver
  • Fatigue and/or malaise
  • Pain in right upper quadrant
  • Swollen abdomen (Ascites)
  • Enlarged blood vessels just below the surface of  the skin
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Larger than normal breasts in men
  • Redness of the palms
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH): Ayurvedic Viewpoint

In  Ayurveda, the liver is considered one of the most important organs of the body,  because it is the site of digestion and metabolisation. The ayurvedic texts highlight the fact that  the basic functions of the liver include the metabolisation of fat and the  purification of blood by eliminating toxins. Hence, any imbalance in the liver  can result in the occurrence of serious liver diseases like NASH and other  fatty liver conditions, Cirrhosis, Hepatitis, etc.

Ayurvedic  experts believe that the  liver is comprised of the fire and water elements, belonging to the ‘Pitta’  dosha. Therefore, conditions like NASH and other nonalcoholic fatty liver  diseases occur when an individual consumes foods which are too fiery or hot.  These foods can lead to a dysfunctional liver.

According  to the ancient  Indian practice of Ayurvedic medicine, liver can be protected against NASH --  and other diseases which lead to fat deposition in the liver -- with the help  of certain herbal formulations which can detoxify the liver and  eliminate toxins, as well as with some other natural remedies and dietary changes.

Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH): Treatment

The treatment of Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is  largely focused on the elimination of the possible causes of the disease in  affected individuals and control of potential risk factors associated with the  disease.

Hence,  the widely accepted treatment goal for NASH includes the discontinuation of  drugs or toxins, weight loss, management of dyslipidemia or hyperglycemia,  and use of medications to correct biochemical and histologic abnormalities in  NASH.

For  managing NASH in a safe and natural manner, Planet Ayurveda herbal  manufacturing offers some excellent herbal products which have been prepared  from 100% pure herbs. These herbal products, which can have a beneficial effect  on liver health, include:

1.Liver Detox capsules:

To prepare these capsules, several  potent herbs with proven liver-detoxification properties are combined,  including Punarnava  (Boerhaavia diffusa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Makoy (Solanum nigrum), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kasni (Cichorium intybus), Jhavuka (Tamarix gallica), Himsra (Capparis spinosa), and Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium).

The use  of Liver Detox capsules can benefit patients suffering from NASH because the  herbal components of the capsules have the ability to cleanse  and detoxify the liver, maintain healthy functioning of the liver, reduce  cholesterol levels, improve the digestive process, and provide the body with  adequate levels of healthy nutrients required for good overall health.

Dosage: Two capsules, two times a  day, after meals.

2.Indian Echinacea capsules:

The  preparation of these capsules involves the use of standardized  extract of ‘Indian Echinacea’ herb (Kalmeghor Andrographis paniculata). The  herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antibiotic, and anti-viral  properties, and is considered an excellent  herbal supplement for good health.

The  use of Indian Echinacea capsules is beneficial for NASH patients because the  capsules can effectively manage liver and kidney diseases, improve the functioning  of the liver, cleanse the blood, manage gastric disorders, remove toxins from  the body, and treat Hepatitis.

Dosage: Two capsules, two times a  day, after meals.

3.Phyllanthus Niruri capsules:

For  preparing these capsules, the standardized herbal extracts of the  ‘Bhumi amla’ herb (Phyllanthus niruri)  are used. The herb is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations because of its  acrid, cooling, alexipharmic and diuretic properties.

The  use of Phyllanthus  Niruri capsules can be helpful in managing NASH because they have the ability  to improve liver function, purify the blood, and treat several  gastrointestinal conditions, including hyperacidity, constipation, etc.

Dosage: Two capsules, two times a  day, after meals.

4.Yakrit Plihantak churna:

A combination  of some extremely rare and beneficial herbs is used for the preparation of this  herbal powder, including Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Katuki (Picrorhiza  kurroa), Makoy (Solanum nigrum),  Kasni (Cichorium intybus), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea), and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba).

The use  of the churna is beneficial in managing NASH because its herbal ingredients are  capable of treating a number of liver conditions by regenerating the  liver cells, managing liver inflammation, correcting liver metabolism,  preventing liver failure, eliminating toxins, and increasing bile production  and excretion.

Dosage: One teaspoonful of the churna, two times a day, after  meals.

Conclusion: Planet Ayurveda’s herbal  products can effectively manage Non-alcoholic  steatohepatitis (NASH) and prevent its potential health complications. However,  it is also important for NASH patients to remember that the consumption of foods  that are too fiery or hot may disturb the balance of the body’s doshas, and  lead to a dysfunctional liver. Hence, patients suffering from NASH should eat a  healthy plant-based diet, which  is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, and should also  maintain a healthy weight with the help of regular exercise.


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