is a swelling and inflammation of the liver. It’s not really a condition, but is a term used to refer to a “viral infection” of the liver.


can be caused by the following reasons:

Immune cells in the body attacking the liver (causing autoimmune hepatitis)
Infections from viruses hepatitis A, B, or C
Liver damage from alcohol, poisonous mushrooms, or other poisonous materials
Overdose of acetaminophen (which can be deadly)
Infections from bacteria or parasites

Liver disease can also be caused by inherited disorders such as cystic fibrosis or hemochromatosis (a condition where there’s too much iron in a persons body and the excess iron deposits in the liver.)

Symptoms of


Acute hepatitis can start and get better fairly quickly. Chronic hepatitis is long term and in some instances, may lead to liver damage, liver failure, or even liver cancer.

The severity of hepatitis depends on many factors, including the cause of the liver damage and any illnesses you may already have.

Hepatitis A, is usually short-term and doesn’t lead to chronic liver problems.

Hepatitis A symptoms include:

Abdominal pain or distention
Weight loss
Breast development in males
Nausea and vomiting
Dark urine and pale or clay-colored stools
Fever, usually low-grade
General itching
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Loss of appetite

Many people with hepatitis B or C don’t have symptoms initially when they are first infected. They can still develop liver failure later. Anyone at risk should be tested regularly.

Signs and tests for hepatitis B or C:

A physical examine may show an enlarged tender liver, fluid in the abdomen or yellowing of the skin.

Your doctor may order lab tests including, abdominal ultrasound, autoimmune blood markers, virus serologies, liver function tests or liver biopsy.

Paracentesis (a medical procedure involving needle drainage of fluid from a body cavity, most commonly the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen) if fluid is in your abdomen.

Many doctors recommend a high-calorie diet if you are losing weight, but the cause of your liver disease will determine their course of treatment.

Now, I would treat hepatitis with an all natural approach, by starting with a complete liver/gallbladder cleanse.

It serves no good purpose to start with vitamins, herbs, or any other nutritional building, if your liver is still contaminated from viruses, alcohol, poisons, toxins, bacteria or parasites!

Those all must be cleansed before starting the “build-up” process.

Some of the natural ingredients used to help recover good health from hepatitis are:

Licorice (Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Or if you have high blood pressure.)
Milk thistle extract
Olive leaf extract
Schizandra (Chinese herb)
Scutellaria, also known as (Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap),
Black radish
Green tea
Red clover
Yellow dock

Eat a raw vegetable and fruit diet for two to four weeks. Start this diet with a cleansing fast.

When symptoms are acute, make sure to replace fluids by drinking vegetable broth, diluted vegetable juices, and herbal teas.

Take 30 milligrams of zinc daily. The changes in virally infected liver cells that cause cirrhosis, involve an imbalance of zinc and copper, with copper in excess. As an oxidant, copper can damage the walls of cells, and zinc displaces copper from the cells.

Take 700 – 1,000 milligrams of liver extracts daily. In three to six months, the use of liver extracts, will lower liver enzyme levels.

Author: Steve Berchtold


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