I recently went to see an acupuncturist for some chronic digestive problems and she told me that my liver is congested. Is this something serious? What should I do?
Consider this diagnosis a wake-up call. A congested or stagnant liver won’t put you in immediate danger, but it will produce symptoms—in your case digestive problems—that can lower your quality of life and indicate that you’re headed for trouble down the road. Think of liver congestion as a precondition for more serious problems. It occurs before Western medicine can detect any sign of liver malfunction, and it is a “condition” you and a traditional medical practitioner—such as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or ayurvedic doctor—can remedy.
Top 5 Yoga Poses For Liver Problems
Liver diseases are characterized by a number of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, hypoglycemia, depression, irritability, foggy brain, loss of appetite, and constipation amongst others. Common liver diseases include hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and more. Liver diseases require one to follow a restricted diet. For many liver diseases, low-fat and low-sodium diets are prescribed. Metabolism of high-fat and high-sodium foods stresses a weak liver. Yoga exercises help in improving liver health by stimulating the liver and other digestive organs. Read More…
Yoga and Dietary Tips for Good Liver Health
According to Ayurvedic principles, the liver is the principal site of agni (bodily fire)1 and provides energy for all other functions of the body. Similarly, in Chinese Medicine,2 the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi or energy around the body. There is no doubt that this, the largest organ in the body, plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing.
Not only is it the major fat-burning organ in the body, the liver is also responsible for maintaining blood sugar levels, storing important vitamins, iron and copper, regulating the proteins which cause the blood to clot when necessary and detoxifying toxic substances. Keeping the liver from becoming sluggish can be a preventative to a large number of ailments. Read More…
4 Yoga Poses to Help Detoxify the Liver
How healthy is your liver? Sitting just to the right of the stomach, your liver is the body’s largest gland used for detoxification. It is responsible for purifying blood and creating bile, which helps your body to digest fats. Without a properly functioning liver, you can become over-encumbered with toxins and pesticide residues that cannot find an exit, only to recirculate into your blood.
The liver is also responsible for breaking down alcohol, drugs (including antibiotics and pharmaceutical meds), and hormones, as well as converting stored sugar into glucose. It also stores some vitamins and iron for the body’s use. Read More…