The liver is the second largest organ in the body. It plays a pivotal role in nutrient assimilation and utilization from the foods we consume; it is a primary detoxifier; and houses many important vitamins and nutrients.
According to ayurvedic medicine, the liver houses the emotions anger, irritability, and frustration. Symptoms of toxicity are mostly related to excess pitta dosha and include skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea. Physical symptoms include autoimmunity and inflammation.
The best liver antidotes cleanse the blood and expel excess pitta out of the small intestine. Leafy greens, cooling alteratives, and cooling spices reduce pitta dosha. If pitta is in excess, specific herbs such as turmeric, cumin and fennel seeds can help to break up toxins without increasing internal heat. Additional symptoms of excess pitta are candida imbalance; quick digestion; malabsorption of important nutrients; heat and inflammations of the skin, acne, and rosacea; and diarrhea.
Do you need to cleanse your liver?
- Autoimmune diseases
- Acid reflux
- Fast digestion
- Pungent body odor
- Pungent breath
- Aversion to garlic and onion
- Candidas, or other bacteria infections
Liver Cleansing Tea
The liver is a crucial part of the detoxification system. It also is pivotal in digestion, by helping the utilization of the nutrients we extract from the foods we eat. When the liver becomes overloaded from a poor diet, to much alcohol, medications or drugs — you can be left feeling angry, critical and hot tempered. This tea can help repair the liver. Hibiscus and rose are cooling while dandelion root are natural diuretics that clear excess water. Burdock roots has long been used as a blood cleanser and helps circulation, providing blood to your skin and giving you a radiant complexion.
- 2 tsp dandelion leaf
- 2 tsp burdock root
- 1 tsp ground organic red rose petals
- 1 tsp hibiscus flowers
- 1 tsp coriander seeds crushed
Put the herbs in a warmed teapot. Bring a kettle or a medium saucepan of spring water to just below the boiling point and pour 1 3/4 cups water over the leaves, roots and flowers. Steep for 10 minutes and strain into 2 cups and enjoy with a bit of monkfruit sugar. Drin 2-4 cups per day for maintenance.
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Ayurvedic Treatment Snehana Virechana
The ayurvedic cleansing method used to powerfully cleanse the liver is called snehana virechana. It includes specific dietary and herbal regiment for a specific period of days in a row in conjunction with a strict fat free diet, and the drinking of ghee or coconut oil first thing in the morning for a period of 3-7 days. The restriction of dietary fats in conjunction with consuming fats at certain times causes the gallbladder to build and store bile. On the last day, the practitioner drinks an herbal laxative which causes the gallbladder and liver ducts to dilate and purge the stored bile and toxins.
This treatment reorganizes digestive strength, balances metabolism, and cleanses the liver the blood and the small intestine.
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