Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, usually caused by viral infection. The three most common types are: Hepatitis A (sporadic or epidemic, usually caused by fecal contamination); Hepatitis B (transmitted by blood, infected needles, sexual contact); Hepatitis C (suspected to be transmitted through blood transfusions). Mortality rate (1 -12%) is worse with Hepatitis C. Other causes of Hepatitis include viruses D, E, and G as well as herpes simplex, cytomegalovirus, and Epstein-Barr virus.

Recommended Action

Eat raw fruits and vegetables and vegetable broths (see vegetable broth under Inner Cleanse Diet) for the first several weeks of a hepatitis diagnosis. Drink lots of fluids including clean water, herbal tea and fruit juices. Roasted Dandelion root tea is an excellent morning drink. Green drinks, carrot and beet juice are very useful. If you are out of an acute stage, do a 12 day D-Tox diet or 10 days of the Inner Cleanse Diet. Artichokes are especially good to build up the liver. Both green and black teas have lots of catechin flavonoids and have been shown to reduce serum bilirubin levels in all types of Hepatitis.

Avoid alcohol, all fats, sugar and processes foods, white flours, fried foods, raw fish, and shellfish.

Single Herbs: Black Radish, Artichokes (builder, cleanser, regulator); Milk Thistle, Reishi, Miatake, Coriolus, Barberry, Burdock root, Alfalfa (liver tonics); Beet powder, Dandelion, Garlic, Licorice root, Goldenseal root, Gravel Root, Parsley (hepatics and cholagogues), Tumeric (anti-inflammatory).

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A (20,000 to 40,000 IU), B complex (high potency), Vitamin B6 (50 mg), Vitamin B12 (50 mcg), Niacin (100 mg), IP6 (2 capsules, twice daily), Vitamin C (2,000 up to 50 gm or bowel tolerance), Vitamin E (400 IU), Lecithin (9,600 mg), Phosphatidyl choline (2,400 mg daily), Essential Fatty Acids, Colostrum, Alpha Lipoic Acid.