Liver and gallbladder function is essential for proper digestion and elimination, as well as overall body metabolism. The liver is, among other things, the body’s ‘master filter’, cleansing the blood of impurities and poisons, neutralizing them and transforming them into bile, an excretory fluid that has a key role as a natural laxative, intestinal alkalizer, and fat emulsifier and digestant. Bile is stored in the gallbladder until it is needed. Then it is squirted through the bile duct into the upper part of the small intestine. If the bile becomes obstructed, pain and digestive disturbances result, along with a condition called jaundice. Gallstones are often responsible for this condition, which is characterized by yellow and itching skin, and yellow in the whites of the eyes, as bile salts escape into the blood and are excreted through the skin. Infection of the liver, known as hepatitis, also produces the symptoms of jaundice. Cirrhosis of the liver involves the destruction of the liver cells and their replacement by scar tissue, which gradually renders the organ unable to function and, unless reversed in time, results in death. It is caused by malnutrition, fatty accumulations in the liver, and the toxic effect of excessive alcohol consumption on the liver cells. Age spots, also known as liver spots, commonly appear on exposed areas of the skin as people grow older and their livers begin to function less effectively. They seem to disappear, however, as the liver is restored to full function and the blood is cleansed. Cancers and tumours seem to be connected with an inability of the liver to carry out its normal function of neutralizing poisons and detoxifying the system.
A juice fast followed by the Inner Cleanse Diet is a first step to clean out and rebuild a malfunctioning liver. All processed and canned foods, as well as all chemical additives should be strictly avoided. Hepatic and cholagogue herbs, along with a few specific liver alteratives, will stimulate and rebuild the organ. Castor oil fomentations and clay packs are excellent aids. Red beets and beet juice or powder are especially beneficial, as is lemon juice, papaya juice and grape juice.
Do not do a Liver Flush if you have an acute condition of the Liver or Gallbladder
Single Herbs: Black Radish (builder, cleanser, regulator); Milk Thistle, Reishi, Barberry, Burdock root, Alfalfa (liver tonics); Beet powder, Dandelion, Garlic, Goldenseal root, Gravel Root, Parsley (hepatics and cholagogues).
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), Vitamin C (2,000 to 4,000 mg), Vitamin E (400 IU), Lecithin (9,600 mg), Phosphatidyl choline (2,400 mg daily), Essential Fatty Acids, Colostrum.