Wednesday, February 02, 2011
or an infection or inflammation in the liver, bile obstruction, liver shunts
(portosystemic shunts), cirrhosis, and liver cancer can all benefit from
acupuncture and herbal remedies.
The liver has a tremendous capacity to heal and regenerate itself, if
given time and opportunity.
Therefore, routine blood work is recommended to catch changes early for
best preventative care.
liver in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) is responsible for the
smooth flow of energy, or qi.
Whenever there is pain or disease, the flow of energy is disrupted or
stagnant. By tonifying--or
treating the liver with acupuncture--disease processes and pain can be
improved. Liver qi can also become
stagnant through pensiveness, worrying or anxiety. There are many syndromes in TCVM that can be traced to liver
qi stagnation, or disrupted energy flow.
Sometimes liver overacts on “spleen” causing digestive upsets such as
diarrhea, inappetance, or constipation.
The liver can also generate too much heat from lack of flow, creating
symptoms such as hyperthyroidism, irritability, or seizures.
understand through modern medicine that the liver is the great detoxifier, kind
of like the oil filter on a car.
It can get sludgy if bile is not flowing smoothly. Gallstones and bile buildup can cause
pain and nausea. The liver, along
with the kidneys, metabolizes all the medications and chemicals the body is
exposed to. So proper function is
essential to keep the body healthy.
Bitters, or dark green leafy vegetables and herbs, are a traditional and
effective way of encouraging the release of bile. Bile is important for food digestion, in the right amounts. Qi gong meditation, exercise and deep
breathing exercises also help promote the smooth flow of liver qi energy
through the body.