Natural remedies for hepatitis C

Hepatitis implies injury to liver characterized by presence of inflammatory cells in the liver tissue. The condition can be self limiting, healing on its own, or can progress to scarring of the liver. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than 6 months and chronic when it persists longer. A group of viruses known as the hepatitis viruses cause most cases of liver damage worldwide. Hepatitis can also be due to toxins (notably alcohol), other infections or from autoimmuneprocess. The patient becomes unwell and symptomatic when the disease impairs liver functions that include, among other things, screening of harmful substances, regulation of blood composition, and production of bile to help digestion.  Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus. The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. HCV is spread primarily by blood-to-blood contact associated with intravenous drug use, poorly sterilized medical equipment and transfusions. An estimated 200 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. (Wikipedia)

Natural remedies for hepatitis C

There are many natural herbs and remedies used by herbalists to cure liver problems such as hepatitis C. Most of the studies with these natural cures, like milk thistle, have been done in patients with liver disease in general, not hepatitis C specifically. You can still try these natural remedies for hepatitis C to help complement the traditional treatment.

Milk thistle

The scientific name of milk thistle is silybum marianum. The plant comes from the aster family and has red and purple flowers. The active ingredients likely comes from the fruit of the plant and is called silymarin. It is available in capsules and liquid form and is used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases. Silymarin may also be used as a preventive agent or an antidote for mushroom poisoning. Those who support the use of milk thistle, in hepatitis C, claim that it relieves congestion in the liver, spleen and kidneys. Recent studies also suggest that milk thistle may protect the liver by acting as an antioxidant and preventing toxins from injuring the liver cells. Milk thistle is generally well tolerated but may sometimes have side effects like nausea, diarrhea, flatulence or altered bowel habits.

Caution: Milk thistle may interact with anti psychotic medications, phenytoin, aspirin and halothane.

Oregano oil

The best replacement for milk thistle is oregano oil. It’s known to kill viruses and regenerate liver cells. If you can not tolerate milk thistle, you can give oregano oil a try.

Licorice root

Studies conducted to date have not produced definitive conclusions about the the efficacy of licorice root in hepatitis C . Its mechanism of action is unclear, but it may have antiviral properties that prevent progression to liver cancer in hepatitis C. Side effects include high blood pressure, sluggishness, water retention producing swelling in legs, and headache. In one study, patients who took a combination of licorice root, milk thistle, and several other herbs had improved measures of liver enzymes (a marker of liver damage and inflammation) and tests of liver function.

Caution: Licorice root can interact with certain drugs like diuretics, digoxin, steroids, insulin, oral contraceptives and heart rhythm medications.

Amino acid “Alpha-Lipoic Acid” – ALA

To lower AST and ALT enzymes levels count, take amino acid – Alpha Lipoic Acid ALA.  Try ALA 50 mg on an empty stomach. There are some capsules as high as 600 mg which would be beneficial for even advanced stages of liver disease. There is a stable form of the more active molecule called R-Fraction which is touted to deliver over 5 times more Thioctic Acid, and has been reported to have less irritation on delivery.

There is a case study in written in the Well-Being Journal Jan/Feb 2009 Volume 18, No 1. Where a doctor has cured a serious hepatitis C patient with ALA, he added milk thistle and selenium as a support, and called the three items, his “cocktail”.

BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

BHT is a lab-created antioxidant that is often added to foods for use as a preservative, but it also is used as a home remedy for cold sores and herpes in general. The chemical is a fat-soluble organic compound closely related to vitamin E.

Caution! BHT is considered generally safe as a food additive; however, medicinal doses are much higher than that found in foods, and some have reported links between BHT and both hyperactivity in children and cancer development.

As a complementary therapy, BHT is regarded as a strong antiviral and antioxidant, especially when used in tandem with Vitamin C and L-lysine.

BHT is approved as a food preservative only. It is NOT an approved treatment for ANY disease or condition.
Please consult your physician before starting any BHT treatment. Any suggestions given on this site are not intended to  replace your doctor’s advice

There are many people reporting success with the use of food grade BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) as an effective treatment for hepatitis C in all of its variants. The dosages used are between 200 mg and 350 mg taken once or twice a day with water on an empty stomach. You can also take the following supplements with your BHT to improve the energy level during the treatment.

Supplements that work well with BHT

1. A generic multivitamin and mineral supplement.
2. Vitamin B12 in a dosage of 1mg [ milligrams ] which is the same as 1,000mcg [ micrograms ] per day.
3. Vitamin C in a daily dosage of 500mg to 1, 000mg per day.
4. One vitamin B complex pill per day.
5. The lipid monolaurin. Not sure of dosage.
6. The herb chanca piedra has helped some people. Not sure about dosage.
7. Sodium selenite in a dosage of 50 [ micrograms ] a day.

Caution: Avoid grapefruit juice, milk thistle and vitamin E, if you are on BHT treatment. Grape fruit juice and Milk thistle blocks the effectiveness of the BHT.

Avoid these supplements while on BHT

1. Milk thistle and it`s extracts. It reacts with BHT in a way that degrades the treatment.
2. Vitamin E supplements. Yes you need some vitamin E. But vitamin E supplements were proven to ENHANCE hepatitis C`s virons ability to replicate and therefore vitamin E supplements should be avoided.
3. Any and all other supplements should be avoided until and unless I see evidence they work well with the BHT treatment.

 Anyone wishing to try this treatment needs to test themselves regarding sensitivity to BHT. Start with very low dosages and see how it effects you. Generally most people tolerate between 200mg and 700mg of BHT per day well, but not everyone.

For more information about BHT to treat hepatitis viruses go to: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/BHTcures/

Vitamin B12

B12 vitamin has been proven to help in the fight against Hep C and the vitamin D3 as well. Take 5,000 mcg B12 daily and 500 mg vitamin D daily.

Schisandra

Schisandra is a plant that has been used for centuries as part of traditional Japanese medicine. In one small study, a Japanese herbal medicine called TJ-108 containing schisandra fruit had an antiviral effect on hepatitis C. However, the researchers aren’t sure whether the schisandra or other ingredients in the herbal remedy were responsible for this effect.

St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort has gained popularity for treating mild to moderate depression. Some patients with hepatitis C take the herbal remedy to counter the side effects of conventional treatment, but there is no evidence that it works.

Lemon

Add fresh lemon to your water every morning – all day! Fresh Lemon is a GREAT Liver detoxifier! Did you know that the enzymes in fresh lemon help to stimulate our body’s own natural Glutathione? And that Glutathione is a natural and essential detoxifier in the liver.  Detoxing the liver and building up your Immune System to help fight Hepatitis C from the inside out made great sense, helping to raise your pH and make your body less acidic.

Caution: PLEASE do not add fresh lemon to your plastic water bottles ever!!! The chemicals in fresh lemon actually leach toxins out’ve the plastic and can be very harmful

General Immune and Anti-Viral Support for the Liver (in order of importance)

It is not necessary to use all of these, but using at least the first group is highly recommended, and should produce a tremendous health improvement.  These alone are not likely to enact a cure, but they will provide a body with the backup support that it needs for when we take the attack to the next level.

  • Healthy diet emphasizing lots of fruits, vegetables, berries, and nuts.
  • Sunlight
  • Milk Thistle 400 mg. twice daily
  • Mega-dose of Vitamin C (ie. 3000 mg. twice a day)
  • St. John’s Wort (unless there is a chance of pregnancy)
  • Flax Seed Oil mixed with yogurt (Budwig style)
  • Turmeric or curcumin
  • Selenium (small amount)
  • Get some light exercise every day
  • Arginine (especially if over the age of 30)
  • Licorice root
  • Dandelion
  • Switch to sea salt
  • Iodine (externally only)
  • Zinc supplements

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