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Liver / Gall Bladder
Overall indications that the hepatic system needs nutritional help
Your liver is your body’s Lowe’s (big-box hardware store). So if you want to build something or repair something, some aspect of that endeavor will usually require a trip to Lowe’s. This is one of the roles the liver performs for your whole body – how important is that.
General. The hepatic system (liver+gall bladder) interacts with all the other systems of the body. A sluggish hepatic system is energized by the stomach, and then the hepatic system will energize the lung and large intestine. When functioning well, it encourages proper circulation and blood composition, and when operating poorly, can create extra problems for the kidneys. My clients have taught me that nausea and loss of appetite especially in the morning usually begins here – in the liver, and they report digestive problems – acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas. AND that poor hepatic function is where diabetes originates. My clients have also taught me that allergies and migraines usually indicate liver function problems, as does many kinds of menstrual problems caused by excess estrogen (the liver removes excess estrogen from the blood).
Body Indicators. The muscles between the spine and shoulder blades on the upper mid back (rhomboids) are usually painful or tender from time to time with liver cases, especially on the right. If they are tender also on the left that may mean that the heart has become involved as well, as a result of poor blood quality (a liver function). Shoulder and knee problems point to liver as well as thyroid problems. Other signs include fatigue, and insomnia (due to the liver’s effect on the circulation and blood composition). Some indicators of liver weakness can be seen on the face. Typically if any area of the skin between the upper eye lashes and eyebrow is discolored, supports rashes, itches often or is loose or sagging or swelling (esp. in the morning) this indicates liver function problems. A vertical crease between the eyebrows is a common indicator with the depth indicating the length of involvement. Cravings for sour foods (mustard, pickles, ferments, olives, relish, tart drinks, lemon, etc.) indicate the liver needs cleansing and the lifestyle compensations post has more on what cravings mean. Chronic bad breath is a liver omen.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Indicators. The quality of the nails is an indicator of liver health. The tendons and ligaments are fortified by well working liver and gall bladder…or not (i.e. chronic tendonitis is a sign of a weak liver). All eye problems point to the liver, especially the uncommon eye diagnoses, or, if the eyes are affected unequally. Liver people don’t like to read for long periods of time as reading (using the eyes) stresses them and they need a break. Anomalies on the middle finger only (crooked, painful, swelling), and a sour taste in the mouth point to the liver. The liver and gall bladder are damaged by anger and resentment but are rebalanced by compassion. Liver people’s decisions are governed by the thought: Why won’t other people make me happy? So those that struggle with relationships due to their own expectations of others may be liver people.
German New Medicine Indicators. The damaging issue according to German New Medicine is a ‘survival conflict’. That is, people with liver problems have survival doubts often due to situations they perceive are beyond their control – which make them angry. Present manifestations might sound like “I can’t make it”, “handle it”, “take it anymore”, but the underlying emotion of anger about the inability to control one’s circumstances may be the damaging aspect.
Other factors: The major stressor of the hepatic system is anger, resentment and hatred followed by toxic chemical exposure (pharmaceuticals) and then constipation (which is a forgiveness deficiency, that is, reluctance to ‘let it go’). You don’t need to have all of these indicators to convince you of a liver imbalance. Some manifest in the early stages and others at later stages. My clients taught me that chronic feelings of ‘overwhelm’ are indicators of a deficient liver capacity.
Impact of the diet
The liver and gall bladder are both affected by diet, in particular the consumption of improperly prepared grains. Starches thicken the bile which is a substance formed in the liver and is supposed to flow freely from the liver through ducts into the gall bladder where it is held until acid substances exit the stomach. Nerves stimulate the gall bladder to contact at that time and freely flowing bile should exit the gall bladder through the bile duct and into the small intestine and adjust the pH of the food exiting the stomach so the food can be further broken down by pH sensitive enzymes and microbes to extract the energy from it. A diet high in carbs creates digestive sluggishness and eventually the bile turns to sludge and forms stones. Use moderation in carb consumption especially improperly processed grains.
To open circulation through the liver, Feverfew HP (#288-1) is the best Western herb 4-6B and Chinese Red Yeast Rice (#558-3) the Eastern preference 2B. To improve overall energy and stamina, which is very important in getting well, is Concentrated Chinese Nature’s Chi (#836-8) 2B 2D until energy and stamina improves and then try reducing. This first step is a must in all serious liver derangements because without blood and energy nothing gets fixed, AND if the liver hasn’t fixed itself, THIS is why. So start here. When energy returns and sleep has improved for a good month, then begin the Gentle Liver Cleanse. With serious diagnoses you should be drinking the Easy Therapeutic Broth.
Bad breath is a common complaint of liver people as is a sense of a bad taste in the mouth. If you have other liver signs then begin with concentrated Chinese Mood Elevator (#1035-7) 2B and N-Acetyl Cysteine (#509-7) 2B. When these manifestations clear up your problems are not over so do the Gentle Liver Cleanse.
Most people don’t think about their Gall Bladder too much unless they are in pain. Hopefully you are not here for that reason, but in the event you are, let’s address this first…
Gall Bladder attack
Open 8 capsules of Wild Yam (#745-2) into about 3 cups filtered water in a pot and simmer for about 25 minutes. The tea will be sudsy. When it cools to drinking temperature, start sipping. Take all 3 cups in a 24 hour period and make fresh again the next day. Continue after symptoms have abated for 2-3 days (or more). Repeat once a week for several months.
Thick bile is the origin of Gall Bladder problems and as seen above this comes from the liver when the diet is high in carbs and improperly processed grains. Keep in mind the Gall Bladder is just a bag….a container (of bile). How does removing it fix the fact that it has stones in it? To encourage the bile to come down consider Hydrochloric Acid therapy. No it is not drastic or scary, just read about it and share this cheap cure with others.
If you have had attacks in the past consider the dietary advice given here and do 2-3 bottles of Gall Bladder Formula (#1202) per year 3B. Then make sure to keep Wild Yam on hand because these do not occur at convenient times.
No, actually, I’m not a fan of the Gall Bladder ‘Cleanse’ with the oil and lemon juice. Just sayin’ before you ask.
©Pat Block ND 2007
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
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