What is Fatty Liver?
Fatty liver disease is a common condition caused by the abnormal and over accumulation of fats in liver cells causing inflammation inside the liver. Most people don’t notice any symptoms of it. However, in few of them it can become serious health complication. But there is always two sides to every coin, yes! it is completely reversible.
What are the functions of liver?
The liver is the most important organ which helps with major complex chemical processes in the body. Hence any issue with its working can cause serious health aliments.
Following are the functions of liver :
- • It produces bile, which helps with digestion.
- • Protein synthesis
- • Major metabolism of the body, converts food into energy.
- • Helps create clotting factors essential in clot formation
- • Major organ for detoxification and immunity built up.
Fatty liver as per Ayurveda
Accumulation of fats in the liver cells and obstruction because of inflammation is the condition associated with kapha imbalance, rasa, rakta and mamsa dhatu. As Liver is the seat of pitta dosha and the dhatu mentioned, they play a significant role in dhatu parimarjan, but due to raised kapha it is suppressed. Hence, correcting the kapha dosha, rasa, rakta and mamsa dhatu, rasavaha and rakta vaha srotas alongside annavaha srotas for correcting the indigestion, obesity and those who consume high calorie diet is the general line of treatment.
Causes of fatty liver
Fatty liver disease occurs due to improper diet, alcoholism and indulgence of such intoxicating substances. The inflammation in liver hinders with its normal functioning to eliminate the toxins and fats from the body. There are two types of fatty liver disease, alcoholic and non alcoholic fatty liver. This disease is more prevalent among patients who are obese and have diabetes, are at higher risk. The occurrence of fatty liver disease has become a growing concern in India, with reports suggesting that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects anywhere between 9% to 32% of the population. Alcoholic fatty liver disease is characterized by certain symptoms, including but not limited to jaundice, fever, spider veins, and abnormally high WBC count. There are numerous treatments available to reverse this disease with ayurveda.