BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
hubby has Hepatitis C and its affecting his kidneys in a
way that he releases too much protein (albumin) through
his urine and then has edema in his abdomen, thighs and
legs. I have bought him the recommended items to help
with this and also Chlorella – that’s my question do you
know how much chlorella one should take to help raise
back up albumin levels in the blood?
As to the Chlorella it all would depend on many factors,
so I cannot just give you a general answer.
ANSWERS FROM LORHYL:
What herbals would be good in treating High Ammonia
levels in a Hep C patient? He is already taking Ginger
Root tea and Milk Thistle . He's taking a medication
prescribed by his physician called Lactulose.
Thank you for the inquiry. Please read the following
excerpt, from the Alchemist Lab. Please also read the
downloads, so that you can learn, how to eat and
cleanse, and make your body, more alkaline. If you will
follow this information, you will have less ammonia, as
a side effect of the Hep C, and your over all health
will, improve tremendously.
What injures the liver in HepC is an auto-immune
mechanism whereby the lysosomes use a reactive oxygen
species to attack the virus. This causes oxidative
damage to the liver. Anti-oxidants such as milk thistle,
alpha-lipoic, glutathione and selenium help mitigate
liver damage. The deeper approach is quieting down
lysosome output by the use of lithium and calcium
orotate. This was discovered by Dr. Hans Nieper of
Germany. Also, to lower enzymes, we like fresh juices,
especially watercress, fennel, carrot, beet, parsley and
lemon with part of the peel, apple, wheat and barley
grasses. In general an alkaline diet is helpful, one
that is rich in fruits and vegetables. We also make use
of phosphatidyl choline to help heal the liver.
Ammonia is a normal by-product of protein digestion. The
liver clears ammonia, and when liver function becomes
poor, ammonia levels rise interfering with mental
clarity. We use Ornithine Aspartate 1 packet twice daily
and 1 NADH tablet before breakfast to lower ammonia
levels. Ornithine Aspartate, or technically l-Ornithine-l-Aspartate
(LOLA) primes the Urea Cycle (also known as the
Orinithine Cycle) and Glutamine Synthetase which consume
ammonia. NADH also is part of the metabolic
detoxification of ammonia through the Urea Cycle.
Ornithine Aspartate is easily tolerated without the side
effects associated with Lactulose. Also useful is having
more of your dietary protein from vegetarian source and
beneficial intestinal bacteria. Diuretics by washing out
potassium can increase ammonia levels
Hepatitis C any thoughts?
ANSWER: Well, let's see, first and foremost, no
unprotected sex. Bad for you, bad for your partner.
Next, burdock, dandelion, mile thistle and licorice to
help cleanse the liver. Goldenseal, (not for more than 2
weeks at a time), red clover, and yellow dock are also
beneficial. You need to be drinking plenty of pure,
steam distilled water. No alcohol, sugar, fats,
processed foods and raw fish. If you like artichokes,
they are very good for the liver, so feel free to eat as
many of those as you like! Lots of green leafy veggies
QUESTION: I've been reading a lot about
alternative treatments (especially herbs) for Hepatitis
C. So far, I've seen very little about Hepatitis G.
Do you know any resources or references for learning
about treatments for
this type of hepatitis? Or... are people treating it
the same way they treat Hepatitis C?
G is actually a relatively common infection, accounting
for as many as 9% of all hepatitis infections. A mild
form of the disease, it does not seem to cause ongoing
liver damage as some of the more potent strains do.
I would suggest 30 mg of Zinc daily, avoid fatty foods
entirely and limit your protein intake to between 3 and
6 ounces per day. Avoid alcohol in all forms, take milk
thistle daily as a tea to make sure your liver is in
good shape and make sure you are eating lots of green
I had contracted Hep. C from a blood transfusion when my
son was born. Do you have any recommendations on
effective herbs to help get rid of the hep. c? Can
herbs take the hepatitis away? If there are any
effective herbs that can be taken, is there a special
diet that should be followed with the consumption of the
herbs? If you can please answer my questions I would
greatly appreciate it! Thank you.
Are you certain what you have is Hepatitis C?
It's very difficult to contract that from a blood
transfusion since the clean up of the blood supply in
1993.It takes multiple repeated blood tests to detect
it. It has many of the same long-term consequences as
Hep. B. However, there is a very successful vaccine for
Hep. B. If you do indeed have Hep C, you cannot get rid
of it. You need to take steps to reduce the level of
iron in your body. High levels of iron inhibit therapy
for the liver. Milk Thistle is my favorite herb for
healing of the liver. Also, 30 mg. of Zinc every day
will help build up the liver. I have a Liver Cleanse Tea
available on my website. Go to
www.allgoodegifts.com and in the Herb Shoppe under
TEAS select Custom in the dropdown. Then in the comments
section of the checkout, put "Liver Cleanse Tea". The
cost is the same for custom blends.
QUESTION: My husband has been diagnosed with Hepatitis
C. He had a liver biopsy and
was told now that there is some cirrhoses. We know the cirrhoses
can not be
cured but my question is will the milk thistle keep his liver from
worse? Also, does the milk thistle actually get rid of the
is supposed to go into a study program with the hospital and have
along with another drug I cannot remember the name of. He has
but the doctor wants to wait three weeks before they
"possibly" put him in
this program. There is only a 35% chance this medicine will
work. I have been doing a lot of research on the chance that herbs will get
the hepatitis. I read a lot about milk thistle and your
the antiviral herbs. If you have any further information I would
hear about it.
ANSWER: I would use a standardized Milk Thistle product,
Milk Thistle has helped individuals with damaged livers to regenerate.
I would look for a pill if possible in your area.
Here are some other herbs for Hepatitis:
Dan Shen Latin Named: Salvia miltiorrhiza
Reishi mushrooms, Latin Named: Ganoderma lucidum and will normalize
his immune response to help fight the virus.
Schisandra berry and will normalize his immune response and is
Turmeric, Latin Name: Curcumma longa and is antiinflammatory
I would probably use a tea of Dan Shen, Schisandra and Reishi, if his
problem was alcoholism. Use 1 teaspoon of the ground herb
mixture (1:1:1) and cook in a ratio of 16 ounces of water for upwards
of an hour (or until the liquid has reduced by half), drink 3 cups a
day. The Tumeric could be ingested in food, it is an Indian
spice. If his problem was not alcoholism, then alcohol extracts
of these herbs would be stronger, faster acting and more convenient.
QUESTION: My doctor and I believe that I acquired hepatitis
from a blood
transfusion as I do not fit the profile for any other "at
I have researched this matter and found many different treatments, to
wit, methionine therapy, pantothenic acid treatment as well as the use
B-12 and Ginko biloba. What would you suggest ? Currently
I show no
signs of jaundice or necrosis.
ANSWER: I would go on Milk Thistle immediately to protect
your liver from this virus.
The other advice I could give would be to rotate antiviral herbs in
your diet and as supplements to combat the germ. These include
Lemon Balm, Elderberry, Sage, Thyme, Basil, Licorice, Cinnamon, Fresh
Ginger, Horehound, Hyssop, Chrysanthemum flowers, Mullen Flowers.
Add them to dishes for meals or make teas.
Finally I would jump on some immune potentiating herbs such as
Echinacea and Astragalus.
Eat lots of raw Garlic cloves a day, smell like garlic, get it in diet
daily or as a second choice as pills, the deodorized ones are not as
effective as the regular.