This week I want to introduce you to the Liver Tincture. One very special fact about the liver is that it is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself! It has multiple functions in the body.
- For the blood: it regulates blood composition, destroys old red blood cells, removes toxins from the blood, produces proteins essential for blood clotting, it helps regulate blood glucose, and also creates urea which is released into the blood and filtered by the kidneys which is then excreted as urine.
- For metabolic functions: it produces essential proteins and cholesterol, breaks down and metabolizes alcohol and medications, produces bile which helps break down fats in the small intestine, and when metabolizing proteins, the liver breaks down amino acids to be utilized as energy, or changed into fats or carbohydrates.
Noticeably, the liver has to contend with all of the toxins that are introduced into our bodies through the foods we eat, the liquids we drink, and the medications/supplements that we also ingest. With the liver being a major means of detoxification and metabolism for our body, it would make sense that our bodies would benefit from cleaning the filter, so to speak. The Liver Tincture is formulated to aid the body in cleansing residual toxins left in the liver, and by encouraging regeneration by providing nutrients to help strengthen the liver. The following is a list of the herbs and their main functions within this formula:
- Rose Hips- Rose hips provide an antioxidant function being high in Vitamin C and may help kill bacteria in the urinary tract.
- Dandelion Root- Dandelion root is often used to help strengthen and decongest the liver. In studies it has been shown to fight hepatitis when used in conjunction with Milk Thistle seeds.
- Astragalus- In studies, Astragalus has been shown to neutralize hepatitis toxins.
- Milk Thistle seeds- Milk thistle seeds have also been studied and shown to be an antioxidant for the liver and have been shown to aid the body in fighting the effects of hepatitis and cirrhosis.
- Ginger- Ginger is a natural antioxidant and components within ginger help activate the anti-inflammatory effect in the turmeric.
- Burdock Root- Burdock root is often utilized as a lymphatic decongestant.
- Turmeric- Turmeric is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the root of disease, and is also the main root of complications stemming from infections with the Hepatitis virus.
- Hawthorn Berries- Although Hawthorn Berries are often used to aid in cardiovascular function, here it is used as an astringent, decongestant, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory for the liver.
- Eleuthero- This herb increases the retention of Vitamin C and helps to regulate the immune system.
- Lemon Balm- Lemon balm is also a mood enhancer, but more importantly it is also a mild antiviral without negatively impacting blood pressure.
- Licorice- As an immune adjunct, licorice may inhibit the growth of viruses.
- NHI Student Manual CCMH Program, Steve Schechter