Updated: Mar 27
Fatty liver is a condition in which there is abnormal accumulation of fat in the liver cells. It is normal for the liver to have some fat. However, if more than 5%- 10% of liver’s weight is fat, it is called fatty liver. Fatty liver is of two types: Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (AFLD) and Non-alcoholic Fatty liver Disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is usually seen in people who are overweight. Fatty liver develops when the body has too much fat which cannot be mobilized fast enough and gets stored in the liver cells.
Risk factors for developing fatty liver disease:
Excessive alcohol intake.
Obesity or being overweight.
Having diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.
Excessive use of medications
People with fatty liver disease usually have no symptoms. However, in some cases, person may present with loss of appetite, nausea, upper abdominal discomfort, weight loss and weakness. Complications may include cirrhosis and liver failure. Fatty liver can be easily reversed with homoeopathic medicines and lifestyle changes. Most common homoeopathic medicines for fatty liver are Nux vomica, Lycopodium, Phosphorus, Chelidonium, Calcarea carbonica.
Nux vomica: Nux vomica is the top grade medicine for fatty liver developing from excessive intake of alcohol. It is best suited to individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle and eating highly-seasoned food. Pain in abdomen begins a few hours after eating. Nausea in the morning after eating. Wants to vomit, but cannot.
Lycopodium: Eating a too little causes fullness in abdomen. The abdomen feels full of gas. Incomplete burning eructations rising to pharynx burning for hours. Dyspepsia due to farinaceous and fermentable food. Immediately after a light meal, the abdomen is bloated. Sour eructations. Likes to take food and drink hot.
Phosphorus: Great remedy for fatty liver and cirrhosis of liver. Sour taste and sour eructations after every meal. Belching large quantities of wind after every meal. Nausea and vomiting. Pain in stomach relieved by cold food. Very offensive stools and flatus.
Chelidonium: Pain in right upper abdomen extending to the inferior angle of right scapula. Tongue large, flabby, yellow with imprint of teeth. Desires hot food and drink. Pain in stomach relieved by eating. Stools passed in the form of hard, round balls.
Calcarea carbonica: Calcarea carbonica is suitable to fat, fair and flabby patients with frequent sour eructations and sour vomiting. Craving for eggs and other indigestible things like chalk, clay, mud is a marked feature. Dislike for fat and longing for cold drinks. Constipation; stools at first hard, then pasty, then liquid.