Liver Itch Detox
According to the Merck Manuals, many health conditions can cause itchy skin, including liver diseases. Cleaning the liver is one way to reduce or eliminate itchiness. Detoxification of the liver takes a variety of forms, including supplements and fluids. The liver is an organ that has many important functions. Its main function is cleaning the body by filtering out harmful materials that impede health. Detoxification is a method of deep internal cleaning that eliminates the build-up of toxins, poisons and other impurities that can lead to liver problems and itching.
One of the best ways to detoxify the entire body, including the liver, is by drinking plain water. Water is necessary for proper functioning of all the systems of the body. Water reaches all areas and then flushes away the toxins and wastes. The American Dietetic Association recommends at least 64 ounces of fluids each day. Herbal teas, vegetable juices and fruit juice are also acceptable for fluid intake.
Although the body is self-cleaning, an excessive amount of waste overburdens the liver. Herbalists often recommend milk thistle for cleansing the liver. The herb also strengthens the liver. The article “The Liver Herbs” on the Gay Men’s Health Crisis website also suggests turmeric, dandelion and burdock root for cleansing. These herbs are available online and in health food stores. The herbs come in various dosages, but it is best to start with the lower amount until your body becomes accustomed to the herb. Also follow the directions on the label.
Vitamins are also important for a healthy and clean liver. The article, “15 Ways to Love Your Liver” on the Doctor Yourself website states, “Vincent Zannoni at the University of Michigan Medical School has shown that vitamin C protects the liver.” The article also reports that vitamin C can flush fats from the liver. A fatty liver causes several liver problems that can lead to itching. Very large doses of vitamin C (over 50,000 mg daily) can even cure hepatitis, according to Dr. Zannoni. Vitamin C is also good at fighting liver infections. The article states that vitamin B-12 is important for proper liver functioning. Author and acupuncturist Peter Bennett advises that a good-quality multivitamin with minerals is important for a liver detoxification program.