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By: Dr.Priti Shah

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Introduction

Alcoholic liver disease is the major cause of liver disease in Western countries, (in Asian countries, viral hepatitis is the major cause). It arises from the excessive ingestion of alcohol. Even though millions of individuals drink alcohol on a regular basis, only a few heavy drinkers develop liver damage. How alcohol damages the liver is not completely understood. It is known that alcohol produces toxic chemicals like acetaldehyde which can damage liver cells, but why this occurs in only a few individuals is still in debate. When alcohol damages the liver, the function of the organ is not immediately compromised as the liver has a tremendous capacity to regenerate and even when 75% of the liver is damaged, it continues to function as normal. When alcohol is consumed for a long time, it eventually results in liver scarring or what is known as cirrhosis or end-stage alcoholic liver disease.

What are the Causes

As the name suggests alcoholic liver disease usually occurs after years of excessive drinking. The longer the alcohol use and the more alcohol that was consumed, the greater the likelihood of developing liver disease. Acute alcoholic hepatitis can result from binge drinking. It may be life-threatening if severe. People who drink excessively can become malnourished because of the empty calories from alcohol, reduced appetite, and poor absorption (malabsorption) of nutrients in the intestines. Malnutrition contributes to liver disease. Other factors that contribute to the development of alcoholic liver disease:

  • Genetic factors
  • Personal susceptibility to alcohol-induced liver disease
  • Toxicity of alcohol (ethanol) to the liver

Alcoholic liver disease does not affect all heavy drinkers. Women may be more susceptible than men. It is not necessary to get drunk for the disease to develop.

What are the signs and symptoms

Symptoms vary based on the severity of the disease. They are usually worse after a recent period of heavy drinking. Disease changes start in the liver as inflammation (hepatitis) and lead to fatty liver and cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is the final phase of alcoholic liver disease. Symptoms may not be present until the disease is advanced, and may include:

  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Fluid collection in the abdomen (ascites)
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mental confusion
  • Nausea
  • Unintentional weight gain (because of fluid collection)

Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:

  • Abnormally dark or light skin
  • Agitation
  • Bloody, dark black, or tarry bowel movements (melena)
  • Breast development in males
  • Changing mood
  • Confusion (encephalopathy)
  • Changed level of consciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired short- or long-term memory
  • Difficulty paying attention (attention deficit)
  • Impaired ability to concentrate
  • Impaired judgment
  • Light-headedness or fainting, especially when standing
  • Paleness
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) when rising to standing position
  • Redness on feet or hands
  • Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
  • Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

How is alcoholic liver disease Diagnosed

  • Confirmed history of alcohol use
  • Liver function tests and CBC
  • Sometimes liver biopsy
  • Tests to rule out other diseases include:
  • Abdominal CT scan
  • Blood tests for other causes of liver disease
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen

What is the role of Homoeopathy in Alcoholic liver disease?

As described in the article above causes Alcoholic liver disease can be multifactor al and can form a complex disease state (involving the Liver, heart, kidneys and lungs). Homoeopathy follows an individualistic approach towards patients suffering from Alcoholic liver disease we believe that every individual is different and thus a full in-depth case study is the first step. Then referring to the risk factors the individual was subjected too, a particular line of treatment is adopted
A broad criterion of how the homoeopathic medicines act in cases of Alcoholic liver disease is mentioned below. The response to treatment can differ from one individual to another patients are advised to consult so that the mode of treatment can be discussed pertaining to their particular case.

Relieves Symptoms like:

  • Jaundice
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Light-colored stools
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Anorexia (having no appetite)
  • Changes in your normal sense of smell and taste accompany anorexia Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Upper-right abdominal pain (pain in the upper belly on the right side, usually mild and constant)

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