Continued from Liver Harm
Now that I covered some of the many issues that can arise from an unhappy liver and what can cause the liver to become imbalanced and therefore unhappy, I will move into the health of the organ.
Prolonged liver imbalance is not only very hard on the liver itself but also the entire body. The liver out of whack can interfere with proper digestion and absorption, cleanliness of blood, heart health, kidney health, lung health, mental attitude, energy levels, sexual performance, vision and tendon health among many other issues. The liver supplies blood to the tendons and so tendon health is almost completely determined by the health of the liver. The quality of the nails and hair are also signs of liver health since the nails are outward expressions of the tendons and the hair is an expression of the “liver blood”.
The liver is associated with not only storing blood and cleaning the body of toxins at night, but it also has direct affects on the digestion of foods and sexual energy. Though it is true that the kidneys really are what store sexual energy after is has been created by the testes or ovaries, it is the liver that controls the smooth flow of this energy. If the liver is congested the kidneys will be overworked and sexual stimulation will be difficult. Females can lose sexual desire all together and males will have erectile function issues. Now if we throw a congested liver on top of that the issues get worse.
The liver meridian runs from the big toe up the inside of both legs to the inguinal region of the frontal hips. It continues up the outside of the body to the elevation of the liver and jogs down a bit. There is a side channel that stems off the liver meridian in the leg that runs by the genitalia. This movement of energy flow is a major factor in the smooth flow of energy through the genitalia. Therefore if the liver is congested severely and or ongoing females may end up with pains in the vaginal region just as males will or can experience testicular pain and swelling. Even the action of orgasm is controlled in part by the liver energy. The kidney is responsible for the quality of sexual energy after it is produced and the liver is in control of its movement.
So you see the livers function is far more than most people realize.
Some excellent herbs for good quality liver health include:
- Fennel Seeds
- Turmeric root
- Dandelion root and leaf
- Burdock root
- Milk Thistle seed
- Aloe gel
- Cinnamon bark
- Green tea- catechins
- Charcoal- activated
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Red peony
- Wild Gynostemma
Those are just some of the many herbs from various locations that are typically used for differing angles of liver health. It is important to remember that before taking any of the herbs to treat liver issues you should certainly see a qualified herbalist. The liver can have a number if different issues that will require different herbs and herb combinations to treat. For example if the liver is very stagnant it will build up toxic heat and therefore strongly heating herbs such as Turmeric, Danggui, Cinnamon and Fennel would not be advised. Rather herbs like Burdock, Gentian and Bupleurum, herbs that are cooling would be a better choice. But the liver would not only need to be cooled but also coursed and nourished.
The liver can be subject to conditions like:
- Liver energy stagnation
- Liver fluid deficiency
- Liver blood deficiency
- Liver heat uprising
- Liver fire excess
- Liver wind
- Coagulation of the liver
- Damp liver
It is an organ and has a life of its own inside our bodies. Just as we are subject to a great many influences and issues, so are our organs.
Some wonderful foods to assist in liver health are:
- Broccoli- breaks down excess estrogen stored in the liver
- Cabbage- like broccoli they flush carcinogens from the liver
- Dark chocolate- at least 85% cocoa- excellent antioxidant
- Apples- remove toxins from digestive tract
- Lemon juice- 2 TBSP alkalizes the digestive system and detoxifies as well
- Dark leafy greens- increase bile flow
- Red beets and carrots- beta-carotene protects and increases liver function
- Garlic and Onions- flushes toxins out of liver
- Avocado- remove toxins from digestive tract
- Olive oil, Coconut oil- protects against liver and gall bladder stones
- Plenty of filtered, chemical and fluoride free water daily!
- Make sure all of the above are ORGANIC and NON-GMO
- Eat with focus and relaxed awareness- avoid rushed and stressful eating habits
- Take a short walk or some lightweight moving after eating to promote liver function and movement
- Avoid eating heavy meals and fats at night- this will bog down the liver when it is trying to heal
- Do not eat food beyond 8pm or the food will sit all night and stagnate before it can be digested in the morning
The liver enjoys being cool and moist for optimal health. Anything opposite of that harms a healthy liver. Anger dries up the blood and causes blood deficiency of the liver. Let go of anger and avoid stagnation. Smile and move first thing in the morning after drinking two full glasses of clean water. This activates the organs and stimulates the liver function after sleeping all night.
Drinking liquid chlorophyll daily is also an exceptional way to maintain or promote liver health. Before bed at night, up to one hour before sleep eat 1 TBSP of RAW HONEY. The enzymes in the raw honey are the “perfect food” for the liver and will give your liver all the nutrients it needs while it flushes and cleans itself between 1 and 3 am every morning. Most people’s livers starve at night because they do not feed it properly. Then the liver produces stress hormones and disturbs sleep and cannot properly detox.
Remember that while anger is the main negative emotion of the liver, being kind, feeling kind, the art of expanding oneself- growing upward like in the season spring and softness are its highest attributes.
Those are some of the many things we can all do to help out our livers in such a harsh global environment so that we can maintain health and well-being. 🙂