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In this post, we are providing yogic therapy for liver disease. The largest organ in the body is called liver. It is located below the diaphragm on the right side of the abdomen. It is also a gland as it secretes bile, a type of liquid which goes to small intestines as well as the pancreas. They work upon the food in the small intestines.  It does some crucial function for digestion and conversion of the products into the different form such as glucose into glycogen.

Even the liver functions to change the glycogen into glucose if the body needs it. In spite of its regular secretion by the liver, the bile is needed only when the process of digestion occurs. In the condition of not necessary of bile, it is stored in the gall-bladder. The bile starts to enter to the bowel from the liver as soon as the food enters the alimentary canal. For the sake of animal foods, the amount of bile is needed more in comparison to the vegetarian food. When we’ve not taken any food and feeling hungry, the gall-bladder remains full. No sooner do we take food, the process of digestion starts resulting in empty of the gallbladder.

It is very understandable that any impairment in the liver can create harsh havoc in the human body and mind causing the decrease in physical strength and mental ability.  The function of the liver is huge and significant in that it preserves and protects all the hazard and bacterial attack likely to occur in the body. All the things that go into the small intestines eventually enter to the liver and it is the only powerful organ which can play the role of safeguard from any drug influence and bacterial action. Most importantly, it detoxifies numerous hazardous chemicals.

However, it also gets damaged and dented during the process of preservation. The time period of damage of the liver depends on the amount of glycogen in the liver. If it is in ample amount, it doesn’t get impaired soon. For the effective and operative effect of the food that we take, the strength of the alimentary system, starting from the mouth and ending to the large intestines including pancreas, liver, spleen, gallbladder etc., is quite quintessential.

Cause of liver disease

Toxins in the blood lead to the liver spoil.  Long excessive alcohol consumption, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, malnutrition, ingestion of poisonous wild mushrooms, prescribed medicine reaction. Viral infection is the common form of liver disease. The hepatitis B and C virus which may be transmitted during birth through the contact with infected blood.

Sign and Symptoms of liver disease             

When the liver disease comes in the talk, it counts more than hundred diseases related to the liver. Among hundreds of such disease, the major symptoms may include jaundice and weight loss. Furthermore, the common symptoms include weakness and fatigue, loss of weight, nausea, and vomiting and yellow discoloration of the skin.

Dietetic Regulations of liver disease

The abundant amount of carbohydrates and sugars is essential to generate enough glucose in the blood. Pungent items, mustard, tamarind, oilseeds, meat, tubers, fried things, fat-rich items, too much drinking of coffee, an obsession of polished rice, draining off the boiled rice water, overeating, chilies etc. which are injurious or detrimental to the liver.  It is better for the liver to take buttermilk, milk, and fruit juices along with ladyfingers, watermelons, apples, garlic, carrot, raw tomatoes, and oranges are also beneficial.

Yogic Therapy for Liver Disease

Maintenance of the right body temperature, calming of the mind, and a good amount of bed rest. Yogic therapy works for increasing the pressure on an intra-abdominal region which causes the massage, rejuvenation of the nerves related to the liver, and activation of chemical action and secretion. While performing posture, they should be held for a long time rather than performing in them in a quick manner.

The maintaining of a pose for long period of time revive the nerve plexus of the back and also recuperate abdomen. The duration of asana can be maintained from six seconds to one minute.  Even some postures can be maintained from three minutes to twenty minutes for the benefits of the disease. Pranayamas such as Nadi Shuddhi, also the performance of kumbhaka twice in a day can be practiced but Kumbhaka has to be applied very late in the practice.




Viparita Karani Asana




Yoga Mudra


Nadi Shodan


 Notes: Person with enlarged liver, compressing asanas should be eschewed.

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