August 16, 2018

Sinisan, a common, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, is now being lauded as a probable treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a recent study by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China.

Published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Beijing University researchers evaluated the beneficial healing effects of Sinisan on NAFLD. Currently, Sinisan is comprised of four herbal medicines: Paeonae Alba Radix (Bai-Shao), Aurantii Immaturus Fructus (Zhi-Shi), Bupleuri Radix (Chai-Hu), and Licorice Root (Gan-Cao), with an equal dose proportion of 1:1:1:1.

To determine its effect on fatty liver disease, the researchers exposed some lab mice to chronic stress. It is known that exposure to chronic stress leads to fatty liver and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The mice’s body weight went down after the exposure. Moreover, it resulted in chronic inflammation of the liver and oxidative stress.

So for nine weeks, the researchers administered Sinisan to the mice with stress-induced NALFD. The result was the Sinisan treatment improved the stress symptoms of the mice. It increased the mice’s body weight and sucrose preference. Also, it improved the mice’s fatty liver by decreasing the alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase levels.

Moreover, Sinisan greatly reduced the triglycerides, free fatty acids, and total cholesterol of the mice, as well as their levels of liver interleukin-6, showing Sinisan’s anti-inflammatory properties. The study’s researchers then concluded that Sinisan can alleviate and treat psychological stress and stress-related NAFLD.

Other Natural Treatments for Fatty Liver Disease

Fat is a normal component of your liver. However, if 5% to 10% of your liver’s weight is comprised of fat, then you are considered with a fatty liver disease. Sinisan treats NAFLD, which may have been generated by a diet high in fats and carbohydrates, either due to inactivity, not enough exercise, or diabetes and any other disease.

On the other hand, intake of excessive alcohol generates alcoholic fatty liver disease. This disease was not included in the Sinisan clinical trials.

People with fatty liver disease usually experience fatigue, discomfort, nausea, and a general feeling of being sick. The disease also makes the liver prone to inflammation, scarring, and risks of injuries. Fatty liver disease is still reversible with a few healthy lifestyle changes.

Other natural remedies for treating and managing a fatty liver are:

* Papaya

Who would have thought a common, lowly fruit indigenous to Asia and the rest of the world could burn dietary fats which are one of the primary causes of fat. So eat a slice of papaya every day or drink a mixture of ground papaya seeds and water daily, or eat roasted papaya seeds (unsalted) can help treat the condition.

* Apple cider vinegar

Fat-reducing apple cider vinegar (ACV) is very helpful in removing the accumulated fat in the liver as well as promoting weight loss. It also enhances healthy liver functioning by reducing inflammation. Take one tablespoon of ACV mixed with warm water and drink twice daily before meals.

* Turmeric

This superfood spice’s antioxidants improve the body’s ability to digest fats and prevent its accumulation in the liver. And this root can be bought anywhere. Prepare a turmeric drink by adding one-fourth teaspoon of crushed or powdered turmeric to two glasses of water.

* Lemon

Lemon is abundantly imbued with antioxidants and Vitamin C. This sour fruit can help the liver produce glutathione, which happens to neutralize liver toxins. In other words, it promotes detoxification. Start by squeezing a lemon’s pulp and juice in a glass of water and drink it twice or thrice a day for a number of weeks. Drinking lemon water will help reduce fat buildup in the liver.

* Green tea

Green tea normally prevents the storage of fat in the liver, especially those with NAFLD. Its high-density catechin content also improves liver functioning. Drink three to four cups of green tea on a regular basis so you can manage your fatty liver disease.

So, are you convinced to live healthily and prevent the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease? Share your tips or thoughts on how to prevent fatty liver disease in the comments below.