The Liver plays an important role in overall health and wellbeing. The role of the Liver is different in Eastern and Western medicine. In Western medicine, the Liver is in charge of regulating the body’s digestion, metabolism, detoxification and immune modulation. In Eastern medicine, the Liver has a much more complex role in the human body.
Eastern medicine views the Liver as being a connection to other internal organs to ensure that the flow of Qi or energy flow is regulated and that blood is properly stored. Without a properly functioning Liver, Qi cannot be efficiently pushed to all relevant organs. An ineffective Liver and Qi flow can cause problems in the future where stagnant diseases and symptoms can arise.
Tips to Improve Liver Health
Eastern medicine views food as a form of medicine. What we eat and put in our body directly has an effect on our health. Foods that are good for the Liver are green foods, sour foods and ‘cooling’ foods. Green foods include vegetables that are green such as asparagus and broccoli. An example of a sour food is a lemon which can provide a good form of detox for the body and eliminate toxins. ‘Cooling’ foods are those that have cooling properties and not necessarily cold foods, and can be both fruits and vegetables.
2. Healthy Mind
A healthy mind supports a healthy body. How we react and feel is directly associated with the flow of Qi. Suppressed emotions such as anger and frustration can affect Qi flow which can then harm the function of the Liver. Therefore, it is best to express emotions rather than to suppress them for long periods of time.
3. Natural Remedies
An imbalance Liver can be treated naturally in a variety of ways. Acupuncture treatment is viewed as an effective method in Eastern medicine. Acupuncture can unblock vital energy channels to promote a better flow of Qi. Cupping therapy can also be beneficial as it detoxes the body and encourages a restoration of normal energy channels. Acupressure massage or Tui Na is another natural treatment that uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body to manipulate and lubricate the joints. Tui Na directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.
4. Herbal Medicine
Similar to how the food we eat affects our health, herbal medicine is an alternative method of treatment for Liver protection. The benefits of herbal medicine are the use of all natural herbs for the direct benefit of Qi movement, and the formulation specifically designed to suit each individual’s health concerns. Consuming herbal medicine can repair liver damage or assist proper liver function. Herbal medicine is non-invasive and can easily be added to daily routines.
Liver health is a vital element in the human body and is especially important in ensuring other parts of the body are able to function properly. A weak Liver may not be evident at first which is why it is highly important to always ensure the Liver is being taken care of at all times. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort associated with a weak Liver, contact us to book a consultation.