Plants for the liver. Remedies for hepatic insufficiency

Natural medicine for Hepatic Insufficiency or liver failure


Characteristics of hepatic insufficiency

Plants for your liver

When we realize that our liver can not digest food quite well, we can use plants with hepatic properties, which are herbs or remedies with components that benefit liver function

Hepatic insufficiency or liver failure is a state of the liver in which this organ is unable to fulfill its normal functions.

Not properly treated, the filtering function of the liver is impaired, so a lot of waste products can accumulate in blood and can lead to a hepatic coma.

Symptoms of hepatic insufficiency

The following symptoms can easily appear:

  • Dark urine

  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes

  • Muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Small urinary output (oliguria) that conveys to a general body swelling from fluid accumulation and specially to an accumulation of fluids in the cavity of the abdomen (ascites)

  • Bad digestion: Bad digestion of food can lead to malnutrition or anemia.

Some endocrine changes can take place, such as:

  • Spider naevi : Swollen veins under the skin surface, also called spider angioma

  • Palmar erythema: The palms of both hands become red

  • Testicular atrophy: Testicles become smaller

  • Lost of body hair

  • Menstrual disorders

  • Bad breath

  • etc.

Among the mental disorders, we can point out:

  • Confusion

  • disorientation

  • Unmindfulness

  • etc.

Causes of hepatic insufficiency

There are some causes that can produce or predispose to hepatic insufficiency. For example;

  • Occlusion of the hepatic veins (Chiari’s syndrome) or occlusion of arterial blood supply to the liver.

  • Cirrhosis

  • Unhealthy diet.

  • Microbial infections, such as syphilis

  • Lack of exercise.

  • Operations

  • Alcohol or other liver toxins.

  • Other diseases.

Diagnosis and treatment of hepatic insufficiency

Hepatic insufficiencies are very common. Your doctor has to perform the necessary analysis, to discard other serious problems, such as cirrhosis or cancer. High level of transaminases are generally considered a symptom of liver failure.

Natural remedies to treat hepatic insufficiency

Some natural remedies could be used as an aid to conventional treatment. Among all of them, we could point out the following:


A change in diet should be taken in order to stop further damage to the liver. In the first place, you should stop drinking wine or any spirit, at least until the tests are normal.

Non suitable food for liver failure

Other foods that should be avoided are those that are rich in saturated animal fats: meats, especially those that are very greasy, cheese, and eggs in particular, should be replaced by fresh cheeses.

High protein diets, choline and methionine are not suited to this type of patients, since they can favor hepatic coma.

You should not eat fried foods, sauces or high-fat bakery products, such as pastries, croissants, cookies, candy, sweets, etc. Instead of all this type of food, it is advisable to use primarily a plant-based diet.

A diet with little sodium and diuretic foods is generally beneficial to treat small urinary output and general body swelling from fluid accumulation

– Related information: Bad food for the liver

Suitable food for liver failure

In general, vegetables, especially fresh ones, are best suited to detoxify the liver, but there are some that are not appropriate and which should be avoided, such as cabbages of any variety; spinach and cucumbers.

There are also some fruits that you should not eat: melon, plums, bananas and apricots.

Phytotherapy: Herbal remedies for liver insufficiency

Dragon fruit open transversely

Dragon fruit open transversely

Appropriate plants for liver failure are:

  • Dandelion, (Taraxacum officinale Weber): It is a good stimulant for liver and biliary function and it is very useful for hepatitis. (Decoction of 100 gr. of its roots in a litter of water. Take three cups a day)

  • Artichoke (Cynara scolymus): This is probably the best remedy for liver problems. (Infusion of two teaspoons of dried leaves per liter of water, three times daily before meals)

  • Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) Pitahaya contains a lot of antioxidant components that protect the liver from peroxidation of fats

  • Olive (Olea europea) It is interesting to take a spoonful of Olive oil before breakfast, to which you can add a few drops of lemon to make it easier to take.

    Agave americana

    Agave americana

  • Agave (Agave americana) Agave helps the liver work better. (Two teaspoons of powder of dried leaves a day, dissolved in water or juice.
  • Milk thistle (Silybum Marianum): To cure liver congestion use the roots and stalks and the juice of crushed leaves to the desired proportion.

  • Chicory (Cichorium intybus) (maceration for a couple of weeks of 35 gr. of crushed dried root in a liter of white wine from Jerez (sherry). A daily glass divided into several tablespoons a day)

  • Watercress: (Nasturtium officinale) Watercress help cleanse the liver and facilitate its recovery. (Eat fresh plant in salads)

  • Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) Vanilla has strengthening effect and stimulates digestive functions (Use vanilla as a food spice)

    Vanilla plant

    Vanilla pod, the part of the plant used as spice.

  • Guanabana (Annona muricata) Soursop leaf has hepatoprotective effect and shows improvements in many diseases of this organ

  • Birch: (White Betula L.) (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried leaves per cup of water. Take a cup after each main meal)

  • Gentian (Gentiana lutea) Gentian can be used for liver failure in helping the body to work under better conditions. (Maceration at 0, 2% of gentian root for a couple of days. Drain well and dissolve 400 gr. of honey. Drink a couple of little cups a day)

  • Linden: (Tilia sp.) choleretic and cholagogue properties of linden bark are effective in cases of liver failure. (Take syrup prepared or tincture sold in pharmacies under the terms of patient’s leaflet)

Mixed infusions for the liver

A good way to combine the beneficial effects of the first three plants. So, we can take three mixed infusions of dandelion and artichoke leaves in the morning with one teaspoon olive oil.

Note: All the plants mentioned in this article have a very great diuretic power, increasing urination heavily, which may lead to decompensation of blood pressure in some cases. In case of problems of stress or heart problems, this treatment has to be controlled.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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