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Do you know your liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself? It is also the largest glandular organ in the body. But do you know what role does it play? Sometimes called the engine of the body, the liver has many important roles to play in digestion, metabolism and detoxification. It eliminates toxins from rasa dhatu (plasma) and filters rakta dhatu (blood). The liver also produces and secretes bile, which further helps in digesting fatty acids for proper digestion. It converts sugar into glycogen and stores it for use by the muscles in the form of glucose energy. It synthesizes proteins and cholesterol.
According to Ayurveda, the liver is the seat of pitta dosha. The metabolism and digestion in the body are carried by different types of digestive fires (enzymes) termed as ‘agni’ and ‘pitta’. So in short, the liver is a fiery organ, and that is why anything, which is fiery or hot in nature is not good for the liver. Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, hot spicy food, emotions like anger and hate, chemicals in pre-packaged foods or medicines and environmental pollutants are not good for the liver as they are also fiery. Even vata and kapha types of liver imbalances tend to aggravate pitta and give rise to toxin build-up in the liver and thereby affects its functioning. So keeping an eye out for these types of imbalances, and addressing them early on, naturally helps to protect the health of the liver.
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Besides offering these practices, Ayurveda also provides herbal support for liver cleansing. There are a lot of herbs and rasayanas in Ayurveda that effectively pacifies the aggravated dosha (especially pitta in the case of liver health), clears accumulated toxins and heat from the body, cleanses the blood, encourages the flow of bile and detoxifies the liver. Liver-cleansing herbs like Aloe vera, neem, kutki, amla, turmeric, bhumi-amala, punarnava and triphala are just to name a few. For detailed and personalised information and consultation, you can also speak with Jiva doctors and take care of your liver health.
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