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Mar 09, 2022

 

 

Liver Detoxification with Homeopathy, Herbs, Teas & Emotional Release   

   PHASE 1 & PHASE 2 DETOX PATHWAYS

Your liver processes toxins, hormones and other metabolites via 2 detoxification pathways: Phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways. Both pathways require various nutrients to functional optimally. 

If you are deficient in some of the nutrients, your liver will not metabolize and detoxify chemicals and hormones properly. This will lead to chronic disease, weight gain and mental health issues.

Some ways you can get nutrient deficiencies include:

  • Not eating the right foods
  • Improper digestion and absorption from leaky gut syndrome & liver toxicity
  • Excessive inflammation and toxicity which uses up your liver’s main antioxidant - glutathione
  • Having too much alcohol or too many carbohydrates which deplete B vitamins

Phase

Function

Nutrients Needed

Phase 1

Begins metabolism and detoxification of all foods, drugs and toxins, using enzymes such as cytochrome p450 enzyme. 

 

CYP450 enzyme damaged by toxins and pesticides, so eating organic improves liver function

Glutathione, B vitamins, folic acid, iron, magnesium; antioxidants like Vitamin A, C & E and selenium.

 

Enhanced with herbs like milk thistle.

 

  • Prolonged stress which depletes B vitamins and magnesium    

 

 

Phase 2 Liver Detox Pathway

 

Processes byproducts of phase 1 pathway. If phase 2 doesn’t work well, toxins from phase 1 build-up in the body, leading to oxidative damage and chronic disease

 

Phase 2 made up of different processes like Glutathione conjugation, Amino acid conjugation, Methylation, Sulfation, Acetylation, Glucuronidation

 

Phase

Function

Nutrients Needed

Glutathione conjugation

 

Helps to process heavy metals and numerous other toxins

Glutathione. Selenium, alpha-lipoic acid, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Vitamin C, milk thistle and turmeric also enhance glutathione

Amino acid conjugation

Uses amino acids to bind to toxins known as xenobiotics: drugs, pesticides, herbicides, and food preservatives

Glycine, taurine, glutamine, arginine, ornithine

 

Methylation

Helps your body to produce and process drugs and body chemicals, including hormones, neurotransmitters, histamine, homocysteine. Methylation also recycles glutathione, needed for phase 1 and 2 detox pathways.

Methionine, SAM-E, folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, choline, betaine, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin D and molybdenum.

Sulfation (Sulfonation)

 

Metabolizes toxins, drugs, and compounds created by your own body, including sex hormones, neurotransmitters, bile acids and thyroid hormones. Also detoxifies xenoestrogens – chemicals that behave like estrogen in your body.

Sulfur containing amino acids (cysteine and methionine), molybdenum, vitamin B2, magnesium, taurine and retinoic acid

Acetylation

 

Helps to detoxify many drugs from your body

Acetyl CoA, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, and Vitamin C

Glucuronidation

Metabolizes drugs, fungal toxins, pollutants and your own body’s hormones, bile acids, and bilirubin.

 

B vitamins, magnesium, and glucuronic acid

 

 

HERBAL DETOX TEAS

 

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion root is one of the most common herbs used for liver detoxification because it helps to stimulate bile flow. Dandelion leaf has a mild effect on the liver, but is more of a kidney tonic and diuretic, so make sure you look for dandelion root if your intention is to detoxify your liver.

 

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint encourages your liver and gallbladder to release bile, thereby improving detoxification and digestion. If you’ve ever eaten a heavy or fatty meal, and you’re feeling overstuffed or bloated, peppermint tea usually comes to the rescue!

 

Chamomile Tea

Surprisingly, chamomile tea also helps your liver detoxify. Chamomile calms your nervous system, which in turn regulates your vagus nerve. Your vagus nerve helps improve digestion, bile flow, heart rhythm and many other functions in your body. When you’re more relaxed, your body goes into “resting and digesting state” – a state where your liver begins to release more bile and detoxify.

 

Inflammation is one of the biggest causes of liver stagnation. Chamomile tea is also anti-inflammatory, and can help slow down the damaging effects of chronic inflammation on your liver.

 

Turmeric, Lemon and Ginger Tea

Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant and also helps to stimulate bile flow. Because your liver works hard to remove toxins from your body, it goes through a lot of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress means your cells are being damaged by toxins and free radicals. Therefore including herbs like turmeric and ginger, which are high in antioxidants, will help protect your liver. Turmeric, ginger and lemon also help to stimulate more bile flow, which is important for digestion and detoxification. 

 

Cardamom & Fennel “Chai” Tea

Cardamom has liver protective and detoxifying properties. Cardamom is also a diuretic and helps to detoxify your body through your kidneys. Fennel also has detoxifying and diuretic properties. The combination of these two spices creates a lovely aromatic detox tea. You can add turmeric and black pepper to this mix to increase its detoxification and antioxidant properties.

 

HOMEOPATHY FOR YOUR LIVER

 

Homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine which can help your liver, entire body AND your mind heal at a much deeper level. To enhance physical and emotional healing, my programs often include homeopathic remedies in conjunction with using nutritional and herbal supplements.

 

Here are a few of my favorite homeopathic remedies for your liver. Notice how specific the symptoms are for each homeopathic remedy. The beauty about homeopathic remedies is that they are used according to specific symptoms you may be expressing. Because of this specificity, homeopathy has the ability to take your healing to a much deeper level.

 

  • Nux-vomica – Helps to stimulate bile flow and detoxify from alcohol and other chemicals. Often indicated when someone has constipation, hard stool or stool that comes out like little pellets of sheep stool.
  • Lycopodium – I love using this remedy as a general liver detox, especially when someone has a lot of gas, bloating and fullness after their meals.
  • Carbo vegetabilis – I often use this remedy to detox someone from antibiotics, and if they have liver failure or liver cirrhosis. Symptoms could include (but not limited to) having a swollen belly from fluid retention (ascites), finding it difficult to breathe when lying down and often feeling like they need more air to breathe.
  • Chelidonium – A deep acting liver remedy, often used for chronic liver issues and cirrhosis, especially when there is nausea and pain behind the right ribcage or behind the right scapula.

 

EMOTIONAL RELEASE FOR YOUR LIVER

 

In ancient systems of medicine, including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the liver is often connected with the emotions and feelings of anger, frustration, resentment, impatience and irritability.

 

This relationship is bidirectional. If you hold on to lots of anger, resentment or similar feelings, your liver will likely be affected. I also see that people who have stagnant livers due to inflammation, a poor diet, excessive alcohol and other underlying conditions, will have a tendency towards anger, irritability, impatience, etc.

 

I’m going to share some of the exercises I often use that give people a lot of benefit. Many of these exercises come from my experience in psychotherapy and family constellations therapy.

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness doesn’t come easy sometimes. Even when we try to forgive, some of us are still left with a feeling of hurt or disappointment. This is normal. Your mind might not be ready to let go of the pain or betrayal. When you say to someone: “I forgive you” , you sometimes still imply they are in the wrong and that they are guilty.  

Through my training in family constellations therapy, I found a new more complete way of saying “I forgive you”. It’s by saying “I’m sorry this happened for me with you”, or “I’m sorry this happened for us”, or “I’m sorry this happened between us”.

Saying it this way removes any blame you still hold for the person and doesn’t leave you with a false sense of superiority. Try it out, either to the person directly or in your mind, and see what happens. Forgiveness helps you move past resentment and frees up your liver energetically.

Expressing Anger (Some of these exercises are best done with supervision from a qualified therapist)

 

Anger is not a bad thing. Some of us are conditioned to suppress our anger and other feelings, because it is “rude”, “inappropriate”, “unsafe” or “unacceptable”. Anger is a necessary emotion we have in order to express our boundaries or to defend ourselves. Suppressing anger can lead to liver stagnation and chronic illness. Expressing anger can be done safely with the right kind of support. In my clinic or online, I will get my clients to do some of the following things:

 

  1.  Think about the pain and anger an incident caused them, and then growl, shout, scream in a way that feels authentic and connected to the hurt and anger you feel.
  2.  Remove all jewelry from your fingers and arms, and while thinking about the pain and expressing anger, begin to hit a mattress with your fists, ensuring you do it in a way that doesn’t injure you. While doing this, you can shout, growl or express your emotions using your voice, if your surroundings permit you to do so.

 

 

Emotions are stored in your body as well as in your mind, and it’s important for your body to experience a sense of energetic release as well in order for you to heal more deeply. Both of these techniques help both your body and mind release the anger. This is because in the exercise, you are allowing yourself to fully feel the emotions and sensations in your body, and you’re allowing yourself to move all parts of your body while expressing the anger. Using your body to express anger, rather than only relying on your voice or your thoughts, makes the experience more real for your nervous system, and therefore brings about deeper and longer lasting transformation.

 

Diaphragmatic Breathing

When you breathe deeply, using your diaphragm, your diaphragm exerts pressure and somewhat massages your liver. This improves liver detoxification and lymph movement around your liver. People who are stressed often breathe in a shallow way, using only the upper part of their lungs.

 

I encourage you to take at least 5 deep breaths at least 5 times a day. Not only will this help your liver, but it will also relax your nervous system and your vagus nerve. Your vagus nerve is an important nerve that affects most of your digestive organs, including your liver. When you breathe deeply, you regulate your vagus nerve and improve the kind of signals it sends to your liver.

 

There you have it! Your liver is one of the most important organs I focus on when treating chronic illness and emotional problems. Your emotions and childhood trauma also play a big role in your health. So remember, always look at healing both your body and your mind together if you want optimum wellness.

 

About Dr. Ameet Aggarwal ND

Dr. Ameet helps thousands of people heal from anxiety, depression, trauma and chronic illness using a combined approach of naturopathic & functional medicine, gestalt psychotherapy, homeopathy and family constellations therapy. You can find out more about his programs on drameet.com.

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