Acupuncture can help to fight with widespread problem of hepatitis
Acupuncture is known to heal array of ailments ranging from acute pains to Chronic and severe health troubles. It may prove to be useful treatment for Hepatitis.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver cells. The liver becomes enlarged and tender. The liver is essential for removing toxins from the blood, storing vitamins, helps in digestion and producing hormones.Liver is a vital organ that aids in metabolism, digestion, detoxification and production of many proteins needed by the body. If large part part of liver is damaged, it will no longer be able to perform its functions. This also affects the gastrointestinal tract and other organs.
According to the basic concept of TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine) – Acupuncture, the vital energies of the human body and its organs are represented by qi (energy) . Each organ has its own qi, which governs its function. According to TCM study , human energy flow through meridians , every organ has its own meridian , on which acupuncture points are needled. Activation of meridians can be done through those meridian points. Which can also redirect the organ functioning.
Hepatitis referred as inflammatory condition of liver. It is commonly caused by viral infection but there are other possible causes of hepatitis as well.The condition can be self limiting or can progress to Inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis and then liver cancer. It can occur due to various reasons including heavy alcohol consumption, exposure to toxins, some medication, use and certain auto immune disease. When the liver is inflamed its function can be affected.However most common cause of hepatitis is a viral infection. There are 5 types of hepatitis virus referred as type A, B, C, D and E.Each hepatitis virus affects the liver differently and has different routes of transmission and infection. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and life-threatening complications they can create. This mainly occur in people with low immune system.
Common facts about the Hepatitis categorization-
Hepatitis A & E are caused by ingestion of contaminated food and water. They are usually acute and short termed, in which our body is able to fight the virus.
Whereas, Hepatitis B, C, D occur as a result of parenteral contact with infected body fluids. They are acute as well as chronic and long-lasting infection which could lead to severe complications like cirrhosis, liver cancer
Very common mode of transmission includes using contaminated medical equipments.
HEPATITIS A (HAV)- Hepatitis A is a viral infection that causes liver inflammation and damage some times. Inflammation occurred in any organ when injury or some infection entered into the organ. Hepatitis A usually spreads through contact with food or water that has been contaminated by the faces (stool) of an infected person.
People more likely to get infected by getting close physical contact with the infected person.
Virus can be spread in daycare centers if employees are not careful about hygiene-washing hands after cleaning stools and diapers. Signs and common symptoms associated with HAV are fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, low appetite, dark colored urine, clay-colored stool.
Treatment for HAV may include- adequate nutritious home cooked food, no extra spices involved with sufficient amount of water intake, No Alcohol as it could damage the liver which is already inflamed and Acupuncture can help fighting this infection.
HEPATITIS B (HBV)- Hepatitis B is generally acute, but long term complication can be dangerous to lives as well. It is transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood, semen or other body fluid. It can also be transmitted from infected mother to the infants at the birth of child. This can also happen through physical close contact with infected person, sharing needle, syringe, razor, toothbrush or other drug injection equipment.Long term infection can lead to severe harm such as Liver cirrhosis or liver cancer
HEPATITIS C (HCV)- According to WHO approximately 25% of people of this virus get cure in 6-week as they have short term infection, Rest 75% needs special care and proper treatment.
Hepatitis C is a blood borne virus, It is a virus that is transmitted by blood.Injected drugs, have been on kidney dialysis, HIV infected, being tattooed or body pierced with tools or ink that were not sterile and were used on an infected person
HEPATITIS D ( HDV) – This virus is also called “delta hepatitis” .It occurs in people who are also infected with the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis D is spread when blood or other body fluid from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. It causes several symptoms and serious/chronic illness as well. People can become infected with both Hepatitis B and D together.
HEPATITIS E (HEV) – This virus is uncommon, It mainly takes place from the travel to the place or country where the conditions are epidemic. Also It enters in body through consumption of uncooked pork or deer meat.This type of hepatitis is more common in developed countries like- united states, Australia, Japan and parts of Europe and East Asia.
The use of Acupuncture is to dredge the body channels and regulate qi(energy) and blood in order to recover, Acupuncture offers the possibility of controlling inflammation of liver. It also removes the infection which is been entered and repair the functioning of the organ.Excessive hot and greasy food, fast food, alcohol and hot cooking method like frying should be avoided.Balanced and healthy dietary with lifestyle changes is an important factor towards curing it.
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