Hepatitis, the Liver Disease: Causes of Hepatitis and Jaundice

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Liver is like a maestro who leads his band to play symphonies and musical pieces just because of the role it plays within the body. It performs a plenty of vital and essential physiological functions. Yet, Liver may be the most overworked and misunderstood organ in the human body.

It worth to mention that hepatitis is one of the most dangerous conditions of liver. In a metaphor way, if we consider the human body to be a compound of factories, so liver is the largest factory among them all. The Largest factory that should keep working with a constant rhythm for everything to be ongoing perfectly and normally. Healthy liver maintains a healthy function. It means that if something went wrong with liver, many functions and organs are going to get impaired. So by all means, it is inevitably a crucial organ!

Internal Anatomy of Liver

Liver has an important role in many functions from protein production and blood coagulation to cholesterol, glucose and iron metabolism. However, unfortunately, a variety of diseases can affect the liver. Symptoms of such diseases may include nausea, vomiting, weakness, and fatigue. Also, weight loss, and Jaundice; general yellow discoloration of skin and eyes are very probable. Treatment of every definite disease relies mainly on the etiology. Liver cirrhosis is one common condition. It occurs when normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue as a result of chronic liver disease.

Among all liver diseases and conditions found, we should acknowledge that liver inflammation; hepatitis is one of the most dangerous. Hepatitis is a serious health problem world-wide and difficult to be treated specially when the case is advanced and complicated.

Liver inflammation may be for a short period (acute), or chronic (a prolonged episode). Both of them are most commonly caused by excessive alcohol intake or hepatitis viruses. Perhaps, it is also caused by exposure to certain chemicals or drugs. Such cases include exposure to a Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) overdose, or an abnormal reaction to specific therapies. Many hepatitis viruses are present, but the three mostly known are hepatitis A, B and C viruses.

Jaundice Hepatitis

Hepatitis symptoms

  • Jaundice.                                                                       
  • Fatigue.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (General symptoms).
  • Low grade fever.
  • Headache.

N.B. Knowing that it’s not a must they appear altogether. 

Many ways are applied to counteract hepatitis, one of which is using herbals. Herbal nutrients would bring the promised result to help restore the liver system and to maintain a healthy function. Hepatitis Herbal support is mild, safe, and suitable to use as part of your daily nutrition supplement.

They can be used for acute and chronic hepatitis, fatty liver, hepatocirrhosis and elevated transaminase levels. Now, we will get a close view at some herbals which can be used for treatment of hepatitis..

Bupleurum root for Hepatitis

1- Bupleurum root, Chai hu, or the Chinese thorowax root

It belongs to Apiaceae (Umbelliferae carrot) family. It contains many ingredients as calcium, copper, linoleic-acid (omega 6), magnesium, oleic-acid, potassium, saikosaponin-d, stigmasterol, and zinc. Bupleurum is a tonic herb used for the liver and circulatory system. As with most traditional Chinese herbs, Bupleurum is rarely used alone, but is often combined with ginseng, ginger, and peony.


Traditionally used in teas, sometimes encapsulated and as an extract. It is also used in combination with other herbals for treatment of many diseases.

Side Effects:

Bupleurum should not be used during pregnancy and if you are undergoing interferon therapy for hepatitis, or taking antibiotics. Take the tea with food.

Chrysanthemum flower for Hepatitis

2- Chrysanthemum flower, Mums, Chrysanthemum morifolium, or Chu Hua

A flower belonging to Compositae sunflower (Asteranceae) family. It contains many important constituents as ascorbic acid, beta carotene, calcium, fiber, folacin, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, and essential oils.

Chrysanthemum has an ancient reputation in the East as a medicinal plant. It is used in Chinese medicine in prescriptions for colds, headache, inflamed eyes, swelling and pain in the throat, vertigo, tinnitus, sores such as boils, and tightness of the chest with anxiety. Chrysanthemum flowers soaked in rice wine are a historical restorative drink.


It is prepared like tea, steep the flowers gently in hot water for no more than 10 minutes in a closed vessel, to preserve the essential oil. Powder may be taken in capsule form. Chu Hua, or mums is known to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, aromatic, demulcent, hepatic, hypotensive (for treatment of hypertension), febrifuge, and refrigerant.  

N.B. No side effects have been noticed.

Flesh finger citrus fruit for Hepatitis

3- Flesh finger citrus fruit, or Fou Shou

It is a shrub indigenous to China, and northeastern India, with irregular long branches. The flesh finger citrus fruit is characterized by a citron fragrant odor and segments looking like fingers. Fou Shou is an additive herbal used within herbal formulas of hepatitis for its distinctive fragrant odor that increases the overall palatability of the herbal formula. It is used by the Chinese and the Japanese for perfuming rooms and personal stuff, such as clothes.  

Stuck to a healthy diet as prevention is better than cure. Health is a boon..