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Herbs and Herbal Remedies for Liver Support and Liver Detox

Updated on March 29, 2018

Protect Your Liver Using Herbal Remdies

The liver. Not many people think about the liver until it's too late. Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It is the filter system for many things that we ingest. It is very important to keep this vital organ healthy.

Taking herbs or herbal remedies can help remove toxins from your liver. It is important to keep your liver "clean". Many recommend doing a liver cleanse periodically, to help clear out toxins that can over tax your liver. Eating a healthy diet can help with eliminating toxins from the body.

If you are going to try an herbal liver cleanse, I would suggest finding a naturopath, herbalist, or other health care provider that can help you through the journey. Detoxing is a good thing, but should be done properly.

Be sure to know an herb thoroughly, before you start taking it. Herbs are natural, but they can have side effects.

Herbs To Support A Healthy Liver

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is used as an anti-inflammatory herb. In the case of the liver, it is used to combat the inflammation of hepatitis. Licorice root helps protect the liver, and helps promote healing. The herb's anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation. Licorice root can also fights the virus commonly responsible for hepatitis and supplies valuable antioxidant compounds that help maintain the overall health of the liver. People who take high blood pressure meds should stay clear of licorice. Those who have high blood pressure should also stay clear.

Schisandra Berries (Schisandra chinensis) is an adaptogenic herb that is native to Asia. An adaptogenic herb helps our bodies adapt to environmental stress and toxins. Schisadra has been significantly researched that shows its body wide health benefits. The research conducted showed that the lignans contained in the fruit support the liver's own defense system. This is a natural chemical called glutathione.

Artichoke Leaf (Cynara scholymus) is usually used in conjunction with other herbs like milk thistle. Artichoke leaf increases the production of bile, and helps to protect the liver. It can help to regenerate cells and enhances the overall function of the liver. Artichoke leaf is a common ingredient in liver detoxification supplements. Studies have proven that it can help reduce cholesterol.

Trimethyglycine,Vitamins A, C and E are also found in herbal supplements that are targeted at cleansing and detoxifying the liver. They help in proper liver function and have beta carotene and antioxidants that aids the liver.

Schisandra Berries

Schsandra berries help to support liver detox.
Schsandra berries help to support liver detox.

Artichoke Leaf

Artichoke Leaf is used to support liver function, and to lower cholesterol.
Artichoke Leaf is used to support liver function, and to lower cholesterol.

Milk Thistle Supports the Liver

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is one of the most important herbs for helping to support the liver. It is sometimes referred to as Silybum, from it's Latin name.
Milk Thistle works by protecting the cells in the liver from absorbing toxins. It helps to enhance regeneration of healthy cells. Milk thistle herb is a part of many liver tonics. It can also be ground and eaten as a food, taken as a tincture or drank as a decoction/tea. Milk thistle can also be made into a herbal milk. Drink 1-3 cups a day. For a tincture, it would be 15-20 drops 3 times a day for two weeks. Dosing would be different for the need of each patient.

Milk Thistle Seed is One Of The Most Popular Herbal Remedies for the Liver

Milk thistle seed.
Milk thistle seed. | Source

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ) is a very safe herb to use for all ages to help detox the liver. It is especially useful for the diabetic patient. The root of the herb is used. Dandelion root is considered a "bitter" and is useful to cleanse the bile ducts. It is one of the most popular detoxifying herbs. and it works primarily on the liver and gall bladder. It's bitter properties help remove waste toxins from different sources, like over drinking or medications. It works principally on the liver and gallbladder to promote removal of waste products. It also encourages elimination of toxins due to infection or pollution. Herbalists use it to treat and prevent gallstones. Drink a tea of the root three times a day. The leaf is considered to be a diuretic. It can be used in salads or taken as a tea.

Dandelion Root Helps Detox The Body

Dandelion is use to help detox the liver
Dandelion is use to help detox the liver | Source

Use Herbs Wisely

Remember, herbs are natural, but they are medicine. Before using any herbs, talk with your health care provider. Herbs can interact with medicines.
Licorice root should not be taken by persons with high blood pressure, or a tendency for high blood pressure. Even if you don't have high blood pressure, it can raise it to a dangerous level.

Be sure to notice any side effects when taking herbs. These would include allergic reactions. If any side effects are felt, stop immediately.

Always seek immediate medical care if an allergy is severe, such as an anaphylaxis reaction.

Be careful of all herbal remedies that you take.

© 2012 Healing Herbalist


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    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Hello kats, thanks for reading. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Thanks for stopping, rajan. I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the votes.

    • TheKatsMeow profile image

      Katee Shew 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great article with great advice. Definitely going to try some of these remedies, especially after seeing the healthy liver versus unhealthy one. Voted up and shared with my followers :)

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Useful herbal remedies for detoxifying the liver. Thanks for advising the caution in using them.

      Voted up and useful.

    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Hello Darline. Thanks for stopping by. You are right, spring time is a great time to cleanse the body. For years, people would cleanse the body in the spring, due to heavy meat consumption during the winter months. Back in the day, not many veggies were available year round. Milk thistle is a great herb to detox the liver from anything.

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      Darline L 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the information on herbs and cleansing the liver. Spring time is an excellent time to cleanse and my favorite herb to use is milk thistle.

    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Hello elayne001, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed reading. Have a great day.

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      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I have chronic biliary cirrhosis, so I take a combination of several of the herbs you mentioned daily. Great hub.

    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Hi CelticWillow. Thanks for stopping by. I have not used it personally, but I know people who have. It is something I recommend to clients during consultations. It has worked well for them. Thanks for the votes. Have a great day.

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      7 years ago from Central New Jersey

      cloverleaffarm, thank you for this valuable post! I have had troubles ever since going through chemo a few years back. I strongly believe it to be from liver damage from the harsh medications. I do take the milk thistle and dandelion regularly, and am seeing some improvement. Have you used the Liver Detox Gold listed above? Voted you up, useful, and interesting!

    • cloverleaffarm profile imageAUTHOR

      Healing Herbalist 

      7 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      It's true, and many people don't realize it. Hopefully this helps. Thanks for stopping by. Always nice to see you.

    • Eliminate Cancer profile image

      Eliminate Cancer 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      OH - this is really important - so many of today's health problems could be avoided if our liver and kidneys were functioning properly!!


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