Category Archives: Liver Diseases

What is hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain what hepatitis is and how one gets it? A: Hepatitis is an infection of the liver caused by one of several viruses, the most common of which are named hepatitis A, B, and C. Hepatitis A is spread mainly through contaminated food and water, whereas hepatitis B is…

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What is chronic hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can you explain what chronic hepatitis is? A: Chronic hepatitis consists of persistent liver infection and inflammation that lingers long after the primary symptoms of the disease have disappeared. It can produce subtle symptoms of liver tenderness and continued fatigue and over time can gradually destroy the liver. Chronic hepatitis also…

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Preventative measures for hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some preventative measures for hepatitis? A: The best treatment for hepatitis is prevention. You can avoid hepatitis A by practicing good hygiene and using the conventional treatment, known as immune globulins, while traveling in areas where the disease is common. Hepatitis B can be prevented by immunization and the…

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Milk thistle for hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Is milk thistle effective for treating hepatitis? A: Milk thistle may be useful as a supportive treatment for chronic hepatitis. The most important ingredient of milk thistle appears to be silymarin (actually a set of four related substances), which appears to possess a wide variety of liver-protective benefits. It is one of…

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Natural treatments for hepatitis?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some natural treatments for treating hepatitis? A: In Europe, the herb milk thistle is commonly used along with other treatments for hepatitis. The following natural treatments are widely recommended for hepatitis, but they have not been scientifically proven effective at this time: In Japan, an injectable combination of licorice…

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Foods for proper liver functioning?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are some diet recommendations for the proper functioning of the liver? A: Highly recommended foods that benefit liver functioning include: Azuki beans, beet tops, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cucumber, dandelion greens, grapefruit, lemon, lime, lychee, milk thistle seeds, pears, pine nuts, plums, raspberries, rice vinegar, rye, spinach, strawberries, tomato, and winter…

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Recommendation for elevated liver enzymes?

Dear Dr. Mao, My father’s liver enzymes are elevated. A year ago, he had one third of his lung removed due to lung cancer. He was treated with chemo and Gezmar and is now free from cancer. His enzymes have been elevated ever since his time, and soon he will be having a liver biopsy….

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