The liver has a fiery energy and can cause a variety of Pitta disorders, such as inflammation and infection. Pitta is translated as bile and is prone to the range of diseases rooted in the improper function of the liver and gallbladder. Typical Pitta diseases are: jaundice, hepatitis, ulcer, hyperacidity ect.
Six things you can do for your liver:
1.Cleansing herbs. Bitter herbs like gentian, barberry, dandelion, goldenseal, and turmeric clear the liver energy, cleanse the blood, and promote the flow of the bile. Specific Ayurvedic herb for liver care is Bhumyamalaki; and in Chinese medicine- Bupleurum. You can find Margarite Acne pills useful for cleansing your blood. Clearing of the skin is a pleasant “side effect”.
2.Tonics.Tonics should be taken after the cleansing. Otherwise they will do more harm than good. 2 – 3 teaspoons of aloe gel taken 2 – 3 times daily is a good liver tonic, which simultaneously cleanses and builds up the liver.
3.Spices.Coriander, fennel, turmeric, mint, lemon and lime used when you cook or as teas gently improve the liver energy.
4.Diet.Follow the Pitta pacifying diet if Pitta is your leading dosha or if your Pitta is out of balance. Sugars, fats, and oils should be minimized. See the food list for Pitta.
5.Ghee (clarified butter).Ghee is the easiest oil for the liver and, when taken in small amounts, restores its function. Ghee also helps in assimilation of bitter cleansing herbs.
6.Emotions.Emotions that strengthen the liver are confidence, enthusiasm, and courage. Emotions that damage its function are anger, jealousy, and irritability. Cultivating the former and working to resolve the latter will help your liver to function smoothly.
TODAY’S TIP: A good time for taking care of your liver is the early fall (September 15 – October 15 in North America ) when Pitta is naturally accumulated after the hot fiery summer season