The liver is arguably a naturopath’s favourite organ. It is certainly considered, and usually addressed in any treatment plan for any patient. One could argue that a naturopath is a bit obsessed with optimising liver function.
If a patient is overly fatigued, feeling sluggish, has signs or symptoms of hormonal imbalance, has constipation, has an intolerance to fatty foods or alcohol, or suffers frequent headaches, the liver function might be suboptimal. It will certainly be considered in the holistic assessment of the presenting individual.
The liver has over 500 vital functions to perform for the body’s wellbeing. Included in this list is:
Filtration of red blood cells
Storage of energy
Metabolism of nutrients, drugs, and everything else that passes through the digestive tract. The liver either activates the substances for the body to utilise, or neutralises toxins.
Detoxification of chemicals, hormones, drugs and any toxic metabolites
Bile production. Bile is a natural laxative and is the channel of elimination of excess cholesterol and toxins.
The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate with the right conditions and this is very good news for us. A diet high in fats and alcohol, drugs, and a lifestyle with chemical exposure, all put added strain on this important organ.
There are many herbs in a naturopath’s arsenal, as well as nutritional supplements that support the liver to function optimally. As with all prescriptions from a naturopath, treatments are tailored to the individual and include diet and lifestyle recommendations.
I am available for naturopathic consultations at the clinic, as is Daniel for all your chiropractic needs, and Rosie and George for hypnotherapy appointments.