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Liver Support with TCM
Serum albumin
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Materials regarding herbs have not been evaluated by the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration and are not in any way a replacement or substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment. Persons with specific medical illnesses are advised to seek professional care.

The liver is the only place albumin is synthesized. When liver functions are compromised and damage accumulates, the level of albumin drops. Thus, the level of albumin and other laboratory markers can also be used as a predictive indicator in the prognosis of cirrhotic patients.

However, a low albumin level alone is not a specific indicator for chronic liver disease. Albumin leakage into extra-vascular, inadequate nutritional intake, poor absorption in the digestion system, over-catalysis of albumin caused by infections, fever, cancer, and abnormal loss from chronic diarrhea and kidney dysfunctions are among some of the other causes.

In cirrhosis, the increase of g-globulin can also suppress albumin synthesis. Therefore, it is important to observe the overall “picture” and other lab markers of the patient to choose the correct protocol.

Herbal supplementation consists of two routes: direct supplementation of albumin and functional improvement of liver albumin synthesis.

Direct supplement can be done with TCM remedies made from animal sources, such as, Ze He Che (dried animal placenta) Guong di long (Pheretima aspergillum), LiYu (Cyprinus carpio), Bai Jiang Can (Bcauveria bassiana), Gui Ban (shell of ahinemys reevesii), E Jiao (Skin gelatin made from Equus asinus).

To improve the albumin synthesis:
Dong Cuon Xia Cao (Cordyceps sinensis), Dang Gui (Angelicae Radix)
Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosulae Radix), Huang Qi (Astragali Radix)
Ling zhi cao (Ganoderma japonicum)
Gou qi zi (Lycium barbarum)
Nu Zhen Zi (Ligustrum lucidum Ait)
Di Haung (Rehmanniae Radix)
Dan Shen (Salviae Miltiorrhziae Radix)
Ji Xue Teng (Mucunae Caulis)
San Leng (Sparganii Rhizoma)
E Zhu (Zedoariae Rhizoma)
Xian mao (Curculiginis rhizoma)
Ba Ji Tian (Morindae officinalis radix).

For cirrhotic compensated stage without ascites, aside from regular cirrhosis treatments, low albumin support with the above herbs must be used with care.

The stomach stimulating and lapactic effects of Dang Gui and Di Haung must be carefully monitored.

The heat of the following herbs should also be carefully balanced: Dang Shen, Huang Qi, Gou qi zi, Xian mao, and Ba ji tian. Among these herbs, Dang Gui, Huang Qi, and Dan Shen have the best therapeutic effects.

For de-compensated cirrhosis patients, direct supplementation of albumin is recommended. At the same time, diuretic herbs should also be used.
The herbs commonly used are Ze He Che, Guong di long, Dang Gui, Huang Qi, and Dan Shen, and formulas such as Wu Ling San (Hoelen Five Herb Combination) and Wu Pi Ying (Decoction Containing Five Types of Peel).

[Liu YL et al., Premary Discusion on the Use of Chinese Medicine According to Blood Tests, CJITWM, Jan 2003, 23(1):54-55]

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About HCV
Causes and Transmission

Diagnostic Tests
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

Major Signs
Liver Inflammation

Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Bile Retention
Joint Pains and Skin Rashes
Blood Sugar Instability
Portal Vein Hypertension

Important Liver Function Test Markers
PT (Prothrombin Time)
Liver Biopsy
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
Interferon Based Treatment
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
Liver Support with TCM
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
Dietary Considerations
Essential Fats




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