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Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy
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Dietary Support for Cirrhotic Liver Diseases

Ascites - A Complication of De-Compensated Liver Cirrhosis

Liver Cirrhosis - Portal Vein Hypertension Complications

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PG-IFN and Ribavirin Treatments

Antibiotics and Chronic Liver Diseases

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Co-infections and Super-infections of Viral Hepatitis

Beware of Medications That Can Cause Liver Damage

Bile Retention and Its Clinical Manifestations (MCM) part 4

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Part 3 
Jaundice and Chronic Viral Hepatitis

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 2

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 1

What is Liver Fibrosis and How is It Different from Cirrhosis?

How does the liver change as we get older?

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Comprehensive Care for Chronic Viral Hepatitis

What can Cause Liver Inflammation?  

What Are the Major Functions that the Liver Carries?


 

Liver Support with TCM
Blood Clotting Factors
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Liver diseases are the common causes of blood clotting dysfunction. The Liver makes six blood clotting factors: I (fibrinogen), II (Prothrombin), IV, V, VI, and VII. Whenever there is a decrease in any of them, Prothrombin time (PT) will become abnormally prolonged. Therefore, PT can be used as an indication of liver synthesis function or dysfunction. In acute liver cell diseases, if PT prolonged, it usually indicates severe liver cell necrosis and a poor prognosis. In chronic liver diseases, if PT is prolonged to more than five seconds and there is no response to vitamin K injection, this usually suggests extensive liver damage and the long-term prognosis is usually poor. In about 60% of death cases caused by alcoholic liver diseases, PT was prolonged to more than four seconds.

Clinically when we evaluate the result of the PT test, it is important to know whether patient has active bleeding. If there is blood in the stool, the herbal remedies used are:
Yunan Bai Yao Capsule
Xian He Cao (Herba agremoniae)
Qian Cao (Rubiae radix)

If there is black stool and vomiting with blood, the patient should be taken to the emergency room as soon as possible. 

When treating PT/PA disorder, in MCM terms, treatment is not only focused on preventing and stopping localized bleeding. The TCM theory behind this is to supplement Qi and prevent liver failure. For severe liver inflammation, such as fulminant hepatitis, TCM theory is to treat the “noxious heat and viral qi exhaustion” with strong herbal formulas such as:
An Gong Niu Huang Wan (Bolus of Calculus Bovis for Resurrection)
Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin (Decoction of Five Ingredients for Antiphologistic)
Zi Xue Dan (Purple-Snow Pellet).

From a conventional medical standpoint, the stoppage of bleeding is the main objective. Serious bleeding is the most common cause of death in advanced cirrhotic patients. In cases of stable compensated cirrhosis, even small amounts of toxins such as alcohol or other disturbances (including emotional stress) can still trigger bleeding. Thus, patients must pay careful attention to all aspects of diet and stress management.

Herbal treatments for preventing bleeding and raising platelet count are Yunan Bai Yao Capsule and Bai Ji Granule.

 

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About HCV
Overview
Causes and Transmission

 
Diagnostic Tests
Antibody
HCV RIBA
HCV RNA 
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

 
Major Signs
Liver Inflammation
Fibrosis
Cirrhosis

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

 
Important Liver Function Test Markers
Overview
ALT and AST
ALP and GGT
Albumin
Bilirubin
PT (Prothrombin Time)
 
Liver Biopsy
Overview
Procedure
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
 
Interferon Based Treatment
Overview
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
 
Liver Support with TCM
Overview
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
GGT
 
Dietary Considerations
Overview
Proteins
Essential Fats
Carbohydrates
Vitamins
 
 

 


 

 

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