How to Manage Hepatitis C with Natural Products

Occasionally I come across an individual who suffers from Hepatitis C. This viral condition attacks the liver and slowly degrades and erodes this major organ and its performance. Today I want to suggest some natural health strategies that may help those who live with this condition and with its impact.

Many people are now having considerable success with interferon and with a number of methods and modes of Hepatitis C treatment offered by western medical practitioners. This approach may often be needed and may be the most sensible choice for many.

According to Thea F.van de Mortel from The School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, one of the major problems for Hepatitis C sufferers is the possibility of prejudice or lack of understanding about the disease from health care workers.[1]

It may therefore be important from the outset of treatment that patients are given a little extra understanding and time because of the social unacceptability of this illness.

Naturopathy and Alternative Approaches

Some Hepatitis C sufferers may also prefer to consider an alternative therapies approach. Rather than opting for interferon or treatment from a liver specialist, they may prefer to work with Traditional Chinese Medicine, with herbs, with Naturopathy and with a dietary and lifestyle approach.

All these approaches may be valid for the patient to consider and may have some benefit.

Natural Remedies

It is important to note that no complementary or alternative medicines are as yet proven to be successful with treating Hepatitis C., However, in spite of this, many tout their efficacy and many sufferers are turning towards some of these herbal solutions as a component of their treatment plans.

Contraindication issues however, may need to be considered, and any use of herbal remedies may need to be undertaken under the guidance of a trained practitioner.

Interferon Side Effects

Those sufferers who choose to treat their Hepatitis C with interferon or with a combination therapy of ribavirin and interferon may also need to be made aware of the possible side effects that can accompany these treatments in some instances. Some of these may be:

  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Cuts and sores
  • Ulcers
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

Diet and Natural Health

It is also important to maintain as healthy a liver as possible if you suffer from Hepatitis C. There are a few things you can do to help with this and some of the dietary changes you can implement are as follows:

  • Reduce or cut out alcohol
  • Reduce or cut out processed foods
  • Eat plenty of greens
  • Eat plenty of raw foods
  • Stick to a balanced diet
  • Avoid fizzy drinks and fatty foods
  • Specifically avoid foods with transfats

Whatever course of treatment or approach you take, always remember to consider these thoroughly and speak with your health care providers when making major health decisions.