The Liver Lover’s Protocol
Whether you are Hepatitis C positive or simply want to be deeply loving to your liver, here’s an herb protocol that I have used in my practice with several individuals who have hepatitis C (one was Genotype 1-A, the other 1-B). Doing this protocol in a rigorous manner brought their liver enzymes from abnormal to normal range. Their viral counts also went down by some 30-40%, but they did not clear the virus.
1)The Simplified Version (Core Liver supplements) (for doses see the (2)
- Milk Thistle
- Olive Leaf
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
2) This is the full-on formula. The ** are anti-carcinogenic.
- Milk thistle: 2, 2x a day
- Dandelion 2, 2x a day
- Olive leaf 1, 1x a day
- *Cordyceps, 1 1x a day
- Shiitake 1 1x a day
- Thymus 2 1x a day
- licorice 2 1x a day
- Alpha Lipoic Acid 1 3x a day
- Selenium 1 2x a day
- grapefruit seed 1 2x a day
- Cysteine 1 2x a day
- *Reishi, 1 1x a day
- Resveratol, 1 2x a day
- Adrenal 2 2x a day
- *Cats Claw 2 2x a day
- DHEA 1 1x a day
These raw herbs are South American, Native American and Asian, and come from a highly reputable company (see below).
- 2 Tbspn milk thistle seed
- 2 tbspn dandelion root
- 1 1/2 tbspn suma root
- 1 tbspn bupleurum
- 1 medium handful of cut reiishi
- 2 tbspn Eleuthero root (formerly called Siberina Ginseng)
- 1 large pinch Pau D’Arco
- You boil them in a non-metal pot (ceramic or clay is best).
- First fill the pot 3/4 with water, let them soak for an hour and then bring them to a boil.
- Boil for 7 minutes, then drain.
- Fill the pot about 1/2 way up again and then bring that to a boil.
- Let that boil for 5 minutes and add that to the first batch.
- Drink 2 or 3 (even 4) large cups a day. Add honey or Agave if you like.
You can buy the herbs from: Mountain Rose Herbs
For more info on Liver enhancing herbs: Books
One I like is Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver, by Buhner
Another that’s more purely Chinese Herbs but also good, is Healing Hepatitis C with Modern Chinese Medicine, by Qingcai Zhang.
Google/wikipedia the herbs and supplements just to see what they purportedly do, and for contraindications (very few).