Cirrhosis - Home Treatment
In general, you should avoid most herbal and other supplements, which may
make liver disease worse.
Kava is particularly bad for people with liver
Limited research has shown that the herbal supplement
milk thistle may help protect the liver, but other research has not shown a
benefit.3Milk thistle will not reverse existing liver
damage, and it will not cure infection with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C
virus. Milk thistle should not be used by people who have complications from cirrhosis (such as variceal bleeding or ascites). Talk to your doctor about whether you should try milk thistle (or any
other alternative treatment).
Making decisions about end stages of life
Cirrhosis can be a progressive, fatal condition. You may want to discuss health care and other legal issues that may arise near the end of
Many people find it helpful and comforting to state their
health care choices in writing (with an advance directive or living will) while
they are still able to make and communicate these decisions. Some people want
every possible medical treatment to sustain life, while others prefer measures
to maintain their comfort without prolonging life. It may be helpful to think
about what kind of medical treatment you want. Also think about whom to choose
as your health care agent to make and carry out decisions about your care if
you become unable to speak for yourself.
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A time may come when your goals change from treating or
curing an illness to maintaining comfort and dignity. Your primary doctor will be able to address questions or concerns about maintaining
comfort when cure is no longer an option. Hospice care health professionals can
provide palliative care and comforting surroundings for someone who is
preparing to die.
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