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Cirrhosis - Home Treatment

Using complementary and alternative medicines wisely

In general, you should avoid most herbal and other supplements, which may make liver disease worse. Kava is particularly bad for people who have liver problems.

Limited research has shown that the herbal supplement milk thistle may help protect the liver, but other research has not shown a benefit.2Milk 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).

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Last Updated: January 17, 2012
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