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Hepatitis C - Other Treatment

Some people seek out complementary medicines or alternative ways to treat their hepatitis C. At this time, no complementary or alternative medicines have been proved to reduce symptoms or cure hepatitis C. In fact, some herbal therapies (such as kava) may actually damage the liver.15

Rigorous studies of the herb milk thistle show that it does not protect the liver from damage.16, 17 Talk to your doctor if you are thinking about trying milk thistle or any other complementary therapy to treat hepatitis C.

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Understanding Hepatitis -- Symptoms

Many people with hepatitis go undiagnosed, because the disease is mistaken for the flu or because there are no symptoms at all. The most common symptoms of hepatitis are: Loss of appetite Fatigue Mild fever Muscle or joint aches Nausea and vomiting Abdominal pain Less common symptoms include: Dark urine Light-colored stools Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) Generalized itching Altered mental state, stupor, or coma Internal bleeding...

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    Last Updated: August 15, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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