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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.11

Rigorous studies of the herb milk thistle show that it does not protect the liver from damage.12, 13 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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The Connection Between Hepatitis C and Autoimmune Disorders

Infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can trigger autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) in a minority of patients. This means that the liver cells are damaged not only by the virus but also by the body's own immune system. AIH triggers the body to attack its liver cells as if the liver cells were harmful foreign substances. Patients with a combination of HCV and autoimmune hepatitis may suffer from more debilitating symptoms than patients with HCV alone. Autoimmune hepatitis is associated with other...

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Last Updated: June 20, 2014
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