Hepatitis E
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: T. Thomas
Posted on: March 22, 2001

Hepatitis E is a rare form of Hepatitis, it is similar to Hepatitis C, however, it effects the Kidney not so much the liver and has pretty much the same symptoms of C. This form of Hepatitis my friend contracted from eating sea food. Would Milk Thistle be good for this rare case of Hepatitis because I see that it is good for the liver but will it have the same effect on the kidneys or is there a better herb to use?

Hepatitis is liver inflammation. Hepatitis E is caused by a virus named Hepatitis E virus. Hepatitis E is passed, like Hepatitis A, by the oral-fecal route: that is, from someone who has not washed their hands after using the toilet, from contaminated drinking water, eating shellfish contaminated by polluted water, or by sharing food with someone who has the disease. Although Hepatitis E is rare in the United States, there have been large outbreaks in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East.

A liver-friendly diet is recommended: avoid fats, oils, drugs and alcohol. Maximize fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices and herbal teas.

A herbal formula may include the following herbs:

Milk thistle to help regenerate damaged liver cells Dandelion root to support liver function and as a mild laxative Echinacea to support immune function in combating the virus Fennel and Ginger to support digestion, which must be optimized for maximum nutrition

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