What is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is an infection primarily in the liver caused by a virus called hepatitis C virus. When a person is affected by HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) there may not be any symptom during the initial stages. Whatever symptoms are noticed they are considered insignificant by most of the people and ignored.
You cannot detect the presence of hepatitis C virus in the body by ordinary or conventional laboratory tests. You can detect it only through ultra-sensitive tests.
Symptoms of Hepatitis C
The normal and general symptoms due to hepatitis C infection ranges from loss of appetite, muscle pain, joint pain, fatigue, to weight loss. In rare cases it may cause acute failure of the liver. Vast majority of people contacting hepatitis C may not have any symptom of the infection at all. But if someone experiences the symptoms, you could treat them as long as the liver is not seriously infected, when one has to necessarily see a doctor.
HCV is not a disease due to superficial contacts of the bodies. It spreads mainly through blood from person to person. Such blood contact may be on account of intravenous drug use, blood transfusion, improper sterilization of medical equipment like needles, by using them repeatedly on different persons.
HCV reduces spontaneously in at least half of the cases due to change in life style and food habits. This disease is found more in younger persons and females.
Intravenous drug use is the major cause for hepatitis C virus contacted by people in most of the countries. Normal sexual activities with single partner do not pose any risk and hence ruled out as a cause for contacting HCV, meaning abnormal or un-natural sex activities can be.
Tattooing, sharing personal care items such as razors, manicuring, pedicuring equipment are causes for contacting the disease.
Transmission of HCV is not possible through casual contacts like kissing, hugging, sharing food items or by using cooking vessels of affected persons or through food or water.
Transmission of HCV from mother to the new born is possible in rare cases. Such mothers must avoid breast feeding completely.
How to treat Hepatitis C
You can treat Hepatitis C without taking allopathic medicines and by administering many of the natural remedies. Not all persons affected by HC need to be treated to treat that but can simply follow simple lifestyle techniques to cure HC. Such treatment must be based on the symptoms noticed in each person.
Some of the remedial measures are here.
If fatigue is the symptom, then reduction in the work load and intermittent rest will be of help. A flexible work schedule may be appropriate.
Doing some aerobic exercises can improve the energy level and also reduce depression.
Even though there is loss of appetite,eat small quantities of meals as many times in a day as to compensate the average daily intake of food. Eating salty foods and foods that contain high protein help people who have cirrhosis. But, consume a healthy diet with a host of fruits, berries, vegetables and nuts. Consult a doctor to decide the appropriate diet program for you as the symptoms vary from person to person.
Alcohol and drugs
Alcohol and drugs are detrimental to the general health and more particularly to the liver. Hence those who are suffering from Hepatitis C must immediately avoid taking drugs and alcohol completely. Even if one is not able to stop them, seek the help of a doctor for gradually getting away from them.
Damage of liver is imminent in advanced stages of the disease, hepatitis C. Some herbs that can both cure and prevent the increase of the virus are milk thistle, neem, and flax seed oil with yogurt, red sage, sea salt, dandelion and arginine.
Milk thistle remedy
Milk thistle is a thorny plant with purple flowers, the extract of which is an excellent medicine in the treatment of hepatitis C. These herbs in addition to getting adequate sun light improve the general immune system and then provide definite cure for the disease.
Trans-dermal application of castor oil
Castor oil application over the liver and spleen are very useful.
- Drench castor oil in a rag.
- Place it over the liver and spleen.
- After a couple of minutes, place a hot water bag with bearable heat on it with a plastic paper in between.
Leave it on for a duration of 30 minutes every day till such time you are completely relieved of Hepatitis C and its symptoms. The trans-dermal application is immediately useful in case of severe inflammation.
Do not consume any inflammatory substance like pharmaceuticals, drinks like, coffee, tea, alcohol and artificial sweeteners or refined sugar. Avoid all these while you undergo any treatment for hepatitis C.