Hepatitis B is a type of virus that infects the liver and reduces its function. This causes serious infection that if not treated on time, could become chronic leading to permanent scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) or failure of the liver function.
Hepatitis B is one of the most common out of all the types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D and E). Though hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine, there is no cure (medically) once you have the condition.
It was reported that no fewer than 20 million Nigerians are living with hepatitis B (inflammation of the liver) and over 5 million of this stats are already chronically ill with liver cirrhosis or cancer.
Hepatitis B is one of the most dangerous conditions for human life which result in the greatest number of complications. In fact, hepatitis B is so serious that it is said to be 100 times more infectious than Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This is why you should not toy with this health condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Hepatits B?
It should be noted that the symptoms of hepatits B are often mild and nonspecific, and it is possible you might have hepatitis and not realize it at first because sometimes there may not be any symptoms.
However, the most common symptoms of hepatitis B are;
- nausea or vomiting
- loss of appetite
- body ache
- mild fever
- joint pain
- abdominal pain
- itchy feeling
- bleeding inside of the body
- light-colored stools
- dark urine
What Causes Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). The virus passes from person to person through blood, semen or other body fluids.
Hepatitis B can be spread through an unprotected sexual act of any type, sharing of unsterilized needles, accidental needle sticks and through mother to child during childbirth.
Hepatitis B can not be transmitted by kissing, coughing, sneezing, breastfeeding or sharing of utensils.
Complications of Hepatitis B
Having an acute HBV infection might not be too serious because our immune system can fight it off easily when some certain medications are used.
However, having a chronic HBV infection can lead to serious complications, such as:
- Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis)
- Liver cancer
- Liver failure
- Other conditions such as kidney failure or inflammation of blood vessels.
Can Hepatitis B Be Cured Naturally?
Well, for people who are allergic to certain medication or have not taken the vaccination, there are natural cures for hepatitis B, which most people are not aware of.
Although, chronic viral hepatitis often requires medical treatment in order to prevent progressive liver damage, cirrhosis or other damages, using natural methods will go a long way in treating hepatitis B.
And apart from the use of chemicals and pills, there are some simple home remedies for hepatitis B which are very effective as well.
12 Natural Methods for Treating Hepatitis B
#1 – Water
Water made our top list of home remedies for treating hepatitis B because there is no alternative to water for curing hepatitis B.
For a complete cure for hepatitis B, a hydrated system is essential. So stay hydrated always by constantly drinking clean water.
#2 – Vitamin B
Vitamin B has a great impact on hepatitis B virus. For example, vitamin B12 can help control the growth of HBV and also treat its symptoms as well. Vitamin B6 is good in producing new liver cells to replace damaged ones. You can get enough of these vitamins from fish, milk, avocado, beef liver, yeast and cheese.
#3 – Bitter Leaf
Bitter leaf, botanically called Vernonia amygdalina can help in fighting hepatitis B effectively. Bitter leaf is much more common in Africa, especially Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon and DR Congo, where it is used in cooking. Bitter leaf is called onugbu in Igbo, efo ewuro in Yoruba, shakwa shuwaka in Hausa and it is known as etidot in Cross River state of Nigeria.
All thanks to the immunological effect bitter leaf juice possess, which is why it is widely used in the management of viral infections such as HIV, HBV, etc.
To extract bitter leaf juice, take about 2 handfuls of cleaned, fresh bitter leaves, add about 200ml water and squeezed gently by hand and drink the juice.
#4 – Lemon
Lemon is one of nature’s best gift. It helps liver recovery and copes with the pathogens of the disease.
To use lemon for its healing properties, take 1 whole lemon, squeeze the juice into a cup, add a teaspoon of baking soda and stir the mixture. Drink this an hour before breakfast. Do this 2 to 3 times a week and don’t forget to take some days off in between.
#5 – Avocado
Some scientists suggest that extracts from avocado may be able to lessen the damage caused by the hepatitis virus, thereby treating hepatitis B naturally.
#6 – Garlic
Garlic has been proven to protect the liver from this type of disease. It contains metabolites and amino acids. Consuming raw garlic cloves (minced), or in foods containing garlic can help relieve symptoms of hepatitis B.
#7 – Bitter Kola
Bitter kola has been a very powerful herb, yet overlooked by many, maybe because of the bitter taste. Some studies have shown that bitter kola is effective. Grind 20 pieces of bitter kola into a fine powder, then mix one bottle of lime juice and one bottle of honey. Then take 2 tablespoons 4 times daily for 2 months.
#8 – Ginger
Drinking ginger tea on a regular basis can help relieve the symptoms associated with hepatitis B infection. The tea can be consumed after each meal to get the desired results. Ginger can also be added to your cookings.
#9 – Phyllanthus Amarus
Phyllanthus amarus is a common leaf used in agbo in Nigeria. The leaf increases antioxidants and reduces lipid peroxidation of liver cell membranes. It also protects the liver from the effect of hepatitis virus. It inhibits the growth of the virus by blocking the enzymes that are needed for hepatitis B virus to reproduce.
Phyllanthus amarus is called eyin olobe in Yoruba, iyeke in Urhobo. Igbo and Hausa name of Phyllanthus amarus is needed.
To use Phyllanthus amarus to cure hepatitis B, steep Phyllanthus amarus in one cup of hot water for just 1 minute, strain it and drink 1 teaspoon once a day for 1 month. Make sure you don’t steep in hot water for more than 1 minutes as it may become too bitter.
#10 – Cordyceps
Another effective natural cure is Cordyceps. It can help in reducing the liver damage caused by chronic hepatitis. Taking cordyceps extract, about 3 to 5 grams, 2 times in a day can improve the functioning of the liver.
#11 – Dandelion
Dandelion can be regarded as one of the most effective hepatitis B cure. 1 tsp of crushed dandelion roots is to be poured into 1 glass of cold water. Put this mixture in a pot and bring it on a low heat. Let it simmer for an hour. Take 1 tbsp 3 times a day. It is better to take it half an hour before meals.
#12 – Herbal Supplements
Herbs are given to us by God and are very effective in treating hepatitis B and other forms of hepatitis. One proven, tested Chinese herb that cures hepatitis B that got people talking is the Hepatitis Curative Pack, a herbal supplement formulated in a modern, sophisticated medical environment. Go check it out here, it has helped the majority of my blog readers cured their hepatitis.
Now that you’ve learnt all about hepatitis, symptoms, causes and natural treatment for hepatitis B, go out there and try these home remedies for hepatitis B. However, it should be noted that hepatitis B is a very serious disease and self-treatment may be dangerous. So, it is advisable to consult your doctor first. We wish you good health!
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