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Dr. Zhang
 
TCM and MCM Theory Related to Common Liver Disease Blood Test Markers

Low Dose Interferon Patient Experiment

Hepatitis A Prevention Reminder

Hepatitis: Causes of Pain in Liver Region 

The Need to Monitor Your Chronic Hepatitis

Liver Enzyme Fluctuation during Allergy Season 

What are the Serum Markers of Hepatitis B and What do They Mean?

Enterogenous Endotoxemia in Chronic Hepatitis–
Part 2

Enterogenous Endotoxemia in Chronic Hepatitis–
Part 1
 

Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy -
Part 2

Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy
Part 1

What Causes Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Cirrhotic Liver Disease

Dietary Support for Cirrhotic Liver Diseases

Ascites - A Complication of De-Compensated Liver Cirrhosis

Liver Cirrhosis - Portal Vein Hypertension Complications

Liver Cirrhosis Overview

PG-IFN and Ribavirin Treatments

Antibiotics and Chronic Liver Diseases

Why is Alcohol Harmful for People with Hepatitis?

Co-infections and Super-infections of Viral Hepatitis

Beware of Medications That Can Cause Liver Damage

Bile Retention and Its Clinical Manifestations (MCM) part 4

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Part 3 
Jaundice and Chronic Viral Hepatitis

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 2

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 1

What is Liver Fibrosis and How is It Different from Cirrhosis?

How does the liver change as we get older?

How is that my LFTs are so good when my viral load is seemly so high?

Comprehensive Care for Chronic Viral Hepatitis

What can Cause Liver Inflammation?  

What Are the Major Functions that the Liver Carries?


 

Liver Support with TCM
Overview
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HCV is an immunopathic virus. Thus, most of the liver damage it causes is due to the body's inadequate immune response, especially 
auto-immune reactions. In the case of acute HCV infection, immune 
tolerance (insufficient reaction) causes the infection to become chronic. 

The relationship between the severity of the liver cell damages and the viral count is weak at best. "It seems that it is more important 'how' your body responds to the presence of the hepatitis C virus in your liver than 'how much' virus is in your liver that counts." (Howard Monsour, M.D., Viral Counts - Do We Need Them? Hepatitis, Jul/Aug 2001, p. 22)

In chronic hepatitis, over-active humeral immunity causes gamma-globulin levels to rise, which form the circulatory immune complex (CIC). When CIC deposits in the liver, joints, and skin, it causes inflammation. It is also the cause of cryoglobulinemia, a common complication of hepatitis C in which cold-sensitive globulin in the blood causes arthritis, 
skin rashes, and vasculitis. In cellular immunity, T suppresser cell function insufficiency and T helper cell hyperactivity causes the persistence of liver inflammation.

If the patient is a non-responder to Interferon based treatments, there must be an alternative route for health management.

TCM has no effective solution for the eradication of the HCV virus, but it does offer ways to protect the liver from excessive damage and to maximize the patient's overall liver functions and quality of life.

Normalizing liver enzyme levels and controlling inflammation are crucial 
factors in changing the prognosis of hepatitis C. Inflammation causes fibrosis (scarring), which can lead to cirrhosis. Therefore, in order to halt the progression of chronic liver disease, controlling inflammation is crucial. If the liver is not actively inflamed, the median time for the development of cirrhosis is 80 years (Mathurin P. Moussalli et al., Hepatology< 1998; 27:868-72).

Since this is a normal life span, controlling inflammation by protecting the liver
is the main objective of TCM supportive protocols for HCV.

 

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About HCV
Overview
Causes and Transmission

 
Diagnostic Tests
Antibody
HCV RIBA
HCV RNA 
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

 
Major Signs
Liver Inflammation
Fibrosis
Cirrhosis

 
Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Fatigue
Jaundice
Bile Retention
Joint Pains and Skin Rashes
Blood Sugar Instability
Portal Vein Hypertension
Ascites

 
Important Liver Function Test Markers
Overview
ALT and AST
ALP and GGT
Albumin
Bilirubin
PT (Prothrombin Time)
 
Liver Biopsy
Overview
Procedure
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
 
Interferon Based Treatment
Overview
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
 
Liver Support with TCM
Overview
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
GGT
 
Dietary Considerations
Overview
Proteins
Essential Fats
Carbohydrates
Vitamins
 
 

 


 

 

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