What is Hepatitis C:
Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure, liver cancer or life-threatening esophageal and gastric varices.
Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. The hepatitis C virus is usually spread when blood from an infected person enters the body of a susceptible person. It is among the most common viruses that infect the liver.
How it Spreads:
Every year, 3–4 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. About 150 million people are chronically infected and at risk of developing liver cirrhosis and/or liver cancer. More than 350 000 people die from hepatitis C-related liver diseases every year.
Hepatitis C Causes:
Hepatitis C infection is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is spread when you come in contact with blood contaminated with the virus.
Hepatitis C Symptoms:
Most people have no symptoms when they are first infected with the hepatitis C virus. If you do develop symptoms, they may include:
* Feeling very tired.
* Joint pain.
* Belly pain.
* Itchy skin.
* Sore muscles.
* Dark urine.
* Yellowish eyes and skin (jaundice). Jaundice usually appears only after other symptoms have started to go away.
Hepatitis C Remedies:
* Preliminary research indicates that glycyrrhizin (a compound extracted from licorice root) may have beneficial effects against hepatitis C.
* Another important dietary measure in natural hepatitis C treatment is to increase your intake of fresh juicy fruits and water in order to keep your body dehydrated.
* A few excellent herbs include mushroom, milk thistle, peppers, burdock root, turmeric, green tea, artichoke and sun flower, amongst others. Remember, your body requires a well balanced natural diet and it is important to take in adequate amounts while avoiding excesses.
* Milk thistle has not been found to have a direct effect on the hepatitis C virus. However, several studies have shown that the herb may help ease inflammation associated with hepatitis C, stimulate the growth of liver cells, and protect against damage to liver cells.
* Hepatitis C treatments include taking lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Dark green foods, bitter vegetables, beets and red fruits are especially recommended, partly because they are high in fiber.
* Body building exercises are also recommended, though you should not overwork your body. Walking is the best exercise, especially when you conform to a consistent schedule.
* When suffering from hepatitis C, do the responsible thing by covering any cuts and other open sores you may have to prevent it from spreading.
* Calcium and magnesium essential for blood clotting factors which may be depleted in liver disease.
* Raw liver extract or dessicated liver promotes liver function by providing liver tissue constituents through diet to help rebuild liver.
* Green and Black teas may decrease bilirubin levels – lowering jaundice effect.
Hepatitis C Prevention:
There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The risk of infection can be reduced by avoiding:
* Unnecessary and unsafe injections.
* Unsafe blood products.
* Unsafe sharps waste collection and disposal.
* Use of illicit drugs and sharing of injection equipment.
* Unprotected sex with hepatitis C-infected people.
* Sharing of sharp personal items that may be contaminated with infected blood.
* Tattoos, piercings and acupuncture performed with contaminated equipment.