Are There Alternative Treatments for Cirrhosis?
There are very few safe alternative methods for treating liver diseases. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition which can lead to many life threatening complications. Some alternative treatments that have proven safe to help manage cirrhosis are milk thistle, SAMe and green tea.
Unsafe alternative treatments that are known to cause liver damage are:
- Ma-huang (a Chinese herb)
This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used in any other manner. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
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