What  is Fatty Liver Disease, and How to Treat it with Ayurveda

What is Fatty Liver Disease, and How to Treat it with Ayurveda

on January 04, 2022

What is fatty liver disease?

Fatty liver disease is a condition where the level of fats in the liver is higher than normal (more than 10% of the liver weight). Accumulation of triglycerides in the liver causes fatty liver disease. It is a very prevalent disease with approximately 10 million Indians getting diagnosed with it every year. Obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and regular intake of excessive amounts of alcohol are the risk factors for this disease, though non-alcoholics also suffer from fatty liver disease.

Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease does not cause any symptoms in the majority of people, but some may show symptoms like fatigue, abdominal pain in the location of the liver (upper right side), weight loss, etc. The excessive accumulation of fat impairs the normal functioning of liver cells and can result in enlargement of the liver that can be detected on imaging such as sonography and can also cause abnormal liver function tests that show up on the blood tests.

How to treat fatty liver

Fatty Liver is a chronic disease and it may not be possible to cure it completely, but the good news is that its progression can be prevented and it can be easily managed with treatment, diet, exercise, and weight loss.

Medications for treating fatty liver

Treatment of fatty liver disease is multifaceted and hence a single therapeutic agent is inadequate for its effective cure. A combination of antioxidants, lipid-lowering agents, insulin-sensitizing agents, anti-inflammatories need to be given, but the side effect profile gets worse when so many medications are given simultaneously. Thus, treating fatty liver disease with natural herbs that have these medicinal properties but do not come with so many side effects, is always the better choice. Read below to know about the natural herbomineral compounds that are effective in the treatment of fatty liver.

Lifestyle changes can help in curbing fatty liver

Obesity is one of the leading causes of fatty liver, thus losing weight is very important to prevent and reverse the fat deposition in the liver to manage this disease. Exercising regularly metabolizes the fat and mobilizes it from the liver and body into muscles. Sleeping during the daytime is also seen in Ayurveda as one of the reasons causing fatty liver, thus this should be avoided.

A boy jogging on the road - Exercising is helpful to manage fatty liver

What diet should you take to get rid of fatty liver

Regular intake of alcohol results in fat deposition in the liver, thus avoidance of alcohol is strictly recommended. Fried, fatty, and spicy foods should be avoided. Nonacidic fruits with a cooling property like mangoes, pears, melons, pomegranates should be included in the diet. Aloe juice also helps with a fatty liver condition.

Aloe Vera plant in a black pot - Aloe Vera Juice can help in treating fatty liver

Ayurvedic Treatment for Fatty Liver

Ayurveda is a branch of science that is based on holistic healing and comprehensive care for diseases. It believes that diseases occur because of the imbalances in different doshas of the body and thus the cure aims at regaining that balance and getting our body, soul, and nature in harmony.

According to Ayurveda, fatty liver disease occurs due to an imbalance in pitta dosha and accumulation of ama due to improper digestion. Thus, the treatment is done with the help of powerful combinations of herbs and minerals that rejuvenates Agni which aids in digestion and reduction of ama.

There are clinical studies that establish that  there are certain herbo-mineral compounds which when administered along with diet and exercise, resulted in a significant improvement in clinical symptoms and biochemical markers like liver function tests, lipid profile test, body mass index, and fasting blood sugar.
Besides fatty liver, these herbo-mineral compounds are also beneficial in other liver conditions like jaundice and hepatitis.
Let us individually look at the herbs that have been trusted by Ayurvedic physicians for ages for the treatment of fatty liver disease:

Bhumi Amla rejuvenates the liver

Bhumi Amla is one of the most trusted herbs by Ayurvedic experts for the treatment of liver diseases as it is proven to have liver detoxification and nourishment properties. It effectively balances the pitta dosha. Its hepatoprotective, antioxidant, and antiviral properties help prevent and reverse the damages caused to liver tissue and rejuvenate the liver.

Arogyavardhini Vati keeps the liver healthy

Arogyavardhini Vati is a potent mix of herbs that have digestive (pachana) and appetizing (deepan) properties that improve digestion, relieve constipation, and is beneficial in liver conditions such as hepatitis, fatty liver, jaundice, etc. Its astringent and laxative nature optimizes the functioning of the digestive system, thus keeping the liver healthy. The efficacy of Arogyavardhini vati in the treatment of liver diseases has been documented in scientific studies.

Punarnava Mandoor is an effective medicine for liver diseases

Punarnava Mandoor is a very effective mix of herbs used since ancient times for increasing iron levels, removing toxins from the body, reducing cholesterol levels, etc. It is very effective in the treatment of liver diseases because of its hepatostimulative and hepatoprotective properties. It detoxifies and cleanses the liver and improves liver function.

Yakru Pilhari for treatment of liver and spleen disorders

It protects the liver cells from oxidative damage, thereby preventing infections and improving liver function. It improves digestion and enhances food absorption, thus reducing ama. Yakru Pilhari has the right balance of heavy metals which are very effective in the treatment of liver and spleen disorders.

Milk Thistle is used to protect the liver

Milk thistle is rich in silymarin, which has strong antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. It is hepatoprotective and clinical studies show that it protects the liver from further damage.


The liver is an organ that can regenerate itself and Ayurveda has herbs that naturally help in this process by their hepatostimulative properties. The antioxidative nature of these medicinal herbs protects the liver cells from oxidative damage. Many herbs have lipid-lowering effects which reduce fat from the whole body in general as well as from the liver. The detoxifying and rejuvenating therapies of Ayurveda repair and heal all the body systems in such a way that the body becomes capable of curing itself of various diseases to a great extent. Moreover, Ayurveda also guides about Aahar (diet) and Vihaar (lifestyle) that should be followed for prevention and treatment of fatty liver disease. It recommends a plant-based diet and the inclusion of cooling foods such as amla, aloe vera, turmeric, karela, beetroot, carrots, apples, etc. to boost liver health.


Can we prevent getting a fatty liver?

We can minimize the chances of getting the fatty liver disease by keeping our weight in check, controlling cholesterol levels, avoiding fatty foods, including more fruits in our diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding excessive alcohol.

Is there a treatment for fatty liver disease in Ayurveda?

Yes, there are several herbs such as Punarnava, Arogyavardhini vati, Bhumi Amla, etc. that have hepatostimulative and hepatoprotective properties that reverse the damage caused by fatty liver disease and also protects the liver from infections. Ayurvedic therapies balance the doshas of the body and detoxify the body which optimizes the function of all body systems.

Can I get the fatty liver disease even if I do not consume alcohol?

Though it is a fact that alcohol increases the risk of developing fatty liver disease, but even nonalcoholics suffer from it and that condition is known as Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). All the people suffering from obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, leading a sedentary life, or having a habit of eating unhealthy foods are at risk of developing fatty liver.

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