The liver is your body’s largest gland. It lies mostly under the right ribcage (beneath the diaphragm), but extends to the left side at the top. It is shaped sort of like a triangle, if you saw a diagram looking at the front of the body.
Its most important job (it has many) is to reduce or remove toxic chemicals from the bloodstream.
This includes pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, poisonous substances including insect stings, and even emotionally-produced toxins and overload of reactive foodstuffs.
The liver is the most affected organ when it comes to metal and chemical poisoning. When your liver is overloaded, it becomes unable to detoxify your system (This can happen quickly, as in massive exposure to some toxic substance, or it can be a gradual build-up over years of “abuse”).
That’s when your body starts accumulating (storing) toxins.
Cirrhosis of the liver is a degenerative inflammatory disease that results in hardening and scarring of liver cells. A condition that is similar to cirrhosis, but on a microscopic scale, is caused by parasites – liver flukes – “tunneling” through the tissue. This obviously causes damage and scarring, and so affects liver function.
The liver has a huge capacity to regenerate itself, if given the chance. This ability to produce more liver tissue is the reason that people with liver dysfunction, such as cirrhosis, may have a “pregnant” look (their liver has become enlarged and probably even “hardened.”
If much of the liver becomes unusable, the body simply make a larger liver, so the body can continue to operate on a fairly normal basis).
Jaundice is due to congestion or blockage in the gall bladder duct, or can be from infection.
A “sluggish” liver can be helped by applying castor oil over the entire abdomen and up onto the ribcage (Castor oil is very difficult to wash out of fabric. Either wear clothing that it’s OK to stain, or use Saran wrap or similar plastic film to shield your clothing and bed linens). This is an Edgar Cayce remedy that I’ve seen help even in cases of hepatitis.
Symptoms of liver congestion include allergies, stiff neck, alcohol abuse (or other addictions), malnutrition, nutritional malabsorption issues, diarrhea, upset stomach, jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, “liver spots”, puffy face, hemorrhoids, strong body odor, tendency to hold weight in the upper abdomen, and chronic throat problems.
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