Liver Magic

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The Liver

Digestive system diagram en

The liver produces about one liter of bile per day. Collected by numerous small ducts the bile ends up in the gall bladder, which is the storage tank for the bile. From there it is released through the bile duct into the duodenum about 20 minutes after eating. The duodenum serves as a second stomach. There food, after being processed by the acidic digestive juices of the stomach, undergoes an additional alkaline processing by the bile. Bile consist of digestive juices and metabolic waste products which the liver has filtered out of the blood.

To make the detox mechanisms of our body vivid I use the metaphor of drip brewing. The finished coffee in the can, the water-soluble components of the ground coffee in water, is like the urine of our body. The coffee filter paper correspond to our kidneys. And the big and non-water-soluble coffee dregs in the filter paper is that which our liver has to get out of the bloodstream. Thats a lot of crude dirt and the liver has it's work cut out 24/7/365. During daytime it cannot manage the complete workload und depends for complete handling on the night shift.

If the liver had pain receptors it would hurt the whole day and the whole night. In case the liver region hurts it comes from a enlarged liver pressing onto neighbouring tissue to such a degree that the pain receptors there are sounding alarm. That's rather late. What are the precursors of an enlarged liver? How could I notice in time? How can I know how my liver is doing? - No sweat, there is a simple rule of the thumb:

Fatigue ist the pain of the liver.

Explanation: A good example for on overworked liver is the hangover und ist primary ingredients is tiredness. The liver needs more time to detoxify the excess alcohol. Hangover symptoms like rotten mood, headache, sick stomach, tense muscles especially in the neck come in various combinations and different degrees from all kinds of intoxications:

In many people the liver gets slowly overtaxed without being noticed. The little daily "too much" accumulates in the course of many years. Health decreases subtly in such small steps that we interpret them as normal. And one not so fine day the result shows itself suddenly and unmistakably as burn-out or some life threatening disease.

Good News

  1. our liver ist the organ with the greatest capacity for cellular regeneration
  2. drive for activity - the opposite of fatigue - is the exultation of the liver. In case you "suffer" from that, your liver is healthy.


Andographis paniculata oder Mahatikta (Sanskrit) - das große Bitter

What to do when tired? How can I support my liver?


Wachsartige Verklumpungen nach Leberreinigung

Review & Elaboration

The liver has to detoxify metabolic waste and toxins too large for the kidney-filter. As opposed to the waterbased urin this is rather some kind of sludge. If there is not enough water or too much solid waste the sludge gets more and more doughy and finally forms lumps.

To the left you can see such kind of lumps that came out in the course of a liver-cleanse. The green color comes from fresh bile. With time bile oxidizes turning yellow and later russet giving the stool its characteristic dark color. It's the iron (Ferrum) from dead red blood cells that literally rusts.

In most Humans, even children, the biliary ducts are partly clogged with lumps of detox-sludge. They remain invisible to x-ray and sonography unless they have reached a certain size and age through gradual calcification.

Important:


Detox

Detoxification needs energy. Lots of toxins consume lots of energy. In times of need, because detoxifications has a high priority (survival), energy gets diverted from other activities of daily live into detox-processes:

This has been understood long ago und when you have to go to the hospital because of a serious problem you There are things you could do before getting into trouble big enough to warrant a hospitalization. An effective and important preventive is supporting an overworked liver with bitters. Bitters enable the liver to regenerate itself.


Bitters

Historically bitter has started as an alarm-taste. Is says "Don't eat it! It's poisonous and you might die of it!" The small quantities of bitter needed for the stimulation of the liver were everywhere in the wild plants that constituted a significant part of the daily food. Later in the course of cultivation less und less bitters made it onto the table and a few generations ago man began to systematically eliminate bitters from cultivated plants. The situation has drastically changed - no more bitters in the regular food - but our taste butt often still cling to the historic message once they are confronted with bitter taste: "Don't eat it! It's poisonous and you might die of it!"

At the same time that bitter taste disappeared from our food items, the amount of toxins to be eliminated started to increase. Zivilisation means many living close together and industrial production. Waste and toxins increase und concentrate not only in our outer environment but also in our inner environment. We probably need more bitters than cavemen but get less. And suddenly bitter is a needed taste, although still alarming. The liver works below value, it could do better. But in order to do better it needs bitter which we won't eat.

Even if it is hard to understand and against our habits, my liver needs bitters for it's own good mood. If my liver is in a bad mood, I am suffering from the above described "hangover-symptoms", my mood is gone too. It often takes a few days for the body to learn that bitter is not life threating but rather life enhancing. If this is you, take the bitters for a few day in a disciplined way, in very small quantities if necessary, and give your body a chance to get rid of its prejudice born out of ancient circumstances that do not correspond with what we have today.

It is impossible to get the necessary bitters from our regular food. One has to resort to collecting wild plants, or grow them in the garden or buy them.


Properties of Bitters

Bitters

What to do if I am already feeling cold? Or in case the mucosa of my joints is already a bit dry? Can I use bitters, after all my liver needs support, in spite of these unwanted effects?

Yes, certainly, but not pure bitters. One should use a combination of bitters with other herbs that counteract the unwanted effects, herbs that create warmth and "lubricate". Since we are all different, the amount of counteracting herbs needed varies with the constitution of people. Detailed Information follows futher ahead.


Own Experiences

Until the age of 27 i Lebensjahr I practiced high-performance sports and ate accordingly. From one day to the next I stopped, turned into a lacto-vegetarian, but continued to eat the same quantities. About five years later i developed the following symptoms:

Typical symptoms of diabetes. At that time I was in Singapor and Malaysia, having lots of contact to people with Indian roots. According to traditional Indian medicine the pancreas can only give trouble in case of a malfunctioning liver. They therefore treat initial diabetes as liver weakness, means a radical change of food habits and lots of bitters.

I dropped white sugar and chocolate almost completely and drastically restricted products from refined starches. Additionally I took a mix of bitters in molasse 3x a day. My Indian Friends introduced me to it und today I call this mixture Liver Magic. My generell well-being slowly but continually increased. After about nine month I was without physical symptoms of diabetes and I reduced the intake of Liver Magic to 2x a day. After another 4-5 month I took it only in case of need, which I still do today. I can still develop diabetes symptoms, but it needs prolonged misuse of sugary products.

10 years later I returned to Germany. The bitters available could not satisfy my quality demands I carried over from Asia. I suspect it has to do with the cultivation and processing of the herbs. We have highly effective plants like St. Mary's Thistle, but once they come out as commercially available product I am not satisfied.

Experiments with local bitters made it clear to me that wild harvesting could meet my own needs, but to pay me remains unaffordable for others. In contrast to my wishful imagination of using local herbs I started looking for a supplier of the Asian herbs used in Liver Magic. Since then the demand for this modern variation of a traditional Indian recipe (Vaedyak Shastra, a Bengal branch of Ayurveda) increases steadily.

In spite of many experiments i did not find any herbal remedy that can outdo the broad effect of Liver Magic. Certainly individualized support of the liver with other means can be as effective or even more effective. However, it's not that easy.


Liver Magic - the basic recipe

For starters, suits all: You just want to taste and find out whether it suits you ("maybe it's not worth the effort"), or you have taste related objections to bitter (it is the least demanding Liver Magic variation). In those cases you are well-advised to try the "regular" Liver Magic. By the way, it's the most economic one.

Mix the following four powdered herbal in the relation 1:1:1:1 into cold sugarcane molasses:

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Useful Hints

About "same quality" of Herbs & Molasses

No matter where we bought molasses, its viscosity changes with season and from batch to batch. The viscosity of Liver Magic is bound to vary accordingly. Herbs too are different from charge to charge, their color, consistency, taste and courseness vary too. Asparagus being more fibrous than the other herbs has a tendency to form lumps. And so on. These are signs of life. Even the apples from a single tree taste different depending from which side of the tree they come.


Suggested Dose and Duration

Regularly in the course of a couple of month ½ teaspoon on an empty stomach in the morning, ½ teaspoon in the evening before going to sleep. Pay attention to the degree to which the paste influences your fatigue und lack of energy. From this observation you can infer you future use of Liver Magic, as well the amount as the duration. In case you wake up between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. and have difficulties to go back to sleep, take an additional dose at that time.


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Bitter Variations

The basic recipe (see above) suits all. Choose it if you: Once you noticed the positive effects you might like to maximize them. That's the time to think about a more individually suiting variation of Liver Magic. All variations feature the basic four herbs Andrographis paniculata, Azadirachta indica, Asparagus Racemosus and Terminalia chebula. Only the first two of them are bitter. The other herbs two balance the unwanted effects of bitter, they warm (Terminalia) and lubricate (Asparagus). Depending on their individual constitution people need different degrees of warming und lubricating. For the sake of understanding this classification has been over-simplified. Most people have a constitution somewhere between the three extremes, a mixed constitution. However more often than not there is a tendency for one of the three.

VATA, KAPHA, PITTA - constitutional Liver Magic


VATA
"skinny chatterteeth"

KAPHA
"chubby chatterteeth"

PITTA
"don't feel cold"
  • feels cold easily
  • light body
  • learns fast
  • forgets fast
  • feels cold easily
  • heavy body
  • learns slow
  • forgets slow
  • feels hot easily
  • "normal" weight
  • learns medium fast
  • forgets medium slow
VATA-types with weak liver need bitters too, although their being cold, light and dry will be aggravated by them. Therefore their Liver Magic-VATA contains more counterbalancing ingredients that warm, make heavy and lubricate:
  • Terminalia is increased
  • Asparagusis is increased
  • L-Cystein added (warming)
  • Rocksalt added (warming)
From about 40 years of age the VATA-portion increases in all humans, sometimes faster, sometimes slower. Accordingly susceptibility towards cold and dry increases.
KAPHA-types also feel cold easily, but dryness is not a problem and they are not light. Therefore Liver Magic-KAPHA contains more counterbaling ingredients that make light, dry and warm:
  • Terminalia is increased
  • Asparagus is decreased
  • Ginger is added
  • Long Pepper is added
PITTA-types don't feel easily cold, they are neither too light nor too heavy und their lubrication is o.k. They can take and respond well to more bitters. Their Liver Magic(s) are
  1. Liver Magic-forte with 40% more of the four basic herbs.
  2. Liver Magic-plus with an additional fifth herb that is bitter (Ilex kaushue)
  3. Liver Magic-PITTA
    • Andrographis is increased
    • Azadirachta is increased
    • MSM (= MethylSulfonylMethan, has bitter taste) is added


In western societies PITTA-types prevail. It's more correct to say the PITTA-factor prevails in western societies. Pure Constitutions are not very common, and among the mixed types most are either PITTA-VATA or PITTA-KAPHA.


Liver Magic for Mixed Constitutions

PITTA-KAPHA: portly & rather sweating PITTA-VATA: slim & rather cold
You are still not sure about your constitution and want detailed information? The following books might help:
  • Ayurvedic Healing by David Frawley (focus on ayurvedic principles)
  • Yoga of Herbs by David Frawley and Vasant Lad (focus on the properties of common ayurvedic herbs)

Or just call: +49 3301 2019566


Liver Magic Varities


Liver Magic-PITTA

contains additionally MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane, chemical structure see right), a bitter tasting organic compound that has been used in the past to "dope" race horses. It is composed of two methyl-groups plus sulphur, which both are needed by the body to perform its day-by-day detoxification prozesses.

Liver Magic-plus

contains the 4 basic herbs and an additionally the dried bitter leafs of the Ilex Kaushue tree. The tree grows in the border area between Vietnam and China. In Vietnam it is known as CHE DANG or CAO BANH (foto right) und tea from the rolled leafs is widely used to support liver functions.

Liver Magic-curcuma

includes Tumeric (Curcuma longa) and Long Pepper (Piper longum). Piperine is a synergentic to curcumin, which is well known for its scientifically verified cholesterol-lowering property.

Liver Magic-saffron

includes Tumeric (Curcuma longa) and Long Pepper (Piper longum) and the dried styles and stigmas, called threads, of Saffron (Crocus sativus). Piperine a synergentic to curcumin and curcumin is synergetic to Saffron. This LM is LM-curcuma with a little saffron. Before being cooked or baked Saffron tastes quite bitter. Because of lightening up peoples mood saffron was a "party-drug" of the wealthy during the middle ages. Today we call it an "anti-depressiva". There is a limit to how much one can take even of a lightened mood: 13-18g turned out to be deadly fun. Todays kilo price upward from € 5000,- prevents fun seekers from misusing saffron for recreational purposes and accidentally hitting the deadly dose. About 160.000 flowers are needed to yield 1 kg of dried saffron.

Liver Magic-reishi

The Chinese mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) has been added to the basic four herbs. Reishi is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese research shows that cholesterol levels tend to normal under the influence of Reishi: "good" HDL-cholesterol rises while "bad" LDL-cholesterol lowers. In terms of bitter content this Liver Magic ranges between "regular" LM and LM-forte.

Liver Magic-KAPHA

is for people that easily feel cold and have tendency for overweight. Lubricating ingredients have been decreased and Ginger along with Long Pepper have been added for their warming and drying properties.

Liver Magic K-soft

significantly less Bitters than LM-KAPHA and some more Long Pepper and Ingwer. Made with viscous molasses.

Liver Magic-CuCi

additionally contains Tumeric (Curcuma longa) and Cinnamom (C. zeylandica). A little Long Pepper has been added since it is synergetic to curcumin, the active ingredient of Tumeric. A known and researched property of Cinnamom is lowering the blood suger. Made with viscous molasses.

Liver Magic-7

To the 60% af the 4 basic herbs 40% Heidelbergers 7-Herbs Mixture (named after its propounder Mr. Heidelberger) are added. When VATA is not so dominant (only medium cold) and/or the Vata-factor increases with proceeding age. Made with viscous molasses.

Liver Magic-VATA

The bitter Herbs are decreased and Rocksalt and L-Cystein (chemical structure see left) have been added to minimize the cooling und drying effects of the bitters. It is suited for people who easily feel cold and have a tendency for underweight. Made with viscous molasses.

Liver Magic-terminator

excludes all other herbs but Terminalia chebula. Though it has strong blood cleaning properties, it contains very little bitters and therefore is suitable in extreme VATA-conditions. Traditionally it is used to treat piles resulting from sedentary lifestyle (buddhist monks). Made with viscous molasses.


Liver Magic Varieties compared

Proportions of Bitters in different Variations of Liver Magic

Weight percentage (without molasses) of the Bitters (Azadirachta, Andrographis, Ilex, MSM, Saffron) as compared with LM-forte, NOT as compared with total weight of herbs. For example half of the herbs of "regular" LM are bitter (50% of total weight), but compared with the same amount of LM-forte there are significantly less bitters, that is 31%.
LM-
PITTA
LM-
plus
LM-
forte
LM-
reishi
LM-
saffron
LM-
curcumin
LiverMagic
LM-
KAPHA
LM-
CuCi
LM-
VATA
58% 57% 50% 40% 39% 38% 31% 31% 25% 19%


Proportions of Bitters compared to warming and lubricating Ingredients

Weight percentage (without molasses) with reference to the total weight of herbs of the respective LM-variation *
* this is to show the relation of the bitter properties in comparison warming and lubricating ones within each variation of Liver Magic. For example this relation is the same in LM-forte and "regular" LM, though the the total weight of herbs is different.
LiverMagic
LM-
forte
LM-
plus
LM-
PITTA
LM-
CuCi
LM-
VATA
LM-
KAPHA
LM-
saffron
LM-
curcumin
LM-
reishi
lubricating
(Asparagus, Salt)
25%
25%
22%
16%
12,5%
40%
23%
19,5%
19%
20%
warming
(Myrobalan, Ginger, Pepper, L-Cystein)
25%
25%
22%
16%
17,5%
40%
47%
19,5%
20%
20%
Bitters
(Andrographis, Neem, Ilex, MSM, Saffron)
50%
50%
56%
68%
25%
20%
30%
39%
38%
40%
other ingredients
(viscous molasses lubricates a bit, Tumeric dries a bit, Cinnamom warms a bit)
viscous molasses
-
-
-
22% Tumeric

23% Cinnamom
viscous molasses
-
-
22%
Tumeric
20%
Reishi

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Other LM-Remedies "do it yourself" (ready made upon request)

ingredients calculation based on 1L molasses (size L) resulting in approximately 1,7 liters LiverMagic

XL

2,5 of size L
XS

1/10 of size L
M

1/2 of size L
L Constitution
LM-VATA
  • 300g herbal mix*
  • 100g Asparagus racemosus
  • 100g Terminalia Chebula
  • 75g Rock Salt
  • 75g L-Cystein
  • 2,5 L viscuous molasses
  • 8,6 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 2,1 g
  • 2,1 g
  • 71 ml
  • 43 g
  • 14,3 g
  • 14,3 g
  • 10,7 g
  • 10,7 g
  • 357 ml
  • 86 g
  • 28,6 g
  • 28,6 g
  • 21,4 g
  • 21,4 g
  • 714 ml
LM-7
  • 300g herbal mix*
  • 200g Heidelberger's 7-Herbs-Mix
  • 2,5 L viscuous molasses
  • 8,6 g
  • 5,7
  • 71 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 28,5
  • 357 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 57 g
  • 714 ml
LM-CuCi
  • 400g herbal mix*
  • 175g Curcuma longa
  • 25g Piper longum
  • 200g Cinnamomum zeylandica
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 11,4 g
  • 5 g
  • 0,7 g
  • 5,7 g
  • 71 ml
  • 57,1 g
  • 25 g
  • 3,8 g
  • 7 g
  • 114 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 50 g
  • 5 g
  • 57 g
  • 714 ml
LM-plus
  • 700g herbal mix*
  • 100g Ilex Kaushue
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 22,8 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 71 ml
  • 114,3 g
  • 14,3 g
  • 357 ml
  • 228 g
  • 28,6 g
  • 714 ml
LM-PITTA
  • 500g herbal mix*
  • 100g Azadirachta indica
  • 100g Andrographis paniculata
  • 100g MSM
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 14,3 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 71 ml
  • 71,4 g
  • 14 g
  • 14 g
  • 14 g
  • 357 ml
  • 143 g
  • 28 g
  • 28 g
  • 28 g
  • 714 ml
LM-curcumin
  • 600g herbal mix*
  • 175g Curcuma longa
  • 25g Piper longum
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 11,4 g
  • 5 g
  • 0,7 g
  • 71 ml
  • 57,1 g
  • 25 g
  • 3,8 g
  • 114 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 50 g
  • 5 g
  • 714 ml
LM-Saffron
  • 600g herbal mix*
  • 175g Curcuma longa
  • 25g Piper longum
  • 25g Crocus sativus
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 11,4 g
  • 5 g
  • 0,7 g
  • 0,7 g
  • 71 ml
  • 57,1 g
  • 25 g
  • 3,8 g
  • 3,8 g
  • 114 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 50 g
  • 5 g
  • 5 g
  • 714 ml
LM-Reishi
  • 640g herbal mix*
  • 160g Ganoderma lucidum
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 18,3 g
  • 4,6 g
  • 71 ml
  • 91,5 g
  • 22,8 g
  • 357 ml
  • 183 g
  • 45,6 g
  • 714 ml
LM K-soft
  • 325g herbal mix*
  • 55g Terminalia chebula
  • 60g Piper longum
  • 60g Zengibre officinalis
  • 2,5 L viscuous molasses
  • 9,3 g
  • 1,6 g
  • 1,7 g
  • 1,7 g
  • 71 ml
  • 46,4 g
  • 7,8 g
  • 8,6 g
  • 8,6 g
  • 114 ml
  • 92,8 g
  • 15,6 g
  • 17,2 g
  • 17,2 g
  • 714 ml
LM-KAPHA
  • 550g herbal mix*
  • 100g Terminalia chebula
  • 75g Piper longum
  • 75g Zengibre officinalis
  • 2,5 L molasses
  • 11,4 g
  • 2,8 g
  • 2,1 g
  • 2,1 g
  • 71 ml
  • 57,1 g
  • 14,3 g
  • 10,7 g
  • 10,7 g
  • 114 ml
  • 8,6 g
  • 28,6 g
  • 21,4 g
  • 21,4 g
  • 714 ml
Terminator
  • 500g Terminalia chebula
  • 2,5 L viscuous molasses
  • 14,3 g
  • 71 ml
  • 71,4 g
  • 357 ml
  • 143 g
  • 714 ml



where the fotos & graphics come from:
Ayurvedische Konstitution: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ayurveda_humors.png
Tumeric - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Turmericroot.jpg
Long Pepper - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piper_longum.jpg
Liver - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2e/Liver_1.jpg
Reishi -https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ganoderma_lucidum_01.jpg
Saffron Flower - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crocus_sativus1.jpg
Saffron threads - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saffron-spice_adjusted.jpg
Digestive channel - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Digestive_system_diagram_en.svg
Cinnamom - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cinnamomum_verum.jpg


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