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The Liver

Digestive system diagram en

The liver produces about one liter of bile per day. Collected in numerous small ducts the bile ends up in the gall bladder - the storage tank for 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 is a mixture of:

  1. digestive juices (produced in the liver)
  2. metabolic waste products extracted from the blood (by the liver)

Let me simplify the detox mechanisms of our body using the metaphor of drip brewing. The finished coffee represents the water-soluble components of the coffee powder dissolved in water. It's like the urine of our body, with the filter-paper beeing our kidneys und the urinary bladder being the can. The too-large-to-pass the-filter and non-water-soluble coffee dregs in the filter represent that which our liver removes from the bloodstream. It's a lot of crude dirt and sludge that the liver has to slave away 24/7/365. During daytime alone this immense workload is not managable. For completion it depends 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 actually hurts, this is caused by an overworked and therefore enlarged liver pressing into neighbouring tissue to such a degree that pain receptors there give notice. That's rather dramatic and late. What are the precursors of an overworked/enlarged liver? How can I notice in time? How to 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 it's primary ingredient tiredness: the liver needs more time to detoxify the excess alcohol without us causing more trouble. The message is: Please keep still until we have cleaned up the mess. Typical hangover symptoms like exhaustion, rotten mood, headache, sick stomach, tense muscles especially in the neck come in various combinations and different degrees from all kinds of intoxications:

In the course of many years a lot of livers get slowly worn down without being noticed. The daily "little too much" accumulates with time. Health decreases subtly in steps too small to notice, we feel normal. And one not so fine day the accumulated result shows suddenly and unmistakably. A serious problem is diagnosed, sometimes even a burn-out or some life impairing 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 und have undergone gradual calcification.

Important:


Detox

Detoxification consumes energy. Lots of toxins need 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 is no secret and the reason for the traditional set-up of hospitals: There are things you could/should do before getting into trouble big enough to warrant hospitalization. An effective and important preventive is supporting the overworked liver with bitters. Bitters enable the liver to regenerate itself much more effectively. Bitters make the liver smile, though not necessarily me.


Bitters

Historically bitter is an alarm-taste. It says "Don't eat it! It's poisonous and you might die of it!" In those times the small quantities of bitter needed for liver regeneration were everywhere in our daily food. only a few generation ago mankind started to systematically eliminate bitter taste through controlled cultivation. Today hardly any bitters make it onto our plates, and our liver gets starved of bitters. Counteracting this needs amounts of bitters that trigger the historic but outdated message: "Don't eat it! It's poisonous and you might die of it!"

In the same time period that had us eliminating bitter taste from our food items, the workload of the liver increased due to a growing amount of toxins hitherto unknown. Industrial production came with a downside. Waste and toxins increase und concentrate not only in our outer environment but also in our inner environment. We definitely need more bitters than cavemen, but get less. Though meanwhile false, it is still alarming.

Our liver works below value, it could do better. Even if it is hard to understand and against my habits, the liver needs bitters for our own good. Suffering from the above described "hangover-symptoms" is a mood killer, especially if it happens every day.

Tired children get crumpy and show it. When I get tired I also become crumpy but try to not show it. A good night's sleep usually solves the problem. But when I'm still tired in the morning I remain crumpy (hang-over), and if that carries on day after day it's called a depression. Bad mood and tiredness are the two sides of the same coin.

It often takes a few days for the body to learn that bitters are not life threating but rather life enhancing. If this is you, take bitters for a few days in a disciplined way, if necessary in very small quantities. Give your body the chance and time necessary to learn that under present circumstances the ancient message "Don't eat it! It's poisonous and you might die of it!" is no langer valid.

It is next to impossible to get the necessary bitters from our regular food. You'll have to resort to collecting wild plants, or grow them in the garden or buy them.


Properties of Bitters

  1. reduce (detoxify)
  2. make cold (reduce body temperature)
  3. make dry (reduce secretion of mucus)

Though detoxification is wanted, the other two properties may not. What to do if I am already feeling cold? Or in case the mucosa of my joints is already 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 the concerned person. Detailed Information follows further down.


Own Experiences

Until the age of 27 I practiced high-performance sports and ate accordingly. From one day to the next I stopped sports, turning into a lacto-vegetarian and continuing to eat the same quantities. Five years later I had developed the typical symptoms of diabetes:

At that time I lived in Singapor and Malaysia, having lots of contact to people of Indian descendance. According to traditional Indian medicine the pancreas can only cause trouble in case of a malfunctioning liver. They therefore treat initial diabetes as liver weakness, translating into a radical change of food habits and lots of bitters.

I dropped white sugar and chocolate almost completely and drastically restricted products made from refined starches. Additionally I took a mix of bitters in molasse 3x a day. My Indian friends introduced me to this mixture that I now call Liver Magic. My generell well-being slowly but continually increased. After about nine month I was without physical symptoms of diabetes and reduced the intake ofLiverMagic 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 diabetical symptoms, but it needs prolonged misuse of sugar and refined starch products.

10 years later I returned to Germany. The bitters available could not meet the quality demands I have carried over from Asia. I suspect it to be due to our cultivation and processing of the herbs. Though we have highly effective plants like St. Mary's Thistle, once they have been turned into a commercially available product they do not satisfy my demand. I'm spoiled.

Experiments with local bitters made it clear to me that wild harvesting can meet my own individual need. But making it available for others is economically not feasable. Stiffeled in my wishful imagination of using local herbs I started looking for a supplier of the Asian herbal incredients ofLiverMagic. I was lucky and ever since the demand for this modern variation of a traditional Indian recipe (Vaedyak Shastra, a Bengal branch of Ayurveda) has increased steadily.

So far I have not come across any herbal remedy matches the broad effect and cost-effectiveness ofLiverMagic. Certainly highly individualized support of the liver can be even more effective. However, it's not that easy.


Liver Magic - the basic recipe

For starters you just want to taste and find out whether it suits you ("maybe it's not worth the effort"), and wether you can override your taste objections. Try the "regular"LiverMagic It's the least demanding variation and by the way, it's the most economic one.

Mix the following four powdered herbal powders in a relation of 1:1:1:1 into sugarcane molasses of room temperature:

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"do it yourself" - details

1. LiverMagic (LM)
1. LiverMagic-forte


Useful Hints

About "same quality" of Herbs & Molasses

No matter where I buy molasses, its viscosity changes with season and from batch to batch. The viscosity ofLiverMagic 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

For 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 ofLiverMagic, as well the amount and 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 positive effects you might like to maximize them. That's the time to think about a more individually suiting variation ofLiverMagic. 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 two herbs balance the unwanted effects of bitters, they warm (Terminalia) and lubricate (Asparagus). Depending on individual constitution people need different degrees of warming und lubricating. This classification has been over-simplified for the sake of understanding. 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 - constitutionalLiverMagic


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 theirLiverMagic-VATA contains more 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 their problem and they are not light. ThereforeLiverMagic-KAPHA contains more 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. TheirLiverMagic(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
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LiverMagic Varieties


LiverMagic-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.

LiverMagic-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 thisLiverMagic 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 ofLiverMagic

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 ofLiverMagic. 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


"ready made" - sizes

Size

XS

S

M

125 ml

310 ml

625 ml



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
* eqal amounts of the four basic herbs Andrographis paniculata , Azadirachta indica, Asparagus Racemosus & Terminalia chebula

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