Cirrhosis is a condition in which scar tissue forms in the liver and prevents the liver from functioning as it should. It may be caused by things such as chemicals (alcohol, fat, some medications), viruses, toxic metals, and autoimmune liver disease. Symptoms of cirrhosis include jaundice, fatigue, loss of appetite, itching, bruising easily, weight loss, nausea and/or vomiting, abdominal swelling (called ascites), vomiting blood, increased sensitivity to drugs, and encephalopathy. Treatment options include completely eliminating alcohol, eating a balanced diet, medications, vitamins, removing excess copper, phlebotomy (removing blood in the case of haemochromatosis), surgery or liver transplant, herbal therapies, omega 3 fatty acids, homoeopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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