Liver Flush | Majid Ali MD
Liver ‘flushes’ in various protocols employing lemon juice and olive oil have been used for centuries in indigenous medicine in all continents of the world. I regularly prescribe them for my patients with cancer. Of course, that becomes more important for patients with a history of liver diseases (hepatitis and other chronic hepatic inflammatory disorders). Below, I present information about the types of liver flushes and packs I prescribe.
CASTOR OIL LIVER PACK AND LIVER FLUSH PROTOCOL
Two natural therapies that have stood the test of time for liver detoxification are liver castor oil pack and liver flush protocols. As for other specific therapies I include in this article, I recommend that both liver pack and flush should be taken under professional supervision first. I myself prescribe castor oil liver packs to facilitate liver detox and reduce liver congestion as a part of our basic bowel-blood-liver detox program in most patients with chronic ailments.
Steps for the Castor Oil Liver Pack
1. Gently massage the entire liver area (upper abdomen and lower chest on the right side) along with the front of the lower abdomen with your left hand for two to four minutes.
2. Prepare a piece of flannel or cotton cloth large enough to cover the liver and abdomen areas when folded twice.
3. Fold flannel or cotton piece and soak it with castor oil (available from most pharmacies).
4. Cover the liver and abdominal areas with the soaked flannel or cotton piece and cover the cloth with a plastic sheet (an opened plastic bag is adequate). Use tape to anchor the plastic sheet.
5. Put a heating pad over as much of the area as possible covered by the pack, favoring the area of the liver. The heating pad must not be hot.
6. Leave the castor oil soak for two hours, unless otherwise specified by your physician.
7. Gently wash off the castor oil with a mild soap after finishing the protocol.
Steps for One-Day Liver Flush
1. Drink 5 to 8 (or more if tolerated) glasses of organic apple cider or juice throughout the day. Persons with hypoglycemia or glucose intolerance may substitute organic vegetable juice for apple juice.
2. Drink additional water to maintain a state of overhydration from morning till 6 PM.
3. Take a vegetarian lunch at noon.
4. Continue with your prescribed nutrient and herbal supplements.
5. Three hours after lunch, take two teaspoons of disodium phosphate (or Epsom salt, if disodium phosphate is not available) dissolved in two ounces of hot water. Drink one cup o f hot water with a few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of salt to eliminate bad taste from mouth.
6. Two hours later, repeat the above step (# 5).
7. Take an evening meal of grapefruit. (Grapefruit juice may be substituted if the whole fruit is not available. Fresh juice is preferred to canned juice.)
8. At bedtime, drink one cup of an equal-parts mixture of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice (1/2 cup of each). Again, fresh juice is preferred.
9. Lie in bed on your right side with knees pulled up for about 30 minutes.
10. Additional vegetarian meals may be taken if needed.
11. Be prepared to experience nausea, some abdominal cramps, and diarrhea during or after taking lemon juice and olive oil. You may need a Tigan suppository if nausea persists (prescription required from your physician).
Steps for Two-Day Liver Flush
1. Drink 5 to 8 (or more if tolerated) glasses of organic apple cider/juice or vegetable juice daily for two days.
2. Three hours after a vegetarian lunch on the second day, take 2 teaspoons of disodium phosphate dissolved in two ounces of hot water. Drink one cup of hot water with a few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of salt to eliminate bad taste from the mouth.
3. Continue with additional steps as for the one-day protocol (steps # 6 to 9).
THE LEMP FLUID FAST
Spicy Lemonade For Detoxification of the Liver and the Bowel
Following are instructions that my colleagues at the Institute and I use for a general purpose liver/kidney, bowel detox procedure. The abbreviation LEMP stands for lemon and maple syrup. Epsom salt and cayenne pepper are added to assure a bowel flush. This is a modification for a liver/bowel flush that has been used for centuries throughout different cultures.
Please read this direction sheet twice. The procedure is simple and when done correctly (in a prayerful / meditative state) should not cause any discomfort. The procedure can be discontinued without any concerns if weakness or other symptoms develop. All prescription medications should be continued, but we ask that you consult with your physician first. Medications that need to be taken with food can be taken with a glass of water at the usual times. It is recommended that the nutrient and herbal supplements be reduced by 50% during the first day the fast is done.
The LEMP detox is initially prescribed for just one day at a time. Longer fasts can be done but only if the one-day fast is tolerated well. The amount of Epsom salt taken as a saline laxative should also depend upon tolerance, beginning with one tablespoon.
The following is the two-part recommended protocol. Two to three quarts of additional water should be taken during the day. If hunger develops and becomes uncomfortable, a grapefruit may be eaten. A light vegetarian meal is suggested for the evening if hypoglycemic symptoms occur. The supplement program should be continued to tolerance (begin with 50% of the dose and build up to the full recommended doses.
Begin in the morning and continue through the day
* Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
* Two tablespoons of maple syrup (grade B)
* One-half teaspoon of cayenne powder (except in cases of gastritis and stomach ulcers)
* Add 24 ounces of water, or more to the taste
* Drink in small portions throughout the day, at your comfort level. May begin with a second 24-ounces of the above.
Morning or mid-morning saline laxative
* Begin with one teaspoon of Epsom salt with three ounces of water. Slowly build to one tablespoon if found necessary for complete bowel evacuation.
* Repeat after one hour (one tablespoon Epsom salt with three ounces of water), if no bowel movement occurs.
* Repeat after one hour, if necessary.
Persons with history of hypoglycemia should use the following Modified LEMP protocol:
Step # 1: As above.
Step # 2: Add protein drink with lecithin and flaxseed. Four ounces twice daily, if hypoglycemic symptoms are not controlled.
Step # 3: Eat a vegetarian meal in the evening, if symptoms persist.
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