We usually associate nutmeg with tasty recipes, béchamel, lasagne, festive lunches. On the other hand, there are cases in which the nutmeg itself is a symbolic image of pathologies, such as the liver, for example.
The nutmeg liver is not a recipe for a new dish, but a situation of hepatic distress due to different causes .
In practice, what does it mean? And above all, how to cure it? Let's see it.
Nutmeg liver: what it means
Congestive hepatopathy, or hepatic congestion are terms borrowed from the medical dictionary, which indicate disturbances to the circulation of the venous blood (or "return" directly to the lungs) within the liver .
This "bad" circulation is caused by difficulty in the functioning of the hepatic veins : the blood does not succeed well in getting out of the liver and risks stagnating there . Often those who suffer from it have no symptoms, especially at the beginning.
As the disease progresses, it may develop jaundice, hepatomegaly (increase in liver size), pain in the right side or enlargement of the spleen (splenomegaly), ascites (presence of abdominal fluid), hepato-jugular reflex (when palpated the liver, the jugular veins become rigid).
The causes of the nutmeg liver are multiple and often linked to cardiovascular diseases . We remember the main ones:
- rheumatic fever
- lung diseases
- heart failure
- pulmonary hypertension
- cardiac compensation
- heart valve disorders
- high blood pressure and atherosclerosis
Fat or enlarged liver? Here are the remedies
Nutmeg liver: how to cure it
To be able to effectively cure the nutmeg liver it is essential to go back to the pathology that caused it: these are important diseases, exclusively medical.
A lot can be done for prevention, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a correct diet, which can support the cardiovascular system, which is rich in foods of vegetable origin (low in cholesterol and "bad" fats for the heart), rich of Omega 3 with a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, and rich in turmeric with a protective effect for the liver.
Natural remedies can be taken to support cardiovascular and hepatic well-being .
Among the natural remedies for circulation we remember the main ones:
- Horse chestnut
- Vitis Vinifera
Natural remedies to support the liver include:
- Artichoke juice
- Birch sap