The pancreas is up there with the appendix, kidneys, and liver as an organ that we know we have, that we know is important, but don’t often think about. That is unless something is wrong with it, and when you’re referring to the pancreas, are things could be worse than pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas begins to damage itself when it produces pancreatic enzymes. As a result, pancreatitis can lead to some serious, even potentially life threatening symptoms and complications like vomiting, nausea, inflammation of the pancreas, internal bleed and damage to the liver and lungs. And while the presence of pancreatitis is serious and likely requires medical treatment, it is possible to be proactive and take precautions on your own to reduce the likelihood of it developing, or booming acute if already present.
Here are four powerful herbal remedies for pancreatitis:
While certainly not great on taste, it is the bitter element of the dandelion plant known as taraxacin that makes it one of the best herbal tonics for promoting stomach, liver and pancreas health. By helping to clean the liver, dandelion also increases the production of bile. This increase in production actually eases pressure on the pancreas, allowing it to heal.
One of the greatest benefits of turmeric isn’t only that it is a powerful herb when it comes to a healthy pancreas, but that it is also one of the most readily available herbs around. Turmeric is a natural source of cur cumin, a type of oil that behaves similarly to NSAID medications. Some studies have even shown that turmeric can prevent pancreatitis from becoming chronic or acute.
Known as a cholagogues herb, milk thistle has been trusted by herbalists for thousands of years to treat such ailments as damaged liver, stomach and yes, pancreas. A flavonoid known as silymarin is what gives milk thistle its awesome healthy liver promoting benefits. It does this by neutralizing all sorts of liver damage, which along with a healthy dose of vitamin E, helps to regenerate cells in both the liver and pancreas.
The most preferred cooking oil the world over is also a great natural remedy for pancreatitis. Much like milk thistle, olive oil contains many of the same flavonoids that help prevent the liver and pancreas from getting damaged, are anti-inflammatory and are helpful in reducing the pain associated with pancreatitis. Not bad for something you likely already have in your kitchen.