Hepatitis B

Definition of Hepatitis B:

A serious viral infection with the potential for long term consequences.  It is caused by a DNA virus that has been found in virtually all body secretions and excretions.  However, only blood, saliva, semen and vaginal fluids have been shown to be infectious.  Transmission occurs through sexual contact, blood-to-blood contact (blood products, needle sharing, etc.), and from infected mother to infant.  Virtually all affected infants and children, and many adults, receive a lesser, even symptom-free, infection.  Symptoms, when present, tend to be more severe and prolonged than those for Hepatitis A: initially flu-like, with malaise, fatigue, muscle pain and chest pain on the right side.  This is followed by jaundice (slight skin yellowing), anorexia, nausea, fatigue, pale stools, dark urine and tender liver enlargement, but usually no fever.

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...the condition
“...The most common risk factors for ascites include hepatitis B, hepatitis C, chronic alcohol abuse, congestive heart failure, malignancy, and kidney disease...”

Blood Transfusion

...as a treatment
“...Unfortunately this screening is not so strict in some countries, so blood transfusion carries a higher risk of acquiring diseases such as hepatitis B or C, HIV/AIDS, or syphilis.”
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Cancer, General

...recommendation Herbal Combinations
“...The herbs were also shown to be effective on hepatitis B, allergic rhinitis, pulmonary tuberculosis and coronary heart disease...”
...recommendation Bacteria / Pathogen Testing by PCR
“An Infectious Agents in Cancer Panel (Blood or Tissue Biopsy) can test for the presence of Helicobacter pylori, Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (6, 11, 16, 18) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)

...as a treatment
“...Chanca Piedra, grown in the rainforest, has been used by Peruvian herbalist as a treatment for gallstones and kidney stones, urinary infections, hepatitis B, A, C, and antiviral applications for generations...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Avoiding intravenous drug use (or only using clean needles and never sharing other equipment) will reduce the risk of hepatitis B and C. Some research indicates that hepatitis C may be spread via shared use of straws or items used to snort cocaine or other drugs...”


...as a treatment
“...There is limited evidence for the use of propagermanium (an organogermanium – organic germanium) in the treatment of Hepatitis B.  Additional research is warranted in this area...”


...the condition
“...In general, a person with acute hepatitis B gets rid of the virus in their blood in six months...”
...our question about Hepatitis B or C
Hepatitis B and C are types of Hepatitis caused by the Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses respectively.”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“...Hepatitis B is probably the most common cause of cirrhosis worldwide, but in the United States and Western world it is less common...”
...relationship to Liver Cancer
“80% of liver cancer cases are thought to be caused by infection with the hepatitis B or C viruses.”
...recommendation Phyllanthus
“Phyllanthus has been studied primarily in carriers of the hepatitis B virus, as opposed to those with chronic active hepatitis...”
...recommendation Echinacea (Coneflower)
“Echinacea has antimicrobial properties that enable it to halt the growth of the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)...”
...recommendation See Infectious Disease Specialist
“When hepatitis is only suspected, lab testing should be performed to rule out hepatitis B and C and, if negative, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) also.”
...recommendation Lecithin / Choline
“Taking 3gm per day of phosphatidylcholine (found in lecithin) was found to be beneficial in one investigation of people with chronic hepatitis B.  Signs of liver damage on biopsy were significantly reduced in this study...”
...recommendation Licorice Root
“...One of the active constituents in licorice, glycyrrhizin, is commonly used in Japan as an injected therapy for hepatitis B and C. Glycyrrhizin also blocks hepatitis A virus from replicating in test tubes...”
...recommendation Alpha Lipoic Acid
“Alpha lipoic acid is given in a dose of 300mg at least twice per day for hepatitis B or C. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA), silymarin, and selenium have been used in combination with success in reducing symptoms and elevated liver enzyme levels (though the viral load was not...”
...recommendation Selenium
“...When the micronutrient selenium was added to the diet of 20, 847 people in a Chinese town, the number who became infected with hepatitis B virus was 50% less than for villagers not receiving dietary selenium...”
...recommendation Silymarin / Milk Thistle
“...One study has suggested that silymarin may be more effective for hepatitis B as opposed to hepatitis C...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...In a study of individuals with hepatitis B, half received 600 IU of vitamin E per day for nine months, while the others received no vitamin E (control group)...”
...recommendation Thymic Factors
“...Through his clinical experiences with thymic supplementation, Dr. Burgstiner observed that 84 cases of Hepatitis B and 34 cases of Hepatitis C were arrested, as well as the elimination of all traces of Hepatitis B infection in himself...”
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Hepatitis C

...related topic
“...Symptoms are almost always present, and very similar to those for Hepatitis B: initially flu-like, with malaise, fatigue, muscle pain and chest pain on the right side...”

Hives (Urticaria)

...the condition
“...Physical urticaria: heat or sun, cold, light, pressure from bracelets and clothes or scratching, vibration, exercise; Secondary urticaria: infections (e.g. hepatitis B virus, candida albicans, streptococcal bacteria), collagen vascular diseases, autoimmune diseases or other metabolic disorders, cancer, psychological, hypothyroidism, polycythemia vera...”

Liver Cancer

...the condition
“...The most important risk factor for liver cancer is a chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis C virus...”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...the condition
“...to drugs (including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lithium, and street heroine), allergic reactions (to insect stings, snake venom, and poison ivy), infections (malaria, various bacteria, hepatitis B, herpes zoster, and the virus which causes AIDS), and severe high blood pressure...”

Oral Lichen Planus

...the condition
“...Known triggers include ... Hepatitis B vaccination...”

Oregon Grape Root

...as a treatment
“...When combined with dandelion, milk thistle or celandine, it can be very effective in combatting hepatitis B and jaundice...”


...as a treatment
“...Phyllanthus blocks DNA polymerase, the enzyme needed for the hepatitis B virus to reproduce...”
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