The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush: Separating Fact from Fiction

Liver support and cleansing are popular topics in alternative medicine. Liver support is perhaps one of the most widely employed therapeutic options in standard-of-care naturopathic medicine. It would seem that treating the liver is an integral step in the journey from disease to wellness for a huge range of medical complaints to the naturopathic physician. Liver cleansing has a rich historical background based in eclectic medicine and provides a foundation on which general health restoration may be founded. Despite this, liver cleansing remains a little-researched area of modern medicine. Scientific study of botanical medicines and a handful of nutraceuticals have provided sound evidence of liver condition-specific efficacy, yet no studies exist in which liver cleansing as a whole has been explored. The therapeutic success of liver cleansing at this time is mainly anecdotal; to bring this therapy into greater focus requires a case series or clinical study. What we do have is an increasingly growing field of research that is defining how liver-specific nutrients work as protective and restorative medicine. (more…)