The Liver Lover’s Protocol

Whether you are Hepatitis C positive or simply want to be deeply loving to your liver, here’s an herb protocol that I have used in my practice with several individuals who have hepatitis C (one was Genotype 1-A, the other 1-B). Doing this protocol in a rigorous manner brought their liver enzymes from  abnormal to normal range. Their viral counts also went down by some 30-40%, but they did not clear the virus.

1)The Simplified Version (Core Liver supplements) (for doses see the (2)

  • Milk Thistle
  • Dandelion
  • Olive Leaf
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Shiitake

2) This is the full-on formula. The ** are anti-carcinogenic.


  • Milk thistle: 2, 2x a day
  • Dandelion 2, 2x a day
  • Olive leaf 1, 1x a day
  • *Cordyceps, 1 1x a day
  • Shiitake 1 1x a day
  • Thymus 2 1x a day
  • licorice 2 1x a day
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid 1 3x a day
  • Selenium 1 2x a day
  • grapefruit seed 1 2x a day
  • Cysteine 1 2x a day
  • *Reishi, 1 1x a day
  • Resveratol, 1 2x a day
  • Adrenal 2 2x a day
  • *Cats Claw 2 2x a day
  • DHEA 1 1x a day

These raw herbs are South American, Native American and Asian, and come from a highly reputable company (see below).

  • 2 Tbspn milk thistle seed
  • 2 tbspn dandelion root
  • 1 1/2 tbspn suma root
  • 1 tbspn bupleurum
  • 1 medium handful of cut reiishi
  • 2 tbspn Eleuthero root (formerly called Siberina Ginseng)
  • 1 large pinch Pau D’Arco
  1. You boil them in a non-metal pot (ceramic or clay is best).
  2. First fill the pot 3/4 with water, let them soak for an hour and then bring them to a boil.
  3. Boil for 7 minutes, then drain.
  4. Fill the pot about 1/2 way up again and then bring that to a boil.
  5. Let that boil for 5 minutes and add that to the first batch.
  6. Drink 2 or 3 (even 4) large cups a day. Add honey or Agave if you like.

You can buy the herbs from: Mountain Rose Herbs

For more info on Liver enhancing herbs: Books

One I like is Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver, by Buhner

Another that’s more purely Chinese Herbs but also good, is Healing Hepatitis C with Modern Chinese Medicine, by Qingcai Zhang.

Google/wikipedia the herbs and supplements just to see what they purportedly do, and for contraindications (very few).

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