Chamomile has long been used as a sleep aid or a folk remedy for an upset stomach. Besides, this herb is another option for promoting liver health and treating fatty liver disease too, according to the result of some animal studies. However, so far there is no denying that few reliable scientific studies have been conducted to confirm the liver-protective effects of chamomile tea on humans.
As the largest organ inside the human body, your liver plays an extremely important role to your overall health because it expels and breaks down toxins entering your body and produces bile to aid the digestion of lipids in the small intestine. Besides, good liver activity provides a base for the proper functioning of other organs like brain, kidneys, eyes, and the like. Unfortunately, this is also one of the easiest organs to damage. That’s to say, you need to go to some lengths to protect it and then keep it working properly. In short, maintaining optimal liver health means a lot to the operation and maintenance of a healthy body.
When it comes to fatty liver, you probably know that it means the buildup of fats in your liver. However, you may not know it can cause severe liver damage, which includes inflammation (hepatitis B and hepatitis C) and scarring (cirrhosis). What’s worse, it can increase the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. Unfortunately, this condition is so common that it affects about 20% of adults all over the globe. This condition can be classified into alcoholic and non-alcoholic types. While the former one is associated with excessive alcohol consumption, the latter is more with obesity. In other words, you may still get it even if you drink little to no alcohol.
The good news is that the accumulation of excessive fatty tissue can be reversible after you’ve made a few healthy lifestyle changes. The typical practices include avoiding alcohol, losing weight, managing your cholesterol, sticking to a proper diet, and so on. Although there isn’t a medication or surgery for this condition, natural supplements can be an important part of the treatment to reduce your risk factors. In terms of the herbs that show promise on boosting liver health, chamomile, milk thistle, turmeric, and burdock are often considered to be the best options.
Chamomile doesn’t just mean one plant but a few different species of daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. When it comes to medicinal properties, German chamomile (Matricaria retutica) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) are widely viewed as the best. As mentioned above, this herb can be used for many medicinal purposes, which include treating inflammation, insomnia, period pains, hay fever, hemorrhoids, steatosis, and so on.
Although there is little scientific evidence for the hepatoprotective properties of chamomile tea, some researchers ever put some efforts in to try to prove it. On the one hand, a Ukrainian study had found that chamomile flavonoids could normalize sphingolipid and ceramide metabolism in laboratory rats’ damaged liver induced by carbon tetrachloride and/or ethanol. On the other hand, in 2006 a study conducted at the Himalayan Pharmacy Institute confirmed that chamomile extract’s frequent association with liver cell protection by preventing paracetamol-driven liver damage.
However, it is worth mentioning that some other experts argued that chamomile tea couldn’t be used as a regular treatment for liver problems although it shows potential therapeutic value. Caution is understandable after all more scientific data is needed to back this up.