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15 signs of sluggish liver function

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 March 2015, Digestion
sluggish liver

It’s not always what you think!

Do you ever wake up around 2 am for no reason?  Or are you ever moody and feeling like your skin is dry and irritated?  Does your big right toe ever bother you?  If so, it may be your liver talking to you; there is a multitude of seemingly unrelated symptoms that are all linked to a sluggish liver.

Working closely with naturopaths, I get to hear a lot of patient success stories. Sometimes the solution to their problems is not what you would expect at first. There is this case that I remember well of a young man with severe vertigo attacks. A variety of solutions had failed to bring lasting relief. His life was severely affected by these attacks, which took longer and longer to resolve. During consultation, as he sat down, the naturopath noticed that he held onto the right side of his head to ease the discomfort. Upon questioning, he revealed that he loved to eat, drink and party!

15 signs of sluggish liver function
With the kidneys, the liver is a key filter of our body.  When its function is sluggish, it makes us notice something is wrong…but it’s not always obvious.  Here is a list of symptoms that may occur:

  1. Wake up at 2am – 3am for no reason
  2. Moodiness
  3. Exhaustion
  4. Vertigo
  5. Elevated cholesterol levels
  6. Weak resistance to disease
  7. Dry itchy skin
  8. Pain predominantly on right side of head
  9. Red, itchy eyes
  10. Bitter taste in mouth
  11. Excessive thirst
  12. Poor digestion, nausea
  13. Constipation, hemorrhoids
  14. Irritable bowel syndrome
  15. Unexplained pain in right side of body: In shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, big toe

To get back to my story of the young men with vertigo, he half-heartedly agreed to adopt an alcohol-free, vegetable-rich lifestyle for six weeks. The transformation of this man was remarkable. He lost kilos of unattractive weight, his tongue cleared to a healthy pink, which also led to sweeter smelling breath, in no time at all. The vertigo disappeared and he felt well for the first time in years.

What was the cause of his problems?
Right-sided symptoms indicate a liver and gall bladder, which were not at ease. A.Vogel Boldocynara liver-cleanse formula, a decent selection of fresh foods and no alcohol, made the difference. Sad to say, I heard that he persistently goes back to his old habits, which make him sick and miserable time and again. Strange but true…At least, he now knows that it is his lifestyle that makes him feel awful!

Why did the naturopath recommend Boldocynara? 
Because these liver digestion drops are made from fresh, organically grown herbs. The main ingredient is artichoke. This plant has a deep-acting effect, resulting in the release of bile from the liver and the gall bladder. This relieves congestion, which allows the liver to function better. Artichoke also controls and improves cholesterol production, which originates in the liver. Boldo, Dandelion and Mint are added to the formula to aid the typical symptoms of poor digestion: flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, irritable bowel symptoms and cramps.

Alfred Vogel, the famous Swiss naturopath who put together the Boldocynara formula, was immensely satisfied with its efficacy as a liver tonic. Most of his patients were given Boldocynara to aid in their recovery from the list of illnesses caused by a sluggish or overburdened liver. Vogel always insisted that people on chronic medication should ensure that their liver, as the body’s main filtering system, should receive the support they need by using Boldocynara. It can also be used to cleanse the liver of toxins, three or four times a year, for six weeks at a time.

Choices have consequences.  Lifestyle does affect your health and not always with obvious symptoms. It is important to listen when our body is sending us messages.  Sometimes even little changes in our diet can make a huge difference to improve our quality of life.

  • Barbara

    My 95-year-old mother lives in a nursing home, and she is experiencing almost all the above symptoms. She is on multiple medications. Is Boldocynara contraindicated with any meds?

    • avogelbioforce

      Dear Barbara, The contraindications for Boldocynara are the following:
      Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you have gallstones, liver or gall bladder diseases, impaired kidney and/or liver function, and/or intestinal obstruction.
      Do not use if you have bile duct obstruction.
      Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
      Do not use if you have an allergy to Asteraceae/ Compositae (daisy) family and in case of known allergy to any of the ingredients in the product.
      Hypersensitivity (e.g. allergy) has been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use.
      Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.

      If you are not sure if your mother can take the product, please contact our Health professionals and include the list of your mother’s medications: http://www.avogel.ca/en/advice/health-professionals/health-question.php.
      Have a great day!

  • Billy Bee

    Great article! Explains a few issues I’ve had =) Thanks!

  • Maryanne

    How many bottles can be consumed in succession per season to clear a sluggish liver?

    • avogelbioforce

      Dear Maryanne, Please find below the answer of Josée Fortin Naturopath and Biochemist: You can do two bottles of Boldocynara in succession for the first time and then one bottle per season. If you feel you need constant support for your liver, I suggest you take Milk Thistle from A.Vogel between your bottles of Boldocynara. Boldocynara contains herbs that stimulate the elimination of toxins by the liver and if you take it all the time it might tire your liver over time. Milk Thistle is a tonic plant for the liver and helps repair damaged liver cells. This helps strengthen the liver so it can work better without exhausting it. It does not eliminate toxins as quickly as Boldocynara does but it will be safer that way for long term support.

  • Lorraine

    I was hospitalized in December for unknown pain on my right side under my ribs,and other aliments. I have 12 out of 15 of the above signs. The Internist told me that I have congestion around my liver. I am taking Ranitidine, Metonia, and Pariet. I am very interested in the Boldocynara, but am concerned that I may have side effects.

    • avogelbioforce

      Dear Lorraine, Please find below the answer of Josée Fortin Naturopath and Biochemist:
      Yes it would be a good product for you and the only recommendations with your medication is to start at a lower dosage (ex. 5 drops 3 times a day for a bit then increase gradually to the 15 drops 3 times a day recommended on the bottle) to avoid aggravation of your heartburn or acid reflux (Pariet) before it gets better. When you take a product for the liver it helps the body get rid of more toxins than usually and sometime those toxins can be a bit irritating and they can aggravate some digestive symptoms before they get a lot better (less toxins eventually). Have a great day!

  • Lorraine

    I have congestion around my liver…..and 12 out of 15 of the above symptoms. I take Pariat, Ranitidine and Metonia , daily….will Boldocynara cause any harm?

  • avogelbioforce

    Dear Barbara, It is not suggested to take Boldocynara when having gallstones because it might try to push them through and trigger an attack. We will send you more information about gallstones by email. Have a great day!

    • Barbara

      Good morning!

      Thank you for that information. An e-mail came quite quickly after my initial question which suggested that that might happen. But I certainly appreciate the extra e-mail and detail. The last thing I want is another gall bladder attack. I’m trying to avoid surgery as it is. I’ll look forward to the information you’re sending me further information. I’d love to know how to get them to shrink naturally.

      Again, thank you so much!


  • avogelbioforce

    If you have any of those symptoms you will see an improvement by taking Boldocynara or Milk Thistle. It is true that in some cases there might be other factors that cause those symptoms ex. digestive enzymes not as efficient, intestinal flora unbalance, pancreas not working properly or inflammation of the gut but you should still see some improvement by supporting liver functions. The liver is a big filter that helps eliminate toxins from the bloodstream and if we consider that stress slow it down and we are exposed to over 70 000 more toxic elements than in 1950 we should all help support liver functions at least every spring and fall. This helps reduce the toxic load of the body and can improve a lot of health issues: digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, skin problems, arthritis and other bone problems, allergies…

    • Tammi

      Hello – I read a liver cleanse piece that you produced a while back and I believe the recommendation was to take the Molskosan, Boldyocynara & stinging nettle, however I cannot locate that print out that I took from the health food store. Can you confirm for me that these were the recommendations for a cleanse? Thank you

  • avogelbioforce

    Dear Jenny, Please find below the answer of Josée Fortin Naturopath and Biochemist:
    Yes you can take the Boldocynara from A.Vogel even if you gallbladder has been removed. The only recommendation I would give is to start at a lower dosage (ex. 5 drops 3 times a day) for a week before gradually increasing to a maximum of 15 drops 3 times a day. In this situation it is recommended to use the liquid format instead of the tablet to be able to adjust the dosage as needed. This gradual increase minimize the risks of cleansing reactions such as diarrhea, headaches, nausea and fatigue.

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