The liver plays a major role in your metabolism as well as in the quality of your meditative state and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It is a very large organ situated below the right side of the rib cage. When it is out of order this can lead to:
→ Poor blood composition
→ Difficulty to concentrate
→ Difficulty to relax
→ Less enjoyment of life
→ Headaches or Migraine
→ Heat rising from the liver contributes to Asthma, which is a seriously debilitating and potentially fatal illness
→ Having a weak liver is likely to contribute to Diabetes or to aggravate the condition.
It is clear that you would be wise to try and keep your liver healthy! These simple treatments should soothe your liver and help your health in general:
- Often put the left hand towards the liver whilst meditating.
Tuck the fingers a little under the right side of the rib cage. The right hand stays upwards, on your lap.
- Eat less meat, particularly less beef.
Meat from large animals is ‘heavy’ for our teeth and stomach. There can be some chemicals which are unhelpful. Chicken is OK but it is better to be fed on non-GM food. Free-range or Organic chicken is recommended.
- Eat more sweet fruit, vegetables and salad.
Drink sweet fruit juices. Grape juice is particularly good for the liver. Juices made ‘from concentrate’ are not recommended.
- Reduce your consumption of chocolate, alcohol, fish, hard cheese (e.g. cheddar), fatty or oily or fried food, coffee, ordinary tea.
Herbal or fruit or Chinese teas give much less problem to the liver. Cold tea made from radish leaves is very good for the liver. So is a drink made overnight from Kokum fruit. Olive oil is healthy in moderation.
- Eat plain boiled rice, not brown rice.
This is very cooling for the liver.
- Non-Diabetics can eat more white sugar.
The liver likes it. Cane sugar is preferred. Tate & Lyle or Sainsbury’s sugar, for example, are understood to be made from cane.
- Hold a cloth covered ice pack on the liver (right Swadishthana and right Nabhi-the upper and lower abdomen on the right side) while meditating.
Doing this regularly will significantly reduce the excessive heat in the liver and make it easier to enter thoughtless awareness.
- Live with less planning, particularly about money.
Try to live in the present. Don’t worry, be happy! 🙂