Fact & Treatment of Hepatitis B

Hepatitius B is a serious disease that causes inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B is the most common liver disease in the world.Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Available alternative cures include herbal formulations, traditional Chinese medicine and homeopathic remedies.

Types of Hepatitis
According to Dr. Larry Altshuler in his book Balanced Healing, hepatitis A is contracted through contaminated food or water, or through contact with an infected person. About 99 percent of hepatitis A cases resolve themselves. Hepatitis B is a blood-borne illness most often caused by sexual contact, needle use and blood transfusion; approximately 10 percent of people with hepatitis B become chronic carriers. Hepatitis C is also a blood-borne illness and accounts for 16 percent of cases.

How Hepatitis is Spread
The best way to protect against transmission of the disease is to know how it is spread. Hepatitis is spread through an infected mother to her newborn child, sex with an infected partner, sharing needles and other personal items, such as toothbrushes, with an infected person and direct contact or exposure to blood of an infected person. You are also at risk if you travel to countries with high levels of Hepatitis infections. Guard against these situations and make sure to get tested for early detection of the disease.

Treaments
Entecavir hydrate
is an oral antiviral drug used in the treatment of hepatitis B infection. Entecavir hydrate is a nucleoside analog (more specifically, a guanine analogue) that inhibits reverse transcription, DNA replication and transcription in the viral replication process. Entecavir hydrate is more efficacious than previous agents used to treat hepatitis B (lamivudine and adefovir). Entecavir hydrate is also indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults with HIV/AIDS infection. However, Entecavir hydrate is not active against HIV.For adults, if you feel that you are at risk for hepatitis then you should contact your physician and discuss getting the vaccine.

Dr. Altshuler recommends several Chinese formulations if previous steps do not improve your symptoms or if your liver enzymes remain elevated. He suggests contacting a practitioner qualified in Chinese herbal medicine to determine which formulas are best for your symptoms. Improvements should be noted within three to six weeks but for maximum benefit the treatment should probably be taken longer.