- Proper functioning of the liver is necessary
- Liver performs many vital functions
- Know 5 yoga asanas which are good for liver health
Proper functioning of the liver is necessary as it is one of the most important organs in our body. It is the largest organ of the human body which performs various vital functions like filtration of blood, detoxification of chemicals and drugs, secretion of bile juice and many more. This important organ produces chemicals that strengthen body and promote overall good health. To maintain proper functioning of liver you need not depend on medicines. Yoga can act as an effective way to maintain a healthy liver and it can even improve any kind of liver condition. Here are 5 yoga asanas which are good for liver health and know how to do them.
Dhanurasana or bow pose is very effective to treat fatty liver. It stretches the liver and stimulates it. It converts the fat deposited on liver into energy required for the body.
Lie on your stomach and raise your legs and upper body at the same time. Now hold your feet with your hands making your body look like a bow. Now stay in this position for a while and then come back to the resting position. You should repeat this 3-4 times for effective results.
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This asana is highly beneficial for liver health as it puts pressure on the liver which strengthens it. It helps in reducing inflammation and stress on the liver.
Sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Cross your left foot over the right one. Raise your left knee, pointing upwards. Now move your right hand over your left leg and hold your left foot. Press your left leg against your abdomen slowly and turn your head on the right side at the same time.
It is a breathing exercise that cures liver cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis and many other diseases. This yoga asana aids liver stimulation and treats many liver related problems. It also keeps your overall body health and keeps your mind fresh.
To do Kapalbhati, sit cross legged on the floor and keep your spine straight. Inhale deeply until your lungs are full with air. Now exhale forcefully through your nostrils so that your stomach goes deep inside. When you exhale you will feel the pressure on your stomach. Close your eyes throughout the exercise so that you can focus on your breathing. Practice this for 15 minutes a day.
Cow face pose or Gomukhasana is the best cure for cirrhosis which causes liver damage. This asana promotes a free flow of blood to the liver.
The first step to perform Gomukhasana is to squat on the surface with one leg crossed over the other. Make sure that you sit with your spine straight. Now place your hands on your back. Move one hand over your shoulder and now try to join your both hands. The elbow of the arm which goes over the shoulder should point upwards and should be close to your head. Hold this position for the while and then change the hands respectively.
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It is one of the simplest and the most effective yoga asanas that promote liver health. It not only strengthens liver but also detoxifies it. It helps in increasing blood circulation and maintains sugar level. It also helps in preventing liver cancer.
Lie on your back and raise both your upper and lower portions of your body and make your body rest on your buttocks. Make sure that you stretch your arms toward your feet. Breathe deeply and try to hold this position for a few seconds. Repeat this asana 3-4 times a day.
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Written by: Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Oct 10, 2018