Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 61: Nonherbal Treatments for Liver Disorders (continued)

KEY POINTS L-carnitine appears to be of benefit in hepatic encephalopathy, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and valproate poisoning.1 Vitamin E supplementation is effective in nonsteatohepatitis.2 Limited data indicate a benefit of S-adenosylmethionine in alcoholic liver disease and cholestatic disorders.3 Zinc may be of benefit in hepatic encephalopathy.4 TREATMENTS Acupuncture Manual acupuncture and electroacupuncture promote clearance of HBsAg and HBeAg and positive turnover of anti-HBe.