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Liver cysts: What they are and what to do about them

Liver cysts are also known as hepatic cysts.  They are fairly common and can be detected by ultrasound or CT scan.  One or two liver cysts usually do not cause any problems and do not require treatment, however, sometimes the cysts are numerous or grow very large and require medical attention.

One or more large liver cysts can cause pain or discomfort in the right upper abdominal region.  If they cause significant discomfort, cysts can be drained or removed in hospital.  Ideally you would address them before they reached this level of severity.

There are several types of liver cysts:

Simple cysts
Polycystic liver disease (an inherited condition)
Cysts caused by parasites (such as hydatid disease)
Cysts occurring in conjunction with liver cancer

What causes simple liver cysts?

These cysts usually arise when a small area of liver cells dies or degenerates. The most common cause is advancing years and poor diet and lifestyle. Sometimes these cysts can be full of “fatty material” in those with a fatty liver. At other times the cysts are filled with fluid or mucus.  These cysts do not represent liver disease because the liver, being such a huge organ, has plenty of other areas containing healthy cells to enable liver function to remain normal.

Natural remedies for overcoming liver cysts

If your doctor finds that you have one or several of these degenerative types of liver cysts (simple cysts), do not become alarmed. Obviously you do not want to develop many more of these cysts and thankfully it is easy to stop them from multiplying. In many cases it is possible to gradually shrink the cysts using nutritional medicine.

I recommend the following:

  • Remove dairy products from your diet.  The hormones naturally present in all dairy products encourage the growth of cysts and mucus in the body.
  • Avoid or minimise exposure to substances that cause damage to liver cells, such as alcohol, some medication and drugs, environmental chemicals and sugar in excess.
  • Follow the eating principles in The Healthy Liver and Bowel book.
  • Take a good quality liver tonic.  This will help to protect your liver cells from harm and help to repair damaged liver cells.
  • Take a selenium supplement.  Selenium is required in order for your liver to manufacture the powerful antioxidant glutathione.   Selenium helps to protect liver cells from damage.
  • Drink raw vegetable juices regularly.  You will find recipes specifically for the liver in my book Raw Juices Can Save Your Life.  The best vegetables for a healthy liver include kale, broccoli, radishes and onion.  Include a carrot and apple in the juice to make it more palatable.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

10 comments

  1. I have a cyst on liver measures 11.4 cm. . It was found 4 years,ago when it was 6cm. I do have pain at times more seems to be when lifting alot.
    They did check seems not to be cancerous. What can I do to reverse size?

    • Hi Linda,

      We recommend you avoid dairy products and avoid/minimise substances such as alcohol,sugar,some medication and drugs and environmental chemicals.
      There is an excellent eating plan to follow in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps to protect the liver and help repair damaged liver cells.
      Selenium Complete 1 tablet daily to manufacture the powerful antioxidant glutathione and protect liver cells from damage.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      We recommend you drink raw juices regularly. There are specific recipes in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  2. My father have a CT scan and found liver cyst of 24×34mm is it harmful reply me please

    • Hi Akash,

      Is the cyst causing your father pain?
      If not, there are ways to shrink it naturally.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. Asteria Bonifacio

    Hello The utlrasound impression gave to my liver when I checked up is “COnsider Minimal Diffuse Parenchymal Liver Disease Suggestive of Non Alcoholic Fatty Infiltrationwith Simple Cyst. A cystic mass seen at the right lobe measuring 2.1 cm x 1.9 cm. What does this mean. Should it require a drain?

    • Hi Asteria,

      “Minimal Diffuse Parenchymal Liver Disease Suggestive of Non Alcoholic Fatty Infiltrationwith Simple Cyst” is just a way of the doctor writing the ultrasound report saying that they think you have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and a Simple Liver Cyst.

      We recommend you talk to your doctor to see if it requires medical attention, especially if it is causing any discomfort.

      Dr Cabot recommends following the eating program in her book: ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      This will help to reverse the NAFLD and possibly shrink the cyst over time.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. I have a liver cyst that was found when I went to the emergency room with stomach pain in 2006. In 2006 it was 1″ in diameter, then during another emergency room visit in 2013 for stomach pain it was found again but now it was 2″ in diameter. Well,last month 2016 during a cat scan for a kidney infection it now measures over 3″ in diameter. All my blood work comes back with good liver function, but this cyst seems to be growing pretty fast tripling in size. I have a chronic pain some days worse than others under my rib cage on my right size. I’ve gone to ER for this pain and at first they think it’s my gall bladder because of the location but nope gallbladder is fine all they see is this cyst. Should I be concerned? How big is too big?

    • Hi Linda,

      It has taken 10 years to triple in size, and with good liver function it may be that more of your liver tissue is breaking down naturally.

      To ensure there is nothing to concern yourself about Dr Cabot recommends you have CA 19-9 and CEA tumor markers tested.

      To stop this breakdown Dr Cabot recommends you change your diet to a less liver inflammatory one, if this is necessary.

      Please remove all processed food, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and all gluten containing foods.

      Replace these with home prepared meals with lots of fresh vegetables, moderate portions of protein, and at least 1 quart of water daily.

      Dr Cabot also recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 1 capsule twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Selenomune Designer Energy 1 capsule twice daily for the first bottle and then 1 capsule daily.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. I am having cyst measuring size21*16mmnoted insegment7of liver

    • Dear K.S,

      Most cysts in the liver are benign but it is important to ensure your liver is in its best health.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 1 capsule twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Selenomune Designer Energy 1 capsule twice daily for the first bottle and then 1 capsule daily.

      You may purchase these supplements at http://shop.liverdoctor.com/supplements.html

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Sales & Nutrition Consultant

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