The liver plays a vital role in the metabolic activity of the human body. It has numerous functions e.g. manufacture and secretion of bile, maintenance of blood sugar level, regulation of protein and fat metabolism, formation of ketone bodies and plasma proteins, detoxication, Erythropoiesis etc. It is obvious from nature of the diverse functions that the diseases of the liver are bound to have an adverse effect on the entire system.
In developing countries malnutrition, contaminated food and water resulting in ameoebiasis, unsanitary environment and unhygienic manner of living due to illiteracy, consumption of alcohol etc. are some of the main causes of liver ailments. Those ailments include Jaundice, Hepatitis. Cirrhosis of liver which results into anorexia, mild fever, nausea and vomiting, oedema on foot, Pruritus, Debility, Anaemia and Constipation. Since our resources are somewhat limited, we need indigenous medicines free from undesirable side effects and using simpler technologies than that being utilized by the multinational drug industry, to serve our needs in the field of human health-care. An effective medicine prepared from natural ingredients should therefore find a high level of acceptance from patients in treatment of liver diseases.