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Can hepatitis C virus infection be cured with complementary and alternative medicine?


Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Open Access
Alireza Ebrahimi,1 Sedigheh Ebrahimi2

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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is among the main causes of chronic liver disease, causing related morbidity and mortality, globally. While the prescription of direct acting antiviral drugs (DAAs) has led to increased cure rates for many patients with HCV, there is still a demand for more promising treatments. Certain natural compounds can decrease the viral load of HCV and prevent further liver damage. While, some of these herbs do not have any therapeutic efficacy and may cause detrimental effects on the patients.

Keywords

Hepatitis C virus, direct acting antiviral drugs, Ginseng, Echinacea, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties, alleviate liver disease, CAM

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