Pancreatic disease is a general term used to describe conditions affecting the pancreas. Diseases that affect the pancreas are usually serious, as the pancreas is such as vital and central organ.
The pancreas is actually a small gland, located near your spine, behind your stomach. It’s responsible for producing the fluids your body needs to help break down food. It also plays a role in producing and regulating insulin, the substance that is secreted in response to an increase in blood glucose levels, helping the body regulate health and prevent disease.1,2
When the pancreas becomes compromised by any number of diseases, it can cause a ripple effect of other health conditions throughout the body. One of the most deadly pancreatic diseases is pancreatic cancer—the result of long-term pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis).2,3
What Causes Pancreatic Disease
Pancreatic diseases are typically caused by environmental and lifestyle factors that slowly harm the pancreas over time. Harm to the pancreas causes it to react by producing inflammation, triggered by irritation. With enough irritation and inflammation, the pancreas can start to form scar tissue, preventing the pancreas from functioning properly. An improperly functioning pancreas can lead to a host of other conditions, including diabetes.2,3
Some of the underlying factors that lead to pancreatic diseases include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Cigarette smoking
- Frequent use of certain medications
Pancreatic Disease Symptoms
Pancreatic disease symptoms may include:
- Radiating abdominal pain
- Abdominal tenderness
- Weight loss
- Oily stools
These symptoms usually indicate pancreatitis—pancreatic inflammation. Pancreatic cancer may also present additional symptoms like jaundice—yellowing of the skin and eyes.4
Natural Remedies and Herbs for Pancreatic Disease
To protect pancreatic health, it’s important to cut out all substances that have damaging effects on the pancreas. This includes alcohol and cigarettes. It’s also important to manage your diet, and avoid refined sugars and processed foods that increase blood sugar levels.
There are certain herbs and supplements that have known benefits for helping detoxify and heal both the pancreas and the liver, protecting these organs against further damage and disease.
One of the known natural remedies for helping with pancreatic disease is:
- Fringe Tree - Fringe tree is used in herbal medicine as a cleansing tonic for the pancreas. It can help detoxify, strengthen and heal the pancreas, helping to fight off pancreatic disease.