Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Taking good care of your overall health may help you feel better and improve some of the symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis:

  • Choose reduced-sodium foods. Opt for reduced-sodium foods, such as reduced-sodium soups, since sodium contributes to tissue swelling and to accumulating fluid in your abdominal cavity (ascites).
  • Exercise most days of the week. Exercise may reduce your risk of bone loss.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Drink alcohol occasionally, if at all. Your liver processes the alcohol you drink, and the added stress can cause liver damage. If your disease has progressed enough to damage your liver, your doctor may recommend that you not drink alcohol at all.
  • Check with your doctor before starting new medications or dietary supplements. Because your liver isn't working normally, you'll likely be more sensitive to the effects of over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as some dietary supplements, so check with your doctor before taking anything new.
Nov. 16, 2011