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Hepatoprotection or antihepatotoxicity is the ability of a chemical substance to prevent damage to the liver. This is opposite to hepatotoxicity.

Hepatoprotective molecules used in emergency medicine[edit]

  • Acetylcysteine is considered the hepatoprotective drug of choice when treating an overdose of acetaminophen/paracetamol.[1]
  • Silymarin is given intravenously to treat poisoning from Amanita mushrooms according to the Santa Cruz protocol devised by Dr Todd Mitchell at UCSC.

Herbs with potentially hepatoprotective constituents[edit]


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  5. ^ Andrographis paniculata http://www.stuartxchange.com/Sinta.html