About the Danish Liver Association’s logo
Our logo contains several elements that we find valuable – Something that the Danish Liver Association wants to be known for, when it comes to our patients and their next of kin.
We want to live life
In conjunction with the logo, we will sometimes use the sentence, “we want to live life”. It adds an extra level to our message and makes the logo and the association more recognizable. It says very succinctly, what we also wish to show with the two flowers (plants), which we will explain below.
And well, the word “live” is related to our name, after all.
The two plants
We think the two plants can symbolise several things: they both seem life giving, they can symbolise patient and next of kin and that even though we are sick, we still have a life, despite adversity, that we have to try to live – but we probably feel like we are living two lives.
They can also symbolise something amazing: that if you have a liver disease, a lot of us will get to live a second life again – some even via a new organ from another person – so in essence, we have experienced receiving two lives.
The Blue Anemone
It is the Blue Anemone that (in edited form), is a part of the Danish Liver Association’s official logo.
The Blue Anemone’s genus (Anemone Hepatica) refers to the leaves’ similarity to the liver. Anemone Hepatica was also called the liver herb (1533-1648). The liver shaped and coloured leaves have also been used to treat liver diseases.
By older times’ “doctrine of signatures”, there was a distinct correlation between various human organs and the plants that looked like them. These plants were thought to have curative properties for their respective organ counterparts.
Blue anemones were ingested for liver disease or the sap was taken with beer or wine to treat jaundice, boiled in celery juice for roundworms, crushed for genital wraps against heavy menses (1533), healing liver disease and hernias, used as gargle water for heartburn (1648) and sore throats. The drug was noted in the Pharmacopoeia (1772). Swollen feet were bathed with an extract of white or blue anemones (1643).