Milk Thistle - Uses and Benefits
Milk Thistle; Marian Thistle; St. Mary's Thistle , Cardum marianum L., Carduus marianus L., Chardon-Marie, Emetic root, flavonolignans, Frauendistel, Fructus Silybi mariae, fruit de chardon Marie, heal thistle, Holy thistle, Isosilibinin, isosilybin, Kanger.
Milk thistle ( Silybum marianum ) has been used from ancient times as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver problems. In the United States during late 19th and early 20th centuries physicians used milk thistle seeds to relieve congestion of the liver, spleen, and kidneys. A compound in milk thistle seeds is believed to be the biologically active part of the herb. The seeds are used to prepare capsules containing powdered herb or seed, extracts, and infusions (strong teas).
Milk thistle is an annual or biennial herb which grows upto to 5 feet high. It is a tenacious herb that can be cultivated easily in sunny gardens. Its leaves have white spots and thorns running along the margins & the fruit is blackish to brown, obovoid, spotted, and glossy, with a white long pappus. Its a herb whose fruit and seeds have been used to benefit health more than 2,000 years as a treatment for liver and biliary disorders.
The Roman Pliny wrote of the beneficial effects of Milk Thistle on the Liver. And it was highly regarded by Dioscorides, Galen, Gerard and Culpepper. Lot of research has been taken out on Milk Thistle which makes the Milk Thistle the most used herbs. Species of Milk thistle toxic to cattle and sheep .Because the plant contains potassium nitrate . When this is eaten by ruminants the bacteria in their stomachs breaks the chemical down producing a nitrite ion.This combines with hemoglobin to produce methaemoglobin . Due to this resistance comes in oxygen transport which can't transport oxygen. The result is a form of oxygen deprivation .
Hepato-protective :Make strengthens & protects liver cells & from incoming toxins.
Hepato-tonic : Strengthens the liver to function more effectively.
Anti-depressant : By helping to move stagnant liver energy.
Demulcent : Soothes and moistens. For both kidney and bladder irritations, as well as mucous membranes and inflammations of the skin and integumentary system.
Laxative : Mildly lubricates the bowels.
Uses and Benefits
Used as a Liver Tonic to treat cirrhosis, hepatitis and other liver problems as well as skin conditions related to poor liver function.Milk thistle is very effective& generate new liver cells when liver is damaged by alcohol consumption, steroid usage, pollutants, or any other environmental factor.
Milk thistle is used to treat the following health problems:
Dyspepsia, indigestion, appetite stimulant, gallbladder inflammation, depression, bitter tonic, lowers cholesterol.
Milk Thistle is a liver detoxifier & used in the treatment of hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, and Amanita mushroom poisoning.
Milk Thistle the following disorders:
Studies report that some people experience stomach upset, sweating, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness and collapse after intake. There are rare cases of rashes, headaches, heartburn, joint pain and impotence with milk thistle use. Some cases reported high liver enzyme levels in taking milk thistle but returned to normal after the person stopped taking the herb. Loose stools may occur sometimes .
Scientific studies on human reported the following side effects: headache, irritability, minor gastrointestinal upset, and,mild allergies, diarrhea. No serious side effects has been reported after intake of Milk thistle .
The recommended dose is 40 to 60 drops in water or juice three to four times daily .
Dose of milk thistle is up to 250 mg of standardized extract (containing 70% to 80% silymarin) 3 times a day is recommended . It is often added with different herbs and nutrients,like as dandelion, choline, methionine, and inositol.
For preparation of Milk thistle tea, take steep one half teaspoon of the dried seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. This should be used 3 times a day. 1-2 ml of the alcoholic tincture can be taken 3 times a day.
Researchers have suspected that milk thistle can slow down or reduce the activity of enzymes in the liver.
If milk thistle is taken by someone using protease inhibitors or non-nukes, it can increase the levels of these drugs,& causing unpleasant or even dangerous side effects.
Milk Thistle may interact with the under given drugs:
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