Milk Thistle health benefits
Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum or Carduus marianus, sometimes called St Mary's thistle has a long tradition
of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of liver disease, other liver complaints such as jaundice, gallstone formation and gallbladder problems. Many people also use its liver restorative powers as a hangover cure after consuming excess alcohol.
The herb milk thistle can be used to treat:
Liver damage or disease including abnormal function and fatty liver
Exposure to pollutants and conventional drugs
Side effects and contraindications
No contraindications are known. While there are no known side effects for pregnant and breast feeding women, it is generally advised that they should only take herbal remedies under advice from a qualified practitioner.
One study using concentrated extract found less than 1% of patients were affected with mild gastrointestinal complaints or a mild laxative effect.
While very rare allergic reactions have been noted particularly with those allergic to the same family of plants which includes ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, and daisy
Flavones silybin, silydianin and silychristin collectively known as silymarin, essential oil.
Adult tincture dosage:
Based on herb to alcohol ratio of 1:3 take 5ml to 8ml three times a day
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