The German Federal institute for Drugs and Medical Devices approves the
use of this natural supplement for treating toxic liver and for
treatment of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
you have liver disease, be it from hepatitis or, cirrhosis, it is
worth taking milk thistle to see it will improve your liver function.
Routine liver function lab test would be able to easily verify this
benefit. There are studies done in animals and humans to show this
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and Acute Hepatitis
Several research studies
have shown the benefits of using this supplement to enhance liver
function. Studies also show that the
remedy can protect the liver cells and cause it to regenerate.
A recent well-designed
study involving 105 volunteers showed that taking this herb allowed
them recovery from some symptom (such as dark urine and jaundice)
quicker than taking a placebo
Many studies have shown that taking this supplement improves the
function of the liver.
a well-designed study involving 50 healthy menopausal women, taking
Phyto-Female Complex (containing black cohosh, dong quai, milk thistle,
red clover, American ginseng, and chaste-tree berry) was effective. It
reduced hot flushes, and night sweats and improved the quality of their
- Non-insulin dependent)
One study showed that taking this supplement along with standard
treatments helps to lower blood sugar levels and total cholesterol.
Many studies done on cells in a lab and on rats showed that milk
thistle slows down the
growth of human breast, prostate, ovarian and cervical cancer cells.
was also shown in rats that it could repair skin cells damaged by UVB
sunlight exposure. The researchers suggested that it could useful in
treating skin cancer.
their research papers, the authors expressed their
excitement over the safety and the potential benefits in using
this supplement to treat cancer, especially prostate cancer.
is evidence that this supplement could be helpful in preventing damage
to the kidneys caused by some drugs. It also seems to cause the kidney
cells to regenerate.
Cancer (Laryngeal Cancer)
study done using cancer cells from the throat showed that it can stop
its growth. Another study showed that it could repair the skin damaged
by UVB (ultraviolet B rays) exposure.
reports suggest that taking this supplement could help treat acne
conditions. There are no studies in animals or humans to support this
Frequently Asked Questions
What is milk thistle? What are the health
natural remedy contains the active ingredient silymarin which shows
powerful antioxidant benefits and is a free radical scavenger.
shown to block toxins from entering liver cells and stimulates the
liver cells to regenerate itself. Other studies showed that this
natural remedy has anti-inflammatory benefits on liver cells.
milk thistle be used as a liver cleanse or part of a liver detox
Yes. Scientific evidence points to this supplement being able to cause
liver cells to repair itself and regenerate. It also appears to protect
the liver cells from damage caused by toxic substances.
This herb is commonly included in liver detox supplements.
it safe to use it in dogs and cats?
well-designed study done in dogs showed that this supplement protected
their kidneys when they were given an antibiotic known to damage the
We suspect similar benefits in cats but there is no research
studies done in cats to show this.
What about using it for treating menopause
A clinical study showed that Phyto-Female Complex (containing black
cohosh, dong quai, milk thistle, red clover, American ginseng, and
chaste-tree berry) was helpful in treating menopause symptoms such as
hot flushes and sleeping problems.
However, it is a combination product
and it is impossible to tell which one (or several) of the ingredients
are directly responsible for the benefits seen.
See if taking this supplement by itself helps. If not, buy
Phyto-Female Complex as there is scientific evidence that it can
effectively treat some menopause symptoms.
and Traditional Uses
- anti-bacterial effects
- anti-inflammatory benefits
protection (for liver cells)
- antidote to poison mushroom
- appetite stimulant
- bladder cancer
- bad breath
- cancer treatment (ovarian, breast, prostate)
- hepatitis C
- kidney damage
- liver cancer
- liver cirrhosis
- liver cleanse
- liver damage (from toxins and/or drugs)
- liver regeneration
- liver transplant protection
- hepatitis (viral and alcohol-induced hepatitis)
- menopause symptoms
- menstrual problems
- nerve pain
- prostate cancer
- skin cancer
- spleen disease
- stimulates the immune system (immuno-stimulant)
- stimulates breast milk flow
- stimulates menstrual flow
- throat cancer
- varicose veins
Effects, Toxicity, Warnings and Interactions
of the commonly reported side effects include:
There are other reported side effects that are much less common. They
of appetite (anorexia)
you have allergies to ragweed, marigolds, chrysanthemums, daisies,
artichokes or kiwi, there is a risk that you will get an allergic
reaction to milk thistle as well.
- joint pain
- menstrual changes
/ Anti-diabetic Medications - caution
supplement is shown to lower blood
sugar levels in animals. Monitor your blood sugar levels more regularly
when you are starting or stopping this supplement.
Clearance of Medications - caution
seem to show that this
supplement might slow down the liver's ability to clear certain
medications from our body. (It does so by inhibiting the P450
enzymes in the liver.) This might increase the concentration of some
prescription drugs in your body.
your pharmacist or doctor for more information. Find out if any of the
prescription medications you are taking could be affected by this herb.
is quite safe and has been used in research studies lasting up to 3
We could not
locate any research studies regarding the use of this
supplement in pregnancy or lactation. Avoid using this herb during
pregnancy and when breastfeeding until we know more about it.
to Take It
Capsules / Liquid extract
of 100 mg to 200 mg of silymarin up to three times daily has been used
in research studies. Extracts as high as 800 mg daily (divided into
three or four times daily) have been used.
formulation as silymarin does not dissolve easily in water.
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