Milk Thistle

From our list of ailments, see what Milk Thistle can be used for:

  • Acne
  • Alcoholism
  • Antioxidant
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bowels
  • Cholesterol High
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Constipation
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Detoxification
  • Diaper Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestion Poor
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gall Bladder
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Genito-Urinary Ailments
  • Hardening of the Arteries
  • Heart Disease
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Lactation
  • Liver
  • Mononucleosis
  • Nausea
  • Obesity
  • Pimples
  • Prostate
  • Protein Increase
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Shingles
  • Skin Conditions
  • Skin Issues
  • Stomach Upset
  • Tetters
  • Travelers Diarrhea
  • Upset Stomach
  • Urinary Tract Problems
  • Venereal Disease
  • Wounds
  • Yeast Infections

Natural Remedies using Milk Thistle

Milk thistle (St Mary’s thistle) is a very specific herb: the seed extract protects the liver from the harmful effects of many toxic substances and also helps the liver to regenerate if it

laxative effects are reported (AEH). One observational study (n = >2000) reported ca. 1% side effects, mostly transient GI distress (SHT). One Australian report, attributed to something other than silybin in the milk thistle product, suggested abdominal cramping, diaphoresis, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and weakness (PH2). Antagonizes phentolamine and yohimbine (PH2). ‘The long term safety and the advisability of the use of these extracts in pregnant or women of potential childbearing remain to be established” (LRNP, March 1988). ‘May be used by … pregnant and lactating women” (SKY).

Acne, Alcoholism, Antioxidant, Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Bowels, Cholesterol High, Cirrhosis of the Liver, Constipation, Cystic Fibrosis, Detoxification, Diaper Rash, Diarrhea, Digestion Poor, Dyspepsia, Gall Bladder, Gallstones, Gastritis, Genito-Urinary Ailments, Hardening of the Arteries, Heart Disease, Indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Jaundice, Lactation, Liver, Mononucleosis, Nausea, Obesity, Pimples, Prostate, Protein Increase, Psoriasis, Rash, Shingles, Skin Conditions, Skin Issues, Stomach Upset, Tetters, Travelers Diarrhea, Upset Stomach, Urinary Tract Problems, Venereal Disease, Wounds, Yeast Infections

The Benefit of using Milk Thistle as a natural cure

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Milk Thistle) — Class 1 (AHP). ‘Hazards and/or side effects not known for proper therapeutic dosages” (PH2). None known (WAM).

has been damaged by disease. Milk thistle tincture is appropriate for a liver that needs support, but I recommend that you consult a herbalist before using this herb to make sure that you use it in the right capacity. The only situation in which I would advocate home use is after drinking a lot of alcohol – it will help you to recover from an occasional hangover (but it is not an excuse to drink more!).

Research over the past twenty-five years by Burton M. Berkson, M.D., Ph.D., an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, has found alpha-lipoic acid to greatly enhance liver function and liver glutathione levels. This effect is particularly important in controlling chronic hepatitis. Patients with hepatitis C consistently and significantly improve when following his ‘triple antioxidant” regimen, which included 600 mg of alpha-lipoic acid, 400 mcg of selenium, and 900 mg of silymarin (an extract of the herb milk thistle) daily. This program leads to a near normalization of liver function.

Burton M. Berkson, M.D., Ph.D., of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has found that a combination of three liver-supporting nutrients can control and reduce symptoms of hepatitis C. These nutrients are alpha-lipoic acid (discussed in chapter 11); selenium (also discussed in chapter 11); and silymarin, an extract of the herb milk thistle.