Milk Thistle is native to the Mediterranean region and is considered a flowering herb. It’s used for a number of ailments, particularly for liver problems.
The herb has been used for several thousand of years to treat a wide variety of conditions.
What It’s Used For:
Milk thistle is known to improve liver function with its protective effects from the herbs therapeutic components. Its usually used to treat problems with the liver such as chronic Hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, as well as problems with the gallbladder.
Milk thistle has also been effective in treating high cholesterol levels, reducing insulin resistant diabetes with those suffering from type 2 of the disease. The herb has also been effective in treating the growth of cancer cells in cervical, breast and prostrate cancers.
How It’s Used:
The biologically active part of the herb is believed to be the silymarin it contains, which is extracted from the fruit of the plant. The seeds are used to make extracts, capsules, powders and tinctures.
Side Effects and Cautions:
Sometimes people report trouble with gastrointestinal side effects when using milk thistle. Usually people tolerate the herb quite well when used in recommended dosages. The herb can produce allergic reactions in some people who tend to be sensitive to plants within the same family as milk thistle such as marigold and ragweed.
Milt thistle has been known to help with lowering blood sugar levels in some people. People who are treating diabetes or hypoglycemia should use the herb with caution.