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How do you know if milk thistle is working

A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Not enough info: Working for what? Not aware that there is any evidence that milk thistle can do anything.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Lipman
Internal Medicine - Diabetology 56 years experience
Probably Never: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. There is no proof that... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
More hype than data: Active ingredient in milk thistle (silymarin) helps when given IV in animals-limited data in humans. Oral milk thistle isn't the same-limited absorpti... Read More
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Don't waste $$$.: There's no firm, replicable evidence that these agents have any real benefit to the liver. Find out what's actually wrong with the liver and see if i... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I just add them to a: Warm herbal tea.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ward Dean
Holistic Medicine 44 years experience
Yes: In addition to its well-known benefits to the liver, Milk Thistle is one of the substances that have been demonstrated to help maintain telomere lengt... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: You make an assumption that it does work. In my experience it has little value while it is purported to have a number of properties including liver pr... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Milk thistle: Looks nice as a flower. May not taste good. Other than that you will be spending money for something that is not regulated and can contain anything th... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
Yes: but why would you do so. It's of no proven medical value and can cause diarrhea and other adverse events.
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Milk thistle : Has a half life of about 6-8 h, up to 30-40 h for complete clearance and providing normal liver function.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
Details needed: Insufficient details to give a good answer. We need to know what symptoms and which condition you are concerned about.