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Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Milk thistle, but...: There's some actual science supporting milk thistle for hepatitis c (gastroenterology nov 2008). The other product lists chicory, tamarisk, yarrow and caper bush. I searched the nih database back to 1996 and found exactly nothing. Don't rely no a supplement except as part of a comprehensive plan of care for yourself. ...Read more

Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Does milk thistle stop you getting liver damage?

Milk Thistle: The only way to stop damaging your liver is to remove the issue that is causing the damage.

Milk thistle is used world wide to assist the liver to recover when one stops damaging the liver. ...Read more

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I take milk thistle and sam-e. Does help the liver?

No: If you have a fatty liver or liver disease stop eating fatty food, stop eating fried food, stop drinking alcohol, stop taking pain pills and lower your cholesterol. Those type of actions help the liver. Discuss the different medications you take with your doctor to make sure they are not causing any interactions that can harm the liver. ...Read more

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Does pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Does pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Sorry, but no...: The results of a recent large scale study looking at just this question sadly answered no--milk thistle did not live up to its health food store hyped benefits nor justify its high cost. If you have liver damage, see your doctor for appropriate assistance and treatment please. ...Read more

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My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

Unlikely: The role of milk thistle in fatty lived disease is limited. In hepatitis C one study showed that high intravenous doses may slow progression, but is not a cure. I do not recommend milk thistle to my patients. It is safe and if someone is ademant about taking it I don't necessarily discourage it. A large ongoing study may clarify the role of milk thistle in the near future. ...Read more

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I have inflammation on my liver its getting better. Can I take jamieson milk thistle tablets?

I have inflammation on my liver its getting better. Can I take jamieson milk thistle tablets?

Sure, but...: A number of small studies have yielded conflicting results concerning the effectiveness of milk thistle in hepatitis c and chronic liver disease. A systematic review concluded that although milk thistle may decrease liver enzymes in patients with hepatitis c, there was no clear benefit to this or other herbal medications for chronic hcv infection.

Be careful about possible side effects. ...Read more

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Have been drinking and partying a lot recently and now I have stopped. Can milk thistle help my liver recover?

Have been drinking and partying a lot recently and now I have stopped. Can milk thistle help my liver recover?

Sorry, but no...: The results of a recent large scale study looking at just this question sadly answered no--milk thistle did not live up to its health food store hyped benefits nor justify its high cost. If you have liver damage, see your doctor for appropriate assistance and treatment please. ...Read more

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Any evidence to support taking Milk Thistle proactively to protect liver if someone is on a lot of medications? I'm 36 w/ multiple chronic issues.

Any evidence to support taking Milk Thistle proactively to protect liver if someone is on a lot of medications? I'm 36 w/ multiple chronic issues.

Herbal therpy: Herbal therapy to compliment traditional medicine is a wonderful way to educate patients as well as tweek what we providrs prescribe. One must be careful that there are no serious risks or drug interactions with your current meds. Milk Thistle also supports the thyroid gland as wells as liver. Check with your provider first. ...Read more

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I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

No: Perhaps you are eating less or healthier since the gallbladder removed? You ale likely to tolerate fatty greasy foods once the gallbladder is gone Perhaps also you feel better now so maybe you are exercising more? ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Possibly: There have been studies demonstrating benefit of milk thistle in a variety of liver problems, possibly in part due to increasing the concentration of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione is used to neutralize toxins. ...Read more

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I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle does not cleanse your liver from impurities. There are a few studies from Europe which are not of great quality, which show slight improvements with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. More studies need to be done to recommend it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Doubtful: According to nih, "previous laboratory studies suggested that milk thistle may benefit the liver by protecting & promoting the growth of liver cells, fighting oxidation (a chemical process that can damage cells), & inhibiting inflammation. However, results from small clinical trials of milk thistle for liver diseases have been mixed, & two rigorously designed studies found no benefit.". ...Read more

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Besides taking milk thistle, what should I do to reverse the effects of a fatty liver (not from drinking)?

Besides taking milk thistle, what should I do to reverse the effects of a fatty liver (not from drinking)?

Weight loss...: Fatty liver disease is most often a consequence of the foods we eat and being overweight. There is no specific treatment (drug or supplement) effective for reversing fatty liver. If your bmi is > 24, losing weight will result in improvement in ast/alt and reduction of fat in the liver. Certainly elimination of alcohol (if you drink) is recommended. Stop the milk thistle. Good luck! ...Read more

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I started diflucan (fluconazole) today and took milk thistle with it for liver support. Is this ok? Hoping there's no interactions. Thanks

I recommend: Not taking the milk thistle. Not enough science evidence to support its use http://health. Dir. Groups. Yahoo. Com/neo/groups/frequent-dose-chelation/conversations/topics/93067. ...Read more

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I'm taking milk thistle in belief that it helps the liver. I've no prior condition but what can I use to supplement the health of the liver?

I'm taking milk thistle in belief that it helps the liver. I've no prior condition but what can I use to supplement the health of the liver?

Many things: At least as important as what you take is what you avoid- minimize exposure to alcohol, drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and environmental toxins. Eat organic food as much as possible ; avoid gmo's. A good multivitamin will help. Many herbs support liver health- see http://bit. Ly/hnwpbr
acupuncture ; homeopathy can help. Consider a liver flush- see http://bit. Ly/hnwpbr. ...Read more

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I hear pills are bad 4 liver but I read milk thistle & reishe mushroom extract are good & they come in pills. Should I take them for high enzymes?

I hear pills are bad 4 liver but I read milk thistle & reishe mushroom extract are good & they come in pills. Should I take them for high enzymes?

See below: While there are reports of milk thistle being beneficial for the liver, the most important thing to do is to find out why the liver enzymes are elevated. Your doctor can help you out with that. ...Read more

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I got milk thistle the real plant from the mountains and I need help in papering it to take it as a liver tonic, what is the recipe or medicinal prep?

Can be dried.: Milk thistle can be taken orally in supplements or in tea
it may cause diarrhea. More rarely, it may cause nausea, bloating, gas, and upset stomach. Women who are breastfeeding or pregnant should avoid using milk thistle.
If you have a ragweed allergy, you should also avoid milk thistle. It may cause a rash or lead to severe allergic reaction. Always tell your doctor before taking. ...Read more

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Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? I've been taking them for over a year and my enzymes are back to normal and us shows no fat. My albium is at 3.5

Perhaps, along with:: Congratulations!
Milk thistle has proven benefits for liver health. Studies have shown milk thistle combined with phosphatidylcholine and Vit E can reduce fat in livers- see http://www. Lef. Org/Protocols/Gastrointestinal/Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease/Page-02
The most important treatment is a low-glycemic diet. See http://www. Naturalnews. Com/036466_NAFLD_natural_treatment. Html ...Read more

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How can I prepare something medicinal for the liver from a fresh milk thistle plant, as a herbal tea or eat it?

How can I prepare something medicinal for the liver from a fresh milk thistle plant, as a herbal tea or eat it?

Very difficult to do: It's cool to do it yourself but the part of the milk thistle plant that's most medicinally active is silymarin, a component extracted from the seeds. It's not water soluble. If the plant has seeds you can add the seeds to some alcohol (like a strong vodka) & let it sit for a few weeks. But it is far easier to buy a silymarin extract! See http://www. Skyeherbals. Com/materia_medica/milk_thistle. Php. ...Read more

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If they found a bit of fatty build up on liver. Is a renew life 1 month liver detox a bad idea? It has milk thistle and dandelion and stuff in it.

Don't know.: Hi, with the current evidence that we have it's not possible to recommend any type of detox for fatty liver. Fat in the liver can be of 2 types nafld ; nash. Nafld is where fat is present but not causing harm and NASH when it's damaging your liver. We don't when nafld turns into NASH or if they r separate entities. See a hepatologist for bld work 2 c if the liver is ok. He can recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I take acuutane. Should I take milk thistle to preserve my liver? And will it cross? Will my liver come back to normal after im done with accutane?

Ask you doctor: Before you introduce any new supplement (or medication) please run it past your dermatologist. Accutane is a serious drug that is tightly regulated and involves regular testing. Your liver values should come back to normal after the course is completed. Good luck! ...Read more

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One of the doctors here is saying that milk thistle can cause hypoglycaemia but I never read about this, I intend to use it as liver tonic. Is it safe?

One of the doctors here is saying that milk thistle can cause hypoglycaemia but I never read about this, I intend to use it as liver tonic. Is it safe?

Very safe but...: There is some exciting research showing milk thistle can significantly lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes but no evidence it lowers sugar in healthy people. If you already have a tendency to hypoglycemia then be cautious. Like
all herbs, it can have occ. Side effects & can interact with meds. See http://ahha. Org/milkthistle. Htm &
http://herbs. Lovetoknow. Com/milk_thistle_supplement. ...Read more

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I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

Well....: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, milk thistle AT BEST has been shown ONLY to lowre the lab values of liver enzymes.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11847735 ...Read more

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Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Can be helpfull: Yes. This can be beneficial but does not replace good liver living. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect from blood and fecal contact when>>. ...Read more

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Can I take milk thistle and uva ursi to help clean nortiptyline out my liver and kidneys faster than half-life?

Can I take milk thistle and uva ursi to help clean nortiptyline out my liver and kidneys faster than half-life?

Not really: Milk thistle and uva ursi won't really speed up processing of nortriptylene. It there some reason you want to do that? If having any trouble with medicine you're taking. I hope you'll discuss with your doctor so that it can be addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have high liver enzymes, got milk thistle in pills would it harm liver if I take them sense pills are bad for liver?

I have high liver enzymes, got milk thistle in pills would it harm liver if I take them sense pills are bad for liver?

Not sure it helps...: The medical literature is quite mixed as to the potential value of milk thistle in treating the liver. Lots of things of course cause elevated liver enzymes, & milk thistle certainly may be of little use for many liver diseases. Talk to your liver specialist if herbal products may benefit your particular liver issue. Also, pills per se are not bad for the liver as long as you use the correct drug! ...Read more

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Can nicotine chewing gum damage your liver? Is milk thistle pills with cholin, completely safe to take for liver Health?

Can nicotine chewing gum damage your liver? Is milk thistle pills with cholin, completely safe to take for liver Health?

Rather safe: Nicotine isn't a particularly concerning chemical in liver disease. If you have to choose your "ills" nicotine gum is safer than smoking cigarettes. Milk thistle, which is often combined with choline, is also relatively well tolerated. It does have some side effects mostly benign gastrointestinal upset (which even a sugar pill can cause).If you don't have liver disease is less clear of a benefit ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more