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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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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With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

Unknown: as to whether they are effective. There are studies on both sides of this issue, and the majority of studies have not shown efficacy of either medication in preventing the progression or promoting the improvement of liver inflammation. This is particularly true with vitamin E, where all studies have shown lack of efficacy. A few studies of milk thistle have shown small improvements, but most not. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

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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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

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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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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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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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