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Uses Of Bull Thistle
I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?
Anyone have any positive feelings towards the regular use of milk thistle? If so, what benefits does it provide?
Liver Healing: First there is no medication to take if the liver is damaged or inflamed. Milk thistle, which has a mixed reputation among scientists, has been used for years world wide to assist in liver healing. I often recommend it to my patients given there is no health damage that would be caused by the use of milk thistle. I would say take it until your liver functions have returned to normal. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
I am 24 years old with unknown cause of elevated liver enzymes for more than 6 months with negative ultrasound can I use milk thistle as a liver tonic?
Yes: However, it is unlikely to benefit you; most studies show no value. Health doesn't come from taking pills. You need to discover the cause. I trust you've been tested for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, and antitrypsin deficiency. Elite athletes tend to run high transaminases & that's healthy. If you're sedentary, think about a new focus on fitness instead. ...Read more
Can we use L-carnitine or vitamin E or selenium or milk thistle as a treatment for idiopathic chronic liver hepatitis of unknown origin?
Yes, also...: All of those are perfectly safe & reasonable to try, but I would make sure the e is natural with mixed tocopherols, as the evidence suggests that synthetic vit e is toxic! selenium often helps with viral infections, as does vit. C. Consider seeing a homeopath & acupuncturist, since conventional medicine has little to offer in this situation. See a holistic doc: http://www. Abihm. Org/search-doctors. ...Read more
Question to hepatologist: can we use l carnitine, vitamin e, selenium, or milk thistle to treat idiopathic chronic ALT of 150 and AST 60 totally idiop?
No...: Elevated lfts are most commonly associated with fatty liver disease. If you have had a comprehensive negative work-up other causative considerations include side effects of medications and supplements you may be taking. The supplements you mention have theoretical health benefits from their anti-oxidant properties but to my knowledge there is no data to support their use in this circumstance. ...Read more
Is it safe for breast cancer survivor to use silymarin supplement found in artichoke and milk thistle? I found some info that it affects estrogen.
Milk thistle ; CA: I agree with info provided by my colleagues. However, some human studies actually show benefit when milk thistle is used alongside breast cancer treatments: http://tinyurl. Com/n3ujy7h there is some preliminary research suggesting that milk thistle extract may have estrogenic effects [ http://www. Pkids. Org/files/milkthistle. Pdf ], but none have been found in the most commonly used preparations. ...Read more
Blessed thistle isn't known to impact kidneys w/ only short term use. However: it does contain tannins.
Chronic tannin use can be associated with stones.
Blessed thistle interacts w/ some medications--elevating levels of some in your bloodstream & decreasing others. If on these medications, taking it may then have an unexpected impact on kidneys. That aside, this herb is felt to be safe overall. ...Read more
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 it is effective for liver disease, heart disease or diabetes. There effective drugs for these problems, why waste time and money on non proven, probably ineffective supplements? ...Read more
Details needed: Insufficient details to give a good answer. We need to know what symptoms and which condition you are concerned about. ...Read more
MIlk Thistle: There are too many different products sold as milk thistle to give you any valid or specific answer. In my practice I always advise my patients to follow the dosing instructions that are on the product they purchase. ...Read more
Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem
Yes: Check out http://www. Drugs. Com/drug-interactions/milk-thistle. Html for a short list of medications that interact w/milk thistle. Also be aware/careful that dietary supplements typically are not regulated by 3rd party so quality control can be problematic eg dose variance, contamination, etc. Be sure to always inform prescribing doctors of all OTC & prescription medications & dietary supplements ...Read more
Commonly fenugreek and blessed thistle are for increasing milk supply. I recommend mother's milk tea. (at health food store)i have had consistent results with that and don't have to worry if it is a good combination...Because it is.
There are acupressure points that can also help increase supply. See a trained practitioner in acupuncture/acupressure for proper instruction. ...Read more
Milk thistle: Http://www. Webmd. Com/heart-disease/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effectsGet a more detailed answer ›
It is common in herbal medicine to combine several different herbs together red clover and milk thistle are commonly combined and can be safely taken together.
See https://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/red-clover
and https://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle
for more about these beneficial herbs. ...Read more
Milk thistle: "Milk thistle may cause allergic skin reactions, bloating, blood clots, collapse, constipation, decreased platelets, diarrhea, eczema, elevated liver enzymes, fever, gas, giddiness, headache, heart attack, heartburn, high bilirubin (a toxic substance) in the blood, hives, impotence, increased creatinine, increased lactate dehydrogenase level, infection, insomnia, irritability, itching, joint pain" ...Read more
Herb frm Daisy plant: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. Some people also call it Mary thistle and holy thistle. Most doctors do not believe it has any proven benefits for liver disease, diabetes or heart disease. The are good, safe and effective medications for these problems. ...Read more
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