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How to use milk thistle drops?

As directed: Use it as directed on the bottle. Usual daily dose is 12 to 15 g of whole or powdered fruit or 200 to 420 mg of milk thistle. ...Read more

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I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

Milk Thistle SE's: GI upset and a laxative effect have sometimes occurred with Milk Thistle.
Sorry - I can tell you how much to use per cup. ...Read more

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Anyone have any positive feelings towards the regular use of milk thistle? If so, what benefits does it provide?

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

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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'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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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 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

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Can we use L-carnitine or vitamin E or selenium or milk thistle as a treatment for idiopathic chronic liver hepatitis of unknown origin?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Blessed thistle safe for kdney stones?

Blessed thistle safe for kdney stones?

Neutral: 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

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Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

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 length. ...Read more

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Can and should milk thistle be taken longterm?

No: A large nih funded clinical trial dailed to show any benefit of using milk thistle for hepc. It doesnot help but probably harmless. ...Read more

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How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

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 protection human studies are lacking. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Yes: But why would you do so. It's of no proven medical value and can cause diarrhea and other adverse events. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with milk thistle?

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 they want to put in it. ...Read more

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How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

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 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

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Can milk thistle make symptoms worse before they get better?

Details needed: Insufficient details to give a good answer. We need to know what symptoms and which condition you are concerned about. ...Read more

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Question for the holistic folks: what is a good daily dose of milk thistle?

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

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Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem

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

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Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Fenugreek: 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

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Can you take red clover with milk thistle?

Yes: 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

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Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Milk thistle: Milk thistle is a herb that supposed to lower cholesterol and help in liver disease. Taken over time it can cause diarrhea and bloating. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of milk thistle?

What are the side effects of milk thistle?

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

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What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

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