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Holistic and alternative med needed.I got a fresh milk thistle plant from the mountains. How do I prepare it at home to benefit from its antioxidants?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not easy but...

While you can do this, it takes a lot of time ; energy.
The greatest benefits are from the seeds. You need to remove ; dry the seeds ; then crush them to make a tea or tincture or eat the seeds. See http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.Wordpress.Com/2010/07/12/how-to-harvest-milk-thistle/ ; http://www.Ehow.Com/how_7103067_prepare-milk-thistle.Html ; http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21817.

In brief: Not easy but...

While you can do this, it takes a lot of time ; energy.
The greatest benefits are from the seeds. You need to remove ; dry the seeds ; then crush them to make a tea or tincture or eat the seeds. See http://survivingthemiddleclasscrash.Wordpress.Com/2010/07/12/how-to-harvest-milk-thistle/ ; http://www.Ehow.Com/how_7103067_prepare-milk-thistle.Html ; http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21817.
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Go slow with it

Most of the alternative medicines do not do a whole lot of good for you.
So i would not spend too much money for things whose benefit is not scientifically proven. What are you trying to treat/prevent? Antioxidents are blown out of reality in their benefits. I doubt that you benefit much from such things.

In brief: Go slow with it

Most of the alternative medicines do not do a whole lot of good for you.
So i would not spend too much money for things whose benefit is not scientifically proven. What are you trying to treat/prevent? Antioxidents are blown out of reality in their benefits. I doubt that you benefit much from such things.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Legha, saying most alternative medicines don't do much good is a blanket statement not supported by scientific evidence. I fully agree one should utilize treatments with good evidence, but there are literally thousands of quality studies in the peer-reviewed literature demonstrating the benefits of many herbs (including milk thistle), acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, meditation etc.
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