Also Known As
Holy thistle, marythisle, St. Mary's thistle, Marian Thistle, Milk Thistle
Southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Milk Thistle herb has a traditional and modern use as a liver tonic. It encourages the secretion and flow of bile and is therefore an excellent remedy for liver inflammation, the kidneys and the gall bladder. It is an excellent detox aid. It has been used extensively to treat:
Cirrhosis of the liver
Drug / alcohol induced liver damage
Milk thistle is a powerful anti-oxidant and protects the liver cells from toxins. Many medications whilst treating a health condition can put stress on the liver. Milk Thistle has been shown to work at preventing liver damage associated with anti-biotic, anti-depressants, and anti-psychotic medication.
Milk thistle can also be used as part of a detoxifying health program to tonify and nourish an overworked liver.
Milk thistle Herbal tincture-
1:3 extraction ratio
45% alcohol vol.
1-2ml up to 3 times per day
Milk thistle Herbal powder-
1/3 - 2/3 grams Herbal powder up to 3 times per day
Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner