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Milk Thistle Benefits-Herbal Medicine - Best medicine (Liver Tonic) for liver function damage or live inflammation

Updated on July 10, 2012

Some days back when I visited my doctor, he said that my liver is weak and I need to take care of it. I was bit confused as what I can do about it. At that point of time, I decided to do some research about the possible cause of live dysfunction and it remedies. When I checked with my friends and relatives about the best medicine available around, most of them suggested me to take milk thistle. I read some articles online about milk thistle and I got the information below. Apart from that, I also posted this question (Does Milk Thistle really help in cases of liver dysfunction? ) in Hubpages and got some very good response.

Milk Thistle plant
Milk Thistle plant

Milk Thistle have been called liver tonics for a long long time. Researchers have been studying the biological activity of silymarin for its medical use from 1970s. It has been widely reported to have positive and protective effect on liver functions. Its use have said to cure liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis also known as liver inflammation. Apart from Milk Thistle is also helpful in curing toxic related liver damage including damage from Amanita phalloides or mushroom poisoning and other gall baldder problems.

However various studies have shown different results in different circumstances. Some studies in USA have shown that Milk thistle is not that influential in cases of patient with alcohol or hepatitis B and C diseases. However other researches have shown that milk thistle extracts not only prevent but also repair liver damages from toxic chemicals or medications. In an experiment on Workers who had been exposed to vapors from toxic chemicals for 5-12 years showed significant improvement in liver function tests when given standardized milk thistle extract for a month.

Milk Thistle extract medicine
Milk Thistle extract medicine | Source

Other Benifits of Milk Thistle:

  • It lowers Cholesterol levels
  • It help to reduce insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes
  • It reduce the damage to liver in chemotherapeutic treatment
  • It is used in treatment of diabetic nephropathy.

Other precation you can take:

  • Drink lots of water - A minimum of 8-10 glasses of water each day
  • Do some exercise each day. At least 10 minutes of workout or 30 mins of walk at brisk pace


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