Label: Beneficial Botanicals
Botanical Name: Silybum marianum
Other Names: Blessed Milk Thistle (not to be confused with Blessed Thistle), Scotch Thistle, Holy Thistle, Lady's Thistle, Mary's Thistle
Parts Used: seeds
Our Milk Thistle Seed Powder is fine ground, suitable for making capsules. One 4 oz bag will make approximately 200 capsules, size "00".
Cholagogic / Tonic / Galactogogue / Alterative
promotes the regeneration of diseased liver cells
antioxidant liver detox for Lyme disease bartonella bacteria
antioxidant liver detox for drug induced damage
only known antidote to mushroom poisoning (Amanita phalloides)
Hepatitis C virus inhibitor
preventative and support to reverse liver damage from toluene and/or xylene
taken to help reduce liver damaging effects of chemotherapy
Milk Thistle Seed powder contains a flavonoid complex known as silymarin (70%-80%), which is the component responsible for all of the herb's purported medical benefits, the checmical extracted from the seeds. Silymarin is a group of flavonoids: silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin.
The primary use of Milk Thistle seed is for liver detox and the repair of damage caused by drug and alcohol abuse. It may be used in a detox treatment for other toxins and to reduce inflammation in the liver from hepatitis. Milk Thistle seed is also the only known natural antidote to mushroom poisoning (Amanita phalloides) when given within 10 minutes of ingestion. Other uses reported include reduction of insulin resistance, heartburn, kidney damage, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Known Dosage (for Adults):
According to the references cited, the average dosage is 210 mg (approx 1/4 teaspoon) taken two times per day for a total of 420 mg in a day. Documentation suggests that Milk Thistle Seed can be taken long term --as long as 4 to 6 years-- but not at therapeutic dosage levels.
Milk Thistle Seed is generally regarded as safe except when combined with certain drugs (see list below) as it may increase the metabolism of some drugs. People with a history of hormone related cancers, including breast, uterine, and prostate cancer, should not take Milk Thistle Seed unless approved by a professional healthcare provider. Do not take this herb if you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, or daisies.
Possible unwanted effects, though not common, are mild and may involve stomach upset with or without diarrhea.
Antipsychotics - including butyrophenones (such as haloperidol) and phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, and promethazine)
Phenytoin (Dilantin) - a medication used for seizures
Halothane - a medication used during general anesthesia
Hormone Prescriptions - birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
Because Milk Thistle is broken down by the same liver enzymes as the following medicines, it is not recommended that you take it while taking the following drugs.
Allergy drugs - such as fexofenadine (Allegra)
Drugs for high cholesterol - including statins such as lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor)
Anti-anxiety drugs - including alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (ativan)
Anti-platelet and anti-coagulant drugs (blood thinners) - including clopidogrel (Plavix) and warfarin (Coumadin)
Some cancer drugs
Drugs that need to be metabolized by the liver
"The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Eerything You Need to Know About Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatments" by Alan Keith Tillotson Ph.D. publisher: Kensington; First edition(July 1, 2001)
University of Maryland Medical Center Online
PFAF.org, Science Direct
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