Milk Thistle Seed Tincture
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Botanical Name: Silybum marianum
Other Names: Blessed Milk Thistle, Scotch Thistle, Holy Thistle, Lady's Thistle
Parts Used: seeds
Tincture Ratio: 1:1
liver detox for Lyme disease bartonella bacteria
liver detox for drug induced damage
only known antidote to mushroom poisoning (Amanita phalloides)
Hepatitis C virus inhibitor
prevent and repair damage to the liver from toluene and/or xylene
reduce liver damaging effects of chemotherapy
The Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is the only known antidote to mushroom poisoning classified as Amanita phalloides and is the most researched plant for the treatment of liver disease. Dr. Weill's site on alcoholism notes that European research has shown Milk Thistle Seed to stimulate the regeneration of liver cells and protect them from toxic injury.
Active Phytochemicals: The tincture of Milk Thistle contains approximately 80% silymarin, the chemical extracted from the seeds. Silymarin is a group of flavonoids: silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin.
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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 the only known natural antidote to mushroom poisoning (Amanita phalloides) when given within 10 minutes of ingestion.
Known Dosage (for Adults)
According to "The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook" a tincture regimen of 20 to 40 drops, three times daily, is recommended. Milk Thistle seed can be taken long term, as long as 4 to 6 years. For specific dosages, depending on the intended use, see Mayo Clinic on-line for more detailed dosage instructions.
Milk Thistle seed is generally regarded as safe except when combined with certain drugs (see list below). Milk Thistle seed should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women. People with a history of hormone related cancers, including breast, uterine, and prostate cancer, should not take milk thistle. Do not take milk thistle if you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, or daisies.
Possible side effects are mild and may involve stomach upset and 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 the tincture while taking these 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: Everything 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
PFAF.org, Science Direct
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This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.