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Milk Thistle

Other Names: Milk Thistle, Marian Thistle, Mary Thistle, Blessed Milk Thistle, Mediterranean Milk Thistle, Silybum Marianum
Traditional Usages:  Food, To Assist Digestion, Supportive treatment for Hepatitis A and B, Lowers Blood Fats, Varicose Ulcers, Inflammation of Gall Bladder and Duct, PMS, Candida, Mushroom poisoning, To Assist Liver Functions, Stimulates the production of new liver cells to replace damaged cells, Jaundice, Dropsy, Blood cleanser, Increases breast milk production in nursing mothers, Depression, Mild Laxative
Resources: Mediterranean Region, Europe, US, North America, Australia, Asia
Parts Used: Flower heads, Seeds, fruit.
Administration Method: Powdered herb for making infusions and other natural formulations to be taken orally. 
Herbal Research: Milk Thistle
Health Warning: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Milk Thistle - Herbal remedy for Cysts: Milk thistle destroys the abnormal cells in the body and is a good source of detoxification. Milk thistle capsules may be taken twice in a day to get relief.

Milk Thistle - Herbal remedy for Hepatitis:  Thistle seed preparations are ideal for chronic and post-acute stages of hepatitis, rapidly bringing an improvement in appetite and well-being. It is also used in fatty degeneration and even cirrhosis of the liver. The seeds can be gathered (use gloves) and made into infusions, or ground up and used quite safely as foods. Avoid gathering milk thistle in areas where chemical sprays are used. It can be taken in capsule or alcohol-free extract form. Take 200-400 milligrams three times daily.

Milk Thistle - Herbal remedy for Infertility: Hormones are made in the liver. When the liver is under-functioning due to poor diet and environmental toxins, the hormones will be out of balance as the liver cannot keep up. Supporting the liver helps stimulate elimination of excess estrogen that causes poor ovulation. Milk thistle tea can be made by infusing a third to a half ounce of milk thistle in 2 cups of boiling water for forty-five minutes. Strain and drink one third of the milk thistle tea in three doses per day.

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