Herbal medicine has been a staple of integrative therapy for a long time. Herbal medicines use the roots, stems, leaves, berries, bark, flowers, or seeds in order to treat medical issues. While for many years it was seen as “alternative,” it is rapidly becoming much more accepted as a reputable part of an integrative medical practice. Many herbs used today were the basis for the western medicines that are widely used around the world. One of the most popular herbal treatments is milk thistle seeds.
Milk Thistle Seeds
The milk thistle plant is native to the Mediterranean where its leaves, stems, and flowers are eaten to promote health. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine. Milk thistle seeds have been used for thousands of years for its potent healing benefits, particularly for the liver. The seeds contain a high concentration of a compound called silymarin, an antioxidant that reduces free radicals and the binding of toxins to the liver. Some of the conditions this amazing herbal treatment help are-
- Alcoholic liver disease
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
It has been shown to help these conditions without causing serious side effects or drug interactions. Milk thistle seeds have also been shown to improve certain types of cancer. It can be taken in combination with other botanical medicines orally in a supplement or it can be made into a tea.
Milk thistle seeds are just one of the many treatments we use at our center for holistic medicine. Some other treatments that might be used include-
An integrative medical practice unites traditional and alternative treatments along with the body and the mind. While this type of practice uses the best of conventional therapy it also respects the body’s ability to heal. An integrative physician works with the patient to achieve the goals they are looking for. Using conventional therapies and alternative treatments brings the best of both worlds together in order to obtain optimal health and well-being.