Medicinally, milk thistle has been in use for more than 2000 years, mostly for the treatment of gallbladder and liver disorders such as jaundice, cirrhosis and hepatitis. Some of the milk thistle benefits and side effects are discussed below. There are claims that milk thistle can also assist diabetic people especially those with type 2 diabetes by enhancing insulin resistance. In addition, milk thistle also helps individuals with liver cirrhosis in addition to providing heart benefits by reducing levels of cholesterol, hence helping in decreasing the probability of developing a heart condition .Some studies have indicated that milk thistle may provide possible benefits to individuals whose livers have been damaged by industrial toxins like xylene and toluene. The active ingredient in milk thistle is known as silymarin and comes from the plant’s seeds.
Nevertheless, milk thistle leads to few if any side effects. Research indicates that milk thistle is safe if taken up to 41 months. Some of the side effects caused by milk thistle comprise of diarrhea and might rarely result in stomach upsets, nausea, gas and bloating. Those with ragweed allergy must also not take milk thistle since it might result in a severe allergic reaction or a rash.
Alternative medicine treatment
Ozone therapy has been comprehensively studied and used for several decades. Atmospheric ozone is known to be toxic especially when inhaled in huge amounts from air that has been polluted. When ozone therapy is utilized in controlled quantities for medical purposes, its safety has not been researched adequately to know what side effects it may lead to. During and after ozone therapy patients have been known to experience side effects. The following are the common ozone therapy side effects:
- Slight dizziness
- General weakness
- Sleepiness that may last for some time and
- Lastly some possible skin reactions such as nettle rash may result.
Risks of bone marrow transplant
Generally, the side effects of stem cell transplant will mainly depend on the kind of chemotherapy drugs utilized, kind of transplant employed, overall health of the patient and the kind of radiation therapy provided before the operation. Nevertheless, the following are the common side effects of stem cells transplant; bleeding, infection, anemia, hair and skin problems, graft rejection, kidney failure, eye problems, heart problems, thyroid problems, muscle and nerve problems, pain, lung problems, second cancer, fertility problems, bladder problems, developmental problems, CNS problems, digestive system problems, veno-occlusive disease, capillary leak syndrome, inflammation of the parotid gland, engraftment syndrome and graft-versus-host disease. A patient should inform his/her physician if they experience any of the side effects as soon as possible. This is because the earlier you report; the sooner they will suggest and come up with ways to assist in dealing with the side effect so reported.