As far as herbal medicines go, the use of milk thistle can be traced back to a few thousand years and may have been used to treat snake bites on small children. The plant is harvested for medicinal purposes through the leaves and parts that grow above the ground. However, it is the milk thistle seed extract that experiences higher usage. Blocking and removing toxins from causing harm to the liver and its cells make milk thistle a good choice. Some users have suggested that the extract from the plant may produce similar effects to estrogen, which could be why it is being used for menopause.
Using Milk Thistle
There are a few variations to this herbal remedy such as the way it is introduced to the patient. For instance, the leaves from the plant could easily be combined with your meal as part of a salad. For medicinal purposes, coffee bean can be substituted with the (roasted) seeds from the milk thistle plant. Milk thistle is offered in powder form to add to your favorite beverage. Individuals who prefer the customary tablet will also take the herb by mouth. There is no prescription necessary to reap the benefits of milk thistle; however, it is in your best interest to consult with your doctor before adding it to your diet. There are no known problems when taking milk thistle with food, even so, medications prescribed for liver health should be monitored.
Could Be Used To Treat
● Patients suffering with diabetes, specifically type 2.
● Combined with other treatments for cancer-related issues like prostate and cervical.
● Healthy heart through lower cholesterol.
● Issues with the liver.
What You Should Know
There are very few concerns when it comes to the side effects of milk thistle. Some of the complaints that users have noted are related to the stomach and may involve an upset stomach. It is also possible to experience a feeling of being bloated with gas. On a rare occasion nausea and diarrhea may be included as part of the side effects. The similarity to estrogen suggests that women who have endometriosis or fibroid tumors should not use this herbal remedy. Women who are nursing newborn babies should also avoid milk thistle. There is also some concern about allergic reactions for people who generally respond negatively to ragweed. It should be noted that reactions are different based upon the individual. If you are uncertain about possible side effects consult your primary-care physician immediately.