Orally, the fruit and seed of Milk Thistle are used as:
A Liver Protectant Treating toxic liver damage caused by alcohol and chemicals Supportive therapy for chronic inflammatory liver disease Hepatic Cirrhosis Bile Duct Inflammation Chronic Hepatitis Gall Bladder complaints Diseases of the Spleen Supportive treatment for liver damage caused by Amanita Phalloides mushroom poisoning
Milk Thistle consists of four Flavanolignans: Silybin, Isosilybinin, Silichristin and Silidianin.
These constituents exhibit liver-protective and antioxidant effects.
The theraputic activity of Silymarin is based on two actions:
The first is an alteration of the outer cell membrane that Prevents Toxic Penetration. The second involves stimulation of polymerases which result in Liver Regeneration.
Caution: Milk Thistle can cause an allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to the Asteraceae Compositae family IE: Ragweed, Chrysanthemums, Marigolds, Daisys and other herbs.