This is the first chapter of 10 herbs from Graeco-Arabic Medicine series.
What is milk thistle?
Milk thistle is a lowering plant related to the plant family like daisy. It is native in Mediterranean countries and is used to make natural remedies.
What is milk thistle used for?
Different parts of milk thistle can be applied to different conditions. It is used as a natural treatment for liver problems including cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders. People also use it for lowering cholesterol levels.
Does milk thistle work?
Evidence has shown that traditional treatment using milk thistle can actually improve diabetes by lowering the blood sugar levels in human bodies. There are some studies showing milk thistle can help with heart disease, but the result is not conclusive, and more research is needed.
How do you take milk thistle?
You can take milk thistle orally by taking supplements, drinking tea with milk thistle, or taking with other herbs.
What are the side effects?
Milk thistle is likely safe for most people. Moderate and rare side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, bloating, gas, and upset stomach.