Milk Thistle and Liver Health

Milk thistle is known to be one of the greatest herbs for liver health and support. It has been known to help with liver cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis and gallbladder disorders. It is also great for detoxing the liver by absorbing toxins and chemicals that would otherwise be dangerous. Of course we know that the liver’s function is to help us detox and filter out the chemicals on its own but it has significantly less strain if we add in a little milk thistle to our diet. It has many names including Blessed Thistle, St. Mary’s Thistle or Mary’s Thistle. Its a beautiful flower shining colors of purple and pink hues and it is more common than we think!

Milk thistles active properties include:

  • Bitter (Stimulates the digestive process through the taste of bitter and contact with gastrointestinal tissue, stimulates upper gastrointestinal tract functions. Also stimulates appetite, general health and immune function.)
  • Cholagogue (Promotes the discharge of bile down and out of the system, through the intestines, by contraction of the gall bladder.)
  • Depurative (Aids in detoxification and elimination of metabolic waste.)
  • Estrogenic (Causing an effect similar to the activity of an estrogen without actually being/containing an estrogen.)
  • Galactagogue (Increases milk production.)

All of these properties of the milk thistle show to be beneficial, but the light mostly shines on its elimination abilities. Milk thistle helps to support and regenerate the liver cells and that makes it an important herb to include when experiencing liver disease such as cirrhosis.

Although much like the Dandelion in its active components, milk thistle shows to have some estrogen like actions, making it a potential herbal remedy to women who are going through menopause. On the other hand, if there is a hormonal imbalance with too much estrogen such as PCOS the use of this herb should be avoided, or used short term.

If you are considering taking milk thistle to help with liver complications make sure you find a good quality organic supplement or tea to take regularly. Always check with a holistic practitioner or do more research if your looking to take milk thistle with other medications as it does appear to lower cholesterol.

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful happy healing day ❀

** This was written for information only..

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