Milk Thistle is a flowering plant belonging to the daisy and ragweed family. It is often used in various recipes as an herb or health supplement. The seeds and fruits are used to make various kinds of medicines. These medicines serve various overall health purposes.

Functions of Milk Thistle

  • Milk Thistle if used with other natural herbs works well to treat various stomach infections and disorders.
  • Milk Thistle is considered highly effective in lowering blood sugar problems. As a result it is often used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Milk Thistle is also considered effective in the treatment of gall bladder problems.
  • It is also often used to treat liver problems in patients. That’s because it helps protect the liver from toxins and drugs. When used with other liver medication it can treat several life threatening liver diseases as well. The most common problems treated with milk thistle include cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, gall bladder stones etc.
  • Several doctors suggest the use of Milk Thistle for the treatment of spleen disorders.
  • Milk Thistle is also effective in reducing any swelling or associated problems of the lung.
  • It is often used in the treatment or prevention of malaria too.
  • Milk Thistle can also be used to treat various problems related to menstruation cycles.
  • Milk Thistle is also a natural antioxidant often used in detoxification processes.
  • Milk Thistle is also said to have many anti-inflammatory features.
  • In certain cases, Milk Thistle can help enhance estrogen levels.
  • Milk thistle serves several heart benefits too. It can help lower cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Milk Thistle can also reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells in certain types of cancer like breast, cervical and prostate cancers.
  • Milk Thistle also serves health benefits by acting  as an antioxidant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Milk Thistle is considered safe for use in most age groups.
  • Since it contains a laxative effect, the quantity consumed should be controlled.
  • Sometimes people may suffer from certain side effects like nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea is a common side effect if too much is consumed at a time.
  • Some patients may suffer from severe indigestion or gastrointestinal problems too.
  • Patients may feel bloated as a result of too much consumption of the Milk Thistle in certain cases.
  • Feelings of fullness and pain are also common side effects of the supplement.
  • Some people may suffer from changes in appetite or moods as a result of Milk Thistle consumption.
  • Milk Thistle may also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to certain types of plants like daisies, marigolds and similar plants.
  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid consuming Milk Thistle.
  • If you have a hormone problem it is advisable to avoid Milk Thistle.
  • People who are suffering from fibroids, certain types of cancers, uterus problems etc should avoid consuming Milk Thistle.
  • Milk Thistle may interact with certain kinds of medicine. It is important to consult a doctor before taking Milk Thistle.