Thursday, May 13, 2010
HERB OF THE MONTH
Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle)
Milk Thistle is having quite its day lately, and rightfully so!
Current scientific research supports its use, showing that its constituents protect liver cells from chemical damage. The liver plays such a vital role in the body as a cleanser and detoxifier of all things... well... toxic!
The herb is indicated for a whole range of liver and gallbladder conditions, including hepatitis and cirrhosis. It helps increase the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder.
As well, as the name implies, milk thistle promotes milk secretion and is safe for use during breast-feeding to help promote milk secretion. (*be sure to check with your ND, however, as exceptions always apply!)
The research shows that it is the property of Milk Thistle called 'silymarin' that has this protective effect on liver cells.
It is the seeds of the plant that are used therapeutically and it is generally taken either in tincture or capsule format.