Remedy: Milk thistle
Milk thistles (silybum marianum, silybum eburneum, cardo mari or St. Mary's Thistle) are flowering plants of the daisy family (asteraceae). They are native to the Mediterranean regions of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The mottled leaves contain a milky sap. The roots, leaves, flowers and seeds can all be eaten.
The seeds of milk thistle have been used by herbalists for centuries to treat liver diseases and to assist the liver with detoxification. Milk thistle is regarded as a liver tonic; it has a protective effect on the liver and improves its function. It is used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), toxin-induced liver damage (including the prevention of severe liver damage mushroom poisoning), and gallbladder disorders.
Milk thistle is available as pills, capsules or as a tincture. A tincture is the result of soaking milk thistle in alcohol. It is higher quantity and better absorbed than capsules or tablets. The tincture contains so little alcohol that when taken in a glass of water or however recommended, it is not enough to affect most people in any way.
Milk Thistle can be taken for long periods of time with safety, except for women who are / want to be pregnant or those with complex immune disorders such as HIV. As with most herbs and other supplements, do not take it indefinitely. Take a break every couple of weeks or months, say three weeks / months on and then one off it.
Comment posted by shek of sydney, NSW, Australia on 15 November 2011 at 12:14 528
Extract from milk thistles, makes a tea, it detoxes the liver and helps clear the skin