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(Milk thistle – Silybum marianum)

My favourite herb to use for liver heath, digestive upsets especially nausea and appetite sensitivities. Can even ease a ‘hangover’ if taken the night before

Grows wild here in southwest England.
In herbal medicine we us it for its amazing actions on the liver which are Hepatoprotective (protecting the liver and help the liver work more effectively naturally)
It is also Hepatotrophorestorative (helps liver restore itself), anti-oxidant and choleretic (stimulates the release of bile from the gall bladder).

Silymarin are flavanolignans, which are the active constituents of this remarkable liver herb. It is one of the most important liver protective herbs and will help stimulate bile flow. As the name suggests, breastfeeding mothers can also take this herb to promote healthy milk.
St Mary’s thistle has been used for thousands of years and is even mentioned in the Bible. I have found it to be extremely helpful with patients suffering from liver damage, fatty liver, cirrhosis of the liver, hemochromatosis, hepatitis A, B and C, gall stones, digestive deficiencies (especially nausea), vomiting, poor appetite, loose stools and bloating. It acts as a demulcent to soothe irritated or inflamed internal tissue.
I use this herb for most of my patients that suffer from chronic stealth infections such as Lyme disease and chronic fatigue from infections.
It is beneficial for patients prior to starting a detox so they are able to detox more effectively.
Safety: Some say this herb cannot be used with certain medications such as Malarone, however, I cannot find any evidence to support this. I still use this herb when patients are on antibiotics and ensure I keep an eye on their symptoms.