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Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Definition:
Milk thistle has a long history of use as an extraordinary liver rejuvenant. Ancient dioscorides used it to reverse the poisoning effect of a snakebite. Today, European doctors use intravenous applications of milk thistle for mushroom poisoning, which destroys liver tissue and causes death. It has an impressive track record as a liver tonic and protectant.

Applications:
Cirrhosis, hepatitis, diabetes, free radical protection, gallstones, chronic fatigue, jaundice, kidney congestion, liver damage, kidney disease, poisoning and psoriasis.

Scientific Updates:
In experiments, silymarin, the primary component of milk thistle, was given to test subjects before a deadly mushroom amanita toxin was ingested. It was 100 percent effective in preventing liver toxicity. Studies have shown that taking milk thistle has resulted in a pronounced reduction of cholesterol in the bile which helps to prevent gallbladder disease. Recent studies point to milk thistle as a possible therapy for psoriasis.

Complementary Agents:
Dandelion, bioflavonoids, grape seed or pine bark proanthocyanidins, turmeric, artichoke, schizandra, vitamin E, selenium, germanium, marine lipids, essential fatty acids and psyllium.

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