Description. In many cultures of the world, milk thistle is revered as the most powerful medicinal plant. The biological effects of milk thistle include pronounced protection and restoration of liver cells. It is also an antioxidant that has a detoxifying effect. Milk thistle stimulates the production of milk. Milk thistle restores liver cells damaged by toxins and stimulates the growth of new cells, has an anti-inflammatory effect, and neutralizes toxic substances in the body (exposure to alcohol, carcinogens, peroxides fats, preservatives, dyes contained in food). Milk thistle is a choleretic agent that cleanses the liver and bile ducts, stops the inflammatory process, and improves liver function. Milk thistle preparations improve the production and excretion of bile, the secretory and motor functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and increase the protective properties of the liver against infections and poisoning. Milk thistle is recommended for treating hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholangitis, and dixinesia. The plant helps to deal with problems such as disorders of the liver and gallbladder, cholelithiasis, cirrhosis, dystrophy, pancreatitis, cholecystitis, hepatitis, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and others.
Use. Milk thistle has long been widely used as a remedy for many diseases. An infusion of milk thistle seeds restores the liver, improves digestion, is used to neutralize toxic substances and toxins that have entered the body, stimulates protein synthesis, and strengthens cell membranes. Milk thistle is taken as a preventive measure against liver diseases. Fatty oils in the composition of seeds promote wound healing, help to lose weight, relieve inflammation, normalize metabolism, and neutralize hepatitis C. To prepare a decoction, simmer 30 grams of ground seeds over low heat in 0.5 liters of water until half of the water boils away. Take 1 tablespoon one hour after meals. The course of treatment is normally 1-2 months.