Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a purple flowering plant that you often see along the freeways, in open pastures, fields of crops and unhindered pathways. In some countries, such as California and Washington, milk thistle is considered a damaging weed.

The use of milk thistle as a herbal medicine has a history older than 2000 years. Native to the Mediterranean region, but nowadays around the world, milk thistle is one of the most researched herbs for cleansing and liver support – but it’s much more. It is thought that its main active compound, silymarin, is responsible for many of its beneficial effects, including liver protection and antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here’s what milk thistle can do for you

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a common neuropsychiatric disease that is often treated with prescription drugs. Many patients, however, can not tolerate the side effects of these drugs or medicines lose their effectiveness after a while. One study found that milk thistle could provide an alternative treatment that proved to be effective as Fluoxetine, a drug commonly used to treat CSOs.

Hepatitis C

In the past few years, an alarming increase in the number of adults seeking liver transplantation due to hepatitis C has been reported. To date, there is no effective treatment for chronic hepatitis C, as interferon and antiviral drugs work only for 30% of patients. Moreover, liver transplantation can be very painful, and extremely expensive. But there is hope. Researchers from the Integrated Medical Center in New Mexico successfully treated three patients with hepatitis C alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle (silymarin) and selenium. All three patients avoided liver transplantation and are rapidly recovering from a life-threatening viral infection.

Cancer

Multiple scientists have discovered that milk thistle has effects against prostate cancer. Patients treated with milk and selenium showed a significant reduction in specific antigen prostate (PSA). Elevated levels of PSA may indicate prostate cancer. In 2010, Chinese researchers studied the effect of another flavonoid in silibinin. Their data revealed that the strong anti-cancer properties of silibinin inhibited the growth, invasion, and metastasis of prostate cancer cells. In addition to the fight against prostate cancer, milk thistle can be useful in treating or preventing colon cancer, colorectal, oral and skin cancer. Moreover, it can have positive effects on cancer metastasis and cancer drug toxicity.


Rosacea

Rosacea is an inflammatory condition of the skin that can be difficult to treat. While most patients never heard of this natural treatment, the combination of milk thistle and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) showed some amazing results. Applying a cream containing silymarin (concentrated extract of milk cyst) and MSM resulted in improved hydration and skin color, and the reduction of redness, itching, and acne.
Inflammation – Chronic inflammation is guilty of many of our modern diseases. According to some scientists, silymarin surpasses piroxicam (Felden) when it comes to reducing inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
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