It’s spring cleaning time and that includes detoxing your body (learn more here)! One of the main organs involved in the body’s natural detoxification process is the liver so it’s important to make sure it’s functioning at its best and to give it a boost, if needed. This month’s featured herb is Silybum marianum, better known as milk thistle, here are some facts:
What does it do?
Milk thistle has many different actions, several of which are related to liver function. It optimizes liver function, improves its ability to detoxify and protects it from damage. It also protects the kidneys and can prevent ulcers, and improve digestion. It is also useful in women’s health for stimulating milk production, to address certain uterine conditions and to regulate menstrual periods.
What is it used for?
Milk thistle can be used in a detox plan to help support the process. It is also used as part of a plan to address different types of hepatitis and fatty liver. This herb is also useful in cases of indigestion, loss of appetite, stomach ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. It has also been used in women with poor milk production or who have light or no menstrual periods.
Milk thistle is available as a single herbal supplement or in combination with other natural ingredients. It can be made into a tea or taken in capsule, tablet or tincture form. It is considered safe when used as recommended by your healthcare provider. It is important to consult with your naturopathic doctor before using milk thistle to make sure it’s an appropriate supplement for you and won’t interact with other medications or natural products you are talking or with underlying medical conditions.