Milk thistle for liver

The Silybum marianum plant, which is still called Maryin or milk thistle, was among the Compositae family. Milk thistle grows in North Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus and southern Europe. This is one of the largest and most beautiful thistles. Due to the presence in the plant seeds of a complex of silymarin, consisting of three flavonoids, folk medicine often uses milk thistle for the liver. In addition to silymarin, resins, essential oils and bitterness, fat-soluble vitamins, microelements of copper, selenium and zinc, polyunsaturated fatty acids and quercetin are found in the plant. The milk thyme blooms in late summer, the plant seeds ripen in August-September. In Germany, milk thistles are grown especially in gardens and plantations.

Active substances in the seeds contribute to the restoration of liver function. Used milk thistle for the liver with infectious hepatitis, which, as a rule, is accompanied by jaundice. Milk thistle is a safe herbal medicine. The plant is a part of many hepatoprotectors, which are prescribed for chronic alcohol and toxic liver damage, with cirrhosis and fatty degeneration, as well as toxicosis in pregnant women. It has been proven that silymarin even in a large dose is easily tolerated and does not have side effects, moreover, it efficiently restores damaged hepatic cells. In addition, plant drugs are used to purify blood and body from radiation and toxins after chemotherapy courses.

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Recent studies have confirmed that silymarin reduces the effects on the liver of toxic substances. It has been experimentally proved that even in the case of the action of such a dangerous substance as the poison of green mushroom, silymarin is able to effectively protect liver cells, and also contribute to the restoration of hepatocytes. The results of the studies suggest that milk thistle for the liver is a very effective regenerating and hepatopoetic agent.

Treatment of milk thistle

Of course, today there are many pharmacy products with milk thistle, such as legalon, silibor, karsil, but treatment directly with grass is considered more effective and, moreover, cheaper. Treatment of the thistle liver involves the use of such dosage forms as powder from seeds, decoction of roots and seeds, meal, seed oil, alcohol tincture, effectively and drinking tea from milk thistle.

Tea made from milk thistle

Tea is made from both powdered milk thistle and grass. A teaspoon of grass or powder is poured into 200 ml of boiling water, 20 minutes insist, filter. They drink tea a glass before meals three times a day.


50 g of powder is poured with 1/2 liter of vodka, insist for two weeks. In this case, the tincture should be shaken periodically. Take alcohol tincture of 25 drops with water 4 times a day for 30 minutes.before meals.


30 grams of seeds, powdered, pour half a liter of water and cook on low heat until half the volume boils. To clean the liver, the broth is taken every hour on a tablespoon from 8 in the morning and up to 10 in the evening. The course of treatment continues for three weeks. After a break in two weeks, the course is repeated. Such purification of the liver of thistle is considered effective in hepatitis and chronic intoxication.


To prepare the syrup, the milk thistle seeds are ground into a powder in a coffee grinder.1 teaspoon of powder is taken daily 4 times in 30 minutes.before meals. The powder is washed down with water. Treatment lasts 40 days, after a break of two weeks, the course is repeated, and so until the full recovery.

The seeds of the plant are also made with oil using cold-pressed technology, which has wound healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-burn and hepatoprotective properties. Oil is considered useful in many skin diseases, it is used both externally and internally. Useful and juice from the leaves of the plant, which is recommended as a choleretic, diaphoretic, diuretic, and as an easy laxative.