Milk thistle is a tall type of thistle characterized by large purple flower heads and dark green leaves which have white veins. Milk thistle originates from the Mediterranean regions of the world, but throughout the years it has been naturalized in all the other parts of the planet. The botanical name for milk thistle is silybum marianum. It is also sometimes referred to as Marian thistle, St. Mary’s thistle and lady’s thistle.
It has been used for numerous different types of medicinal purposes ever since the times of ancient Greece and Rome. It is a popular belief that milk thistle can be of great help in boosting the production of milk in all breastfeeding mothers. It has also been used very successfully for the prevention and treatment of various different types of liver oriented medical problems ever since the aforementioned ancient times of mankind. Some sources also claim that milk thistle may be very helpful when it comes to carrying off bile. For numerous centuries now, it is a widely known fact that milk thistle can also be very efficient in relieving depression and improving the moods of a person.
One must also be aware of the fact that all herbal remedies can be associated with certain side effects in some cases, but it all varies from person to person. It is definitely a good idea to consult a doctor before using milk thistle for any types of medicinal purposes. All in all, milk thistle may provide the person with various health benefits, but only if it is dosed properly.
Dosage for Milk Thistle for Humans
Most people are not aware of the fact that milk thistle can be associated with certain types of side effects such as impotency, insomnia, weakness and headache. This is why one must make sure that milk thistle is always consumed in appropriate doses. It can be quite a tricky issue, because the FDA or any medical authority have never done any researches or studies which could show the proper amounts of milk thistle which are to be consumed if one is to enjoy its health benefits.
Another issue is that milk thistle in the form of supplements may contains some contaminants which may also lead to the development of certain side effects. Milk thistle can be purchased as tea, dried herb capsules, silymarin phospatidylcholine complex, tincture or liquid extract. Liver treatment requires 280 – 420 mg per day.