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What is milk thistle?


Uses of milk thistle

Silybum marianum (milk thistle) has been used as an herbal remedy for about 2,000 years. Studies have shown that milk thistle protects the liver and gallbladder from chemical damage. Thanks to its purported ability to protect the liver, it has typically been used to treat toxin-based liver damage, cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation).

Side effects of milk thistle

Milk thistle has few reported side effects. Some people have reported minor side effects such as a mild laxative effect, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, sweating, weakness, or a mild rash. The side effects from the milk thistle usually go away within two to three days as therapy is continued.

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