Re: [MOL] Milk Thistle for the Liver [00296] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Milk Thistle for the Liver



Suzanne, I don't use the Milk Thistle daily, about every other day.... do
not know a thing about DHEA, I am somewhat hesitant as there can be
reactions between both naturals and man made drugs.  My doctor is all for
Vitamins and Herbs; but told me not to let people know, that it is against
what Doctors believe in for the most part.  He also just told me it is
better to take the liquid vitamins as it easier to digest and doesn't go
straight through you, also does not hang in the liver for long.....lillian



----- Original Message -----
From: suzanne new <susienew@flash.net>
To: <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 1999 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] Milk Thistle for the Liver


> Thanks for the article. I started to take Milk Thistle while I was
> taking chemo, I will continue to take it as long as I am on Tamoxifen. I
> passed it by my onc before I started to take it, he said it was OK but
> really didn't know much about it. I will take this article with me the
> next time I see him. I guess we need to educate most doctors when it
> comes to alternative medicine. Do you have any information on DHEA? I
> have been reading several articles on it but undecided about safty  and
> benefits.
> Suzanne
>
> > Lillian wrote:
> >
> > The seed of the milk thistle plant contains high levels of silymarin,
> > a flavonoid complex with very potent liver protective action.
> > Silymarin can prevent liver damage from a variety of toxins. It works
> > by inhibiting factors that cause liver damage and stimulates the
> > growth of new liver cells. Silymarin is a potent antioxidant,
> > protecting the liver from damage by free radical molecules. It also
> > increases glutathione levels in the liver -- glutathione acts to
> > detoxify hormones, drugs and chemicals. And silymarin inhibits the
> > formation of liver-damaging leukotrienes, preventing inflammation and
> > damage of the liver cells. Most remarkable is silymarin's ability to
> > stimulate the production of new liver cells to replace damaged ones.
> > In experimental studies, silymarin has been shown to protect the liver
> > from damage by such toxic chemicals as carbon tetrachloride, alcohol
> > and the Amanita mushroom toxin.
> >
> > Clinical studies with silymarin have shown it is effective in treating
> > a number of liver conditions, including cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis
> > and fatty liver from alcohol intake. Even severely damaged livers were
> > restored to normal cell structure with long-term use of silymarin.
> >
> > Milk thistle is a very good supplement for an ex-drinker to help
> > restore the normal structure and function of the liver. The dose of
> > milk thistle is based on silymarin content; 70-210mg of silymarin
> > should be taken three times a day. Look for a product that has a
> > standardized amount of silymarin per capsule.
> >
> > Studies have shown that milk thistle extracts are essentially
> > non-toxic. Because silymarin causes an increase in bile secretion,
> > large doses may cause loose stools. This can be prevented by the use
> > of fiber, such as psyllium or pectin.
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