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Milk Thistle

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Milk thistle is a herb that has numerous health benefits.  It has been in medicinal use for the past many centuries in India.  Ayurveda has extensively used it to cure many liver disorders and other ailments.

It is known as bhat-kataiya in Hindi and its scientific name is Silybummarianum.  This plant gets its name from white fluid that comes out when the leaves of this plant are crushed.

Today milk thistle is scientifically proved to be one of the best medicinal herb and one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world. It is number one recommended natural herb for liver disorders.  In Europe it is a prescribed medication. Apart from liver it has many other health benefits.


  • It increases the production of bile and therefore, eases constipation in individuals who are vulnerable to it.
  • It has been proved that milk thistle helps to lower the levels of cholesterol in the body thus improving the functioning of the heart.
  • Milk thistle extract is prescribed to treat mushroom poisoning, Alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, drug and alcohol induced liver damage.
  • Milk thistle acts like an antioxidant. It must be consumed orally and eating it helps nourish and rejuvenate dead cells.
  • A lot of people are battling with Haemorrhoid and milk thistle can be a good remedy for them. Piles are swollen varicosities that usually emerge in the anal area. Consuming milk thistle gives relief to the swelling.
  • Studies suggest that by adding milk thistle herb to tea one can get cure to hangover as this herb helps to hydrate yourself and flush out all the toxins.
  • As an antioxidant it does wonders to your skin. It helps the skin get healthier and gives a natural glow. It has the ability to refill the dead cells and adds radiance. Supplements sunscreen protection and useful against many types of skin diseases.

  • Consuming this herb on regular basis is known to improve immunity and body becomes stronger to fight off infections and diseases.
  • Due to improper eating habits stomach issues like gas bloating and indigestion often arise. The seeds and leaves of this herb can be consumed on an empty stomach so that all the toxins are flushed out of the body. This facilitates in proper digestion.
  • Milk thistle hinders signs of early aging and contains numerous anti- aging properties. Regular consumption of it helps prevent wrinkles, dark spots and discoloration.
  • Studies have shown that milk thistle has the ability to prevent or slowdown certain cancers. Reduces the cell damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

The benefits of milk thistle can be seen only after consuming it regularly for few days.

Milk thistle is known to be used as food.  Leaves, roots, shoots, the spiny bracts on the flower head, are eaten by boiling, roasting, pickling and a variety of other methods. Research is still going on to know more about this herb.  But all said and done, it is always better to rely on these herbs that are natural, easily available and less harmful to the human body.

The plant is also used for decorative purpose as it is aesthetically pleasing to look with its purple flowers.


By Nibhanapudi Suguna


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