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Milk Thistle (silybum marianum)
The primary personality of this herb is protection. It is also known to focus on detail, so it protects the fine details within the body such as small capillary beds.
It works on all capillary beds, but it’s center of gravity is on the capillary beds in the liver, hence it has been used as a medicine for many liver issues.
Many liver issues have their roots in emotions such as anger, jealousy, envy, and competition. Milk Thistle is said to work on these emotions as well, thus helping to heal the emotional causes of some liver issues.
Milk Thistle grows abundantly and is an edible plant. Remove the flower, and spikes from the stock, and you have a great survival food.
The parts used are primarily the seeds, but concentrates of the whole herb are also used. Typically Milk Thistle is used in powder or capsule form, and not as a tincture.
It is not highly absorbable by the body, and is estimated that 20-30% of the herb is absorbed. Taking this herb on an empty stomach will help to increase absorption. It’s peak effect is at 6-8 hours after consumption.
Milk Thistle has been used:
as a liver tonic,
to treat diabetes,
hepatitis B and C,
protect to the kidneys,
In cases of OCD,
And even in Cancer Treatment.
Many studies have been done on Milk Thistle, as it is used in Europe as a pharmaceutical.
It’s herbal action: hepatic tonic, promotes lactation, demulcent, astringent, bitter, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, emmenagogue, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic.
It has no toxicity, though some people may have allergic reactions to thistle seeds.
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