Milk Thistle - Useful Properties, Application, Reviews, Composition

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Milk Thistle - Useful Properties, Application, Reviews, Composition
Milk Thistle - Useful Properties, Application, Reviews, Composition

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Milk thistle

Instructions for use:

  1. 1. Description
  2. 2. Application history
  3. 3. Chemical composition
  4. 4. Medicinal properties
  5. 5. Contraindications to treatment

Prices in online pharmacies:

from 37 rubles.


Milk thistle
Milk thistle

Milk thistle is an annual or biennial herb belonging to the Astrov family.


The plant has rather large leaves, glossy, shiny, slightly wavy. On the inflorescences and stems of the plant there are yellow thorns. The plant blooms from July to August. The flowers are purple, pink or red, tubular, numerous, collected in spherical inflorescences-baskets.

The fruits are ovoid achenes of brown or black color with a tuft.

The plant is classified as a weed. Distributed in Europe, Russia, Asia.

As a medicinal raw material, milk thistle fruits are used - seeds without a tuft.

History of milk thistle use

The medicinal properties of milk thistle have been used for over two thousand years. In ancient Rome, milk thistle was used in the treatment of liver diseases, poisoning and as a diuretic.

The first reviews of milk thistle are found in the works of Theophrastus and date back to the 4th century BC. e.

Until the middle of the 20th century, milk thistle was used mainly in folk medicine. In 1968, the biochemical composition of plant seeds was investigated, and silymarin was obtained - a biologically active substance used in the treatment of various diseases. Since 1970, the technology for the industrial production of silymarin has been patented, and it has been registered as a drug.

Chemical composition

The fruits of the plant contain fatty oil, resins, proteins, tannins, mucus, flavonoids, dyes, saponins, alkaloids (taxifolin), flavonolignans (silydianin, silicristin, silybin), tyramine, quercetin, copper, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, K and other micro and macro elements.

Due to the content of about 200 components, the properties of milk thistle are used in the manufacture of many medicines and food supplements.

Medicinal properties of milk thistle

Milk thistle has been used in the treatment of chronic intoxication, food poisoning, gallstones, acquired immunodeficiencies, toxicosis in pregnant women, cough, visual impairment, diabetes mellitus, obesity, jaundice, spleen, liver and cardiovascular diseases.

Positive reviews about milk thistle indicate that it perfectly helps cleanse the blood, liver and the entire body of toxins and radiation. It is used after radiation and chemotherapy, in the treatment of varicose veins, open fractures and ulcers that are difficult to heal.

Numerous studies have confirmed that the use of milk thistle is effective in the treatment of fatty degeneration, hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, and in case of chlorine poisoning, it has a high protective effect.

Milk thistle extract for the liver
Milk thistle extract for the liver

Plant-based preparations (Karsil, Legalon, Silibor, Bongigar) promote the elimination of bile from the body, improve the motor and secretory functions of the gastrointestinal tract and protect the liver from negative factors. They are prescribed for obesity, chronic diseases of the biliary tract, gallbladder and liver. Reviews of milk thistle indicate that preparations based on it help with hypertension, atherosclerosis, alcoholism, chemical and food poisoning, hypovitaminosis, anemia, drug addiction, as well as chronic fatigue, depression and stress.

Contraindications to the treatment of milk thistle

Milk thistle treatment is contraindicated for appendicitis, diarrhea, calculous cholecystitis, pancreatitis, hepatic and renal colic, reflex disease, as well as for individual intolerance.

Some experts believe that milk thistle is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Milk thistle: prices in online pharmacies

Drug name



Life Line Milk Thistle Powder 100g 1pc

RUB 37


ZdravCity Milk Thistle & Oats Triple Liver Support Capsules 30 pcs.

184 r


Milk thistle Extra capsules 30 pcs.

189 r


Milk thistle Maximum 0.5 g tablets 40 pcs.

215 RUB


Milk thistle extract-Vis capsules 0.4 g 40 pcs.

222 r


Information about the drug is generalized, provided for informational purposes only and does not replace the official instructions. Self-medication is hazardous to health!

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