Traditional Research | Thistles Compound

Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum)*

Contains silymarin flavonoid complex which is an antihepatotoxin used to prevent and treat liver damage from chemical, agricultural, viral or mushroom poisoning. It is indicated for cirrhosis of the liver, psoriasis and hepatitis A, B, C and D. Milk Thistle also acts as a cholagogue and a galactogogue (stimulates bile flow and breast milk flow).

Dandelion fresh root (Taraxacum officinalis)*

An excellent bitter tonic that stimulates hydrochloric acid, bile, liver, pancreatic and small intestine enzymes. It is indicated for chronic constipation due to poor digestionóclay colored stools, poor fat metabolism and sluggish liver function. A rich source of inulin and fructoligerosaccharides (FOS), Dandelion root stimulates the growth of healthy bowel flora.

Blessed Thistle fresh herb (Cnicus benedictus)*

An intense bitter that acts as a digestive stimulant, cholagogue and febrifuge. It increases stomach, small intestine and liver activity, and in this capacity is especially useful for the convalescent elderly. Blessed Thistle is effective in treating liver stagnation, poor fat metabolism and rebellious qi (hiatus hernia, regurgitation of bile, hiccoughs).

Watercress fresh herb (Nasturtium officinale)*

An aquatic plant, is a nutritional powerhouse. A rich source of carotenoids, minerals, vitamin C and antibacterial mustard oils, Watercress is a cholagogue stimulating liver and gall bladder function and activity. It is used for stagnant liver qi, biliousness and poor fat metabolism. Watercress also strengthens the lungs, acts as an antiseptic expectorant and antiasthmatic agent.

Turmeric fresh rhizome (Curcuma longa)*

Useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic in treatment of arthritis, colitis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and bursitis. It is also an antihepatotoxin, cholagogue, anti-protozoal, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Turmeric lowers blood pressure and acts as an emmenagogue for use in amenorrhea.

Oregon Grape root (Mahonia nervosa)*

A good digestive bitter, liver tonic and cholagogue used to increase digestion and absorption especially of fats and oils. It is indicated for dyspepsia, dysbiosis, jaundice, elevated bilirubin levels and poor bile formation. Oregon Grape is also anti-bacterial/fungal/viral so it is indicated for urinary tract infections, strep and staph infections, intestinal viruses and skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.