Cirrhosis and Alcoholic Liver Disease: CAM
Therapies for Specific Conditions
- Milk thistle has been used since the
eighteenth century to treat jaundice, and more recently hepatitis and
cirrhosis, for increasing the production of bile used to break down fats, and
detoxification of pollutants, toxins, and chemicals in the liver through
promoting the production of antioxidant enzymes. It is a powerful antioxidant
and liver protective as well as reparative since it seems to stimulate the
growth of new liver cells. Usual dosage for supplements is 140 mg of 70 percent
silymarin taken twice a day with meals. Milk thistle can result in loose stools
at high doses. If symptoms persist, fiber compounds such as pectin, guar gum,
psyllium, or oat bran may be used, to avoid this laxative side effect.
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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