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Milk thistle Herbal Extract ( Carduus marianum ) - 50 ml

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Milk thistle Herbal Extract ( Carduus marianum ) - 50 ml


    May help with


    • hepatoprotective
    • hepatitis B & C
    • nephro protective
    • anti depressant
    • hypoglycemic
    • chemo protective
    • Liver
    • Brain functions
    • bones protection
    • acne
    • Breast milk production


    Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Chardon-Marie


    Reference on http://www.wikiphyto.org


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    plant name


    Milk thistle , milk thistle (English), Mariendistel (German)


    International Latin denomination


    Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn. (formerly Carduus marianus )


    botanical family




    Description and habitat


    • Biennial plant growing up to 1.50 m in height
    • Leaves with white marbled blades along the veins, the teeth of which end in very sharp yellow tips
    • Large purple-mauve flower heads 3 to 8 cm, with spiny bracts
    • Wastelands of Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia


    History and tradition


    • According to popular belief, the white marks on the leaves come from the milk of the Virgin breastfeeding the child Jesus.


    Parts used


    • Fruit = rough black achene, 6 to 7 mm by 3, with a remnant of the floral crown in the form of a light yellow cylindrical scale


    Dosage forms available



    Usual dosages


    • 12-15 grams of herbal drug (fruit or fruit powder)
    • Legalon®: 2 tablets, 2 to 3 times a day
      • The effects are more marked for 140mg of silymarin 3 times a day, i.e. 420 mg/day (equivalent to 21 grams of drug if silymarin is present at 2%)




    Main components of the plant



    Main components of buds or young shoots


    Main components of essential oil




    Plant properties


    • Hepatoprotective by flavonolignans [1] , [2] , [3] , [4] , [5] , activities related to various functions of receptors and transporters located in cell membranes, modulation of TNF-alpha and selectins, antioxidant properties and inhibition of lipoxygenase pathway, inhibition of inducible nitric oxide synthase iNOS, nuclear factor kappa B and reduction of collagen synthesis, DNA and RNA mediated effects [6]
    • Silymarin acts by two mechanisms:
      • It is a membrane stabilizer (it inhibits the membrane transport systems of hepatocytes, making the absorption of toxins more difficult, inhibits the peroxidation of lipids [7] and increases the uptake of free radicals produced by hepatotoxic substances); it contributes to the maintenance of the glutathione pool responsible for hepatic detoxification (phase 2 enzymes), reduces the increase in transaminases and alkaline phosphatases, protects against oxidative stress [8]
      • It stimulates the activity of polymerase A, therefore increases the synthesis of ribosomal nucleic acids and the number of ribosomes in hepatocytes, which increases enzyme biosynthesis, protein synthesis and stimulates the capacity for hepatic regeneration
    • Prevention and treatment of hepatotoxicity from carbon tetrachloride [9] , galactosamine [10] and phalloidin [11] , [12] , [13]
    • Antidote for amanita phalloides poisoning [14] , a meta-analysis of 452 patients with amanita phalloides poisoning show a significant difference in mortality in favor of silibinin (mortality 9.8% vs. 18.3% with standard treatment, p <0.01) [15] , silibinin prevents the absorption of amatoxins from amanita phalloides by hepatocytes, thus protecting liver tissue, it stimulates DNA-dependent RNA polymerases, increasing RNA synthesis [16] , [17] , [18]
    • Improved lifespan in cirrhosis [19]
    • Antiviral against hepatitis C [20] , [21] , inhibits the RNA polymerase of the virus [22]
    • Prevention of hepatocellular carcinoma by synergy Cynara scolymus , Silybum marianum , Cochlospermum angolense [23]
    • Nephro-protective [24]
    • The plant is also galactogenic [25] , [26] , [27] and anti-depressant
    • Anti-cancer properties of silymarin [28] , anti-inflammatory properties and antimetastatic activity by modulation of specific proteins [29]
      • Silymarin exerts anti-cancer activity through multiple mechanisms: initiation of carcinogenesis, promotion and progression. Its antimetastatic effect is notable. Numerous clinical studies show a reduction in the toxicity of chemotherapeutic agents in combination with silymarin [30]
      • Silymarin inhibits the proliferation of tumor cells of various cancers:
    • Decreases renal toxicity of cis-platin [42]
    • Silymarin ( flavonolignan ) exhibits immunosuppressive effects [43] , [44] , [45]
    • The combination with phosphatidyl-choline would increase the absorption and effectiveness of silymarin [46]
    • Hypoglycemic effect [47]
    • The oil extracted from the seeds, a by-product of the manufacture of silymarin , also has antioxidant properties [48]


    Bud properties


    Properties of essential oil




    Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


    • Hepatitis and latent liver disease, steatosis, cirrhosis
      • In viral hepatitis B or C, silymarin acts favorably on the elevation of transaminases and gamma-GTs, but not on the viral load [49]
    • Prophylaxis and treatment of hepatic diseases caused by toxins (prevention of chemotherapy, protection of hepatic cells during cancer chemotherapy) [50]
    • Protection against the toxic effects of phalloidin with better effects if the administration is prophylactic (so if the flavonolignans are absorbed before the phalloidin or any other toxicant)
    • Cancer:
      • Chemoprotection
      • Silibinin therapy can target inhibition of proliferative pathways of various cancers through molecular mechanisms such as tyrosine kinase receptors, androgen receptors, STATs (signal transducer and activator of transcription), NF-kappaB, cell cycle regulatory pathways and apoptosis signaling pathways [51]
      • Silibinin would have promising antineoplastic properties and would potentiate the effect of anti-cancer drugs (carcinomas of the skin, breast, lung, colon, bladder, prostate and kidney) [52]
      • Some regressions are spectacular (for example of a hepatocarcinoma) [53]
    • Nervous breakdown, stimulation of lactation
    • Alcoholic infusions and extracts do not deliver enough silymarin to obtain a marked anti-hepatotoxic effect (insufficient effect of TM )
      • Indeed, the usual dose is 12-15 g of drug, and the most marked effects were due to 140 mg of silymarin 3 times a day, i.e. 420 mg/day (if it is present at 2% in this sample would require 21 g of drug). Nevertheless, we can assume that the total extract will have an amplified activity compared to the flavanolignans alone .
    • Usefulness in hepatic iron overload and hemochromatosis [54]
    • Non-toxic (even at 20 g/kg in mice)
      • In Belgium and Switzerland, silibinin (Legalon Sil®) is used in poisoning by amanita phalloides on experimental data (even if there is no real antidote for phalloides poisoning). Silibinin would act by limiting the intestinal absorption as well as the intra-hepatocyte transport of amatoxins and by stimulating RNA polymerase. A retrospective study of published cases would have found a statistical association between the use of silibinin and a reduction in mortality (as with N-acetylcysteine). Dosage: 5 mg/kg in 5% glucose IV over 2 hours, to be repeated every 6 hours for 6 days. Source: Belgian Poison Centerhttp://www.poisoncentre.be/article.php?id_article=33
      • Silibinin would also be active on the replication of the hepatitis C virus [55].
    • Potentialities in autoimmune diseases [43]
    • Peak plasma silymarin is reached 2 to 6 hours after oral intake and its elimination half-life is approximately 6 hours [56] , [57]


    Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


    Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


    Known or suspected mode of action


    Usual formulations





    Possible side effects and precautions for use


    • No acute or chronic toxicity of silymarin (even at 20 g/kg in mice)
    • Possibility of allergies to plants of the Asteraceae family
    • Pharmacokinetic interactions:
      • Monitor for possible drug interactions, silymarin decreases the activity of cytochrome P-450 (CYP) enzymes, UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) enzyme and reduces P-glycoprotein (P-gp) transport [58] , [59]
      • Silymarin in particular reduces the activity of the CYP3A4 enzyme and the activity of uridine diphosphoglucuronosyl transferase (UGT1A6/9), it can therefore alter the hepatic metabolism of certain drugs, their pharmacokinetics and thus lead to increased toxicity [60 ] , but other works show that milk thistle extract has no significant influence on the activities of CYP1A2, CYP2C9, CYP2D6 or CYP3A4/5 [61].
      • Avoid combination with chemotherapeutic treatments mainly metabolized by CYP3A4, it is advisable to make therapeutic windows


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