I have used the herb Milk Thistle and the fraction Silymarin for several years after learning the liver protective value when under going my first cleanse. Reading this review article has renewed my enthusiasm for the herb and encouraged me to tell more of my clients about it. I was amazed by the number of studies reviewed and the widespread protective nature of silymarin. The studies actually demonstrated regeneration of the liver cells after destruction! Many studies showed protection against xenobiotic (toxic) injury (from medications), alcohol induced liver damage and fatty liver. In addition, a study also showed the role of the liver in blood sugar management and the use of silymarin to decrease insulin resistance.
This review study was conducted by Dr. S.C. Pradhan, a professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research,Pondicherry,India.
Hepatoprotective Herbal Drug, Silymarin, From Experimental Pharmacology to Clinical Medicine (Pradhan & Girish, 2006)