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Milk thistle not to be used as treatment for Hepatitis C

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Milk Thistle , Taken by Many People as Liver Detox is Ineffective as Treatment for Hepatitis C, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily: Silymarin or “milk thistle,” a popular herbal dietary supplement that many people take for liver ailments, works no better than placebo in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection.

That’s the conclusion of a multicenter clinical trial published in the July 18, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Patients ask me about milk thistle all the time,” said Michael W. Fried, MD, lead author of the study, a professor in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and director of the UNC Liver Center.

“Now I can tell them with great confidence that taking milk thistle, unfortunately, won’t help for chronic hepatitis C,” he said. “I think this information is very important to help patients focus on other ways to maintain liver health and not rely on ineffective remedies.”

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Posted by on August 3, 2012. Filed under Alternate Medicine,Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Responses to Milk thistle not to be used as treatment for Hepatitis C

  1. Steve Brown

    August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Silymarin is found at the young plant milk thistle itself that stimulates protein synthesis by changing the external layer of liver cells which blocks toxins and removes them from the body.Thus, protecting our liver from damage caused by medication: antipsychotic and chemotherapy drugs.

  2. Amtul Q Farhat

    September 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for adding this info. Hepatitis C however is a viral infection and needs Antiviral drugs/management rather just detoxification.

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