Common Names: Holy Thistle, Mary Thistle, St. Mary’s Thistle
Scientific Name: Silybum Marianum L., Carduus Marianus, Compositae, Composite Family
Common Uses: Cholagogue (stimulates flow of bile), liver tonic, stimulant, demulcent, antidepressant, galactagogue
*Warnings: Nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite. enough is known about the use of milk thistle during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Milk thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking milk thistle. Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from milk thistle PLANT might act like estrogen.
Origin: Western Europe and in some parts of the United States, California.