Milk Thistle for Treating Colitis

Milk thistle for Treating Colitis

There has been an upsurge of questions posed to gastroenterologists and other online doctors at Just Health Experts about the benefits of milk thistle for treating colitis because of a recent publication in a reputable peer-review journal. The group of online doctors and live chat with doctor at Just Health Experts reviewed the article, which was published in the Journal of Microencapsulation to determine if milk thistle can be used to treat colitis. The primary aim of the study was to determine if milk thistle can be used alone or in combination with other products to treat colitis.

About Milk thistle

Milk thistle is an indigenous North American flowering purple colored flower. It has been studied for the treatment of liver disease and for treating and preventing cancer but hasn’t been studied for colitis until the above study.

Colitis is an inflammatory gastrointestinal disorder which can lead to issues of quality of life and extensive and continuous discomfort. Therefore, it is wise to continue to remain vigilant for novel studies involving herbal or alternative therapies. However, the current data presented in the above study appears to be extremely weak and unreliable for treating colitis.

The study which shows some merit is extremely difficult to understand contains too much molecular detail and lacks any credible evidence for treating colitis. However, the researchers and live chat with doctor at Just Health Experts determined that the study can serve as the basis for further animal and human testing.

If you and your healthcare provider determine that it may be worthwhile to take a course of milk thistle to help alleviate your colitis symptoms, please be sure to purchase the item from a reputable company and not simply pick the plant growing in your front yard or garden. Eating the plant alone can result is some serious toxicity, especially affecting your liver. The optimal dose is not completely understood as several manufacturers of the herb provide it at different strengths and schedules. It comes in several forms including tablet, capsules, and in liquid form. It is a reasonably priced product compared to some other commercially available herbal products.

Since the data is lacking in this study and the fact that there are many other options such as drug products and some herbals to treat colitis, we don’t recommend it alone.


If you would like to use milk thistle to treat your colitis, please ask your healthcare professional or the live chat with doctor at Just Health Experts. Milk thistle can be associated with several side effects and several potentially serious drug interactions. Some side effects reported with milk thistle include a headache, nausea, vomiting, and feeling jittery and sluggish.

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