What is Milk Thistle Used For?
Milk thistle may be used to treat acute cocaine toxicity, acne, upset stomach, diabetes, hangover, ulcerative colitis, liver damage caused by the introduction of toxins to the body, liver disease, and many other illnesses as well. Proof of the effectiveness to treat all of these disorders has not been established; although, there is some evidence to show milk thistle is possibly effective for the treatment of acute cocaine toxicity, diabetes, and upset stomach.
There has been an upsurge of questions posed to our health professionals about the benefits of milk thistle protection for patients who are at risk of cocaine toxicity. These questions are coming mainly from healthcare professionals but also some patients who have family members at risk. Our group of healthcare professionals at Just Health Experts reviewed the article, which was published in Journal of Molecular Medicine Reports, entitled, Milk thistle seed extract protects rat C6 astroglial cells from acute cocaine toxicity, to determine if the study can be used as a guide in clinical recommendations. A brief overview of milk thistle protection against cocaine toxicity is provided below.
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive and illegal drug, which widely abused in most countries around the world. It quickly works on the central nervous system (CNS) which leads to euphoria as well as cellular toxicity. In the study, milk thistle seed extract against cocaine toxicity in living shrimp larvae in the laboratory. Exposure to cocaine disrupted the architecture of the astroglial cells which resulted in less glutathione (GSH) level. The results showed that astroglial cells are more sensitive to cocaine than liver, kidney cells or larvae. The results of this study show that enhanced GSH can protect cells and show that compounds that promote GSH synthesis may be beneficial against cocaine toxicity. The study which shows some merit as it is the first of its kind. It is extremely difficult to understand, contains too much molecular detail, but shows some credible evidence for use as protection against acute cocaine toxicity.
The researchers and ask a doctor online facility at Just Health Experts determined that the study can serve as the basis for further animal testing as well as human.
Milk Thistle Side Effects
- Abdominal bloating
- Feeling jittery
Milk Thistle Interactions
Milk thistle has a moderate interaction with anti-diabetes drugs, glucuronidated drugs, morphine, p-glycoprotein substrates, raloxifene, sirolimus, and tamoxifen. Milk thistle also has a minor interaction with cytochrome P450 enzymes, estrogens, indinavir and statins. Interactions with food are unknown. It is important to inform your doctor if you choose to take milk thistle while on other medication therapies and to be aware of potential interactions.
If you would have any further questions about whether milk thistle can be used against acute cocaine toxicity in humans, please ask a doctor online at www.justhealthexperts.com. Milk thistle can be associated with several side effects and several potentially serious drug interactions.