Infectious Disease

NIDDK Will Test Milk Thistle in Hepatitis C: Patients Say, “Thistle Do It”

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor-in-Chief - Vol. 1, No. 2. , 2002

Silymarin, a mixture of compounds derived from Milk Thistle, is a popular herbal medicine for hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and other liver disorders. Clinical trials show that these compounds have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can slow the progression of these diseases. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have begun a large-scale trial of silymarin in conjunction with conventional drugs for treatment of hepatitis C.

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