Two Herbs for Your Liver Protection - Bhringaraja and Milk Thistle

DrSri By DrSri, 7th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Bhringaraja and Milk Thistle are the two most potent herbs known for its hepato-protective (liver protective) properties.

Bhringaraja for Liver Protection

Bhringaraja ( Eclipta Alba) has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicines for ages. Because of its hepato-protective properties, juice of the leaves is used in the treatment of liver cirrhosis, hepatitis and infective hepatitis. It is also used for liver enlargement, jaundice and other ailments of the liver and gall bladder. It has also shows excellent antifungal and antiviral activity. The plant tops are used for skin diseases (inflammation).A mixture of Bhringaraja and coconut oil keeps the hair dark and lustrous; when applied to the scalp it promotes hair growth.

The fresh juice of the leaves is given in the treatment of edema, fevers, liver disorders, and rheumatic joint pains; it is also used to improve the appetite and to stimulate digestion. The juice is given with honey to treat upper respiratory congestion in children. It is popularly used to enhance the memory and has a reputation as an anti-aging agent in Ayurveda. The leaf juice is also effective when applied externally to treat minor cuts, abrasions, and burns. Plant is rubbed on the gums in toothache and applied with a little oil for relieving headache.

Milk Thistle for Liver Protection

Milk thistle is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a variety of ailments, especially liver problems. The active compound in Milk thistle is silymarin, a mixture of at least 4 closely related flavonolignans. Milk thistle is known to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.

Health benefits of Milk thistle:
Besides its use in treating liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation) and gallbladder disorders, it is also used for:
• Lowering cholesterol levels.
• Reducing insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis.
• Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.
• Milk thistle is also used in many products claiming to reduce the effects of a hangover.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
8th Mar 2011 (#)

This is an excellent work that has given me great insight about the herbs.

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author avatar DrSri
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for your kind words.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Mar 2011 (#)

I have heard of milk thistle but, I have not heard of the other herb. Great info, nice writing. Thank you for sharing.:)

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