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Contraindications of Milk Thistle

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. March 30, 2017
Contraindications of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a popular herb used primarily for the treatment of liver conditions and it has many other health benefits. Commonly ingested in a capsule or in tea, this plant, despite being a natural remedy, has some contraindications which should be taken into account to ensure your well-being. If you're thinking about starting a treatment with it and do not know if it's right for you, we at oneHOWTO explain all of the contraindications of milk thistle.

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As with many herbs, one of the first contraindications of milk thistle is that you should not eat it during pregnancy or lactation since its possible effects on the foetus or the baby are not known. This plant, which was formerly recommended to increase the amount of milk in the mother, is no longer recommended today because no such effects or consequences on the mother have yet been proven.

Contraindications of Milk Thistle - Step 1

Although milk thistle is commonly used to treat liver diseases, promoting cleanliness and reducing the accumulation of toxins that can build up in this organ, it is very important to understand that this plant should never be consumed if you have important liver diseases like cirrhosis, hepatitis or liver tissue death. Thistle may interfere with the functioning of some liver medicines and can increase the discomfort or health problems of the patient.

Contraindications of Milk Thistle - Step 2

Although milk thistle helps reduce glucose levels in the blood, meaning that it may be beneficial for patients with diabetes, it is very important to understand that if medication for this condition is taken, this plant should not be taken without medical supervision. This herb may interfere with the functioning of diabetes medications, further reducing blood sugar, so don?t ingest it unless your doctor gives you the OK.

Contraindications of Milk Thistle - Step 3

Do you have high platelet levels? If you are taking blood thinner or anticoagulant drugs, avoid this plant ans it can counteract the effect of the medication you are taking.


Other contraindications of milk thistle are:

  • Patients with hypertension, should not consume this plant because it could worsen this condition.
  • Those who suffer from blockages in the bile ducts should not consume this plant.
  • For those who use drugs to treat depression, Antipsychotics mixed with milk thistle could interfere with their operation.
  • Do not take this plant while using allergy preventing pills either.

It is also recommended to consult a specialist if you are ingesting any natural treatments or taking medication for long periods of time.


Of course milk thistle is not the only natural alternative that has contraindications, many other plants and roots should not be ingested in certain circumstances. For more information, we invite you to consult our articles:

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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