Anyone else tried milk thistle (silymarin)?

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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/29/2012 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone else has tried Milk Thistle?

I have in the past some training in naturopathy, but my GERD proved resistant to anything natural, although originally DGL did wonders. Sadly when my GERD recurred, DGL did diddly squat.

I have tried a whole heap of natural remedies - probably all the ones ever mentioned on this forum blush

However, for various reasons, I've recently tried Milk Thistle and found it to be of benefit. It seems to give me some relief from reflux, or relief from the sensation of reflux at least. It's not curative - if I forget to take it things are just the same. But it does seem to help. Once I discovered it helped I thought I'd take a lot more of it for maximum benefit - however, seems I already had the maximum benefit from one capsule. More doesn't give me any extra relief. But just one capsule a day seems to give me an improvement in symptoms. I still have gastritis/mid sternal pain and some of my other GERD symptoms, but the reflux symptom itself is helped by the Milk Thistle. When I take it I feel like whatever is going on is kept below the LES.

From what I've read, I think it can have a prokinetic effect, so that may be the reason it's helping me.

Anyone else taking it?

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Nickles
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   Posted 9/30/2012 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mmm,

The product has a lot of good reviews on Amazon. I also saw it at Whole Foods today. I read a study about Milk Thistle a while back. I been meaning to post a study about natural products for GERD for the longest, but could not figure out how to put a .pdf file on the web.

The study was done by naturopathic doctors an they were random, small, big samples, controlled etc with a variety of natural remedies for GERD. The biggest one was acupuncture with the pressure points & melatonin. Followed by iberogast, milk thistle, curcumin & Vit E, ppis, and other stuff they are not in this particular order.


I will TRY to post it Sunday night or Monday.
Diagnosed with GERD/IBS in 2007. However, my symptoms are most similar to LPR. I am still unsure of the IBS diagnosis.

Currently I am taking a natural approach to my symptoms since July 2011.

Nickles

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 9/30/2012 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickles

I think Iberogast contains milk thistle? I fancied trying that too but can't get that in the uk.

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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