- Milk thistle is native to Europe and was introduced into North America by early colonists. Milk thistle is found throughout the eastern United States, California, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
- The terms “milk thistle” and “silymarin” are often used interchangeably.
- Historically, people have used milk thistle for liver disorders and gallbladder problems.
- Milk thistle is promoted as a dietary supplement for hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice, diabetes, indigestion, and other conditions.
How Much Do We Know?
- We know little about whether milk thistle is effective in people, as only a few well-designed clinical studies have been conducted.