Two Natural Herbs to Detoxify Your
Your liver may just be one of the most overlooked organs in
your body. Your liver is vital to your body's ability to filter
out any number of toxins or poisons that may enter your body.
Here are two highly regarded herbs that can help detoxify your
liver so that it is working at its highest capacity.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Milk thistle seeds
are essentially comprised of three components that are
collectively referred to as silymarin.
Milk thistle seeds are well known for their ability to
protect and heal the damage incurred by the liver. In many
European studies, milk thistle seeds have been known to aid in
the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver caused by
Studies have shown that the use of milk thistle seeds may
even help extend the survival rates of some alcoholics who
suffer from cirrhosis of the liver.
Milk thistle seeds have even been shown to speed the
recovery from hepatitis. Other research has shown that milk
thistle seeds may be the best weapons against amanita, perhaps
better known as mushroom poisoning. In one study, Swiss
researchers found that patients treated with milk thistle seeds
had a better survival rate against "death cap" mushroom
poisoning than those treated with conventional medicine.
Many well known researchers have even gone so far as to
advocate the use of milk thistle seeds in cases where
alcoholism is known. It is recommended that a typical dose be
taken, which is approximately 140 milligrams of silymarin three
times a day during the periods where the patient is
experiencing the most liver stress due to the use of alcohol or
drugs, or whenever liver enzymes are known to be elevated.
It is rare to hear of side effects from the consumption of
milk thistle seeds, but those side effects that have been
identified include nausea, hives, itching, headaches, stomach
distress, and joint paint.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus): This herb is often
also referred to as Siberian ginseng.
Whatever it may be called, this herb is a well-known
adaptogen that is known to help stimulate the immune system and
boost energy levels.
Eluethero has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for
thousands of years, where it has been used as a tonic to
protect against the effects of excessive toxins.
Recent Korean studies have shown that the stems of the
Eleuthero plant contain polysaccharides, which are believed to
help enhance the function of the liver and reduce the levels of
enzymes that may be related to liver disorders. In several
animal studies, the use of Eluethero was shown to reduce
the number of toxins, especially ethanol and tetanus.
Eleuthero is now recommended by herbalists to detoxify the
liver, especially after the use of medications that contain
statins or other enzymes that have been identified as stressors
on the liver.
Recommended doses are 3 grams of dry Eleuthero root per
day for up to one month, or 16 milliliters of Eleuthero
extract one to three times a day for up to two months.