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From Drweil.com

Tip: Herb of the Week: Milk Thistle

Anyone who is a frequent user of alcohol should take milk thistle (Silybum marianum) regularly. This herb, from the tradition of European folk medicine, enhances the metabolism of liver cells and protects them from toxic injury. I also recommend this herb to my patients with chronic hepatitis, abnormal liver function, and those using pharmaceutical drugs that are hard on the liver (including cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy). You will find milk thistle products in all health-food stores. My preference is to use standardized extracts in tablet or capsule form. Follow the suggested dosage on the product you buy, or take two tablets or capsules twice a day. The herb is nontoxic and you can stay on it indefinitely.

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