Botanical name: Silybum marianum
Other names: milk thistle, our ladies milk thistle, blessed thistle, wild artichoke, livercare plant
Part used: seed
Action (karma): tonic, diuretic, hypertensive, antihepatoxic, cholagogue, antioxidant, demulcent, digestive, antibiotic.
Dose: simmer 1 teaspoon of seed in a with 1 cup of water in a covered pot for 15 minutes, taken twice a day.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.