Friday, 10 July 2009

UnderRated: Milk Thistle for Cystitis and Skin Disorders

I'm a great fan of herbal and homeopathic remedies and have had much cause to be grateful to them over the years when the synthetic drugs described by various doctors have proved to be of limited value.

I started to be affected by cystitis on a regular basis when I began wanking. If you remember, this was an activity which I had denied myself until I entered my fourth decade on this planet.

Unfortunately, the effect of my imbalanced hormones due to my entering the peri-menopausal state meant that testosterone was in charge and I couldn't control all these rampant feelings. I had to pleasure myself every day just to keep on top of all the lust that seemed to be bubbling up inside me. Suddenly I could empathise with the way that men are often believed to think only with their dicks. Here I was doing exactly the same thing. Housework be damned, I needed to scratch my itch!

The downside was that the malady often known as the 'Honeymoon Sickness' came to haunt me with a vengeance. I could drink gallons of cranberry juice plus those special drinks you get from the chemist and it would only control it. Never actually cause it to be totally gone. Sometimes, I could feel the bacteria moving up into my kidneys and a course of antibiotics would be the only solution and give me a nice dose of thrush and another trip to the chemist for Canesten.

When I began my relationship with Ruf, things went from bad to worse. Repeated shaftings several times a day over a period of a long weekend would leave me sore and pissing blood.

Researching on the internet, I found a natural remedy in the form of bicarbonate of soda and drank several pints of the stuff during and after my weekends with Ruf. With a hot water bottle, some paracetamol and my glass of 'soda', I would recuperate between fucking on the couch until I was ready to participate once more. Again, this 'cure' controlled things but it was always lurking in the wings and if I drank too much alcohol (especially champagne) I would suffer the consequences from this irritant too.

I put up with this state of affairs for a couple of years and then, quite by chance, I discovered Milk Thistle Complex with Boldo. The vicissitudes of my family life had caused me to reach such a stressful mental state that my skin began to erupt in the lesions of psoriasis. I was devastated. The doctor could only prescribe steroid creams which controlled it but didn't eradicate any new patches. I had to find something that would pre-empt those eruptions.

The trusty internet was, once more, my friend and I found Milk Thistle.

"A member of the sunflower family, its black seeds are harvested for medicinal use. The active ingredient within these seeds is called silymarin, which is where the therapeutic benefits lie.

One of the main benefits is its antioxidant ability, which is more potent than most vitamins. Antioxidants are able to remove toxic chemicals called free radicals from the body. These free radicals cause cell damage which is the root of disease and premature aging.

Perhaps the most important milk thistle benefits are its effects on the liver. The liver is one of the most important organs in the body, breaking down nutrients and cleaning the body out. Milk thistle detoxifies the liver as well as protects it against damage from toxins, alcohol and other negative effects.

Milk thistle benefits the liver in other ways as well: it promotes regeneration and repair of liver cells, reverses liver damage and is very helpful in the treatment of hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Some milk thistle clinical trials show that milk thistle benefits may include reducing inflammation, decreasing excessive skin cell growth and helping treat endometriosis.

There are very few known side effects of milk thistle so you probably don't have to worry about milk thistle dangers if you take recommended dosages.

There have been reports of upset stomach and slight laxative effects. If you have liver disease you should take added precaution. Milk thistle and most other herbs are not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.

As with all health supplements, make sure you consult a physician or qualified medical professional before taking any milk thistle supplements

Purely by chance, the first manufacterer that I researched was Bioforce, from whom I also obtain Echinacea (review to follow) and it transpired that their product was a complex containing the tinctures of: fresh Cynara scolymus* (Artichoke) leaves 46%, Silybum marianun (Milk Thistle) dried fruit 32%, fresh Taraxacum officinalis* (Dandelion) herb and root 12%, Peumus boldus (Boldo) dried leaf 7% and fresh Mentha piperita* (Peppermint) leaves 3%.

Naturally, I checked out all the ingredients and discovered that Boldo, a South American herb, was also used to treat urinary tract infections. (Never take the essential oil internally as it is highly toxic!)

Within a fortnight of beginning to take a couple of these pills each day, my existing psoriasis had begun to clear up and no new patches had appeared but, even better, I visited Ruf and, despite being given a severe test over several days, my bladder seemed not to be affected in the same way.



L. said...

Oh, interesting. My husband took milk thistle for liver problems. I used to see it in the medicine cabinet and would pop a pill with my fish oil capsule and vitamin E. I can be cavalier with stuff like that but I was also drinking a lot and figured it couldn't hurt. And yeah, I'm Of That Age as well so testosterone, lust, and other things were all there.

I used to have awful skin problems - we're talking Elephant Man levels of cystic acne - but I really noticed my skin improve. Markedly. Of course, heavy cardio and a bunch of other things probably contributed, but I swear Milk Thistle helped. I even got carded not too long ago and I'm 20 years beyond carding.

Gotta figure if the liver is the body's filter, helping it function better will make you look better on the outside. So there's that, too.

nitebyrd said...

Thank you so much for sharing this information! Mulder has awful skin problems and just can't find anything to help but this sounds promising. Also, as an antioxidant, it will be wonderful for my skin. Helping cleanse the liver is also a plus!

Jimmy Bastard said...

Many of the oul wans still swear by the more natural of medicines, rather than the usual shop-bought pish. I'll try anything if it would cure my indegestion.

Gorilla Bananas said...

You got this problem from wanking? Could this be because you were wanking a little too vigorously?

Rachel Noy said...

Oh wow, that's quite interesting that you've had success, I'm usually quite wary of alternative medicines. I can only wish that you said it cured PCOS and eczema!

Anonymous said...

d-mannose, a monosaccharide extracted from forest timbers, is amazing for cystitis and kidney things! totally fixed me, after being put on repeated courses of antibiotics that wouldn't shift the problem. google "sweet cure" and d-mannose. maybe i'll add some milk thistle to my supps.

Joanna Cake said...

Anon - Thanks for that. Always on the look-out for alternatives because you can never be sure when/whether the effectiveness of any cure will be reduced due to over exposure.