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Milk Thistle
Jan 11, 2009

Is this a good thing for HCV (or HIV, HVB) people to take???

Response from Dr. McGovern

I think the answer is that we still don't know.

A systematic review was performed in 2007 of 18 studies of milk thistle. The authors found that only a quarter of these studies were well-designed to answer that question and these did not prove a beneficial effect. However, most studies do find that milk thistle is safe to use. The authors concluded that better designed trials should be performed to truly understand the role of milk thistle in liver disease treatment.



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