Almost all the parts of blessed thistle, the stem, leaves, and flowers are used for preparing herbal medicines. Many individuals have referred to the plant as an effective medicinal healing herd. Below are some of the medical benefits of the herb.
Laboratory research shows that the chemicals in blessed thistle (polyacetylene and cnicin) have activity against certain bacteria, including Brucella species, Bacillus subtilis, Proteus species, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus among others. They heal diseases associated with such bacteria.
Indigestion and stomach upsets
Blessed thistle is recommended for gas, upset stomach, and indigestion. It contains large amounts of sesquiterpene lactones such as cunicin which is useful during indigestion. The lactones stimulate digestive activity by secreting gastric juices and enzymes, improving appetite and indigestion.
Blessed thistle increases the production of milk during breast feeding. The results of blessed thistle are seen within a day or two through increased milk production and richness. It is taken together with tea in small amounts as it can be harmful if in excess.
Recent research shows that blessed thistle has the ability to protect the liver from damage resulting from alcoholic and other types of poisoning. Silymarin, an extract from its seeds, act on the membranes of liver cells, preventing entry of virus, toxins and other toxic compounds that may destroy the liver.
Enhances the brain’s activity
It restores the nerves, promoting clear thinking while relieving depression and fatigue. It also helps in nerve and brain deficiency by improving dull thinking and memory loss, poor hearing, nervous depression, and in preventing dizziness.