Blessed Thistle (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:carbenia benedicta, bitter thistle, more...cardo santo, cnicin, cnicus benedictus, Holy Ghost herb, spotted thistle

Suggested Dosing

Infusion: 2 g/150 mL water PO qD

Tea

1 cup (1.5-3 g/150 mL water) PO TID

4-6 g/d div TID PO (recommended by the German Commission E monograph)

Other Information

Tincture (1 g/5 mL): 10 mL PO qD

Fluidextract (1 g/mL): 2 mL PO qD OR 1.5-3 mL (1:1 in 25% alcohol) PO TID

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Suggested Uses

Indigestion, diarrhea, heartburn, poor appetite, flatulent dyspepsia, bronchial catarrh

Topical use: injured skin, gangrenous & indolent ulcers

Efficacy

Viral infections; antimicrobial effects in laboratory studies

Induced abortion: unclear safety & effective dosage

Increase breast milk flow: not recommended-see cautions

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            GI irritation

            Vomiting (>5 g dose)

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            Allergy to blesssed thistle

            Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcer

            Pregnancy

            Cautions

            Do not confuse with milk thistle or other thistle products

            Using to increase breast milk flow is discouraged since effect on nursing infant unknown

            < 18 years old: not recommended

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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy Category: not recommended

            Lactation: not recommended

            Pregnancy Categories

            A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA:Information not available.

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            Pharmacology

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            Mechanism of Action

            Active constituent: sesquiterpene lactones including cnicin

            Stimulates secretion of saliva & gastric juices; antibacterial activity

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