July 29, 2016

Blessed Thistle

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How does Blessed Thistle work?

Blessed thistle contains tannins which might help diarrhea, coughs, and inflammation. However, there isn't enough information to know how well blessed thistle might work for many of its uses.

Are there safety concerns?

Blessed thistle might be safe for most people. In high doses, such as more than 5 grams per cup of tea, blessed thistle can cause stomach irritation and vomiting.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don't take blessed thistle by mouth if you are pregnant. There is some evidence that it might not be safe during pregnancy. It's also best to avoid blessed thistle if you are breast-feeding. Not enough is known about the safety of this product.

Intestinal problems, such as infections, Crohn's disease, and other inflammatory conditions: Don't take blessed thistle if you have any of these conditions. It might irritate the stomach and intestines.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Blessed thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking blessed thistle.


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