Milk Thistle for Endometriosis – 1 Powerful Supplement for Endometriosis

close up shot of a milk thistle in bloom

Learn more about milk thistle for endometriosis, an herbal plant known as a powerful antioxidant. In this post, I’ll share my own experience with this herb as well as what the research shows about this herb from nature’s medicine cabinet. You decide for yourself whether you see the benefits in magenta-purple flowering herb.

milk thistle for endometriosis

Disclaimer: This post is not offering medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for any condition. For a diagnosis and treatment of any condition, please seek out a qualified medical professional.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a complex multi-organ syndrome pertaining to primarily the reproductive organs and related tissue. It can involve the growth of adhesions, scar tissue and inflammation in body parts outside of the pelvic cavity (where they don’t belong). For additional information, checkout this post > Endometriosis and Adenomyosis: 5+ Things You Should Know

Symptoms of Endometriosis

There are many symptoms related to endometriosis, with the most notable being period pain and infertility. Other symptoms could include back pain, pain with bowel movements or sexual intercourse, hormone levels not falling within ideal ranges, bloating and digestive issues. I’ve written in other posts how common digestive issues are in women with endometriosis.

Sometimes, women do not experience any symptoms, but may later come to find they have endometriosis. If you experience severe pain with your menstrual cycle, know that it’s not “normal.”

Why I Looked Into Herbal Medicine

I lived for years with a period that I thought was normal. Actually, it was my body’s way of whimpering and them screaming at me that something wasn’t quite right.

When I was diagnosed with a probable endometrioma, though, I listened. Endometriosis ran in my family and I had been surprised that the gene had passed me by so far. It didn’t, actually. I just didn’t know what I was looking for to know my body was struggling and had been for years.

I had seen the dark side, the aftermath of surgery in others, and was not looking forward to the experience. I even read numerous stories about women being pushed rather hard in to a quick surgery only to have her problems resume within the year and need another surgery.

I thought, if surgery was the answer, why did the endometriosis re-appear again so soon? In my quest to find answers that would help my body get to the root cause of the problem, I ran across women who had purportedly shrunk their endometrioma through diet and lifestyle changes.

Through my research, I tried what I call the anti-cancer diet. A diet that focused heavily on vegetable consumption, in the way of salads, smoothies, and juices, along with small amounts of good proteins, low glycemic fruits, virtually no sugar or processed foods. I go into this in other posts.

This path was difficult at first because my taste buds needed time to adjust, and it was an expensive diet to maintain. I don’t recommend this diet as medical advice, because I believe everyone is different, and I don’t claim that this diet cured me of anything. But I did feel pretty good, experienced less bloating, less pain, easy miraculous digestion and lost the tummy bubble that wouldn’t budge with a good workout.

By the way, this diet was probably not the best suited for me for the long haul as I was missing a few important components, but it was at least a start of getting off of preservatives and high processed carbohydrate diet, and I did notice several improvements with going in so heavily into a plant-based diet.

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I say all this to say that in my natural treatment research I came across herbs and do recommend you look into them yourself. I am not an herbalist, so do note that sometimes herbs include contraindications and you need to make sure they are safe for you.

I wanted to bring healing to my body in the most natural way as I could find, and I began to investigate and try certain herbs. Milk thistle is one of those herbs that I ran across and became a fan because I noticed cycle shifts after I took it (in compilation with other herbs). More on that below.

I started using herbal teas based upon my research as well. You can read about which herbal teas I used and part 2 of more herbal teas as well.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has used herbs for millennia in the treatment of various conditions. It’s fascinating, actually. And most modern medicines use herbs as a base for their patented preparations. Modern day Tylenol is based upon an herb! Look into modern pharmaceutical research and you will see this for yourself.

I thought, if it’s good enough for all of these reasons, I wanted to learn more.

What is Milk Thistle?

Milk Thistle is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries and has been most commonly utilized in liver ailments. Known also as Silybum marianum, milk thistle has been known to contain a high amount of antioxidants and flavonoids which have been found to help reduce inflammation.

Not to bad for a plant that looks like a common weed, similar to of the dandelion as another overlooked plant thought of as a nuisance but helpful as a liver tonic for some.

Researched Benefits of Milk Thistle

There were several benefits of using milk thistle that caught my eye as someone who was looking to help my body heal from endometriosis symptoms.

Pros of Milk Thistle

  • Helps reduce inflammation and pain from prostaglandin formation
  • Has been shown in research studies to help cancer patients synthesize the effects of chemo and radiation
  • Protective of the liver. Helps renew liver cells. (Journal of Phototherapy Research, 2010)
  • Helps with Phase 1 liver detoxification and promotes glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and helps activate Phase 2 detoxification enzymes.
  • Helps suppress endometrial lesions
  • Studies have found using it may help women improve fertility
  • Did not taste horrible, at least to me. (In the dropper form or dried leaf form)

You may still be asking, I take milk thistle with endometriosis?

Maybe. Don’t forget to think through any contraindications first.

Cons of Milk Thistle

Does milk thistle increase estrogen?

Some have touted that milk thistle contains estrogenic properties, which is concerning considering the research that has found estrogen dominance to be a contributing factor to endometriosis.

However, the seeds do not seem to contain these properties, but the leaves and other parts of the plant do. So, don’t use those if you opt to use these.

Also, sometimes herbals include contraindications for certain people. These could include allergies, allergic reactions, or being pregnant. Do you due diligence and perhaps consult an herbalist to see if this herb is right for you.

Considerations for Milk Thistle and Endometriosis

When I began to seriously consider taking milk thistle to help by body, particularly my liver, out, I searched for reputable products from sources that I researched. Ultimately, I used milk thistle as a part of an Herbal Cleanse designed to clear the body, specifically the uterus, of old blood, toxins, and help the liver process and metabolize hormones.

Fertility Cleanse and Endometriosis

I used milk thistle as a part of a month long cleanse. The milk thistle and other liver supporting herbs were used during one half of the cycle. During the other half of the cycle other herbs were used to support other body systems.

I felt great afterwards, though I always seem to get tired when I first start using new herbs. It was during this cleanse that I noticed my cycle lengthened and pre-period spotting disappeared. No one can guarantee you would have these same effects. Plus, I was doing a ton of things to get my body in balance, so I believe it was a combination of things.

I used herbs from a reputable company known for helping women with conditions such as endometriosis. I have also bought milk thistle from Amazon and did not experience a problem there.

Would I say that milk thistle is one of the best fertility supplements for endometriosis? Again, I don’t like to make claims like that because each woman is different and each body has different needs. It could be helpful, but I’d research it along with several other supplements.

You can grab my list of 60 Diet and Lifestyle changes I made to help my endometriosis.

Final Thoughts: Milk Thistle for Endometriosis

What supplements should I take for endometriosis?

When deciding what to take in your holistic healing journey, don’t take something just because everyone else seems to be using it. But do use it to help inform your own research. Hopefully, my experience will lead you to shorten the time you spend researching so you can create a regimen that actually helps you alleviate some of your symptoms.

You can also find more on a “milk thistle endometriosis reddit” search.

Conclusion

Can I say I cured my endometriosis using milk thistle, or any other supplement? No, I don’t make those claims. I try to post about things I’ve used that I think may help you also, but more as a starting off point to point you in a direction in case you have been stuck in your holistic healing journey.

I like to use herbs that are well-researched for my symptoms and I monitor how I feel and the results before continuing use. I also don’t use them forever, I use them as medicine and then give my body a break. This is my story with using milk thistle.

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