Healing CIDP with Milk Thistle?
There is growing research indicating that milk thistle helps ease CIDP and other forms of peripheral, diabetic neuropathy.
Milk thistle is an herb that is anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties. Milk thistle is used to treat liver problems as well as autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Milk thistle not only reduces inflammation, but it also helps regenerate cells in the body that have been damaged by inflammation. Remember that CIDP is a nerve inflammation, it may be that milk thistle may help reduce inflammation and repair the cell damage caused by our autoimmune diseases.
So what is milk thistle?
Milk thistle has been used for over two thousand years by people in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Milk thistle’s healing power was popular with the Greeks even before the birth of Christianity.
Milk thistle helps take toxins out of the body and fights a wide array of diseases, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, diabetes, neuropathy, body and organ damage and even the negative effects of chemotherapy.
We previously wrote about the powers of vitamin e and vitamin c on CIDP – the good news here is that milk thistle’s antioxidant effects may help the effectiveness of these vitamins in your body. Milk thistle also helps fight damage caused by antibiotics, especially in the liver (yes, this form of neuropathy can be caused by infections, and the antibiotics used to treat this disease can cause damage in your body).
The main component of milk thistle, silymarin, may also help with diabetes and one’s glycemic control and thus decrease one’s blood sugar.
Milk thistle may be consumed in tea, pill or powder form. Perhaps the easiest way would be to consume it in pill form. You may find milk thistle pills in many stores, including Trader Joe’s if you happen to live on the West coast. Not all milk thistle is of equal quality. Milk thistle has a distinct smell and you must make sure that your pills have the right smell. Always buy your herb extracts from reputable sources.