Using complementary and alternative medicines wisely
In general, you should avoid most herbal and other supplements, which may
make liver disease worse.
Kava is particularly bad for people who have liver
Limited research has shown that the herbal supplement
milk thistle may help protect the liver, but other research has not shown a
benefit.2Milk thistle will not reverse existing liver
damage, and it will not cure infection with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C
virus. Milk thistle should not be used by people who have complications from cirrhosis (such as variceal bleeding or ascites). Talk to your doctor about whether you should try milk thistle (or any
other alternative treatment).
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Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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