Milk Thistle May Fight Inflammation of Liver After Chemotherapy

by Rajshri on  December 15, 2009 at 9:58 PM Alternative Medicine News   - G J E 4
 Milk Thistle May Fight Inflammation of Liver After Chemotherapy
Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center have revealed that substances found in milk thistle may help reduce inflammation of the liver in cancer patients, who are taking chemotherapy.

The study involved 50 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who were suffering from liver toxicity related to chemotherapy. All kids were randomly assigned to receive milk thistle or placebo for duration of 28 days.

The researchers measured the level of liver enzymes aspartate amino transferase (AST) and amino alanine transferase (ALT) before the study began and 28 days after the study ended. Children who had received milk thistle showed marked improvement in the level of their liver enzymes.

"This is the first randomized, controlled clinical study to investigate the feasibility and safety of the herbal plant milk thistle in combination with the administration of chemotherapy in children undergoing treatment for cancer," the researchers wrote.

The details appear in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society.

Source: Medindia

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