Blessed Thistle Prescription Drug Interactions – Herbal Remedies Information Series
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Herbal Interactions with Prescription Drugs – Blessed Thistle Information
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I wrote this series on herbal interactions with prescription drugs after trying Dr. Miller’s Holy Tea
Precautions to consider when taking Blessed Thistle, to rule out prescription drug interactions (not presented as complete but partial list):
Blessed thistle can interfere with the action of drugs including Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Tagamet, Pepsid, Axid and Zantac.
If you are on any of these drugs, please check with your doctor before taking products with blessed thistle in them.
Additional herbal interactions with prescription drugs, specific to Blessed Thistle:
You should also check with your doctor before taking blessed thistle or consuming products that contain it, if you are on Plavix, Coumadin or other blood thinners and if you take NSAID’s including Aleve, Motrin, Advil or Motrin.
On the plus side, blessed thistle is being studied for it’s effect on bacterial infections, viral infections, indigestion and flatulence.
It is considered a bitter tonic by herbalists and very beneficial for digestive processes.
In addition, there are promising studies showing potential for benefit when using blessed thistle in cases of cancer, infection and inflammatory conditions.
In addition to considering prescription drug interactions with herbal remedies, other herbal remedies must be considered because certain herbs may sometimes interact with other herbs in ways that are not desirable or intended.
In the case of blessed thistle, be careful if also taking ginko biloba, garlic, saw palmetto or any other herbs that are also known to increase risk of bleeding.
Partial List of Health benefits associated with Blessed Thistle:
* Increasing breast milk
* Both weight loss and appetite enhancement
* Blood purification
* Help for stomach ailments
* Gas and bloating
Blessed thistle is also considered strengthening to kidneys, heart and lungs and is known as a cure for chronic headaches. Related article: Migraine Headache Symptoms