I take milk thistle every day. Before I started taking the milk thistle, I never had a platelet count above 95k. (I have chronic low platelets from 20+ years of hepatitis B infection and cirrhosis). After starting the milk thistle I have consistently had platelet counts of 103-123k, which is my best ever in 15 years. I am convinced the milk thistle is responsible in part for this change.
In addition, milk thistle is thought to potentiate chemotherapy treatment. There is a phase II study regarding milk thistle in conjunction with chemotherapy for hepatocellular carcinoma. (see http://www.clinicalstudies.gov)
I have been taking milk thistle three times a day since I was diagnosed four years ago. I’m convinced it’s one of the reasons I’m doing well and that, though I had a recurrence, it hasn’t gotten into my liver.
rjoday……. I have been taking milk thistle once a day. A couple others on this site take as well. As far as working or successful results, my liver tumor remains stable is all I can say. I surely don’t think it has done any harm.