Blessed thistle is the annual herb, which is nowadays encountered not only in its natural habitat, which is the Mediterranean region, but also in the eastern United States and all throughout Europe. Special medically potent blessed thistle composition has brought the plant under cultivation and made it the product of commerce.
Originally blessed thistle was grown in monastery gardens. It was attributed the properties of a heal-all remedy. Due to the peculiar blessed thistle chemical composition this plant had been hailed as a panacea to almost all diseases. Later on as the history of its application unfolded and appropriate research was conducted, the range of blessed thistle application became more concrete.
Traditional European and Indian medicines acknowledge the power of galenical preparations, based on blessed thistle leaves and blessed thistle flowering tops, in curing anorexia, flatulence, dyspepsia, digestion problems and loss of appetite. The documented chemical composition of blessed thistle, the profound studies of its effects and numerous in vivo and in vitro experiments have provided scientific grounding for the most adequate application of the curative powers of blessed thistle leaves and blessed thistle flowering tops.
Blessed thistle composition is also made use of in cholagogic and gastrointestinal medicals, which prove its effectiveness. In the medical sphere the curing herb can be encountered in the form of tincture or tablets, equally powerful when used as recommended. As a component of tonic drinks blessed thistle assists digestion. It is also proved to be effective in stimulating the secretion of saliva and gastric juice, thus stimulating the appetite. Blessed thistle leaves and flowering tops contain bitter principles, as cnicin.
Blessed thistle composition is rich in various chemicals. Its constituent parts are the following: sesquiterpene lactones (0.2-0.7%), tannins (8%), minerals (potassium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium), lignanolides, phytosterols, triterpenoids, volatile oils (0.3%), as well as small percentages of flavonoids and polyacetylenes. The components of blessed thistle have demonstrated powerful antibacterial activity, which adds to the value of the herb.
Blessed Thistle is famous around the world for its positive effect on appetite and digestive system. It also works as a glandular tonic and liver rejuvenator. Alone or blessed thistle composition with other herbs, Blessed Thistle is a perfect herb for health maintenance. In Europe, Blessed Thistle is believed to be an excellent appetite stimulant. It is used in the manufacture of "bitters", which are taken before meals to stimulate intestinal activity and make stomach work better. It also helps digestion and circulation. Thistle is also used to cure constipation and flatulence. The herb is an excellent heart tonic and purifies blood, what appears to be of utter importance while resorting to blessed thistle based medications is appropriate and effective dosage. Therefore it is strongly recommended to closely follow the recommendations provided by doctors.