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Milk Thistle Leaf basically originated in the Mediterranean region but grows throughout Europe, North America and Australia. The name Milk Thistle came up as it grows with white veins appearing as if milk were spilled upon them. Many of the Legends have quoted that this appearance of milk is actually the milk of Virgin Mary. The young leaves of this plant is used as salads in spring season or sometimes also boiled. The young stalks are bitter so they are peeled off and soaked in water for some time to let go off the bitterness.
Milk Thistle Plant is used for the treatment of jaundice, chronic hepatitis, liver disorder and many more. It is also used for the loss of appetite, heart-burn and gallbladder issues. However, the roots are not used to make any kind of medicine. Only the above ground parts of the plant are used.