I appreciate you giving the flip side of this type of medication. Every kind of treatment can have side effects this is very very true! However, I feel I must stand up for my herbal remedies.
Milk Thistle and Milkweed are NOT the same thing.
"Milk thistle has been reported to have protective effects on the liver and to greatly improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders." (from Wikipedia)
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used medicinally for over 2,000 years for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders. Milk thistle is believed to have a hepatoprotective effect, meaning simply that it protects the liver from damage. Milk thistleâ€™s hepatoprotective effect has been attributed to the antioxidant and free-radical scavenger properties of its flavonoid constituents, silymarin and silybin. Milk thistle is also believed to increase protein synthesis, decrease tumor-promoting activity, stabilize immunologic response, protect against cellular radiation damage and increase stability of cellular membranes. (myfit.ca)
Milkweed on the other hand is a different plant all together.
About Milkweed: "The plant's latex contains large quantities of glycosides, making the leaves and seed pods toxic for sheep and other large mammals, and potentially humans (though large quantities of the foul-tasting parts would need to be eaten). The young shoots, young leaves, flower buds and immature fruits are all edible, however it is important to make sure that they are thoroughly and completely cooked before eating them; otherwise they are still toxic." (wiki)
Therefore, you are right - Milkweed is not good for you - but Milkweed is NOT the same as Milk Thistle. It is an entirely different plant. If you google image the two plants, they look nothing alike as well.
Dandelion is known to keep the liver at peak efficiency.. and normalize blood sugar levels in diabetics WHEN USED PROPERLY.
"A daily tea of dandelion root, or eating the leaves, is recommended for anyone with liver complaints. It can be eaten regularly as a preventative, helping to keep the liver at peak efficiency." (herbsarespecial.com)
"Dandelion has been shown to help normalize blood sugar levels and it is beneficial to drink dandelion tea on a regular basis. Ingesting dandelion can improve lipid profiles, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetic patients."(How to use dandelion to treat diabetes)
This information is readily available online. I simply went to google and typed in Milk Thistle and liver and the facts are plentiful supporting my belief that it cleanses the liver.
I went to see my opthamologist again this morning. I should say I have been drinking Milk Thistle tea everyday, and taking hares Ear Root, and refraining from starch and alcohol for the past week. My opthamologist was really impressed with my progress and I am down to one dilating drop a day to be stopped completely by Thursday.
He has also reduced my steriod drops from every hour to 4 times a day.
I feel that steriod drops and pupil dilating medications have far worse side effects. They can lead to glaucoma and cataracts. The dilating medication can cause your pupil to get 'stuck' open.
These are things no one wants.
I truley believe a more holistic remedy is the answer. If we can clean out our systems with these safe herbs, we can prevent our next flare-up as opposed to treating it once it's already arrived.
I respect everyone's beliefs and I truely understand and appreciate your view Mary:) Western medicine is important but so is Eastern medicine and alternative remedies.
The path I will continue to follow is the one which cleanses my liver. I am going to make sure my diet is rich with green leafy vegetables, carrots, no starch and no alcohol. My prevention routine will include Milk Thistle and dandelion teas because they are proven to cleanse the liver. Since the eyes are the window to the liver (which Western medicine recognizes), cleanse the liver, fix the eyes.
Time for some tea:)