Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

No complementary or alternative medicine treatments have proved helpful in preventing or treating hepatitis C infection.

One herb that continues to attract attention for its touted liver-health properties is milk thistle. Proponents of milk thistle recommend the herb to treat jaundice and other liver disorders. People take milk thistle as a capsule, extract or infusion.

A clinical trial by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found milk thistle was no better than a placebo at lowering liver enzyme levels in people with hepatitis C.

If you're interested in trying milk thistle, discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.

Aug. 13, 2013