Its supposed medicinal qualities have been in demand for two millennia. Used by the Romans to treat the victims of snakebites and sickly children, legend has it that the white veins of milk thistle's leaves were created from drops of milk shed by the Virgin Mary.
as a liver tonic more than half a century ago, capsules made from the
plant extract have sold steadily for decades. But now a new generation
of partygoers, desperate to avoid the aftermath of festive
over-indulgence, are discovering the plant, which is related to the
daisy family and is native to the Mediterranean region.
Supermarkets and pharmacies report that demand for milk thistle before New Year's Eve is soaring as discussions on social networking sites extol its qualities as a potent hangover cure.
Source - Guardian