Bastyr Protocol

UltraThistle® is available in the Bastyr Hepatitis C Clinic pharmacy and is specifically prescribed by doctors there.

Bastyr University is considered by many physicians worldwide to be one of the pre-eminent naturopathic medical colleges.

Under the auspices of the Bastyr University Research Institute (BURI), the Bastyr Hepatitis C Clinic is treating and monitoring patients in order to "evaluate a science based naturopathic medical protocol for the treatment of people diagnosed with hepatitis C".

Please note: The first product on this list is Siliphos® in the exact dosage found in UltraThistle®. In fact, at this time, UltraThistle® is the only product available to practitioners in this dosage.

Product Description Dosage Effects
360 mg
1 cap tid Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fibrotic, iron chelator, increased mitosis of healthy hepatocytes.
800 mg (Licorice Root Extract, 6% Glycyrrhizin)
1 cap tid Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stabilizes hepatocyte membranes.
300 mg
(ursodeoxycholic acid)
1 cap bid Restores damaged bile ducts, induces choleresis, stabilizes hepatocyte membrane by preventing solubilization of cholesterol and phospholipids, increases hepatic blood flow.
0.6 mg
1 cap bid
5 days per week
Enhances collagenase expression, stimulates collagenase secretion, inhibits collagen synthesis by hepatic fibroblasts, decreases IL-1.
Phosphatidyicholine (1200 mg soy phosphalids complex and 420 mg phosphalidylcholine) 2 cap tid Protects and stabilizes hepatocyte membrane Hepatoprotection against xenobiotics. Primary source of choline.
Vitamin E 400 IU
1 gelcap bid Hepatoprotective by directly inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
Selenium citrate
200 mcg
1 cap bid Antioxidant, incorporated to selenocysteine, a component of glutathione peroxidase, necessary for catalyzing reduction of peroxides.
(alpha-lipoic acid)
100 mg
2 cap tid Chelates iron, antioxidant, free radical scavenger. Helps maintain hepatic vitamin C and E levels. Increases reduced glutalhione.