NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
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- holy thistle
- listen (... THIH-sul)
A plant whose leaves, stems, and flowers have been used in some cultures to treat certain medical problems. Holy thistle may have anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects. The scientific name is
Cnicus benedictus. Also called blessed thistle, cardin, spotted thistle, and St. Benedict's thistle.