Which herbal or alternative medicines may cause idiosyncratic hypersensitivity reactions and acute liver failure (ALF)?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Gagan K Sood, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Herbal or alternative medicines that have been associated with idiosyncratic hypersensitivity reactions include the following:

  • Ginseng

  • Pennyroyal oil

  • Teucrium polium

  • Chaparral or germander tea

  • Kawakawa

In October 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning that the weight-loss and bodybuilding supplement OxyELITE Pro was associated with severe acute hepatitis and fulminant liver failure. [27, 28]


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