Review of Abnormal Laboratory Test Results and Toxic Effects Due to Use of Herbal Medicines

Amitava Dasgupta, PhD


Am J Clin Pathol. 2003;120(1) 

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Misidentification and Adulteration of Herbal Products

Labeling of herbal products may not accurately reflect the content, and adverse events or interactions attributed to specific herbs may be related to misidentification of the plant.[68] For example, a case of neonatal androgenization with Siberian ginseng was due to an unrelated species of Chinese silk vine.[69] More than 48 cases of nephrotoxicity attributed to fang-ji in a weight-loss preparation were due to guang-fang-ji.[70]


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