*Slightly edited version of an article from Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur 2016;59(4): 33-35.
Translated by Dough Chick
Rolf Teschke has written several articles in international journals on the alleged hepatotoxicity of Chinese herbal medicines. Teschke often exhibited as a critical scientist who has demanded a careful assessment of causality in cases of suspected drug-induced liver injury. However, in the case of Chinese herbal medicines all principles are forgotten. A review which claims an established hepatotoxicity by means of the CIOMS scale for 28 of 57 herbs or herbal mixtures is partly based on scientifically worthless case reports and insupportable causality statements.