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  • Liver Reactions

    Liver damage caused due to Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) occurs rarely, but it is probably the most important side effect to be considered with this therapy. It accounts for nearly half of all reports of adverse drug reactions to the CTCA (Center for Safety of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Berlin). Slight elevation of liver enzymes up to twice the normal upper limit are more likely to be an...

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  • Aristolochia Nephropathy

    Aristolochia Nephropathy from: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur 43(2000), 187-197Axel Wiebrecht Abstract The possible harmful effects of traditional Chinese remedies to the kidney have attained broader public attention in Germany due to publications in the Deutsches Aerzteblatt and the SPIEGEL magazine and their subsequent echo in various papers and announcements. These reports revealed a...

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  • Aconitum Herbs

    Aconiti Radix cocta (praeparata) (zhi chuan wu), Aconiti lateralis Radix praeparata (fu zi) and Aconiti kusnezoffi Radix cocta (praeparata) (zhi cao wu) are essential herbs in Chinese Medicine (TCM). All Aconitum species are highly toxic, drugs derived from them require adequate processing. Inadequate processing or overdoses, often under „folk medicine“ conditions [1],such as Aconitum tubers...

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  • Interstitial Pneumonia and Kampo Medicine

    Since 1989, reports of various forms of interstitial pneumonia have appeared in medical literature, which were evidently ascribed to Kampo formulas. Over the years, the number of annually pub­lished cases has increased; the last of these was reported on recently – in Japanese (1). In 1997, a japanese publication with a larger case series was released, and in 2017 a review, which contribute...

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