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  • Liver Reactions

    Liver reactions occur very rarely with Chinese herbal medicine. A moderate increase in liver enzymes is generally considered to be an adaptive response of the liver (1). Such is the case with an increase in the enzyme ALT (alanine aminotransferase, or GPT) up to 5 times the upper normal limit or an increase in ALP (alkaline phosphatase) or total bilirubin up to twice the upper normal limit. Any...

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  • FDA prohibits Ephedra in Supplements

    FDA prohibits Ephedra in Supplements From: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur 47(2), 2004, 54-56On February 6 in 2004 the FDA published a ban on dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids, such as ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine. This includes Ephedra (MA HUANG) as well as Pinellia ternata (BAN XIA) and Sida cordifolia, which is used in ayurvedic medicine and in Africa. The ban took...

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  • Aristolochia

    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). Aconiti coreani Radix praeparata (zhi guan bai fu) also plays a role. These species rank among the highly toxic drugs in Chinese Medicine and have been responsible for many deaths in China...

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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 publication with a larger case series was released, and in 2017 a review, which contribute additio­nal...

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