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A review of the clinical and toxicological aspects of 'traditional' (herbal) medicines adulterated with heavy metals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16011453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The popularity of traditional remedies has greatly increased in westernised countries over recent years. Although many of these remedies are used safely, there have recently been an increasing number of case reports being published of heavy metal poisoning after the use of traditional remedies, in particular, Indian Ayurvedic remedies. This study reviews the data on published cases, along with the history of Ayurvedic medicine in an attempt to provide an insight into why heavy metals, in particular lead, mercury and arsenic are added in such large concentrations to these remedies.
Emma Lynch; Robin Braithwaite
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert opinion on drug safety     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1744-764X     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Opin Drug Saf     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-13     Completed Date:  2006-02-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101163027     Medline TA:  Expert Opin Drug Saf     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  769-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, Regional Laboratory for Toxicology, City Hospital, Birmingham, B18 7QH, UK.
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MeSH Terms
History, 20th Century
History, Ancient
Medicine, Ayurvedic* / history
Metals, Heavy / analysis,  history,  poisoning*,  therapeutic use*
Plant Preparations / chemistry*,  history,  poisoning*
Public Health
Risk Factors
Social Conditions
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Metals, Heavy; 0/Plant Preparations

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