Dangers in herbal medicine — the link between Aristolochia plants and urinary tract cancer

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Traditional Chinese medicine market

Traditional Chinese remedies have been used in Asia for several thousand years, and they have become popular in other parts of the world in the recent years, where the remedies are being used in conjunction with Western medications. However, some traditional Chinese medicines are now known to contain toxins and may cause serious health issues. One example is the case of herbal medicine made from Aristolochia plants.

Some Aristolochia plants contain toxic substance called aristolochic acid. The plants have been widely used in traditional herbal medicines, such as Mutong and Fangchi. However, aristolochic acid is now known to cause kidney failure and urinary tract cancer, and it has been classified as carcinogen since 2002. Continue reading –>

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