Herbs cause liver cancer.

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Herbs cause liver cancer.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:43 am

Reference : New Scientist 28 October 2017, page 17

Chinese herbal remedies may not be too good for you. A bunch of their herbal remedies contain extracts from the plant Aristolochia, which contain a substance called aristolochic acid, which causes liver cancer. The amazing thing is that these "remedies " are still available for sale in many places.

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Re: Herbs cause liver cancer.

Postby Matthew Ellard » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:34 am

That makes sense to me.

I would guess that modern drugs are tested to determine the least complex, isolated, effective molecule of that drug. That way you know what you are taking.

Some of these Chinese medicines are incredibly complex and although they are probably mostly placebos, I'm sure there are still lots of unknowns.

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Re: Herbs cause liver cancer.

Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:55 am

So I should return that order of rhino horn?
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Re: Herbs cause liver cancer.

Postby Lance Kennedy » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:49 pm

Oysters work better.


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