Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Traditional Chinese herbs have
widespread use outside of China by both emigrants and an increasing number
of Western patients. Typically, 3 to 15 different drugs are combined in a
prescription based on the patient's individual symptoms. While Chinese herbal
remedies appear to be relatively safe, they are not free of risks, and a number
of severe adverse events, including death, have been reported.1
Although hepatotoxic effects associated with Chinese drugs have been described,2,3 it is unclear how often such
adverse effects occur.
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