Doug / 04-14-2008 / Auto Accidents

Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedra, Aristolochic Acid and Human

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice of immediate recall of several defective dietary herbal supplements due to a risk of health problems.

Herbal Science International Inc. is recalling twelve of its supplements at the direction of the FDA due to the health hazard that they pose. Nine of the products being recalled contain the ingredient ephedra which has the botanical component ephedrine alkaloids. Ephedrine alkaloids are “adrenaline-like stimulants that can have potentially dangerous effects on the heart.” They can cause blood pressure to go up and can have the same effects as a stroke or heart attack.

Two of the other products being recalled have the ingredient aristolochic acid. Arisitolica acid is a strong carcinogenic and nephrotoxic botanical chemical. Taking supplements containing these ingredients poses a risk for kidney failure.

The product containing human placenta is being recalled because the FDA has not approved human placenta for human consumption. It is illegal to sell it in the US as it can carry disease.

The products are being sold under the following labels:
Wu Yao Shun Qi San
Qing Bi Tang (Nasal Cleanser)
Zhong Fong Huo Luo Wan (Stroke Revito Formula)
Xiao Qing Long Tang (Little Green Dragon)
Ding Chuan Tang
Xiao Xu Ming Tang
Feng Shi Zhi Tong Wan (Joint Relief)
Guo Min Bi Yan Wan
Fang Feng Tong Sheng San

The FDA is asking consumers to discontinue using these defective products at once and return them to their retailer for a refund. If you have taken these products and have felt any adverse reactions, you should contact your physician immediately. If you have questions or are unsure of the products, you can call Herbal Science at 626-333-9998 or the FDA at 800-FDA-1088.

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