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Over 20 Percent of Chinese Medicine Contains Chemicals (Taiwan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Taiwan's Consumer's Foundation (CF) has posted a warning that some traditional Chinese medicines may contain unnatural chemicals. The CF released the warning after tests found 10 out of 47 traditional Chinese medicine samples contained chemical additives. Adding unnatural ingredients to Chinese herbs is prohibited in Taiwan because it can cause serious side effects. The penalty for violating this ban is seven years of jail time and a maximum fine of $150,000. Traditional Chinese medicine is usually used to help kidney function, weight loss, pain management, uric acid control, and Chinese physiotherapy. CF testing found traces of Viagra in herbs intended for kidney enhancement. The CF also discovered samples of weight loss treatments with caffeine and clobenzorex, which is banned in Taiwan because it can be addictive. (Click here for more

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